Mission Canyon

Eclectic community situated in the foothills above the majestic Santa Barbara Mission

Welcome to Mission Canyon

A slice of heaven on earth

Mission Canyon is located just north of Santa Barbara and is famously known for being the spot for the historic Santa Barbara Mission. With a population of just over 2,500, this is a tight-knit community with a lot of character. Spectacular views of both the mountains and ocean, tree-lined streets, and a private lifestyle are just a few reasons that people love living here.

A varied mixture of architectural styles can be found in Mission Canyon. Various styles of homes include English cottages, Tudor-style, bungalows, Spanish-style and transitional ranch. Newer homes are often built in Mediterranean and Bravura Modern. It’s worth noting that many homes face the Pacific, resulting in some spectacular views that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home.

What to Love

  • A family-oriented community
  • Spending the day at the Santa Barbara Mission 
  • A private, secluded lifestyle

People & Lifestyle

A residential community, Mission Canyon offers residents a secluded and private lifestyle. Home to the highest peak in the Santa Ynez Mountains, all the residents live in a valley or canyon. This neighborhood is shrouded in trees, making the homes here even more private. No residential neighborhood in the city comprises a richer historical background than Mission Canyon. The atmosphere here can best be described as tranquil and laid-back. 

Residents here primarily consist of retirees and well-to-do Californians. However, it is also the perfect option for those who desire a more private lifestyle.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The Mission Canyon area is primarily residential, but it is just a few blocks away from the bustling State Street. On State Street, you will be surrounded on every side by restaurants, retailers, boutiques, and coffee shops. Enjoy some tasty tapas at State Street’s own Loquita, which guarantees a festive dining experience. Don’t forget to try the famous carpaccio! 

When it comes to shopping, stop by the State Street Promenade Market. Every Thursday from 3 to 7 PM, State Street is transformed into a local marketplace featuring the impressive work of various local artists. State Street is also home to the Arlington Theater, which is a historic theater showcasing films, stand-up comedy, and live musical performances. 

There are plenty more options for dining, shopping, and entertainment here—all within minutes of Mission Canyon!

Things to Do

Known as the “Queen of the Missions,” the Santa Barbara Mission was founded by Spanish Franciscans in 1786. More than 200 years later, this gorgeous mission still serves as an active parish church. Located adjacent to the mission is the Rose Garden, with more than 1,500 rose plants. Stop by and smell the roses during the springtime! If you want to learn more about the fascinating history of the area, check out the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Nestled in nature along Mission Creek, this museum attracts more than 150,000 annually.

Rocky Nook Park is also located near the mission and provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy a relaxing day outside. From quiet, shaded areas to plenty of benches to trails, you can easily connect with nature here. Rocky Nook Park is also home to the Santa Barbara Woman’s Club. This club is an event rental space for weddings, fundraisers, and retreats. The Santa Barbara Botanical Garden is a 78-acre garden containing over 1,000 species of plants. Talk about the perfect way to spend a sunny day!


Mission Canyon is in close proximity to a number of excellent schools. It is also home to: 

  • Roosevelt School

Overview for Mission Canyon, CA

2,353 people live in Mission Canyon, where the median age is 52.2 and the average individual income is $101,557. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

52.2 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Mission Canyon, CA

Mission Canyon has 970 households, with an average household size of 2.43. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Mission Canyon do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 2,353 people call Mission Canyon home. The population density is 1,307.16 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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46.03 / 53.97%

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Around Mission Canyon, CA

There's plenty to do around Mission Canyon, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Get Hooked Seafood, Destination Vine, and HelloHarvest.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 2.39 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.52 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 2.28 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.59 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.28 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.86 miles 19 reviews 5/5 stars

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