Resting between central Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean, the Mesa rises directly across town from the Riviera. The atmosphere here is both relaxed and active, making Mesa real estate perfect for families and students. In fact, Santa Barbara City College, three public schools, beautiful parks overlooking the ocean and a retail hub offering shopping and modestly-priced restaurants are perfect complements to the family- and student-rich population.
Another reason for the Mesa’s popularity is its comfortable weather. Although it is only a mile or so from downtown Santa Barbara, its winter temperatures are typically 10 degrees warmer, and its summer thermometer often indicates 10 degrees cooler than the town center.
Although it is one of Santa Barbara’s youngest neighborhoods, the Mesa’s rich history dates back at least 6000 years when it was home to a Chumash. The area was also home to Santa Barbara’s first lighthouse, notable mansions, several farms, an airplane landing strip, a religious commune and an oil field.