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Santa Barbara's Upper Riviera: The Story Surrounding 1121 Las Alturas

March 5th, 2024


The Riviera is more than just an enclave of view properties; it is a true testament to the history, culture, and spirit of Santa Barbara. As we continue to write its story, we do so with reverence for the past and excitement for the future, knowing that the enchanting allure of this neighborhood and 1121 Las Alturas will endure for generations to come.


An arching eyebrow of hillside between the downtown corridor and Santa Ynez Mountain lies the scenic neighborhood known as the Upper Riviera. With its winding roads, commanding ocean vistas, and prominent Spanish architecture, this neighborhood exudes an aura of elegance and tranquility that has captivated residents and visitors alike.

One cannot truly appreciate the Riviera without delving into its history, a story woven with opulence, creativity, and community. Each home has a story to tell, a narrative that intertwines with modern times and its history. The prominent Mediterranean-style architecture — characterized often by its red-tiled roofs, arched doorways, and whitewashed walls — harkens back to an era when Santa Barbara remained a haven for artists, intellectuals, and Hollywood luminaries seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. It was also then in the 1930s that the renowned architect Winsor Soule began to leave his mark on the neighborhood, designing homes that now seamlessly blend timeless glamor with modern luxury. Among these architectural gems stands proudly and centrally the residence at 1121 Las Alturas Road.

However, it is not just the architecture that defines the Upper Riviera; it is the sense of community that smoothes around every corner of the neighborhood. Neighbors gather on various enclaves for walks along tree-lined streets and bike rides beneath the California sun that lead to numerous hiking trails. 100-year old oak trees provide shade, the scent of fruit trees fill the air, and the favored south-facing landscape allows the ocean breeze, creating an amorous and welcoming atmosphere.

The residence of 1121 Las Alturas Road epitomizes this Riviera lifestyle, with its terraced grounds, sparkling pool, head-on views of the Pacific Ocean, city, and the bustling harbor below. It serves as a reminder of the timeless allure of the neighborhood, where every sunset is a work of art and every day is an opportunity to embrace the beauty of coastal living. As we reflect on the history of the Upper Riviera, we are reminded of the visionaries who shaped the area into the treasure it is today. From Winsor Soule's architectural masterpieces to the enduring sense of community that defines the neighborhood, it stands as a testament to the timeless allure of Santa Barbara's unique charm.

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