Upper Riviera Community - Santa Barbara, CA

Upper Riviera Homes For Sale in Santa Barbara, California

Upper Riviera Santa Barbara Homes For Sale

The Upper Riviera community is located in the coastal beach town of Santa Barbara, California.  This is one of the premier neighborhoods in Santa Barbara with large scale homes that sit at the top of the hillside and can offer panoramic ocean and coastline views.  The homes are located in the same area as the upscale Encanto hotel and are considered some of the most expensive and sought after real estate in Santa Barbara.  There is one of the best areas to find older historic properties in the city. Below are the current Upper Riviera homes for sale and for lease in Santa Barbara. Please contact us at 888-990-7111 with questions regarding this community and any of the properties listed here.

Upper Riviera Santa Barbara Homes For Sale

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Santa Barbara 2166 Mission Ridge Rd

Provenance and perfection meet pleasure and privilege in this beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival-style home on the Santa Barbara Riviera. Built in 1949 and having recently undergone a substantial and impeccable upgrade, the gorgeous showcase rests on approximately 2 lovely, bucolic acres of gardens, walking paths and mature trees. Its transcendent renovation has involved meticulous attention to detail and significant expense by its current owners. Striking mountain and ocean views grace many rooms and areas of the grounds thanks to an abundance of large windows, French doors at every turn, and multiple patios and terraces. Snowy stucco walls, richly stained woods, and masterfully choreographed custom and ambient lighting create an ambiance of casual, understated luxury and sophistication.This singular hacienda's original owner commissioned noted architect Chester Carjola, whose other works are believed to include Santa Barbara Natural History Museum's Fleischmann Auditorium and Gladwin Planetarium, as well as the original University of California at Santa Barbara Library. Subsequent owners engaged the highly respected international architecture, landscape and interior design firm, Harrison Design. The strong yet refined presence of this world-class residence is first manifest in its diaphanous iron entrance gates flanked and supported by native stone columns. The driveway leads to a roomy motor court, and a walkway to the turreted entry, where an impressive custom wrought iron and glass door awaits. As one steps into the home's welcoming entry hall, the feeling is one of stepping into the richness of history. From the hall's embossed Spanish tile underfoot and richly-stained wood beams and shiplap overhead, one's gaze -- moving through doorways and rooms aligned in an enfilade  alights on the terrace and gardens beyond. While the living room welcomes camaraderie with its beamed cathedral ceiling, fireplace and multi-pane picture window overlooking a sizeable stone patio and the generous grounds, the adjacent study invites quiet contemplation. Its Old-World charm is manifest in traditional wainscoting, walls of Schumacher grass cloth, a coffered ceiling, and built-in bookcases flanking French doors to a wraparound terrace. The formal dining room, designed to accommodate numerous guests, is open through three generous archways to the north hall which, in turn and through two sets of French doors, provides access to an expansive central courtyard. The true heart of any home is its kitchen. In this case, privilege and practicality come together in a truly beautiful culinary center combining functional yet attractive design with the finest accouterments. Top-of-the-line appliances complement newly finished wide plank wood floors, custom cabinetry and a versatile center island. The space opens to an intimate courtyard and a comfortable family room. Four guestrooms, all with baths en suite, are conveniently located on the home's ground level, making them easily accessible to every interior and exterior public living area and all amenities. At the confluence of two central hallways -- one with spacious walls perfect for display of treasured artworks, and with French doors to both the central courtyard and an exterior terrace  a dramatic spiral staircase leads to the home's second floor retreat. The upper level is reserved for the master suite, a secluded sanctuary rivalling the accommodations at a fine world-class resort. The bedroom features a wide-plank wood floor, lovely fireplace, vaulted ceiling, and French doors to a private wraparound terrace looking out to the grounds, mountains and peeks of the ocean. The luxurious master bathroom offers dual sinks flanking an elevated soaking tub, and access to a pair of walk-in closets. Three terraces, a large patio and two courtyards offer abundant, easily accessible venues for enjoyment of Santa Barbara's Mediterranean climate and coveted indoor-outdoor lifestyle. The central courtyard features an enchanting blue-tiled fountain, the "kitchen courtyard" hosts a delightful fireplace, and there is a new outdoor kitchen sure to please the home cook or caterer as well as family and guests savoring al fresco dining. Beyond the patio and emerald lawn, stone walking paths mosey through stands of mature oaks and lead to rose gardens and an orchard with avocado, lime, grapefruit and kumquat trees. $4,950,000

