Santa Barbara, nicknamed the American Riviera, is famous worldwide for its enviable Mediterranean type of weather, stunning mountain backgrounds, and eye-catching shorelines. However this city isn’t really known for its dynamic neighbourhoods or bighearted citizens, as local real estate Kenny Slaught points out. The Investec CEO considers that a robust legacy, a booming small business sector, along with dedicated non-profit organizations play important roles in the building of these communities. As early as 1925, Santa Barbara city planners, understood the natural appeal of Southern California, and developed legislation to preserve the Spanish Colonial architecture. Like this, the city became the first in the United States to think about the importance of historical buildings. The County Courthouse found downtown is the most popular destination for visiting tourists and is adorned with brightly colored tiles and murals that show amazing scenes from the city’s past. A church that has been used for over 200 years, The Old Mission, also known as the “Queen of Missions,” provides an amazing view into the formation of the New World with its guided tours and a big museum.