Nestled between the stunning Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

Welcome to Montecito

Montecito, an exceptionally affluent and picturesque community in Santa Barbara, epitomizes luxury and exclusivity. Nestled between the stunning Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, this area is famed for its grand estates, lush gardens, and serene beaches. Montecito’s residents, including a notable number of celebrities, enjoy a secluded lifestyle marked by opulence and tranquility. The community’s charming Upper and Lower Villages offer a range of upscale boutiques, gourmet restaurants, and quaint cafes, blending luxury with a relaxed, small-town atmosphere. Montecito’s natural beauty, combined with its private and sophisticated lifestyle, makes it one of the most coveted locations in California.


Housing Market

Montecito is known for its high-end real estate market, featuring a mix of sprawling estates, historic homes, and modern architectural marvels. The area boasts some of the most expensive properties in Santa Barbara, with prices often running into the multi-million-dollar
range. Homes in Montecito are sought after for their privacy, and exquisite design, and often feature amenities like private pools, lush gardens, and stunning views.


The lifestyle in Montecito is characterized by its luxury, privacy, and a strong sense of community among residents. Recreational opportunities abound, including private golf clubs, tennis courts, and access to several pristine beaches. Cultural and social activities are
centered around local events, art exhibitions, and community gatherings, reflecting the area’s appreciation for refined living.


Montecito is served by top-notch educational institutions, including prestigious private schools like Montecito Union School and Crane Country Day School. These schools are known for their excellent academic programs, small class sizes, and a focus on holistic development. The community also has access to the renowned Santa Barbara Unified School District schools offer high-quality public education options.


The architectural landscape of Montecito is diverse, featuring Spanish Colonial Revival, Mediterranean, contemporary, and classic American styles. Many properties are historic estates that have been meticulously preserved or updated, contributing to the area’s unique architectural heritage.


Montecito's dining scene is a blend of upscale restaurants and casual chic eateries, offering a variety of culinary experiences. Local dining establishments often emphasize fresh, locally- sourced ingredients, with menus that cater to a discerning palate.

Drive Times

Montecito is conveniently located near Santa Barbara, offering easy access to the city’s amenities while maintaining a sense of seclusion. The community is also well-connected via major roads and highways, making travel to nearby areas like Los Angeles relatively straightforward.

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Overview for Montecito, CA

8,494 people live in Montecito, where the median age is 49.2 and the average individual income is $117,908. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

49.2 years

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Around Montecito, CA

There's plenty to do around Montecito, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Destination Vine, The Santa Barbara Smoke House, and Renegade Wines.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 3.85 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.3 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 3.9 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.48 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.14 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.84 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Montecito, CA

Montecito has 3,207 households, with an average household size of 2.3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Montecito do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 8,494 people call Montecito home. The population density is 925.58 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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45.15 / 54.85%

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Schools in Montecito, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Montecito. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Our Lady Of Mount Carmel School
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