$4,950,000
5 Beds
5½ Baths
Berkshire Hathaway

Santa Barbara 1215 High Ridge Lane

Few sites on Santa Barbara's historic Upper Riviera offer 2.59 acres on a prime cul-de-sac, mostly level with specimen oaks and boulders framing breathtaking views of ocean, islands, harbor, and city. This one-of-a-kind legacy property has been treasured by family for the past 80 years. A romantic San Ysidro Ranch style single level cottage, designed by Chester Carjola, offers three ensuite bedrooms, guest quarters, four and one-half baths. Classic features include wood beamed ceilings, picture windows, oak flooring plus updated kitchen and baths, newer windows, and solar system. The grounds inspire with terraces, pathways, calming fountain. There is a two-car garage, carport, outbuildings and greenhouse from a former orchid business.Stroll to Franceschi Park and Sheffield Open Space, dine at the El Encanto then catch a film at the Riviera Theatre, explore "secret paths" to vibrant downtown Santa Barbara or simply embrace the solitude of your Eden, the start of your own legacy.$3,995,000

$3,995,000
3 Beds
5 Baths
2,691 SqFt
Sotheby's International Realty

Santa Barbara 350 Las Alturas Rd

This property is shown by appointment only. Gorgeous Riviera home with unbeatable views of the Pacific Ocean, harbor and mountains. Included are baby grand piano, refrigerator, stove, microwave, new washer/drier,ceiling lights, poolside furniture, Cobalt exterior pots, metal shelving in garage and tool room. Excluded are all furniture, fountain, art, antique refrigerator in laundry room, TV's, shell lamp in spa room, BBQ, bamboo bar at pool, floor lamps at entrance and contents of tool room.The property has 3 back up propane tanks by the pool. There are 30 new installed solar panels owned not leased. 80 KW system (owned) w. inverter.$3,875,000

$3,875,000
5 Beds
4½ Baths
Sun Coast Real Estate

Santa Barbara 280 Loma Media Rd

This is the view home your clients have been dreaming of and every room exemplifies that. The outer entry way is graced with a peaceful pond fed by a boulder fountain. The living room was re-designed to provide a larger, usable space and a more modern fireplace. The Siberian Oak hardwood flooring was installed through the main living areas. The kitchen was transformed with the use of Brazilian quartz. There are exterior automatic shades for the main windows. There is a sauna room with a cold plunge. Patio space is massive which allows many to congregate and has a spa on the second level. There is a self-contained suite on the lower level which has its own patio with a view. On the east side of the property is a gleaming pool. There are also water features throughout the property.$3,850,000

$3,850,000
3 Beds
3 Baths
3,519 SqFt
Village Properties - 1

Santa Barbara 581 Las Alturas Rd

High on the upper Riviera, with sweeping city & ocean views from every room and patio, this 2-story, 4 bedroom/5 bath Mediterranean estate, newly constructed in 2012, has the feel of a tastefully understated Moroccan palace. Decorative mosaic tile, parquet wood/tile flooring and wrought-iron lantern chandeliers lend a Moorish flavor to the spacious interior and add an exotic touch to the open portico-style cabana by the pool & jacuzzi, complete with its own fireplace and bathroom. Folding glass-paneled doors open the entire wall of the living room to the poolside patio and stunning views. Highlights of the gourmet kitchen are the La Cornue French stove, separate pizza oven, granite countertops, a deep copper farm sink and adjacent wine cellar and formal dining room. The downstairssecond master bedroom is appointed with a gas fireplace, French doors to the pool patio and a spa-like bathroom with walk-in steam shower and glass wall looking out to a private patio with outdoor tub. An elegant, mosaic-tiled staircase ascends from the grand entryway to the upper level and the main master bedroom with its gas fireplace, massive walk-in closet with built-ins and a large ocean/city view balcony. The 3rd bedroom has a connected sitting room, hall bathroom and private view balcony and the 4th bedroom is actually part of a potentially separate apartment that includes a sitting room, partial kitchenette, its own patio/balcony and dramatic staircase entrance. With the ambience of a private retreat, this luxurious home is only minutes away from downtown Santa Barbara's distinctive dining, shopping and beautiful beaches. $3,790,000

