Montecito

Full of beauty, history and grandeur, Montecito has been the destination of choice for celebrities and millionaires for over one hundred years. Montecito offers an unhurried pace of life, breathtaking scenery, and communicates its grandeur with understated elegance and sublime sophistication.

With approximately 10,000 residents and 3,000 households, Montecito retains much of its original charm but with the niceties of a contemporary, stylish community. Just east of Santa Barbara, the area is nestled between the sea and the picturesque foothills known as the Santa Ynez Mountain Range.

Two exceptional public schools serve Montecito, and there are three golf courses (two are private), 2 private tennis clubs, a YMCA, luxury spas and several spectacular beaches within the immediate area.  Several private schools are also within the town of Montecito as well as Westmont College, a smaller liberal arts college. 

Coast Village Road offers premiere shopping and dining, with everything from traditional Italian trattorias to authentic Mexican cantinas. Shoppers will enjoy the contemporary clothing boutiques, vintage shops and classic antique stores, most within walking distance of each other. Butterfly Beach, with its white sand and relaxing ocean breezes is perfect for strolling, swimming, lounging or dog walking. The ideal location to call “home,” pastoral Montecito is ever pristine and always waiting.

Montecito real estate and architectural styles vary, offering something for everyone—picture-book cottages, elegant mediterranean villas, luxury oceanfront estates and most everything in-between. Montecito presents discreet, tree-lined lanes, leading both to its grand estates and its bucolic hiking trails.

Ideal temperatures in Montecito allow for abundant outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, horseback riding and surfing twelve months a year!
Learn about other Santa Barbara neighborhoods: The Upper East, The Mesa, Hope Ranch, Riviera, The Westside, San Roque, Samarkand, Summerland, Carpinteria, Goleta.