Welcome to Montecito
Located just east of Santa Barbara, Montecito is a charming coastal community with powdery soft beaches and panoramic ocean views. With a population of less than 9,000, Montecito feels like a small town in the best of ways—residents can mix and mingle with neighbors at beachy boutiques and locally owned restaurants. Multimillion-dollar mansions are the norm, and many are hidden behind hedges or walls for additional privacy. Montecito’s proximity to the 101 makes it easy to head toward Los Angeles or San Francisco.
What to Love
● Oceanfront Views: The ocean is quite literally in your backyard, which means you can enjoy year-round views
from the comfort of your home.
● Beaches: From Butterfly Beach (a top choice for locals) to Hammonds Beach (a favorite surfing spot), Montecito offers
wide swatches of sugary beachfront where you can swim, sunbathe, or surf.
● Farmers Market: Every Friday morning, the Farmers Market sells fresh produce and flowers.
People & Lifestyle
As the most affluent part of Santa Barbara County, Montecito attracts a slew of celebrities, high net worth individuals and families with children. Celebrities like Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, and Drew Barrymore have all owned homes in Montecito. Montecito has a laid-back, beachy vibe, which means it’s the ideal place for those who love nature, the outdoors, and a simpler pace of life.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Coast Village Road is one of the most walkable, popular parts of the city. For an upscale meal, try Lucky’s steakhouse, where black-and-white photos of glamorous Hollywood stars line the walls. For tried-and-true local favorites, check out the family-owned Jeannine’s, which serves up breakfast food and pastries as well as soups and sandwiches, or the family-operated Los Arroyos, which offers Mexican favorites such as tacos, fajitas, and enchiladas. There are also plenty of boutique clothing and goods shops like Whiskey + Leather, Angel, and Maison K.
Things to Do
The annual Montecito Motor Classic showcases classic cars and benefits the Santa Barbara Police Foundation and the Police Activities League. Hiking trails abound in the Santa Barbara area, from Inspiration Point in the Santa Ynez Mountains to a path leading to the 80-foot-tall waterfall at Nojoqui Falls. Residents can also take a ferry ride to one of the five islands at Channel Islands National Park, where they can glimpse wildlife, forests, and panoramic ocean views.
● Montecito Union School [K-6]
● Cold Spring Elementary School [K-6]
● Santa Barbara Junior High School [7-8]
● Santa Barbara High School [9-12]
● Carpinteria Senior High School [9-12]