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April 11th, 2005, 07:41 AM
Hi to all,
I noticed today that my own city is really underpresented in these forums, so I decided to post some pictures.
Info from SantaBarbarCa.com (city's official website):
Santa Barbara lies on the West Coast of the United States, 92 miles (148 km) north of Los Angeles and 332 miles (534 km) south of San Francisco. It is the largest city and the seat of Santa Barbara County, which covers 2,774 square miles. The Santa Ynez Mountains, which run along the east-west section of the Santa Barbara coast, serve as the boundary distinguishing “North County” (Buellton, Guadalupe, Lompoc, Los Alamos, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, Solvang, and others) from “South County” (Carpinteria, Goleta, Montecito, Santa Barbara, and Summerland). While the South County cities and towns nestle in the Santa Ynez foothills on the shore of the Pacific Ocean, North County communities are located in higher-elevation inland mountain valleys.
The county is famous for its beautiful beaches, most of which lie along a unique south-facing stretch of coastline that affords beach visitors sun all day long and greater shelter from winds and surf than many other coastal beaches. But there’s far more here than beaches. The county encompasses enormously varied terrain: nearly one-third of its total acreage is set aside in the Los Padres National Forest, which includes the rugged San Rafael Wilderness Area. Santa Barbara County’s topographical diversity creates a huge variety of outdoor recreational opportunities in a relatively compact area.
Maybe no skyscrapers but still a true American beauty, one of the most beautiful cities in USA (hopefully, no one will be offended for that remark):
Some random pictures:
Legendary Rincon Beach - surfer's Jerusalem:
Solvang - little Denmark:
Santa Ynez - the wine country:
April 11th, 2005, 08:08 AM
great pics. SoCal is so great. and I actually love the oil rigs. mostly at night.
April 11th, 2005, 09:00 AM
Thanks for the remarks, guys. By the way, if some of the pictures do not show up, please right-click and save the path from Properties and paste it to a different browser. Also, if any one has any other pictures to show and share, I will appreciate it, as this is the first active Santa Barbara thread here.
Some street pictures due to request (I will try to find (or get by myself) the Acapulco restaurant pictures asap):
Mission Santa Barbara:
Famous residents of Santa Barbara:
Brad Pitt (periodically in Summerland), Michael Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Dennis Miller, Matt Le Blanc, Michael Jordan (periodically, only during the Fiesta)
To be continued,
April 11th, 2005, 07:37 PM
Some local beach bums - a common sight in SB beaches:
SB Polo and Racquet Club - US' best:
Jet-set of Santa Barbara (from Santa Barbara jet owners party in summer 2004) - Santa Barbara has one of the highest per capita private helicopter/airplane owners in the world:
April 11th, 2005, 07:48 PM
April 11th, 2005, 08:09 PM
Wow alot of pictures, what a gourgeous and picturesque place.
April 11th, 2005, 09:30 PM
my god....absoulutely amazing city.
April 12th, 2005, 04:53 AM
NOT COOL! NOT SANTA BARBARA!
April 12th, 2005, 05:32 AM
What a beautiful place, I love CA
April 12th, 2005, 06:04 PM
That was my mistake, I am sorry, I cleaned it all. Santa Barbara also has a small tourist wagon system from Stearns Wharf along the State Street, and they use the old-modified SF-style cars. In fact, this is one of the main tourist attractions. However, the guy who posted this picture on the internet probably thought that was one of those cars (you can check the link on right click and properties and confirm that he thought it was Santa Barbara, and so did I, as old SF-style cars is a common sight in SB).
But all the other pictures are safely Santa Barbara, please don't try to claim also our sea lions, as you might think that those might be some of the ones in Piers of SF. No, those are truly Southern Californian sea lions, they belong to us:)
More pictures and info:
Known as "The Queen of the Missions," Mission Santa Bárbara in California was founded on December 4, 1786 by Father Fermín Francisco de Lasuén, who had taken over the Presidency of the California mission chain upon the death of Father Junípero Serra. It was the tenth mission founded, and was named for Barbara.
