Mesa, a Spanish word meaning “table”, has been applied to the flat bench of elevated land fronting the ocean along Santa Barbara’s southwestern border since the mission days. Stretching from the Santa Barbara City College on the east and extending two and one-half miles to Arroyo Burro County Beach (or “Hendry’s/The Pit” to locals), the Mesa is an extremely desirable neighborhood and has often been voted the “Best Neighborhood” in a local paper’s poll.
Residents of the Mesa cherish their accessibility to the beach and to two of Santa Barbara’s most wonderful open spaces. Shoreline Park, a magnificent 15-acre bluff-top strip of lawn, bike and pedestrian trails, picnic tables and jungle gyms, is regarded by many as the finest park in Santa Barbara. At the southwestern tip of the Mesa, the Douglas Family Preserve (known to locals as the “Wilcox property”) is a stunning 70-acre recreation area left in its natural state, conserved as a peaceful retreat for all to enjoy forever.
Washington School – The Mesa
With regards to elementary schools, the 2 predominant schools on The Mesa are Monroe and Washington. Unbeknownst to the majority of kids attending, Washington School sits on a prime piece or real estate overlooking the ocean. For many families, attendance at Washington school is the main component with regards to purchasing a home here on The Mesa. Washington school has a very good local reputation and is also home to the GATE program here in Santa Barbara. Here is the current review from GreatSchools.org.
The majority of the housing styles we find on the Mesa include shingled cottages, ranch, Mediterranean and / or modern wood and glass. Over the last 10-15 years, many of the original 1950’s homes have been knocked down to make way for beautiful large two story homes that more fully take advantage of the lovely ocean views and proximity to beach life.
Real Estate values for The Washington School area average around $900,000 to $1.5 million. Most of the “standard homes” tend to fall in the 1000 to 1500 sqft range. Larger remodeled / newer homes tend to be more in the $1.5 to $3 million range. The Mesa view homes and ocean front estates start at around $1.5 million and can go up to $3-4 million.
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