Welcome to San Roque
A family-friendly retreat dotted with classic homes
Tucked below the foothills of northwest Santa Barbara, San Roque is famed for the charming, historic homes strewn across its luxuriant landscape. Featuring a harmonious blend of striking architectural styles, including bungalows, Spanish Colonial Revivals, and French Normandy homes set on beautiful gardens and quiet, winding streets, this neighborhood’s unique charm and emphasized sense of community has made it a quintessential family-focused haven in Southern California.
Taking its name from San Roque Creek, this old, rural farming area was first developed as a residential subdivision in the 1910s. Homes lie within a short distance of its three excellent schools, shopping centers, and amazing restaurants, while the generally fine weather lures families out to spend time in the neighborhood parks, throwing picnics, or walking their pets.
What to Love
- Served by top-rated schools
- Close to shopping, dining, and entertainment
- Family-oriented atmosphere
- Close-knit community
- Architecturally outstanding
In San Roque, emphasis is placed on family. With a great school system, community parks for leisurely strolls, casual picnics, and the Santa Barbara Family YMCA, families enjoy an active lifestyle, alongside being in a community where neighbors tend to be concerned for each other’s wellbeing.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Strewn with delicious restaurants and fun shops, San Roque truly rocks on its foodie and retail scene. Reserve a table for the whole family at Via Maestra 42, a cozy Italian restaurant known to serve authentic, savory dishes and hearty desserts. La Cumbre Plaza sits right next to San Roque where residents easily drive down the road to experience the plaza’s world-class shopping and dining as though it were in town. Stop in at Lure Fish House to relish dishes like lobster ravioli, seared ono fish, charbroiled oysters on the half shell, as well as tequila lime shrimp pasta paired with organic assorted hot teas, beers, and other beverages of your choice.
For your high-end cookware and quality gourmet goods, Williams-Sonoma is a good bet. Order aesthetically pleasing furniture from Pottery Barn, and swing by J.Jill for stylish apparel and shoes. And if you’re looking to kick back in a cozy bar with an old-timey feel, don’t miss out on a visit to Harry’s Plaza Cafe–an establishment tucked inside a strip mall and known for serving guests American comfort food.
Things to Do
While the beautiful San Roque may not be teeming with all the museums or spectacular attractions, families enjoy a great deal on its lush parks, hiking trails, and gardens. Every year, the city comes alive with lively events at the colorful Earl Warren Showgrounds. From rodeos to antique shows, wrestling, and concerts, this vibrant venue is always abuzz.
Local weddings often take place on the scenic grounds of Elings Park, but you can also come for a peaceful sunset stroll along its landscaped walkways whenever you want, bring your kids to the sports fields or get out your mountain bikes for a midmorning ride along the trails. The Mission Rose Garden lives up to its hype as a paradise of lovely roses, in all colors and varieties. In celebration of Halloween, don’t forget to chaperone your little ones for Trick or Treating along Lincolnwood Drive.
San Roque is home to some of California’s most acclaimed educational institutions, renowned for their outstanding curriculum and consistent high performance rate of students. Top neighborhood choices include:
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