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Cota Street Studios in Santa Barbara
Andrea M. Gómez

Come on, live happy

To see how architecture can elevate your mood, just spend a day at Santa Barbara's Cota Street Studios.

Architect Jeff Shelton's fanciful details ― the cement plaster walls that look like whipped cream, the quirky fountains, and dollops of color everywhere ― charm the residents, and everyone who sees them.

The project promotes social connections, too. Its downtown location encourages walking, shared courtyards facilitate neighborliness, and street-facing benches, water fountains, and dog bowls invite the public to stop by.

Click ahead for a photo tour of this creative living space.


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