Santa Barbara, CA Real Estate

According to census data in the year 2000 there were 37,177 housing units in Santa Barbara. This represents a 2.6% growth from 36,226 in 1990.

Of those housing units, 37,085 were located in either urbanized areas or urban clusters, and 92 were located in what is classified as a rural area.

Homeownership rate in Santa Barbara is about 41.9%. Santa Barbara's vacancy rate, including seasonal lodging, is about 4%. Average household size is 2.46 people.

The majority of houses, apartments or condos in Santa Barbara were built after 1961.


Housing Size

Housing Units by Size
Studio Type8.30%
One Bedroom28%
Two Bedrooms31%
Three Bedrooms22.80%
Four Bedrooms7.60%
Five Bedrooms or more2.30%
As % of Housing Units

Owned Homes, Apartments and Condos

Average Household Size2.55
Median year structure was built1957
Median Value of occupied units$479,800
Median Price asked for vacant units$500,000

Rented Homes, Apartments and Condos

Average Household Size2.39
Median year structure was built1963
Median Monthly Rent asked for vacant units$992

Owners Finance Status

Housing Finance
Second Mortgage & Equity Loan0.60%
Second Mortgage9.30%
Home Equity Loan8.50%
Simple Mortgage51.90%
Debt Free29.70%
As % of Housing Units
Median part of Monthly Household Income dedicated to covering home ownership costs22.9%