The following information was derived from the original General Plan for the City of Santa Barbara. I will add that the Westside is a neighborhood of smaller custom homes, many with huge mountain and ocean vistas. The elementary school is Harding University Partnership Elementary School, which hosts the Wednesday afternoon Farmers’ Market.
(Harding University Partnership School is a neighborhood school nestled in the foothills of the mesa serving over 500 pre-school through sixth-grade students. As one of the oldest schools in the Santa Barbara School Districts, Harding has a long tradition of academic excellence that began in 1927.
Harding University Partnership School offers all students a rigorous and comprehensive academic program enhanced by an academic enrichment program that offers science, physical education, and computer instruction taught by credentialed teachers. Through the generosity of the Harding PTA, students also participate in a variety of enrichment programs, such as vocal music and creative movement.)
The Westside is convenient to the downtown corridor, and also features its own commercial zone on San Andres Street, home to great Hispanic food, shops and ambiance.
Area: approx. 517 acres
North: Highway 101
South: Carrillo Street and the base of the Mesa Hills
East: Highway 101
West: the base of the hills containing Bel Air Knolls
Schools, Parks and Places of Interest
The area contains the Harding Elementary School and the La Cumbre Junior High School and contains Bohnett Park.
The Westside neighborhood is used primarily for single-family homes. One portion of this area, however, between Highway 101 and San Andres Street where the General Plan calls for twelve dwelling units to the acre, is zoned R-3 for multiple dwellings. This area has been gradually rebuilding with new apartment houses, and it can be expected that increases in such apartment development will continue within this corridor. In the past, the proximity of the railroad tracks to dwellings has been detrimental and has had the effect of discouraging improvement. As future development takes place in the area, adequate buffering techniques and the orientation of development away from the railroad can alleviate the effect of this detracting element. West of San Andres, where zoning is R-2, some duplex development has taken place. However, the major portion of the area is still developed with single-family dwellings. Beyond Robbins Street, where the General Plan calls for five dwelling units to the acre, R-1 zoning establishes the remaining portion of the Westside as an area for single-family residential development. Although E-3 zoning would conform to the General Plan density of five dwelling units to the acre, this vicinity of the Westside is designated R-1 because the majority of lots in the area are the minimum size required in an R-1 zone.