Santa Barbara is also known as the American Riviera. Specifically, the Riviera neighborhood in Santa Barbara embodies many of those same characteristics. With properties nestled into the hillside, the Riviera is most commonly associated with its breathtaking and panoramic views. Views of the ocean, harbor, channel islands, mountains, city – not many places in the world where you can wake up and see all that. There is also a great variety of all types of architecture, partly due to the necessary creativity of building into that landscape.