Stretching from Santa Barbara City College to Arroyo Burro Beach, The Mesa district has won the distinction of ‘Santa Barbara’s Best Neighborhood’ for several years in a local periodical. Geographically, it is a narrow ridge west of downtown spanning a length of 2 ½ miles. Residents appreciate convenient shopping centers, restaurants, several public schools, ocean, island, and city views, reasonable home prices, and a healthy sprinkling of friendly parks. Graced with cooler summers and warmer winters, The Mesa maintains a comfortable climate year round. Downtown Santa Barbara is a leisurely five minute drive down the hill; while the harbor, the pier, and a handful of beaches are even closer. Safe, calm, and agreeable, locals feel The Mesa is a perfect Santa Barbara base.