Lower State Street defines the downtown area of Santa Barbara, from Mission Street south to Stearn’s Wharf, and it really is the heart of the city. State Street is lined with some of the best retail and dining that the city has to offer, as well as boutique hotels, cinemas, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and both the Arlington and the Granada Theatres.
But what’s great about our downtown is that just one block away on either side of State Street you’ll find residential properties interspersed with more retail shops and malls, dining, hotels and Santa Barbara landmarks, like the Courthouse and its sunken gardens, the Art Deco post office and the Lobero Theatre.
Believe it or not, they actually close down State Street every Tuesday evening for two whole blocks so that the local purveyors can set up their stalls for our farmer’s market. Want to meet Santa Barbara’s chefs and see where they get their produce? Come early to this Tuesday farmer’s market and you can follow their wagons and peek over their shoulders. Even local bartenders pick fruits and herbs from the weekly market for that night’s cocktails.
A home, condo or apartment in this area is perfect for people looking for all of what downtown has to offer within walking or cycling distance. The great thing that we love about this area is that you can be just blocks from the bustle of State Street and still feel like you’re living in an oasis of peace and quiet.
There are single-family homes in this area that shape Santa Barbara’s charm, with Craftsman, Victorian and Spanish-style buildings, with a character you won’t find in most cities. There are also apartment and condo living in modern, purpose-built developments with white-washed walls and red-tile roofs.
Downtown Santa Barbara is a sought-after area for its convenient location and easy access to dining, culture, shopping, transport and more. And don’t worry—it won’t take you long to get used to the one-way streets that line State Street on either side.