Residences designed to make the everyday extraordinary.

Come live with us on the American Rivera in lovely Santa Barbara with its Mediterranean climate, beaches, palm tree lined streets and beautiful Spanish architecture!

Alta Vista is a vibrant independent living community for active individuals and couples fifty-five+ who would like to live in fellowship with other Christian Scientists. Our residents live with grace and vitality in an atmosphere supportive of the practice of Christian Science.

We are located about one and a half hours north of Los Angeles on the coast, nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the coastal mountains in a beautiful park-like setting. Alta Vista is situated in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara with many diverse and rich cultural, educational and culinary experiences, all within walking distance. The Santa Barbara church and Reading Room are also just a short walk away.

Alta Vista, with its many amenities, is a gracious place to call home.


  • Quiet, desirable residential area

  • Close to Christian Science church and Reading Room

  • Walking distance to shops, museums, restaurants and activities in the downtown area

  • Nearby bus for travel to outlying areas

  • Nearby shuttle service to beach


Discover What Alta Vista Can Offer You! 

  • Affordable rates

  • Unfurnished studios and one-bedroom apartments

  • Scenic garden, mountain and ocean views

  • Full kitchen and bath in each unit

  • Open-beamed ceilings in some residences

  • Manicured grounds (2.5 acres)

  • Subsidized rent available

  • On-Site Manager

  • BBQ grill
  • Car washing station
  • Separate storage for bicycles
  • Separate storage for luggage
  • Collection of Bound Volumes
  • Video lending library
  • Book lending library
  • Piano
  • Game area
  • A donation/swap room
  • Fresh orange & lemon trees

Amenities Included at No Extra Charge!

  • Utilities: gas, electric, water, sewer, garbage, and landscaping
  • Streaming quality Wi-Fi internet
  • Five outdoor areas for seating and dining
  • 60” large screen television in Club House
  • Covered parking
  • Laundry Rooms with iron and ironing board
  • Outdoor clothesline
  • Costco card
  • Vacuum cleaner and cleaning supplies
  • Kitchen/Club House reservation privileges
  • Garden plots


Photos by Staff and Residents

Alta Vista prepares and preserves an environment where Christian Scientists can experience all the blessings of home and community with affordability.

Alta Vista is a non-profit, charitable California corporation organized in 1968 to carry out the provisions of a trust created by Constance Chambers. Her mission to provide quality low-cost residential housing for Christian Scientists continues at Alta Vista today, thanks to the Chambers bequest and your generous donations.