Along the bluffs just west of the Waterfront, the Mesa has come into its own as one of Santa Barbara´s premier neighborhoods. With some residences built in the 20s, the Mesa´s primary development took place after World War II when affordable tract homes for veterans were built. A large number of these original 1950s tract homes have since been rebuilt or beautifully remodeled to accentuate the vibrant Santa Barbara lifestyle the area affords today. Cap Code, Contemporary, Cottage, Ranch and Mediterranean are amongst some of the most popular new home designs.
Beach and outdoor lovers are directly in line with their passions on the Mesa. Shoreline Park, La Mesa Park, and the Douglas Preserve provide great beachfront gathering, walking and scenic venues. Two of Santa Barbara´s favorite beaches lie next to the Mesa, Leadbetter Beach and Henry´s Beach. Here local residents can be spotted sailing paragliding, kite boarding, windsurfing, surfing, paddle boarding and enjoying Santa Barbara´s outdoor paradise year round.