The Riviera is a hill located close to downtown and directly east and adjacent to Mission Santa Barbara. The two areas of the Riviera, upper and lower, are separated by the main road, Alameda Padre Serra (locally known as APS), which originally was the pathway of Father Junipero Serra to the Santa Barbara Mission.
Rich Spanish influences have been derived from this history and can be seen in the architecture of many of the residences. Paseos to downtown still exist next to many of the residences as well as original Adobe from the Mission building. The Riviera is also known for it’s dramatic views.
The steep hillside looks directly down on the city of Santa Barbara, the harbor, and out to the Pacific. Many of these characteristics make the Riviera a desirable and expensive area to inhabit.