In the 1860s Italian settlers arrived, and built homes reminiscent of those in their home country.

Welcome to Montecito

Montecito is known for its splendid beauty and exquisite estates. In the 1860s Italian settlers arrived, and built homes reminiscent of those in their home country. After WWII, many of the homes were restored, but the European stone masonry remains in much of the architecture throughout Montecito. Premier architects of the past and present helped create these local gems. From its inception, the rich and famous have been enticed by the stunning surroundings and relaxed atmosphere. Both the Montecito Upper Village and the Montecito Coast Village are interspersed with shops and boutiques and a variety of exceptional local restaurants. Three private golf clubs, as well as tennis clubs, are found in Montecito. A variety of luxury spas and resorts are also available for those seeking a quiet getaway from daily life.

What to Love

  • Luxurious Living: Known for its opulent estates and celebrity residents, offering an exclusive and private lifestyle.
  • Natural Beauty: Stunning landscapes, from pristine beaches to lush, rolling hills.
  • Architectural Marvels: Home to historically significant and beautifully designed properties.
  • Excellent Schools: High-ranking public and private schools, providing top-notch education.
  • Community Feel: Despite its luxury, Montecito maintains a close-knit community atmosphere with local events and gatherings.

Local Lifestyle

Montecito offers an upscale lifestyle with a focus on privacy and tranquility. Residents enjoy meticulously manicured gardens, private beach access, and an array of high-end amenities. The community is actively involved in local events, environmental conservation, and charitable activities, reflecting a commitment to maintaining the area’s natural beauty and supporting one another. Health and wellness are also a big part of daily life, with plenty of outdoor activities and organic dining options.

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment

Montecito provides a refined dining and shopping experience. Top-tier restaurants offer everything from gourmet meals to casual beachside dining, often emphasizing local and organic ingredients. The shopping scene includes designer boutiques, unique art galleries, and luxurious spas nestled along charming streets. For entertainment, locals enjoy private golf clubs, polo matches, and exclusive social clubs, along with public events at the Montecito Library and annual community celebrations.

Things to Do

  • Butterfly Beach: Popular for sunsets and dog walking, it's one of the most beautiful and relaxed beaches in the area.
  • Lotusland: Visit this spectacular public garden with its exotic plants and innovative landscape designs.
  • Montecito Trails Foundation: Hike or horseback ride along well-maintained trails offering breathtaking views.
  • San Ysidro Ranch: Explore the romantic paths and historic cottages of this luxury resort.
  • Local Art Shows: Participate in or visit frequent art exhibitions hosted by local galleries and artists.

Real Estate in Montecito


Overview for Montecito, CA

11,097 people live in Montecito, where the median age is 53.9 and the average individual income is $117,294. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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53.9 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Montecito, CA

Montecito has 4,536 households, with an average household size of 2.2. 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. 11,097 people call Montecito home. The population density is 398.34 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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47.53 / 52.47%

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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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