Isla Vista Real Estate Information

An unincorporated community in Santa Barbara County, Isla Vista, California, is a unique community in the south of the state. The community is located in close proximity to nearby University of California, Santa Barbara and to Santa Barbara City College, and over the years it has grown to be a community nearly entirely populated by college students. At the 2000 census, the community's population was just over 18,000, with nearly 75 percent of those residents being between the ages of 18 and 24, and with the median age of 21 years.

Because of the high student population, the city's annual median household income is very low, just over $16,000. The city is an area of just over two square miles west of USCB and is on a flat plateau, separated from the coast by a bluff. There are several paths that connect the town to the beaches, though. It sits between two peninsulas and offers a view of the channel islands from certain spots.

The community was originally home to the Native American Chumash tribe before Westerners settled it. It then was part of the Mexican land grant Ranchos Dos Pueblos, founded in 1842. An oil field just west of the city was attacked in 1942 by a Japanese submarine during World War II, prompting the U.S. military to take over the land nearby, where it developed a Marine Corps air station that later was shut down and given back to the area and now houses the Santa Barbara Airport.

The community has a student housing cooperative and a food cooperative, the Isla Vista Food Co-op. Because of the large population of students, many of the coffee shops, restaurants and other local businesses stay open much later than in average towns, some even are open 24 hours. Shopping can be procured at the nearby Camino Real Marketplace, and the nearest hospital is four miles away in Santa Barbara. Annual events include Halloween celebrations, an Earth Day festival, a volleyball tournament , the Chilla Vista festival and Island View Classic bike races.