The mission sits on a rise overlooking both the City of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean; the Santa Ynez Mountains rise almost 4,000 feet in back. During the first few years, there were three churches built, each larger than the previous one. It was only after the great 1812 earthquake, which destroyed the previous buildings, that the current mission was begun. The towers again sustained considerable damage in a 1925 earthquake, but were subsequently rebuilt. The appearance of the inside of the church has not been altered since 1820.
Many elements of the Mission's extensive water treatment system, all built by Indian labor (including aqueducts, two reservoirs, and a filter house) remain to this day, as does a grain mill; the larger reservoir, which was built in 1806, has been incorporated into the city's water system. The original fountain and lavadero are also intact near the entrance to the Mission. A dam constructed in 1807 is situated in the current Santa Barbara Botanic Garden up "Mission Canyon." The Mission's tanning vats, pottery kiln, and guard house all lay in ruins to this day.
Mission Santa Bárbara is the only mission to remain under the leadership of the Franciscan Friars since the day of its founding until today. The Mission also has the oldest unbroken tradition of choral singing among the California Missions and, indeed, of any California institution. The weekly Catholic liturgy is serviced by two choirs, the California Mission Schola and the Cappella Barbara, both under the direction of composer Keith Paulson-Thorp. The Mission archives contain one of the richest collections of colonial Franciscan music manuscripts known today. These manuscripts remain closely guarded and most have not yet been subjected to scholarly analysis.
The original City of Santa Barbara developed between the Mission proper and the harbor, specifically near the old Spanish Presidio, about a mile southeast of the Mission. As the city grew it extended throughout the coastal plain; a residential area now surrounds the mission, although there are public parks and a few public buildings (such as the Natural History Museum) in the area immediately adjacent to the Mission.
The Mission Santa Bárbara today continues to serve the city as a parish church.
Oil platforms off the coast of Santa Barbara:
Oil rigs from the distance at night:
Dolphins off the coast-Santa Barbara:
Channel Islands - National Park of Santa Barbara-Ventura area:
Daily boats approaching from Santa Barbara to Channel Islands:
Santa Barbara marina:
Whale watching - one of the main attractions for tourists - they give you full refund if you can't spot a gray whale on a half day trip:
April 15th, 2005, 08:49 AM
Some additional pictures:
Mission Santa Barbara:
Street cafes along Paseo Nuevo:
The Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival of the Santa Barbara Mission:
Santa Barbara Harbour:
Sunrise from the Stearns Wharf (here is a local Santa Barbara tip for all you guys, everyone in Santa Barbara brought a girlfriend to watch the sunrise at least once)
Now the Sunset in Santa Barbara-Stearns Wharf:
Sunrise in Montecito-Santa Barbara:
Local resident on the Wharf:
Bush is not very popular in Santa Barbara, as you might have guessed:
Montecito mansions (Montecito, a small town outside Santa Barbara, has historically been one of the most desirable hideouts for the rich and famous looking to escape from Los Angeles. Oprah Winfrey, who spent $50 million on a Montecito estate a couple years ago, is just one of many celebrities that keep a retreat in Santa Barbara. )
Most famous resident of Santa Barbara - Michael Jackson and his Neverland Ranch:
Another shot from UCSB campus:
May 23rd, 2005, 06:48 AM
The best ever.
May 23rd, 2005, 07:27 AM
Absolutely stunning! I wanna live there :)
May 23rd, 2005, 07:46 AM
Looks like a beautiful area. Now I know why so many people live in Southern California. I want to visit there. :)
May 23rd, 2005, 01:51 PM
Maybe it is time for Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark to be invited to visit SB and Solvang.
May 31st, 2005, 04:42 PM
Wow, awesome photos!
Q: Whats the islands offshore (from the photo from the mountains looking over the city) called?
Q: What is the population of SB?
BTW, what a location for a uni! Hate to be paying those fees!
May 31st, 2005, 05:07 PM
SB is a very good looking city, I think if it put high rises in it would ruin the already beautiful landscape.
