The San Roque neighborhood of Santa Barbara is beloved as a family-friendly stretch of Oak-lined homes. Located in the upper State St. area of Santa Barbara, the San Roque neighborhood is just north of the Upper East side, west of Mission Canyon/Foothill, and reaches up to Ontare Road. Although more inland from the beach than some other neighborhoods, San Roque enjoys a real sense of community and convenient proximity to major shopping centers off of Las Positas and Hope Avenue.
San Roque consists mainly of single-family homes, and was populated in large part during the housing boom of the 1950’s. However, Santa Barbara’s rich history is not lost on this little slice of the town. Home to Spanish settlers in the eighteenth century, and the headquarters for a prominent California gangster in the nineteenth century, the architecture of the region reveals its diverse beginnings. Structures in San Roque feature an array of Spanish Colonial, English Tudor, French Normandy, and American Colonial styles.
San Roque residents take advantage of the neighborhood’s three parks: Steven’s, Willowglen, and San Roque, as well as the San Roque Creek that runs through the area. Within the neighborhood limits lie the San Roque and Peabody Elementary schools—both highly ranked in California, and its students go on to La Colina or Santa Barbara Junior High Schools, and San Marcos or Santa Barbara High Schools.