Montecito is an unincorporated, residential, census-designated place on the coast of Santa Barbara County and one of the most affluent communities in the entire United States. Montecito has approximately 3,000 homes and a population of approximately 9,000. According to the Montecito Community Plan, the community is bounded on the north by East Camino Cielo Road, on the east by Ortega Ridge Road and Ladera Lane, and on the south by the Santa Barbara Channel and the Pacific Ocean. Portions of the community are located on the eastern foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains. The county seat, which is the City of Santa Barbara, is adjacent to Montecito. Four of the Channel Islands, San Miguel Island, Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara Island, and Santa Rosa Island, are off the coast of Montecito in Santa Barbara County. They form the largest part of the Channel Islands National Park which also includes Anacapa Island in Ventura County. Santa Maria, the largest city in the county, is approximately 69 miles to the northwest, the City of Ventura is approximately 31 miles to the southeast, and Agoura Hills, in Los Angeles County, is about 58 miles to the southeast. The southern border of Santa Barbara County is generally considered the boundary between the Central Coast and Southern California. Present day Montecito, along with most of the Santa Barbara County coast, and the Ventura County coast, including many of the Channel Islands, were inhabited by the Chumash Indians, also known as the Chumash People, for approximately 10,000 years before the area was claimed by Spain and later by Mexico.
Music Academy of the West
Music Academy of the West, established in 1947, is a music conservatory in Montecito, California. Its mission is to develop the next generation of great classically trained musicians. Each year the academy hosts an eight week summer music festival highlighted by concerts directed by famous composers, conductors, and artists. Areas of study offered by the academy include Voice, Vocal Piano, Collaborative Piano, Solo Piano, and Instrumental Applications. Miraflores, a beautiful ten-acre estate in Montecito, has been home to the Music Academy of the West since 1951.
Lotusland is the historic estate of Madame Ganna Walska and the current location of beautiful, non-profit botanical gardens in Montecito which is in Santa Barbara County. Walking tours are available to the public by reservation. The gardens were carefully created by Madame Ganna Walska, an opera singer, over forty years ago. The well-known botanical garden includes a bromeliads garden, a cactus garden, a butterfly garden, a cycad garden, a fern garden, a succulent garden, a topiary garden, a parterre garden, a tropical garden, an orchards garden, a water garden, and much more. Lotusland, which is operated by the County of Santa Barbara, is definitely worth visiting.
Casa del Herrero
Casa del Herrero, also known as the Steedman Estate, is a historic home built in 1925 and listed on the U.S National Register of Historic Places. It has also been designated as a U.S Historical Landmark. The magnificent home and gardens, located on 10.9 acres of land in Montecito, was designed and constructed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style and is operated as a museum by the Casa del Herrero Foundation. Tours are available by reservation. The home and gardens are definitely worth visiting.
El Fureidis, also known as the Gillespie Palace, is a 10,000 square foot historic home built in 1906-1907 on ten acres of prime property in Montecito, California. The spectacular home is a private residence and not open to the public.
The Montecito Inn, built in 1928, within easy walking distance to Butterfly Beach, is a landmark hotel developed by Charlie Chaplin for his wealthy show business friends. The famous hotel, which is privately owned, has 60 rooms. Guests have included Marion Davis, Carole Lombard, Wallace Beery, and Gilbert Roland.
Montecito Real Estate
Homes in Montecito consist of both single family detached homes and attached homes that may be townhomes or stacked condominiums. Prices range from moderate to high depending upon the neighborhood. Our real estate agents and brokers can show you any homes listed for sale with any real estate brokerage firm.
If you would like to see or acquire land in Montecito or in the surrounding areas, please contact an agent in our land division. We have land specialists that can help you buy or sell land anywhere in California.