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Hilltop Adobe

About Us

The Adobe

Perched on the hills above Santa Barbara and overlooking the city and the sea,  this authentic two bedroom & two bath home was built in the mid-1950s by master Adobero Pedro Aguilar. With panoramic views of the mountains and the city and a peek of the harbor, the beauty of Santa Barbara is on full display here. 


The old mesquite gates at the entrance of the property welcome your arrival. From there, head through the private courtyard, complete with fountain, citrus trees, heater, and a BBQ—the perfect spot for morning coffee, afternoon naps, or al fresco dinners. 


A terrace on the view side of the home—accessed through the living area—offers a stone fire pit and an incredible vantage point of the mountains and city. 


About the home

Inside, the open-concept living space exudes adobe charm - with a hooded gas fireplace, beamed ceilings, Saltillo tile floors and a sectional with plenty of soft blankets and pillows for curling up by the fire. French doors lead to the terrace which open wide for indoor/outdoor living. 


Sharing this open space is the full kitchen, beautifully appointed with a Viking gas range, dishwasher, and other professional-grade appliances fit for even the most discriminating cook. 


This home is all on one level. Two bedrooms include the king-size master with an en-suite bath, and the queen-size second bedroom. The master has its own large, glass-enclosed walk-in shower. A second bath, located near the living area, has an authentic clawfoot tub/shower combo. Both bedrooms have their own flat screen TVs. 


Additional amenities include satellite TV (on all three TVs), free internet access, SONOS sound system throughout, central heat and off-street parking. 

Rates & Location

Rates vary depending upon time of year and length of stay. We are located in the hills above Santa Barbara, between downtown and the beach, with about a 5 minute drive to either destination. We are about 8 minutes from Montecito and 30 minutes to the Santa Ynez Wine Country. 


Please call Mark at 

(805) 722-7468 

or email below for further information.


We look forward to hosting you at this beautiful Adobe!

Guests Reviews

Jennifer - 2016

We loved our stay here so much. Everything about the house is just lovely. It's one of the most beautiful Airbnbs I've ever stayed in. The house is gorgeous, somehow both spacious and cozy at once, and the view of the mountains is incredible. We absolutely loved our time here, and hope to come back again one day soon!

Chris - 2016

Everything about Mark's place is spectacular. I was fortunate enough to spend 4 nights here with my wife in December before the holiday and we could not have been more impressed with the location, views, and amenities. The Hilltop Adobe is a short drive down the hill to State Street in one direction and the beach in the other. Mark provided a very detailed list of instructions on how to operate things throughout the house - lights, audio system, fireplaces, etc. Mark's forward thinking and attention to detail on this place is nothing shy of exceptional.  One helpful tip is to remember that if you're planning on cooking meals think ahead on what you may need. Mark has a fully equipped kitchen with any appliance, cutlery, and utensil you can think of but in terms of condiments and ingredients you're at the mercy of what's left by previous renters. Maybe plan on taking stock after check-in and heading to the nearby Lazy Acres. I bought a big bottle Lazy Acres olive oil and left it as my way of paying it forward.   I would 100% stay here at a moments notice any time in the future. In fact it would be very hard to remove Mark's Hilltop Adobe as my top choice in SB.

Joni - 2017

The experience with Mark was just great from the very beginning. He was prompt in responding to my reservation request and communicated how to gain access. We were greeted with music playing and a wonderful gift basket of edible and drinkable goodies. I think Mark's place actually lives better than any photos can portray. The two separate patios provide as much sun or shade as one wants and each offer a different experience based on the time of the day.

 We loved the front patio for the larger lounging experience and were thrilled to see the hummingbirds dipping in the fountain. The table on the back patio was fantastic in the evening - especially when the Santa Barbara lights began to twinkle.

 The beds were comfortable with high quality linens. The kitchen which we used extensively is better equipped than my own at home and the layout was perfect for entertaining as well as having multiple cooks working at the same time.

 The landscaping was beautiful with many of the succulents blooming. 

 I hope to come back again. Thank you Mark for making the stay really memorable.


Fiorella - 2017

What a magical place! Mark was a very gracious and generous host and this place is just gorgeous. Very cozy with incredible views and the most incredible succulent garden. Mark's place was definitely our favorite thing about Santa Barbara.

Alita - 2018

Beautiful views, very private feel, high end beautiful decor, comfortable bedding. Perfect kitchen for cooking. He has thought of everything. You will want to just stay in, relax on the patios, read books and drink wine. Easy drive downtown and to the beach.


Willie - 2018

We wanted a special place for a special weekend AND did Mark's place deliver. The setting and privacy was absolutely fantastic. The layout of the adobe was very good plus the attention to design detail was spot on. We will return to Santa Barbara and to Mark's Hilltop Adobe. Thank you for allowing us to visit this special place.

Contact Us

Call or Email for Availability & Rates

Hilltop Adobe

Santa Barbara, California

(805) 722-7468