Homes for Sale in Riviera

The Riviera is a picturesque neighborhood in Santa Barbara with a coastal vibe, resembling the charming towns of France and Italy along the Mediterranean. Perched high on a hill, it offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the city below, allowing residents to enjoy the bustling energy of the metropolis from a tranquil and serene vantage point.

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Riviera Listings

Riviera Stats September 23, 2023
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About Riviera

Stretching approximately two miles, The Riviera spans from Foothill Road to Sycamore Canyon Road in the north, and from the Santa Barbara Mission to North Salinas Street in the south.

The earliest known residence in The Riviera dates back to 1872, much to the amusement of the locals who initially dismissed it as the folly of a fool. However, in 1913, a group of visionary investors recognized the area's potential and embarked on a development project that gave birth to the present-day Riviera. This charming neighborhood is now characterized by stucco homes with red-tiled rooftops, nestled along steep and winding roads adorned with beautifully crafted stone walls.

At first glance, The Riviera may appear to lack a true sense of community due to its topography. However, residents argue that there is plenty to explore within the neighborhood, including hidden trails and footpaths that provide convenient access between different areas. Additionally, residents frequently gather at neighborhood parks like Franceschi and Orpet Parks, which offer breathtaking scenic views and a sense of magnificence.

The Riviera Association, established in 1930 and consisting of approximately 2,200 homes, has played a vital role in fostering a sense of unity among residents. The association not only keeps the community informed but also works diligently to preserve and enhance the neighborhood's natural beauty.

Noteworthy attractions in The Riviera include the Riviera Theatre, a historic venue built in 1926 known for showcasing independent films. Another notable landmark is the El Encanto Hotel, steeped in history and charm. Additionally, the Santa Barbara Bowl, an open-air amphitheater with a seating capacity of around 3,500, stands as the area's largest concert venue, hosting various performances and events.

Education in The Riviera is provided by Roosevelt Elementary and Santa Barbara Junior High schools. Furthermore, Marymount School, a private co-educational institution offering elementary and junior high education, can also be found in this area.

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