Welcome to the Balboa Building, the largest privately-owned commercial building in the city of Santa Barbara. The building has street-level retail space and offices with high ceilings, panoramic views of the ocean and mountains, modern fire detection and extensive earthquake reinforcement. We have onsite management and maintenance staff able to respond immediately to service calls.
THE BALBOA BUILDING
Built in 1924, the Balboa Building is home to variety of businesses and professionals. The building is open to the public Monday through Friday, from 7am to 6.30pm, and is wheelchair accessible. Tenants have 24- access to the building. > Go to the Directory
Visitors to the building are welcomed by Art Deco-inspired lobby featuring a replica airplane suspended from the ceiling. The Balboa Building is home to roughly eighty businesses and professionals, and includes four street-level retail businesses. > Go to the Directory
conference room with terrace
Tenants are able to use the 6th Floor Conference Room which seats eight and enjoys access to an outdoor terrace with one of the best panoramic views of the Santa Barbara Riviera. > Tenant login
the location & neighborhood
The Balboa Building is located in the center of the downtown business district and the main entrance to the Paseo Nuevo Mall.
GETTING HERE & parking
The Balboa Building is conveniently located in the center of Santa Barbara.
Access from 101 N – exit at Bath Street.
Access from 101 S – exit at Carillo Street.
The closest parking lot is located on Chapala Street, which runs parallel to State Street. Parking near the center of the lot near the elevators provides easiest access. Parking is free for 75 min. Limited parking is also available at De La Guerra Plaza (max. 75 min). For other nearby parking lots, try Parkopedia.
DINING & WINE-TASTING
There are many options for a quick bite, a sit-down meal or simply a snack. Here are just a few:
Coffee shops: Breakfast Cafe, Nordstrom E-Bar Cafe, Starbucks, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Handlebar Coffee. A quick bite or treat: Pickles & Swiss, Hoffmann Brat House, The Little Kitchen, Wurzels, Kai Sushi Japanese Food, Pinkberry, McConnell's Ice Cream, Pizza Rev, Pressed Juice. Dining: Nordstrom Cafe, California Pizza Kitchen, Eureka Burger, Fitch & Fork, El Paseo, Pascucci, Kanaloa Seafood, Sachi Ramen Bar, Kyle's Kitchen, Blush, Cajun Kitchen, The Blue Owl...and more. Wine-tasting: Cebada Winery, Jamie Sloan and more.
SHOPPING + art + MORE
Paseo Nuevo shopping: Banana Republic, Alex Salon and Blow Dry Bar, La Occitane, Francesca's Collection, Abercrombie Fitch, Lush, Brookstone, The Gap, Footlocker, Sketchers, Sunglass Hut, Rite Aid, Coach Outlet Store, Apple Store and more.
Exercise: The Salt Cave, Divinitree Yoga, 24-hour Fitness, etc...
Accommodation: Canary Hotel, Hotel Santa Barbara, Holiday Inn Express Hotel Virginia
history, management & vacancies
The Balboa Building was originally called The Central Building, and has been home to many businesses over the years, including The Bank of Italy and Woolworth's 5, 10 and 15 Cents Store.
Built in 1924, the building was originally named The Central Building and has always had a prominent place in Santa Barbara history. Please visit the Santa Barbara Downtown website for more history about the area.
The Robertson Family purchased the building in 1973 and have owned and privately managed it ever since.