Chris Casebeer & Company, Inc.
"Serving Santa Barbara Real Estate since 1974"
418 East Islay, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Mailing Address: PO Box 91330, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
Phone: 805-448-7727 | Fax: 805-563-9735
California DRE Broker's #00444968

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The Mesa district of Santa Barbara is located on a bluff overlooking the harbor and the Pacific ocean. It is west (up coast) of the harbor, bounded by City College on the east, Las Positas Road in the west, and rises up to a high hill behind it.

If you continue driving up the coast from the harbor you will be on Shoreline Drive which eventually intersects the Mesa's main commercial thoroughfare, Cliff Drive. If you cross the Cliff Drive intersection, the road is called Meigs Road and climbs the hill to the top of the Mesa and then goes down the back side into downtown. Please see the link to the map below.

Mesa Map

Much of the lower Mesa was originally developed in the 30s and 40s and has smaller, older homes and cottages. With rising prices however, the area is changing and you see a lot of remodeling transforming the older homes. The area above Cliff Drive, going up the hill was developed in the 60s and 70s and here you will find ranch style homes from the modest to the elegant, especially on top where there area great views of the ocean and coastline on one side and the City and mountains on the other side.

The weather is a cooler, marine climate, which, like the rest of Santa Barbara near the ocean, gets foggy and overcast from May-June to July-August. You can't predict the season with accuracy, so this is a loose range. Generally it burns off by the afternoon, but it can stay foggy here most of the day while it can be sunny near the foothills.

The Mesa has it's own shopping area located at the intersection of Shoreline/Meigs and Cliff Drive. There are shopping developments on each corner. There are banks, super markets, restaurants, shops, and offices here.

There are three elementary schools in the area: McKinley, Washington, and Monroe. The junior high school is La Cumbre and the high school is Santa Barbara High. It is right next to Santa Barbara City College, one of our local educational treasures. School information can be found in the Resources page of this Web site. Please check the school district to find which schools service any address in this area.

The Mesa is generally beach oriented. On the weekends, Shoreline Park is where families picnic, play frisbee, and fly kites. Ledbetter beach next to the harbor has a good surfing area at the point below Shoreline Park. Two of our newest parks are located here: the Douglas Family Preserve-named by Michael Douglas for his father Kirk, but many locals still call it the Wilcox Property; and Las Positas Park, the former Jesuit property, now  known as Elings Park. Names can be confusing here. The beach at the east end of the Mesa is officially Arroyo Burro Beach, but most locals call it Hendry's Beach.

Let Chris Casebeer's clients tell you why he's been a top Santa Barbara broker for over 30 years.
“As a single woman making a big change in her life, I felt very comfortable knowing that you and your knowledge of the real estate market would help make this transition possible. The many reassuring and informative phone calls back and forth between Chicago and Santa Barbara during the negotiating period were professional and very supportive, and kept me calm during a normally stressful time. Your easy and sensitive manner made me feel confident that everything would fall into place - and it did! An additional bonus is your knowledge of this town and the people in it. If I have a question about anything from hiking trails to professional services, you always have well informed suggestions.”
-Marilyn Conrad


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