$3,790,000
4 Beds
5 Baths
Sun Coast Real Estate

Santa Barbara 665 Las Alturas Rd

Superb Upper Riviera property with privacy.This renovated home is designed for entertaining. Almost all rooms face South and have the unobstructed City, Ocean, harbor & Island views that one would expect from this location. Custom Distressed wood floors & Beamed cathedral ceilings are backdrops to the view from this open floor plan concept. Large Gourmet Kitchen Flows into the lounge area as well as the formal Dining room. Over size Doors open to the view terraces. One nice feature is 4 of the 5 bedrooms open out to ocean/city view terraces. The terraced gardens offers a lawn, firepit and several entertaining spaces all focused towards the views. Dual Master Suites, with the Main level Master currently set up as a media room$3,375,000

$3,375,000
5 Beds
4 Baths
2,874 SqFt
Village Properties

Santa Barbara 365 Loma Media Rd

Fulfill your day with inspiring ocean, harbor & intimate city views while enjoying this exquisitely renovated home featuring light-filled open spaces along with an office, media room & 4 private bedroom suites. This special Riviera retreat offers supreme privacy combined with easy access to downtown amenities, beaches & hiking trails providing the perfect getaway for stress free living.$3,095,000

$3,095,000
4 Beds
5 Baths
3,751 SqFt
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Santa Barbara 1406 Alameda Padre Serra

Resting on a rare, nearly one-acre parcel on Santa Barbara's coveted Riviera, Casa Alegria (''House of Joy''), built in 1924, has been meticulously renovated and upgraded over the years. Introduced by a generous motor court, brilliant bougainvillea, and a tiered fountain, the home offers panoramic ocean and island views through large windows in nearly every room. Fireplaces in the living and dining rooms, richly-stained wide-plank wood floors, architectural niches, and the soft light of traditional Spanish sconces create a warm, inviting ambiance. The living room, dining room, and den open to an expansive ocean-view veranda to the south, while a sprawling lawn and other backyard amenities grace the northern portion of the property. The chef's kitchen features Shaker-style cabinetry,high-end appliances, limestone and soapstone counters, and a versatile center island. With nearly an acre, there are many possibilities for expansion. Down the hill, around the bend and one is immersed in the abundant services, schools, culture and recreation for which Santa Barbara has earned its reputation as one of the world's most beautiful and livable small cities. $2,595,000

$2,595,000
3 Beds
3 Baths
2,255 SqFt
Sotheby's International Realty

Santa Barbara 2217 Mission Ridge Rd

Rarely available Santa Barbara Romantic Riviera with gorgeous views. Custom built 3 Bedroom 4 Bath Mediterranean home perched above a park like (aprox) 1/2 acre. Adjacent to Chumash lands. Overlooking the Santa Barbara Mission and Rose Garden Custom built in 1981- All 3 bedrooms connect with private patios and outside entrances. This home could be used as dual living. Lush drought tolerant landscaping, cathedral ceilings, pantry, wet bar, 3 fireplaces, majestic city and ocean vista views. Roosevelt School District, close to Marymount School, Garden Street Academy, Located just minutes from downtown Santa BarbaraThis is a rare custom quality home on the Santa Barbara Riviera...priced to sell now.$2,250,000

$2,250,000
3 Beds
4 Baths
2,164 SqFt
Dynasty Real Estate

Santa Barbara 1527 Dover Road

No need to tiptoe around an old home and obsolete floorplan to try and create your dream Riviera view estate . . . instead buy this parcel with approved plans for an exquisite Italian villa, on an ideally located and perfectly contoured big-view lot in the prized El Encanto old Riviera district. The floorplan is designed for convenience with the main common rooms, master suite and garage all on the entry level, with unobstructed panoramic ocean and city views. Additional bedroom suites and entertaining rooms are below, leading to an elegant pool and terraced gardens. Priced less than what you'd pay for a nearby old historic home, which would then cost more to re-invent to your needs (if even possible) vs. new construction. Here's a rare chance to build a plan-ready beautiful estate!$1,995,000

$1,995,000
13,939 SqFt
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties

Santa Barbara 36 Rincon Vista Rd

The McCarthy Estate Circa 1934 Lovingly Preserved Offering Many Original Architectural Details. Spacious Rooms with Large Picture Windows Invite Substantial Ocean Harbor & Island Views Right Into This Vintage One of a Kind Home. Classic Santa Barbara Spanish Architecture Includes Thick Stucco Walls, Heavy Tile Roof & Old World Wrought Work. A Mid Century Kitchen Opens to Harbor View Breakfast Room Drenched in Natural Sunlight. Enjoy A Fresco Dining in the South Facing Loggia Overlooking the Harbor & Gardens.This Special Offering also Includes a Second Parcel & Water Meter for Your Own Private Ocean View Park. 40 Rincon Vista APN# 019-282-018.$1,895,000