May 31st, 2005, 06:12 PM
Sweet pic. :)
June 3rd, 2005, 08:34 AM
The islands right across are Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa (from the Channel Islands National Park). No settlements on the islands. Here is a map:
Population info from Wikipedia:
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 92,325 people, 35,605 households, and 18,941 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,878.1/km² (4,865.3/mi²). There are 37,076 housing units at an average density of 754.2/km² (1,953.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 74.04% White, 1.77% African American, 1.07% Native American, 2.77% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 16.37% from other races, and 3.85% from two or more races. 35.02% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
I will post more pictures from time to time to this thread.
June 3rd, 2005, 11:35 PM
June 3rd, 2005, 11:37 PM
well its about time we got on here. I think you nailed down all the main sights too. I wouldn't mind seeing some carpinteria and goleta though (where the real people live, though I guess for that matter we should be showing ventura, oxnard and santa maria).
BTW, using the CMA or CMSA stats, or whatever that metro designation is, SB has a population of 450,000 because the entire county and i think parts of ventura/oxnard/camarillo get lumped in with it.
June 10th, 2005, 09:42 PM
What a beautiful city. I was just down there last week, and was really impressed.
plinko over on SSP is down in SB too.
June 11th, 2005, 01:55 AM
Santa Barbara is beautiful, i wanna go there some day. i've only passed by but ive never actually stopped and looked around.
June 13th, 2005, 08:53 AM
Maybe no skyscrapers but still a true American beauty, one of the most beautiful cities in USA (hopefully, no one will be offended for that remark):
How can anyone get offended if your remark is true. Santa Barbara is always a pleasure to visit. It's becoming such a retreat for the famously wealthy. If LA has a hamptons, Santa Barbara would be it.
June 25th, 2005, 09:05 PM
Thanks so much for the photos! I'm actually transferring to the University of California, Santa Barbara next fall (I'm a San Francisco resident going to a local community college here), and I can't wait!
June 25th, 2005, 09:58 PM
See those buildings at the bottom center of the photograph? Those are actually the dorm buildings for transfer and upper division students, newly built and opened in 2003. In all likelyhood, I'll be put in there (I'll find out in a few months). The buildings closes to the shore actually have incredible unobstructed ocean views! I imagine it must be awesome to wake up, get out of the house, and enjoy the sounds of the ocean and feeling of the ocean breeze. I don't know if I'll ever be able to afford a property like that, so I'll definitely enjoy it when I'm there!
Here's a floor level view of those dorm buildings:
That's the buildings on the left, the dining common on the right, and the ocean in the background.
July 30th, 2005, 01:09 AM
I really thought hard about whether I should start a new thread about this city but then decided to post it here to my SB thread:
Lot of people see Ventura, CA as the sister city of Santa Barbara, CA, although those two cities (especially, their surfers) are in a great fight over who owns Rincon Beach (theoretically, it is in Ventura County but city of Carpinteria-in SB County-claims this place - as a Santa Barbaran, I would say only the best surfers from SB made Rincon legendary). Anyways, Ventura is regarded as one of the best places in United States to live (according to life standards), a truly beautiful and friendly place, not as hectic as LA or as touristic as Santa Barbara. Tons of Santa Barbarans started to move to Ventura, California to live due to cheaper homes and better life standards (or say, as good as in SB). It is definitely a remarkable place, and a copy of Santa Barbara (I always see it as a Santa Barbara of 10-15 years ago).
Info from Wikipedia:
San Buenaventura (Ventura) is the county seat of Ventura County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 100,916. The city was founded in 1782.
Ventura is located northwest of Los Angeles along highway 101 at the California coast and at 34°16'30" North, 119°13'40" West (34.275242, -119.228048)1.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Ventura has a total area of 84.6 km² (32.7 mi²). 54.6 km² (21.1 mi²) of it is land and 30.0 km² (11.6 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 35.49% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 100,916 people, 38,524 households, and 25,233 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,849.3/km² (4,790.6/mi²). There are 39,803 housing units at an average density of 729.4/km² (1,889.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 78.79% White, 1.41% African American, 1.16% Native American, 3.00% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 11.14% from other races, and 4.32% from two or more races. 24.35% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 38,524 households out of which 32.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% are married couples living together, 11.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 34.5% are non-families. 26.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.56 and the average family size is 3.12.
