The view from this coveted Santa Barbara neighborhood rivals those of its European “riviera” counterparts. Located on a ridge above downtown with the Santa Ynez Mountains looming overhead, the Riviera offers magnificent vistas to the sparkling blue Pacific Ocean and Santa Barbara’s hallmark Channel Islands.
Many of the residences, which range from modest homes to impressive estates, also enjoy magnificent views of the Santa Ynez Mountains. The Riviera is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Santa Barbara and its residents some of the best educated.
The ridge upon which the neighborhood is built was considered too steep to build upon until 1911, when a developer introduced an innovative streetcar system, which was followed soon by roads. Before moving to nearby Goleta in 1949, the Santa Barbara branch of the University of California was located in the neighborhood. The former campus is now the Riviera Center, an enclave of select businesses.
The Riviera Association, a group dedicated to facilitating communication among residents of the Riviera neighborhood, helps keep the character of the area intact by mandating that utility lines be placed underground and that developers not build structures that block any resident’s existing views.
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