House-Business Conversions

Recently I left work in downtown Santa Barbara to head uptown via Bath Street rather than take the freeway. Back in the ’80s, I lived in an older house that had been divided into apartments. As I approached that neighborhood, I started to notice how many of those beautiful older homes now house businesses.

I was already aware that many homes in the Cottage Hospital neighborhood had been converted this way or were torn down to create medical offices. I suppose utilizing these houses in this way is more of a sure thing as far as collecting rent goes. But it is still a shame in my opinion.

Combine that transition with the current boom in short-term rentals, and you see another reason why rentals have become more scarce.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Volunteers in Policing Is Looking for 10 Good Men and Women

An eye-opening volunteer program at Santa Barbara Police Department.

Alvarado and Ford File for School Board

Mark M. Alvarado and Kate Ford registered to run for the Santa Barbara Unified school board.

Thousands Received DACA Relief After Lawsuits Filed

Renewal applications have totaled 117,446 since program suspension was overturned.

Bank Robbery Suspect Kills Self in Bathroom

[Update] The suspect in the Goleta Rabobank robbery has been identified as Keith David Goodwin, believed to ...

News-Press’ Found to Owe Union and Employees $2.2 Million

National Labor Relations Board puts money amount on employee losses since 2006.