Montecito Though technically East of Santa Barbara, Montecito is located "South" on the 101 Freeway, about four miles from downtown Santa Barbara. It covers an area of approximately eight square miles of hidden neighborhoods and expansive estates, from the coast to the mountains, and from Santa Barbara proper to the town of Summerland. Full of mystique and grandeur, history and beauty, Montecito has been the destination of choice for celebrities and millionaires for over a hundred years. "Montecito", which is Spanish for "Little Mountain", first received attention from wealthy Easterners and Midwesterners in the late 1800's. These early settlers were taken with the rich soil and rolling hills, and soon started developing large and lavish estates.
Today Montecito offers many and varied options for residential living. There are easy-care condominiums just steps from the beach, hidden cottages down tree-shaded lanes, and of course large estates on many acres, both old and new. The pace of life here is unhurried, and it is easy to see why Montecito has become a desirable second home location for big city dwellers. Lifetime residents and curious travelers alike, all find Montecito to be a truly lush paradise.

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