Montecito is one of the most desirable places to live as well as one of the wealthiest communities in the United States. The area lies east of, and directly adjacent to the city of Santa Barbara and sits between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
The King of Spain granted Montecito land to the soldiers of the presidio in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Some of these Spanish pueblos still stand today and have been beautifully restored, including Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on East Valley Road. Italian settlers began arriving in the mid 1800s and built homes and gardens similar to the ones they left behind in Italy. Mediterranean estates, old and new, are a prominent style still seen throughout Montecito. In the late 1800s, word spread of Montecito’s beauty and prominent families began building estates for themselves. Famous architects from all over the world constructed residences and brought their unique influences to their designs. Because of this, there is an incredible variety of styles throughout Montecito, from Adobe to Contemporary, and hundreds are of historical significance. George Washington Smith is one of the most notable architects associated with Montecito and is credited with over 80 homes of the Spanish-Colonial Revival style in the area.
Every setting on a property in Montecito is unique, whether your home sits atop a foothill overlooking the Channel Islands and the Santa Ynez Mountains, secluded among the oaks or perched on an oceanfront bluff.
Coast Village Road and East Valley Road are the two main areas where most restaurants and shopping are located. The luxury hotels The Four Seasons Biltmore and The San Ysidro Ranch are located in Montecito as well as the world renowned golf courses Valley Club and Birnam Wood.