Mission Canyon CA Homes & Real Estate
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Mission Canyon Neighborhood Information
• What is it like to live in Mission Canyon, Santa Barbara •
Mission Canyon is located just North of the city with Foothill Road running through it, dividing the Southern from its Northern part. Tunnel Road is another notable street in the neighborhood that leads up into the hills to outstanding hiking and biking opportunities in this area. Hike for as long or as short as you like, with a multitude of trails for all levels of intensity and length of time. The views will take your breath away.
This neighborhood has lots of character and a bit of a rural feel to it, yet it is very close to town. A lot of the homes have unique and interesting styles of architecture - quite a few of them with historic significance. It is a peaceful area with a natural landscape, no sidewalks, some stables, and lots of mature oak trees and vegetation.
This type of environment can be found especially in the area behind the Mission where the Natural History Museum is located. This museum is a popular family destination for people visiting Santa Barbara. And it is also much loved by locals. In this video, I am visiting the museum's popular butterfly exhibit with my two daughters.
Parks & Recreation
Rocky Nook Park and The Botanic Garden provide even more outdoor and nature lover opportunities in this quieter neighborhood. During springtime, the wildflowers at the Botanic Garden are a real highlight. There is so much beauty during any time of the year - the redwoods, the creek, and all the wonderful, natural areas for kids to play and explore. There are also educational programs offered.
Rocky Nook Park
Many Mission Canyon residents and tennis enthusiasts from the surrounding neighborhoods like to enjoy the popular Tennis Club. It is located past the Foothill Road and Mission Canyon Road intersection. Note: These are two of the main streets running through this area and can get busier and noisier.
The Santa Barbara Woman's Club is located in Mission Canyon as well. The historic Rockwood clubhouse, designed by Edwards, Plunkett, and Howell in 1927, is a popular venue for weddings and other large events. Founded in 1892, the club's mission is to cultivate friendships, world travel, and an interest in fine arts for its members. Social activities, like bridge, yoga, and book groups, are regularly offered here.
For those seeking warmer temperatures, Mission Canyon might be a good choice. It can get quite a bit warmer here than in the coastal neighborhoods - especially locations set on the hillside. Homes in the area around the Natural History Museum enjoy lots of shade from the naturally grown oaks. Note: The area above Foothill Rd can be more impacted by fire hazards. The community is regularly scanning for fire risk and the brush is being cleared. However, it is advisable to loook into homeowners insurance quotes before purchasing a home here.
Mission Canyon is a residential neighborhood. Nearby shopping options can be found along Upper State Street, De la Vina Street, and Downtown. A few popular options include:
- Trader Joe's
- Handlebar Coffee Roasters - a local's favorite for breakfast, good coffee, and work-life balance
- Ranaud's Patisserie & Bistro - French patisserie with multiple locations. Known for their amazing croissants!
- Le Cafe Stella - French comfort fare in a lovely neighborhood setting
- Kyoto Japanese Restaurant - authentic Japanese sushi, seafood, tempura, and steak
Properties in the Southern part of Mission Canyon - below Foothill Road - tend to sit on larger lots with naturally grown yards featuring rock formations, stone walls, and plenty of mature oak trees. You can even find farm-type properties, with horse stables and barns. The homes along the hillside - above Foothill Road - are built closer together, on windy roads with steeper driveways and often beautifully terraced gardens. You can enjoy some very special city, mountain, and ocean views from this part of Mission Canyon, winding up La Cumbre Peak. Architectural styles vary - you will find Mediterranean haciendas, historic farmhouses, and adobe buildings, California cottages, ranch, and even contemporary styles. It is a rather eclectic neighborhood with a peaceful, artistic vibe.
→ Watch an introduction to Mission Canyon within this video at timestamp 8:01