Southern California's residential real estate is often misconceived to be a sea of red-tiled roofs and "Mediterranean" style residences, but Montecito begs to differ. A quiet drive along any of our charming streets feels like a trip around the world, revealing a refreshing mix of architectural eye candy inspired by all corners of the earth. From historic English tudors to functional contemporaries, Santa Barbara and it's surrounding communities of Montecito and Carpinteria offer a home to suit everyone's style preference.
Above, check out a collage of some of the area's most distintive homes, boasting unique architecture unparalleled by their neighbors.
Clockwise from top left:
This modern masterpiece was designed around ancient oak trees and offers gallery walls and abundant natural light, perfect for showcasing a collection of artwork; A French provincial style home is nestled behind iron gates opening to a bucolic, tree-lined drive; This incredible residence has been artfully infused with European finishes, 100-year old Tuscan roof tiles and antique French oak and limestone floors; A rustic mountain retreat awaits discovery in the hills of Carpinteria overlooking the Pacific coast; this historic English manor boasts a prestigious address in the heart of Montecito's golden quadrangle; Spanish-inspired La Candelaria is a sanctuary of richly colored walls, unique coffered and wood-paneled ceilings.