Santa Barbara - San Roque

A perennial favorite for families, San Roque offers safe streets, charming architecture, and high-achieving schools.  Adjacent to the amenities of Upper State Street, and backed by the Santa Barbara foothills, this is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in our area.



The three main elementary schools are Peabody Charter, Hope, and Monte Vista.  All three are sought after by parents year in and year out.  School preference is always subjective, so we recommend parents research using Start Class and Great Schools.  Private school fans can explore El Montecito School.


While small in size, San Roque Park serves as a meet-up spot for families that live near by.  Stevens Park is larger and more suited for larger gatherings and parties.  It also makes a perfect starting point from which to access Franklin Park, Arroyo Burro, and Jesusita trails.  Brave souls can even reach Inspiration Point from here!


Upper State Street abounds with restaurants and shops.  Food-lovers flock to Via Maestra for Italian, Lure for seafood, and Harry's for old-fashioned comfort food and drinks.  DIY chefs can shop at Whole Foods, the brunch crowd can gather at Jeannine's, and Renaud's cookies and coffee will satisfy any sweet-tooth.

This area is also ideal for completing all your errands.  7 Day Nursery has all your gardening needs covered, Chaucer's Books is a local favorite for gifts, Velo Pro is the local bike shop, and the Five Points shopping center covers everything else.

Real Estate

San Roque properties are a prized posession.  It's the type of neighborhood that everyone wants a part of, and when you get your slice, you tend to hang on to it.  Architecture is an eclectic mix of formal estates, craftsman cottages, Spanish haciendas, and everything in between.

Home values range from about $800,000 to over $2,000,000.  The west end of San Roque tends to be more affordable, while the oval-shaped Canon Drive represents the higher end of the spectrum.  Argonne Circle is the center of the spider web from which east San Roque streets emanate.

The chart below shows San Roque home prices in recent years.  The x-axis shows calendar years.  In parenthesis, you'll find the number of home sales for that time period.  The y-axis shows median home prices in millions of dollars.  You'll notice that after a sharp increase from 2012-2015, home prices have plateaued.  Time will tell if this is a trend or merely a blip on an otherwise upward trajectory.

median home price (in millions of dollars)