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URBAN HIKE

Heck Yeah We Live in Santa Barbara
updated: May 12, 2012, 9:30 AM

By the Urban Hikers

As many of you know, as of New Year's Eve 2011 we officially concluded walking each and every street in the City of Santa Barbara. Along the way we've taken thousands of photos, and while we've shared many of of our favorites with you there are still a whole bunch we haven't included in our stories. So...as we buy a little extra time to finish our story about the Biltmore Pier, Hammond's, Bonnymeade, Montecito Shores and that general area, we'll simply share some of the numerous sights that caught our fancy as we strolled along the streets of SB. We think you'll agree that these photos depict a few of the things that make Santa Barbara the gem that it is.

So, in no particular order, here are a few of our favorite city homes.

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And these are some of the lovely details we passed along the city streets...only by walking and taking time to look around were we able to discover many of these delightful surprises.

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Santa Barbara abounds with business, and although we generally steer clear of sharing images of commercial interests, these iconic images begged to be included in our "favorites"..so we added them for their "quintessential SB" factor.

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We've seen lots and lots of gorgeous views along our walks, and these images captured only a few of our favorites.

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We love this town and are so glad we can say, "Heck yeah we live in Santa Barbara!"

As always we encourage you to go out and explore your town, meet your neighbors, keep your eyes, ears and minds open to all that you encounter, and above all, expect the unexpected.

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 COMMENT 279131 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-05-12 09:43 AM

So many of your favorites made me smile. I'm taking a walk this afternoon!!

 

 COMMENT 279162 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-05-12 10:51 AM

Absolutely spectacular! Thank you for the reminder of why we live here. But I bet you two could find beauty and interesting sights in Barstow, Brawley, or any other non-garden spot.

 

 COMMENT 279163P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-05-12 10:53 AM

I miss it so much... If I could afford to move back, I would. Thanks for the photos.

 

 COMMENT 279206P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-05-12 11:58 AM

What an eclectic collection of interesting houses, decorations, and colors. Individuality celebrated!

 

 COMMENT 279218 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-05-12 12:50 PM

Shows even "affordable" Santa Barbara has charms worthy the sacrifices to stay and enjoy them. No, Santa Barbara is not necessarily a wealthy community at all. Instead, at all levels it is a loved community and a personally expressive community.

Many of those shots are from the Westside part of town. And that is where one also finds many of the best holiday light displays too. There are no bad parts of town to live in at all. Just a few too many resentful snobs who seem to think so but have not really tried to make life work for them in this town -- any part of town.

 

 COMMENT 279279 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-05-12 07:39 PM

Some of those houses are on the Pearl Chase Tour coming up - the historical Pagoda House shown in one of the pics is on the east side - great job urban peeps!

 

 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2012-05-13 10:00 AM

All wonderful, thanks! I never take all this for granted, every day I'm loving our area. The only other place I lived was one yr in Hawaii

 

 COMMENT 279349 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-05-13 11:08 AM

LOVE LOVE...That quail is beautiful. We have a mocking bird flying around singing the quail song. It stops me in my tracks, I love their song. I'm so blessed everyday to be able to live here. So thankful...

 

 PRAIRIEFEMME agree helpful negative off topic

2012-05-13 04:25 PM

You get so many well-deserved kudos but I want to add mine anyway. Wonderful stories and photos. You should put it all in a book (I'm sure not the first time you've heard that). We can't afford SB but live in Buellton and visit SB often. Such a wonderful city!

 

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