in Santa Barbara County
Barbara | Lompoc | Solvang
& the Santa Ynez Valley | Santa
Nestled between the mountains and the
sea, the city of Santa Barbara serves as the County seat. With
its palm tree lined beachfront and charming Mediterranean
architecture; the city is renowned as the American Riviera.
Santa Barbara offers a vibrant Old Town,
with pedestrians, bicycles, and electric shuttles bringing
life to outdoor cafes and beautiful paseos.
Santa Barbara is located 92 miles northwest
of Los Angeles and 332 miles south of San Francisco. Santa
Barbara provides you and your family with a wide variety
of colleges, universities, and professional schools, including
the University of California, Antioch University, Westmont
College, Santa Barbara City College, Brooks Institute of
Photography, the Fielding Institute, Pacifica Graduate
Institute, and the Music Academy of the West.
Museums, galleries, theater, music,
opera, ethnic and film festivals, botanical gardens,
and parks are abundantly available. Thanks to clean air
and a mild coastal climate, Santa Barbara residents enjoy
year round hiking, surfing, boating, golfing, horseback
riding, beach-combing, fishing, mountain biking, and
other outdoor activities centered around local beaches.
The city boasts a variety of booksellers, antique stores,
and retail shops, from exclusive boutiques to factory
Known the world over as the “valley of flowers”,
Lompoc is a small city with a big heart.
Lompoc is home
to some of the world’s most beautiful murals, La
Purisima Mission, as well as many parks, beaches, and
Lompoc’s annual flower festival is a rare treat.
and the Beautiful Santa Ynez Valley
Within minutes of Lompoc lies the Santa Ynez Valley. Sprinkled
with vineyards and filled with large and small ranches,
the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley lies nestled between the
Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains. This small coastal
valley offers a variety of lifestyle choices, from rural
to semi-rural to small city, and provides all the pleasures
of superb country living as well as the services available
in California's most modern communities. Located 35 miles
north of Santa Barbara, the Valley is easily accessible
from the north and south via U.S. 101 as well as by California
Scenic Route 154 through the San Marcos Pass from Santa
Barbara. The Santa Ynez Valley boasts one of the finest
climates in the state of California.
The Valley makes it possible to enjoy Santa Barbara County
charm at a modest price. There are a variety of homes,
ranches, country properties, and town homes available to
suit almost any lifestyle. The area boasts three California
Distinguished Schools, as well as two nationally recognized
preparatory schools. The Valley offers a unique cultural
atmosphere. The city of Solvang is one of the South Coast’s
treasures - a Danish village featuring unique shops, restaurants,
bakeries, and professional theater. In Los Olivos, you
will find a quaint Victorian village and some of the finest
art galleries in California. The Valley also produces some
of the world’s finest wines. For those with more
active recreational interests, there is Mount Figueroa,
the Los Padres National Forest, and the stunning Lake Cachuma.
Santa Maria and the Beautiful Five Cities
The city of Santa Maria is located on California’s
Central Coast between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.
Its location provides easy access for residents to enjoy
both rural and urban activities and lifestyles. Santa Maria
is blessed with a nearly perfect year-round climate and
a stunning natural beauty.
For those wishing to escape
the big city this region, sandwiched between rugged
mountain wilderness and stunning pacific coastline, is
You will not want for things to do. The Santa Maria Valley
offers golfing, fishing, hiking, bicycling, theater,
and more. The Santa Maria Valley is famed for its local
produce, and its renowned tri-tip barbecue is a dining
experience not to be missed.
Although one of youngest
regions of the Wine Country, the Santa Maria Valley
some of the finest premium wines in the world. You
will want to visit some of the 40 wineries and 15,000
acres of vineyards not only for their wines, but to enjoy
spectacular views of valleys and mountains they afford.
Recently voted an “All American City,” Santa
Maria is both a desirable and affordable place to live
Within minutes of Santa Maria lie San
Luis Obispo and the Five Cities Area. Consisting of Pismo
Beach, Shell Beach, Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande, and Oceano,
the Five Cities area offers charming communities and wonderful
climates all year.
The summer is naturally air conditioned
by ocean breezes and light fog. The winters are delightful
and often the best time of year to enjoy the nearby sandy
beaches. A mere 30 miles north of Santa Maria lies the
quiet, tree-lined community of San Luis Obispo. With
its unique natural beauty and delightful downtown, San
Obispo is a great place to live or visit.
The city has
43,000 residents, and is located eight miles from the
Pacific Ocean, midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles
the junction of Highway 101 and scenic Highway 1. Housing
remains affordable in these coastal communities. The
area offers a variety of architecture, from beautiful
Victorian to contemporary upscale housing developments.
Obispo is the home of the California Polytechnic State
University (CalPoly) US News & World Report’s
#1 Western regional college 8 years in a row. The Five
Cities are also home to Cuesta and Allan Hancock Colleges.