Montecito CA Homes & Real Estate For Sale
Included below are homes for sale and real estate in Montecito, CA.
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Montecito Neighborhood Information
• What is it like to live in Montecito, CA? •
Montecito is truly a little slice of heaven. With a stunning stretch of coastline, a large variety of mature vegetation, some of the best hiking trails in the entire area and its unique and special architecture, Montecito displays unparallaled beauty. Its residents share a common appreciation for this most charming community with its ideal Mediterranean climate.
Montecito, 93108 has been named among the top 10 most expensive U.S. ZIP codes
At first glance this secluded area feels like an unassuming drive through the Californian country side. Many of the homes are tucked away from the streets behind gates and tall hedges for privacy. Lot sizes are generally of larger acreage, and its real estate is in the high luxury price points. Montecito attracts affluent homebuyers for its charm, casual lifestyle and much appreciated privacy.
You will find an interesting variety of architectural styles including predominantely Spanish Revival, but also French Country, English Tudor, Cape Cod, as well as Contemporary structures - just to name a few. One of the notable local architects during the early 20th century was George Washington Smith, known for his Spanish Colonial Revival Style.
You can find all types of topography from hillside settings to beachfront. Many properties enjoy breathtakingly beautiful mountain and ocean views.
The schools in Montecito are top-tier, both public as well as private. Options include:
- Montecito Union
- Cold Springs School
- Laguna Blanca
- Crane Country Day School
- Our Lady of Mount Carmel School
- Westmont College
There are two main shopping areas in Montecito: the Upper Village and Lower Village. The Lower Village, along Coast Village Road, has a nice selection of boutiques, top notch restaurants, wine tasting and other popular establishments. Additional shopping can be found at the Montecito Country Mart, with groceries, bistros, boutiques, a toy store, pet supplies and amazing pizza at Bettina and ice cream at Rori's.
Popular Lower Village restaurant options include:
The Upper Village, located at East Valley Rd and San Ysidro Rd, is another quaint shopping area with smaller stores and boutiques, grocery essentials, a public library, a post office, bistros and lovely dining options.
Popular Upper Village dining options include:
Some of the area’s most outstanding hotels can be found in Montecito. An example would be the highly acclaimed Biltmore Four Seasons Resort. Next door you will find the popular private Coral Casino Club with an Olympic-sized pool, fitness center, sun deck, restaurant and beach access. (•Note: Currently these facilities are closed.)
A newer addition to Montecito is the Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel. This exquisite five-star resort is simply stunning. With several world-class dining options, bars, the Sense Spa, fabulous beach access and so much more, the Miramar Hotel has quickly ranked as one of the areas most popular destinations. Locals equally enjoy the resort's beautiful events or day spa passes here.
The San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito is another luxury hotel with a very special and idyllic setting and is one of the most historic and secret hideaways. It is regularly ranking with hospitality awards and accolades, and represents the quintessential Montecito lifestyle.
Another must-see locale in Montecito is the magical Lotusland.
The alluring botanical garden estate was purchased by Madam Ganna Walska in 1941, and she spent the next 43 years passionately creating a collection of exotic plants, known today as one of the 10 best gardens in the world. This is a spectacular site for any gardening and nature lover and can't be missed.
Note: To tour this spectacular venue, you will need to make reservations in advance.