One of the oldest and most distinguished neighborhoods of Santa Barbara, The Riviera is the trademark hillside peeking over the city. It is comprised of almost 2,000 homes along narrow, winding streets. Divided into the upper and lower Riviera, houses are mostly mid century or older, with a few contemporary residences accentuating the slope. They are cleverly built so that the great majority offer stunning views of downtown, the harbor, ocean, and islands. Although lot sizes tend to be modest, the prices of homes on The Riviera reflect their prestigious vista and location. Houses on the backside of The Riviera offer more land and breathtaking panoramas of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Too steep for biking or jogging, The Riviera still possesses a few parks and is unmatched in capturing the best views of Santa Barbara.