Few residential neighborhoods of Santa Barbara can boast the rich historical background of San Roque. The neighborhood got its name when the first men arrived in 1769 with Governor Portola. They camped at the mouth of San Roque Creek, which they named to memorialize the patron saint of invalids, Saint Roque, a Carmelite friar of the 14th century.
Now it is admired for its sweeping curved streets, its luxuriant landscaping and its harmonious blend of many architectural themes, Spanish Colonial, English Tudor, French Normandy, Italianate and American Colonial, mostly built since 1925.
With shopping and restaurants at the doorstep of the neighborhood, and centrally located between downtown and uptown Santa Barbara, it is one of the areas most desired residential areas.