Pros and Cons of Living in the San Roque Neighborhood Santa Barbara

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.

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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 – 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, 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
  • Banks
    • Wells Fargo
    • Montecito Banks
    • Robo Bank
    • Union Bank
  • Miscellaneous
    • US Postal Office
    • Vices & Spices
    • San Roque Florist
    • Big 5 Sporting Goods
    • Ross Dress for Less
    • Petco
    • Chicos

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.

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Homes Currently for Sale - San Roque Neighborhood

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