In the city the population is spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $52,298, and the median income for a family is $60,466. Males have a median income of $43,828 versus $31,793 for females. The per capita income for the city is $25,065. 9.0% of the population and 6.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 12.2% of those under the age of 18 and 5.3% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Ventura City Hall:
Legendary C-Street-Surfers Point (one of the best long board places in US):
Rivermouth-Ventura - another world class break:
Rincon-Ventura County (one of world's most famous breaks):
What do you guys think about Ventura? It is, somehow, always underrated and noone talks about it. They have some of the best surfers in the world, for instance.
July 30th, 2005, 01:21 AM
How about Onxard, CA?
July 31st, 2005, 12:23 AM
Well Ventura will always be overshadowed by SB. It doesn't have the dramatic mountain backdrop. It doesn't have all of the nice spanish architecture and lush landscaping everywhere like SB does. It is simply not as pleasing to the eye as Santa Barbara. It seems like the downtown isn't very extensive.
Plus it is attached to Oxnard which is pretty funky. The beaches don't look like they are that great either from what I've seen. Personally I wouldn't want to live there because you are too far from LA and not super close to Santa Barbara.
I like San Luis Obispo much better.
August 2nd, 2005, 01:57 PM
I am a big fan of Ventura. It really has got a lot going for it, good beaches, most services and stores and that sort of thing, that really kick ass area with canals near the harbor and the edison generating plant where you can drive to the back of your house or boat to the front, the "Majestic" Ventura theater, housing is not that expensive (relative to anywhere else even remotly comparable), lots of jobs within a 30 minute drive, only 60-75 minutes to LA.
and to respond to LA Lover's question, persoanlly I think Oxnard is a peculiar place. The way they use the land there is really strange. You will have Acres of car lots next to acres of big-box retail, next to comercial/indutstrial parks, all completly developed/landscaped/paved and then right across the road there will be fields with a bunch of dudes leaning over and picking stuff, and an overwhelming smell of manure. Camarillio is sort of like that too. downtown oxnard is like a mini mexican city to the point where all shops and signs are in spanish. but other parts are standard southern california suburbs of curving street walled subdivisions. basically it is place of extreme contrasts.
February 25th, 2006, 03:41 AM
Those pictures are awesome, Santa Barbara looks beautiful.
February 25th, 2006, 09:34 AM
Actually, there is an older thread in this section called "downtown Santa Barbara" where there are even more photos of the city--some are different, some are the same. It's not hard to get some good shots of one of the most photogenic cities on Earth!
February 25th, 2006, 07:05 PM
Yeah i went to Santa Barabara few years back
Coming from England, it was the first American place i visited (apart from passing through LA after arriving at the airport)
it was a beautiful city - very affluent - mostly people who had made money in LA and moved out there
It had a really nice feel to it- people just left their cars unlocked which i was very suprised to see
only bad thin was the takeaway we had from Pellican Pete's which was stale and horrid
February 26th, 2006, 02:07 AM
Santa Barbara is a beautiful city. It's so clean, so green, so wealthy, so perfect. I wouldn't live there, though. Too peaceful for me. LOL. :tongue3:
BTW, I went to Santa Barbara last Thanksgiving and I took some street-level pic of State Street. Here's (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=289835) the link to the thread in case you want to check it out.
February 26th, 2006, 02:29 AM
yes, SB is very cool. I dont go there very often, but I have grandparents who live in Solvang, close enough :P.
March 30th, 2006, 01:57 AM
Any pics of the blue windmill in solvang? my grandparents use to own it.
March 30th, 2006, 02:55 AM
How far is UCSB from downtown SB?
My little sister is going to UCSB:)
March 30th, 2006, 08:00 AM
wow absolutely beautiful too bad i cant afford to live anywhere in that state lol i have to visit someday.
September 5th, 2006, 09:09 AM
Legendary Rincon - Queen of the Coast (Hope everyone can appreciate this picture as much as I do - it is right on my wall in my room):
Good old times:
See you later,
September 14th, 2006, 05:14 AM
can't imangine some of those views after eating a bunch of mushrooms...