Considered one of the more desirable neighborhoods in Santa Barbara, the Upper East is located east of State Street and above Valerio Street, eventually merging into the Mission Canyon area and the Riviera foothills. This area maintains relatively flat topography so residents can enjoy an active walk to the downtown area, passing the beloved Mission rose gardens. Upper East inhabitants are conveniently located just minutes away from downtown boutiques, theaters, museums, and restaurants.
Students are within walking distance of newly constructed and highly respected Roosevelt School. The neighborhood slopes mildly away from downtown approaching The Mission, established in the 1700’s, and the Riviera. There are also many churches in this region.
Famous for its upscale homes and gorgeous mountain views, the Upper East architecture is an elegant mix of charming cottages or bungalows, whereas others are unique and sophisticated mansions. Themes include Victorian, Craftsman and American and Spanish Colonial Revival homes. Many estates are set back from the street to distance the neighborhood from noise, furthermore tall hedges line the tucked away homes to provide privacy for property owners.