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Community defined by understated elegance, privacy, and natural beauty

Welcome to Montecito

Soak up the California sunshine here

Montecito is located just east of the city of Santa Barbara, with parts of the community built on the lower foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountain range. With a population of just under 10,000 residents, this semi-rural community is filled with historic architecture, luscious gardens, and stretches of stunning coastline. 

The origins of Montecito can be traced back to the 1860s when Italian settlers began arriving in the area. They found that the area resembled Italy and, as a result, started building farms and gardens similar to what they had left behind. Since then, Montecito has continued to flourish into a highly sought-after place to call home.

What to Love

  • Small-town charm 
  • Conveniently located near Santa Barbara
  • Access to nature

People & Lifestyle

Montecito is known for being an affluent and illustrious community. It is spread over only eight square miles, but these miles are filled with magnificent estates nestled on spacious lots. 

The majority of individuals who reside here are well-known entertainment and corporate professionals. A handful of mega-celebrities also live here, including long-time resident Oprah Winfrey. However, retirees and families also call this elite community home. Those who are lucky enough to live here will fall in love with the ocean breeze, idyllic scenery, peaceful neighborhoods, and private lifestyle.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

When it comes to dining, shopping, and entertainment, there’s plenty to enjoy here! For a dining experience like no other, make reservations at Lucky’s. This upscale dining establishment features steak, seafood, martinis in a chic space that alludes to old Hollywood glamour. If you prefer pasta and pizzas, head over to Tre Lune. This refined restaurant features an authentic Italian menu in an old-school, celebratory dining hall. 

Montecito is filled with a wealth of local boutiques that are worth exploring. For example, Silverhorn specializes in fine jewelry and loose gems. The Montecito Village Shopping Center is also there to meet all of your needs. Here you will find everything from antique shops, to flower shops, to local retailers.

Enjoy a staycation at the Rosewood Miramar Beach. This four-star luxury hotel is nestled right on the water and guarantees a memorable stay.

Things to Do

Montecito might be considered a small town, but it is far from boring. This vibrant beach community has plenty to offer its lucky residents. Spend your weeks soaking up the sunshine at Butterfly Beach. This popular beach features a bike path that is bordered by flowers, which draw butterflies to the area. Consider strolling through Lotusland, which is a botanical garden. In your time here, you will be inspired and educated about the importance of plants.

If you’re looking to connect with nature, head over to Tangerine Falls Trail. Located in Montecito, this trail is spread over 2.2-miles and features a 100-foot waterfall. Hot Springs Canyon is another great option for hiking. Rated as moderate, this hike features wonderful hot springs that make this hike worthwhile.


Montecito is home to some excellent schools. Top educational institutions here include: 

  • Montecito Union School
  • Cold Spring School
  • Crane Country Day School
  • Laguna Blanca School
  • Westmont College


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