It is hard to imagine a more idyllic setting than the tiny seaside village of Montecito. One of the nation's wealthiest communities, it communicates its grandeur with understated elegance and sublime sophistication. It is certainly an A-list locale without an oversized attitude. 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. 

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This natural boundary leaves no room for growth or urban sprawl, sustaining high property values and a thriving community. 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.


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For families, Montecito offers two exceptional public schools and an array of private school options. Exemplary weather (temperatures between sixty five and seventy five degrees nearly year round) allows for abundant outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, horseback riding and surfing twelve months a year!

Coast Village Road boasts premiere shopping and dining, with everything from traditional Italian trattorias to authentic Mexican cantinas. Shoppers will enjoy fashionable clothing boutiques, vintage shops and fine home 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.


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insider tips

Coffee | Breakfast

Pierre La Fond: Perfect place to grab a coffee and croissant. Sit outside by the fountain, and let your dogs and kids run around in the park while enjoying your breakfast.

Fitness

Bella Vista Drive between Park Lane and the Romero Trail head: Perfect place for a morning stroll, brisk walk, or jog.

Lunch

Honor Market: Sit outside on the patio, and be sure to try the chicken sandwich!

shopping

Coast Village Road: Start at Intermix, and work your way up the road to Whiskey & Leather, K. Frank, Angel, and finally Blanka