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Vandenberg AFB 2018 Housing and Real Estate

in Santa Barbara County

Enjoy the convenience of on-base living with Vandenberg Family Homes. Base living has never been easier or more comfortable. Vandenberg Family Homes offers contemporary homes in a community where you’ll be surrounded by support from other military members and their families. The community offers move-in ready two-, three- and four-bedroom single-family style homes. Located on Vandenberg Air Force Base, residents enjoy a secure and comfortable hometown environment with the convenience of 24-hour maintenance, lawn care services and community events.

Spacious homes are equipped with a variety of features such as central heating and air conditioning, walk-in closets, fully equipped kitchens and a one- or two-car garage. Average monthly utilities and exclusive amenities, such as the community center with a fitness room and a heated pool and splash park, are included in the monthly rent, allowing residents to maximize the value of their rental dollars.

Vandenberg Family Homes is a privatized housing community managed and maintained by Balfour Beatty Communities. For information about housing services, contact the Community Office at 805-734-1445 or visit


Santa Barbara County, on the western coast of California, is about 2,735 square miles. It lies about 100 miles north of Los Angeles and 300 miles south of San Francisco. San Luis Obispo County and a small portion of Kern County are north of the Santa Barbara border, while Ventura County is to the east. The western and southern border of Santa Barbara lies along the Pacific Ocean.

From the urban-chic city of Santa Barbara to the Old West towns of Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Los Alamos and Ballard, and from Montecito, the city cherished by celebrities and those who can afford to live in one of the nation’s wealthiest ZIP codes, to the Danish Capital of America — Solvang — Santa Barbara County’s communities are diverse.

In 2017, an estimated 448,150 people called the county home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Population density in the county was 155 people per square mile, the Census found. More than 23,000 veterans live in the area. The county has eight incorporated cities — Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Lompoc, Goleta, Carpinteria, Guadalupe, Solvang and Buellton.

Santa Barbara County’s communities give newcomers to the region plenty of choices to consider when selecting a home. Enlist the help of a reputable real estate agent to help you sort through the area’s home options. The Santa Barbara Association of Realtors is a central source of local real estate information and services. Its members can provide expertise and professional services for those interested in purchasing a new home. Visit for more information.


130 Cremona Drive, Suite B

Goleta, CA 93117 805-961-7500 

Famous for its lemon orchards and annual lemon festival, the coastal community of Goleta is near the University of California at Santa Barbara, about 10 miles west of Santa Barbara at the base of the Santa Ynez Mountains.

Goleta is 8 square miles with a population of 31,116. Mean travel time to work is 16.2 minutes. Median rent in the city is $1,708, and selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $2,543.

Residents enjoy parks and open spaces such as the Coronado Butterfly Preserve and Girsh Park.


100 Civic Center Plaza

Lompoc, CA 93436 805-736-1261 

Home to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Lompoc lies to the west of Buellton in the valley of the Santa Ynez River. Flower fields light up the terrain with bursts of color during the summer, and the downtown boasts famed murals, boosting Lompoc’s image as “The City of Arts and Flowers.”

The city is 11.6 square miles with a population of 43,542. Mean travel time to work is about 24 minutes.

Median rent is $990, and selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage average $1,645.

The city’s parks and recreation department maintains 13 parks, a recreation center, an aquatics center, a civic auditorium and a community center for residents’ enjoyment.

Santa Barbara

735 Anacapa St.

Santa Barbara, CA 93101 805-963-0611 

From mountains to the harbor and red-tile roofs to white-sand beaches, Santa Barbara does not disappoint. The city is the county seat and hub for California’s Central Coast. It lies about 100 miles north of Los Angeles.

Santa Barbara’s land area is 19.5 square miles. The population is 92,101. Mean travel time to work is about 17 minutes. Median rent is $1,575, and selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $2,851.

Residents and visitors alike enjoy waterfront dining as well as beautiful beaches. The parks and recreation department maintains walking paths and trails, passive open spaces, playgrounds and more than 33,000 street trees. A lively arts and entertainment community hosts special events such as the International Film Festival and the Children’s Fiesta Parade.

Santa Maria

110 E. Cook St.

Santa Maria, CA 93454 805-925-0951 

Santa Maria Valley is known for producing fabulous California wines, world-famous barbecue and more than 20 million trays of strawberries annually. Santa Maria is the fastest-growing city in Santa Barbara County. It is 76 miles north of the city of Santa Barbara and just 12 miles from the Pacific coastline.

Santa Maria covers 22.8 square miles and has a population of 107,014. Mean travel time to work is 20.5 minutes. Median rent is $1,205, and selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage average $1,690.

Local fairgrounds host the Santa Barbara County Fair and Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival each year.

Recreation & Parks maintains 27 neighborhood and community parks, part of the 1,774-acre Los Flores Ranch Park property, a youth center, a softball complex, an aquatics center and community centers to enrich the lives of residents.


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