Southwest of State Street and tucked under the Riviera, the Upper Eastside has some beautiful homes from the 20s, 30s and 40s. Up under the gaze of the Mission itself are some of the city’s best examples of Spanish, Ranch, Victorian and Santa Barbara-style homes, exceptionally restored.
The Lower Eastside is close to the many restaurants and shops on Milpas Street with easy access to both downtown and Montecito. The mostly single-family homes are a mix of Craftsman, contemporary, Spanish and late Victorian homes, many recently renovated.
Near the water, the East Beach becons. The East Beach itself is lined with beach volleyball courts, and is famous in the world of volleyball, as Olympian Karch Kiraly grew up here honing his craft as one of the world’s best players. (One of the courts is now named after him.)
There are a few older “beachy” homes in the East Beach neighborhood, though it is mainly dominated by mostly condos and beachfront townhouses. East Beach starts at State Street heading east past the Zoo to the Bird Refuge toward Montecito, along East Cabrillo Boulevard.