$1,895,000
3 Beds
3 Baths
2,174 SqFt
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Santa Barbara 28 Mountain Drive

Rare opportunity & fantastic location! Hear the Mission Bells from this Mid Century charmer. Tucked away in a wooded setting w/mountain & treetop views. Home sits back & above the street at the end of a long driveway. Extreme quiet & privacy! Open floor plan & flexible layout. One bed & bath has separate entrance & can be used as a studio, extended family, etc. Den could easily be converted to 4th bedroom. Hardwood floors, rock FP, vaulted ceilings, walls of glass. New paint, carpet, updated kitchen. Roosevelt School. Trust sale, first time on the market in nearly 50 years. Surrounded by multi-million dollar estates. This is a very special property with good energy & a peaceful feel. The new owner will be lucky to live here-- it is a winner!$1,400,000

$1,400,000
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,806 SqFt
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties

Santa Barbara Las Tunas Rd

Unique opportunity to realize your dream home on the coveted Riviera of Santa Barbara. For almost six decades, this property has been held by one family. And now is your chance to create your own romantic hideaway on one of the last remaining vacant lots in the desirable Riviera Foothills with over one and a half acres offering panoramic views of the Pacific, Sterns Wharf and downtown Santa Barbara.Peaceful and serene, the setting is one of privacy with no homes blocking your views, yet minutes to downtown restaurants and stores with the nearby Santa Barbara County Bowl for concerts and just up the street from the iconic luxurious Belmond El Encanto Hotel and Resort. Opportunities like this come once in a lifetime. Take it!$1,300,000

$1,300,000
Village Properties

Santa Barbara 1257 Dover Ln

Charming 1925 Cottage on the Riviera with amazing ocean views!! Original american oak wood flooring throughout with newer paint. Living room features a cozy brick fireplace with a built in cabinet, separate dining room with lots of natural lighting, 3rd bedroom / family room option, sunny breakfast room, lush outdoor landscaping with sparkling inground pool, lots of space for parking on & off property. Newer roof and sewer lateral report.$1,189,000

$1,189,000
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,430 SqFt
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Santa Barbara 2121 Las Tunas Rd

Spectacular ocean/Island view lot. 1.05 acres with many mature oak trees. Sewer hook up on site and ready to build.$1,000,000

$1,000,000
Sotheby's International Realty

Santa Barbara 1487 Sycamore Canyon Rd

Private and secluded 1.59 acre lot in Sycamore Canyon with panoramic mountain and canyon views in a well positioned west Montecito location. Large and flat building envelope. Graded and permitted driveway in place, original bridge needs replacing, property comes with engineering and plans for the bridge. New SCE pole just installed on the property, water and sewer at the street. Owners have done quite a bit of preliminary work including survey, topo, grading, bridge engineering, and estimates as well as significant development progress by prominent local planner. See documents tab for details. Tons of potential for a spectacular view home site minutes to Montecito and downtown. Call Ted Simmons for details.$289,000

$289,000
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties

Santa Barbara 51 Loma Media Rd

FULLY FURNISHED Rental. BEGINNING MARCH 2020. Perched on a hillside above Santa Barbara on the ''Riviera'', this gorgeous home features amazing views of Santa Barbara, the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands! This completely remodeled three bedroom, two bathroom contemporary home is a perfect escape for a relaxing getaway. With wrap around decks there are views from every angle. Unwind in a lounge chair and enjoy the sunset! *** Rental rate varies according to season. ***$7,900

$7,900
3 Beds
2 Baths
2,322 SqFt
Keller Williams Realty Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara 1253 Dover Ln

Located in the coveted El Encanto district, with easy access to downtown; this spacious Riviera home has expansive ocean, harbor and city views. Completely updated with gourmet kitchen, dining area and outdoor dining terrace that is great for entertaining. High beam ceilings throughout the home, with multiple fireplaces. The romantic master suite has a large walk in closet, fireplace and dramatic view deck. Drought tolerant landscaping. 2 car garage and lots of storage. Roosevelt attendance area.$6,700

$6,700
3 Beds
3 Baths
2,485 SqFt
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