The name Samarkand comes from an Old Persian word meaning "the land of heart's desire." It was first applied to a deluxe Persian-style hotel that was converted from a boys' school in 1920. Samarkand later became identified as its own neighborhood located between Las Positas, State Street, De La Vina, Oak Park and the Freeway. Aside from a rich history, Samarkand is quintessentially Santa Barbara beautiful. The views are stunning, the architecture is rich and varied, the pride of ownership is profoundly obvious, and the wholesome neighborhoods make it ideal for families and children. The topography of the area includes gently rolling hills and great views of the mountains and even a couple peeks at the ocean. Cottage Hospital lives there and so does Oak Park. Oak Park is home to many of Santa Barbara’s most notable festivals and provides great entertainment for the whole family. The Earl Warren Showgrounds and Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course are just across the street so prepare for an adventure.