The San Roque neighborhood is one of Santa Barbara’s premier places to live. Located in the northwest part of town, the San Roque neighborhood has many special qualities that make it a popular place to call home. This article will explore the pros and cons of the region with the goal of giving you insights into what it is like to live in Santa Barbara’s San Roque neighborhood.
What Homeowners Love About The San Roque Neighborhood
We have asked dozens of San Roque homeowners what they most like about their neighborhood. Few were shy and several offered their thoughts.
It is such a peaceful place.
We love taking a walk after work and San Roque’s streets & homes are so amazing. My husband’s an architect and the variety of homes is eye-catching.
It’s great that we know so many of our neighbors. It helps that we have a cute dog.
We moved here so our daughter could go to Monte Vista. She loves her school and is doing so well. Willowglen is great too, so close and a wonderful place for her to play with friends
The area is really convenient. We’ve gotten to know so many of the business owners and servers. It’s like a big family here.
As you have read, people really like living in San Roque. Let’s explore a few of the things that make the place so special.
San Roque Neighborhood – The Homes
As you walk or drive through San Roque the first thing you will notice is the variety of homes, big trees and a real sense of pride. Most of the homes were built in the late 1020’s to 1950’s with many historic architectural styles including:
- Spanish Colonial Revivals
- English Tudor Revivals
- French Normandy
- American Colonial
- California Ranch and more.
The diversity of architecture is only part of what gives San Roque so much character. The layout of the streets, mature trees and robust landscaping all come together here.
The streets are anything but grid-like. They meander the neighborhood, rising and falling as you move up and down the gentle slope from State Street to Foothill Drive. Some roads feel like hidden passages and one splits and comes back upon itself to form a neighborhood park. Large pines, oak, pepper, and other trees line many of the streets giving a cozy feeling to the area.
San Roque Neighborhood – Outdoor Activities
- San Roque Park is a small grassy park located in the street median on Canon near Ontare. It’s a great place to meet up with friends who are out sauntering.
- Stevens Park is a 25-acre park with a children’s play area, picnic benches and some walking trails. We like the fact that it is nestled in the San Roque canyon so it feels like you’ve left the city.
- Willowglen is another family friendly park with a kid’s play area, Lots of grass and places for kids to ride scooters and such. The only downside is there are no restrooms.
In addition to great family parks, La Cumbre Country Club is a local favorite for golf and the nearby Santa Barbara Family YMCA is simply amazing with all its classes, workout options, pool and more. Definite a family favorite in the area.
San Roque Neighborhood – Schools
Many parents choose the San Roque area simply because of its schools.
- Peabody Charter and Monte Vista are both popular elementary schools in town. Monte Vista is rated as a high performing California School and Peabody offers classes not seen in many schools.
- La Colina Junior High gets high marks on GreatSchools.org, especially when it comes to test scores where it ranks among the top in California.
- Santa Barbara Junior and Senior High Schools also serve children in San Roque.
San Roque Neighborhood – Shopping
We could write a few pages on the shopping and dining found nearby San Roque. The main commercial street in the area is State Street and locals refer to it as Upper State. It is along State St where you will find lots of shopping and food options
La Cumbre Plaza is one of the few malls in Santa Barbara and home to Macy’s, Sears, Starbucks, Pottery Barn, Von’s, Chipotle, Lure’s Fish House, Islands Burgers to name a few.
Let’s bullet out some of the other retail offerings:
- Grocery Stores
- Whole Foods
- Trader Joes
- Gelson’s Market
- Wells Fargo
- Montecito Banks
- Robo Bank
- Union Bank
- US Postal Office
- Vices & Spices
- San Roque Florist
- Big 5 Sporting Goods
- Ross Dress for Less
Restaurants Near San Roque Neighborhood
- Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro – A breakfast and lunch fav
- Farmer Boy – Classic America breakfast and lunch
- Harry’s – Step back into Santa Barbara history. Known for strong drinks and a classic menu.
- Shintori Sushi – Get lots of 4-5 star ratings on Trip Advisor
- Tee off – Comfortable, golf-themed eatery & lounge known for thick cuts of prime rib
- Flavor of India – Tasty and affordable
- Via Maestra – Exceptional Italian food for lunch and dinner.
- The Habit Burger – Local roots and a great burger
- Natural Café – Affordable vegan and vegetarian in a relaxed setting
- Plus lots of fast food and other offerings
San Roque Neighborhood – Things You May or May Not Like
We believe it is important to advise our clients of both the pluses and possible minuses of neighborhoods. The following are things to keep in mind if you are looking at living in San Roque.
- Warmer Temps in the Summer: San Roque homeowners tell us it can be a bit warm in the hotter Summer months. Since many of the homes do not have AC systems, it is something to keep in mind.
- Foundation Settling Issues: Some parts of Santa Barbara, including the San Roque area have expansive soils. This can cause some settling problems that show up as wall cracks and such. Make sure you have your home inspected by an area knowledgeable home inspector.
- Road Noise: Some people like homes in the upper region of San Roque. Just be aware that Foothill Road (192) is a well-trafficked street and generates traffic noise. This is true of homes, condos and apartments near State Street. Just keep your ears open when viewing homes on these boundary streets.
What is it Like Living in Santa Barbara San Roque Neighborhood – Conclusions
If you are looking for a place that has a great neighborhood feel, where you can stroll the streets, and lots of families love to call home, the San Roque Neighborhood is a great choice.
San Roque’s location offers much with parks, shopping, dining and a straight shot to downtown, the harbor and 101 freeway. Since some homes have age and settling issues, make sure your Realtor knows the area and can give you good advice based on knowledge and experience.
BTW… Joe Parker & Garrett McCaw are such pros. Their office is in San Roque, Joe is a Santa Barbara native and they’ve both been helping people with their real estate needs for nearly 2 decades. They are here to help ensure you have a great home ownership experience.