The Riviera: Santa Barbara’s Hidden Gem

The Riviera, a charming neighborhood in Santa Barbara, holds a special place in the hearts of its residents and visitors alike. Nestled high on the hills overlooking the city, this area boasts a rich history, stunning views, and a unique neighborhood atmosphere that sets it apart from the rest of Santa Barbara.

 

A Glimpse of Riviera’s Allure

Once considered too arid and barren for habitation, the Riviera has transformed over the years into one of Santa Barbara’s most captivating locales. The neighborhood is characterized by its majestic 100-year-old oak trees, terracing crafted by 20th-century Italian stonemasons, and an abundance of classic Spanish-style homes constructed between the 1920s and 1950s.

Residents of the Riviera have the delightful choice of living on the south-facing front side, offering panoramic views of downtown Santa Barbara and the sparkling Pacific Ocean, or the equally enchanting back side, with vistas of the picturesque Santa Ynez mountains. It’s no wonder that the Riviera has become synonymous with the quintessential Santa Barbara lifestyle.

 

Attractions and Activities

The Riviera neighborhood is not just about picturesque views and beautiful architecture; it also offers a range of attractions and activities for residents and visitors to enjoy. Here are some of the things you can do in this charming locale:

 

  1. Scenic Strolls: Take leisurely walks along the winding streets of the Riviera to soak in the breathtaking views and admire the unique architecture of the homes.
  2. Visit Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens: Located nearby, this lush and tranquil park is perfect for picnics, birdwatching, and relaxing amidst nature’s beauty.
  3. Fine Dining: Explore the local dining scene and indulge in exquisite cuisine at the many restaurants and cafes that offer a variety of culinary delights.
  4. Outdoor Recreation: The Riviera’s proximity to the Santa Barbara foothills allows for easy access to hiking and biking trails, offering endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.
  5. Cultural Experiences: Immerse yourself in the neighborhood’s rich history by visiting the historic landmarks and museums in the area.

 

Riviera: Neighboring Mariposa at Ellwood Shores

For those seeking additional attractions and experiences, the Riviera is conveniently located near Mariposa at Ellwood Shores, another vibrant community in Santa Barbara. Situated just 16.3 miles away, Mariposa at Ellwood Shores is a short 23-minute drive from the Riviera.

 

Assisted Living at Mariposa at Ellwood Shores

Mariposa at Ellwood Shores offers a unique assisted living experience in a serene coastal setting. With a focus on providing personalized care and a comfortable, engaging environment, it’s an ideal choice for seniors looking for a fulfilling retirement lifestyle.

For more information about Mariposa at Ellwood Shores and its services, don’t hesitate to contact us at 805-845-4921.

 

Visit the Riviera Today!

Intrigued by the Riviera’s charm and allure? Come and explore this hidden gem in Santa Barbara, where natural beauty, historic architecture, and a welcoming neighborhood spirit converge. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, the Riviera offers an experience like no other.