Mesa, Santa Barbara CA Homes & Real Estate
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Mesa Neighborhood Information
• What is it like to live on the Mesa? •
The Mesa stretches out from Santa Barbara City College on the East and extends up to Douglas Family Preserve and Hendry’s Beach, one of the beloved beaches in town. This neighborhood can be divided into East Mesa, West Mesa, and Alta Mesa. I am going to refer to The Mesa as a whole here.
Most residents enjoy The Mesa predominantely for its proximity to the water and the casual, beachy neighborhood atmosphere. This laid-back lifestyle appeals to so many here in Santa Barbara. Families especially appreciate the great playgrounds and parks, walkability, and the overall sense of community.
Both La Mesa Park and Shoreline Park are very popular. In fact, Shoreline Park is considered to be one of the best parks in Santa Barbara with its wide-open grassy areas, the toddler-friendly playground, many picnic benches, and incredible views of the ocean.
There is also Elings Park with several hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, paragliding, and stunning panoramic views. Sometimes you can even find lamas, goats, and sheep at the top of the park.
The public schools have a good reputation in town. Some options include:
Tip: Check general school ratings for more information.
- Lazy Acres - one of Santa Barbara’s best sources for natural, organic foods and fresh produce.
- Mesa Produce - Like a mini Farmer's Market
- Mesa Verde - one of Santa Barbara's most popular vegan restaurants
- Mesa Burger - very popular burger restaurant
You can also find Vons, CVS, Rite Aid, several restaurants, hair salons, fresh smoothies and juices, coffee shops, etc. to complete your shopping experience.
If you are weather-sensitive, you should know that this area can get quite a bit of fog, especially during certain times of the year. The marine layer might keep the sun from coming through for the earlier parts of the day. Usually, the haze burns off around mid-day / early afternoon. On the plus side, the weather is cooler here during the summer and mild during winter.
Homes in this charming, coastal neighborhood are extremely desirable due to all the above-mentioned factors. You’ll find all sorts of styles from beachy California cottages, Craftsman, Ranch to Classic Mediterranean.
→ Watch this video for an impression of the Mesa neighborhood at timestamp 00:25