5 Reasons to Retire in Santa Barbara, California

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You’re ready for a well-deserved retirement and you’re looking for the perfect place to retire. How does a near-perfect climate where the natives are friendly on the California coast sound? Whether you want to kick back and enjoy the ocean and island views or explore the many sport-related activities and cultural events Santa Barbara has to offer this small-town oceanfront community might be just what you’re looking for!

Santa Barbara offers a variety of housing options. With its mild climate, beautiful architecture, and numerous amenities, there is something for everyone. Here are the five reasons why retiring in Santa Barbara is an excellent choice.

Santa Barbara’s Rich History and architecture

     Santa Barbara is a beautiful coastal city. It effectively blends the old with the new. The Spanish influence is strongly felt in its architecture, and the Spanish Mediterranean Colonial houses provide a unique charm and feel. However, it’s also a modern and thriving city. For example, the iconic State Street downtownlined with palm trees, offers an abundance of shops, restaurants, and beautiful historic buildings. You can explore its wonders and attractions on foot or take the electric shuttle.

The Weather

It’s impossible to talk about this unique city without mentioning California sunshine. Thanks to its warm Mediterranean climate, Santa Barbara has been nicknamed the American Riviera, and for a good reason. Situated between Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, it boasts long sunny summers and mild winters.

Thanks to the ocean breeze, it has a more moderate climate than inland California. Cooler summers and warm winters make outdoor activities possible all year round. This weather, ideal for sailing, hiking, and picnics, make it a popular retirement location. Whether you prefer soaking in the sun, long walks, or sightseeing, Santa Barbara has what you want.


This beautiful community, 90 minutes north of Los Angeles, is one of the nation’s top retirement destinations. Its sunny climate and picturesque scenery make it a perfect choice for all active seniors, not to mention all the recreational and cultural amenities. If you are considering retiring in Santa Barbara, there are plenty of housing options for you.

Each neighborhood has its distinct look and charm. From the beaches of Carpinteria all the way up the coast to Hollister Ranch you can choose the community that suits your needs. Also, there are numerous assisted living and continuing care facilities. We’re happy to provide you with that information.

Once you’ve found your perfect home and are ready to plan your long-distance relocation, make sure to research reliable help to move to your new home trouble-free. Many moving companies in the area offer specialized moving services for seniors, so you will know that you are in good hands.

Culture and Art Scene

One could spend a lifetime exploring everything Santa Barbara has to offer. There are plenty of historical places to visit and enjoy. Old Mission Santa Barbara is a famous historical landmark. County Courthouse and Presidio evoke the rich Spanish heritage of Santa Barbara.

There is an abundance of museums, art galleries, and theaters worth visiting. You can go to Arlington theatre or opt for the Lobero, which has its own symphony orchestra. Moreover, there are often incredible concerts at the Santa Barbara Bowl in the open against a magnificent backdrop of the mountain canyons and the Pacific.

Santa Barbara Loves Festivals! You can take part in the Old Spanish Days Fiesta, the Arts and Crafts Show, The Santa Barbara International Film FestivalVeterans Day, and the often colorful and sometimes different but very artistic Summer Solstice Parade.

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Mark Danforth Lomas

Comments (1)

James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Mark.

Not likely that I will move anywhere except for a few miles where I currenlty am

Mar 21, 2021 01:19 AM