The American Riviera…or the California Gold Coast…
Many seductive names have been used and are used to describe the coastal area here in the Santa Barbara and Montecito CA area. If you spend some time strolling the beaches and admiring the lucky few who live along the oceanfront, you will understand why many feel this area is one of the most desirable and sought after places to live and own real estate.
Below is a descriptive list of the main beaches and the real estate values in these areas, stretching from Carpinteria in the south, to Montecito and Santa Barbara and finally out to Goleta in the north.
Carpinteria Beach is a long stretch of beautiful sand and is nicknamed the “Worlds Safest Beach”, probably because of the lack of strong waves and current. It is generally considered a great family beach. There are two main high-end areas of real estate along this stretch of beach on the Carpinteria coastline called Sandyland Cove and Sand Point. Home values here range from $5 Million to $30 Million on average. Additionally, there are scattered townhomes and pockets of a few individual homes generally ranging in value from $2 Million to $10 Million on average.
Padaro Lane is nestled into a gorgeous picturesque cove. This is a rather private and exclusive sandy cove where half of the oceanfront homes poor out onto the sand while the other half sit atop a cliff-band between 20-80 feet high. Most of the real estate here is very private, high-end and exclusive feeling. Padaro cove sits in between Carpinteria and Montecito with estate values ranging from $3 Million to $35 Million on average.
Summerland Beach is a very safe family oriented beach with only a small handful of homes available. Most sit atop a cliff-band of around 30 feet above the beach.Summerland Beach sits just south of Montecito with home values ranging from $6 Million to $12 Million on average.
Fernald Point is an area of exclusive oceanfront homes. Located in Montecito, most of these oceanfront homes are set back off the sand with larger lots giving owners a true sense of privacy on the beach. Home values range from $6 Million to $40 Million on average.
Miramar Beach is located in the heart Montecito and for many locals is considered Montecito’s beach. Most of the homes are small beach cottages right on the sand with a few larger estates. Home values range from $3 Million to $8 Million on average.
Hammonds Beach offers exclusive oceanfront Estate homes in Montecito as well as a few gated communities with single family homes and townhomes. Home values range from $4 Million to $30 Million on average while townhomes range from $1.5 Million to $6 Million on average.
Butterfly Beach is also located in Montecito and faces more west. Here at the end of the day you will find many people lining the wall or strolling along the beach watching the sunset. This beach is directly in front of The Biltmore Hotel and next to the Coral Casino. Home values range from $8 Million to $30 Million on average.
East Beach is for many the main beach in Santa Barbara. This long stretch of sand starts at the end of Butterfly Beach and continues to Stern’s Wharf. Here you will find many people riding bikes, playing volleyball, jogging or relaxing. The East Beach area is within walking distance to many restaurants & shopping. Along the East Beach area there is a selection of townhomes and some single family homes set a block or 2 away. Home values range from $600,000 to $2 Million on average.
West Beach is also in the heart of Santa Barbara is a continuation of East Beach between Stern’s Wharf and The Harbor. Here you can enjoy viewing boats and the harbor life or take your own trip out to the local Channel Islands via Condor Cruises. The main real estate along the West Beach area is restaurants and hotels, although there are a few condo/townhomes and duplexes/triplexes within 1-3 blocks of the oceanfront. Real estate values for these properties range from $1 Million to $ 3 Million on average.
Leadbetter Beach isalso located in the heart of Santa Barbara and offers dining, access to The Harbor area and water activities. It is located between Shoreline Park & The Harbor. This is a gorgeous area and yet has some of the most affordable real estate along the oceanfront. Most real estate starts at around $1 Million and can go up to $5 Million in this area on average.
Hendry’s Beach (the pit) is officially named Arroyo Burro Beach. It is nestled into a relatively small cove, but has access to long walks below the cliffs. Here you will find many people watching the sunset, walking their dogs or eating at the restaurant located virtually on the sand. Atop the cliffs near Hendry’s Beach you will find homes values ranging from $2 Million to $20 Million on average.
Hope Ranch Beach is a “private beach” with access through a gated entrance given to all residents of the Hope Ranch area. The beach can be accessed via other beaches so it is not too private. Hope Ranch Beach offers cabanas, bathrooms, showers, a snack shop, and kayak storage. Most all the real estate that lines this area sits atop a 50-75 foot cliff and is lined with large estates with values ranging from $4 Million to $50 Million on average.
Goleta Beach is a safe beach offering a restaurant, picnic areas and fishing from the pier. Goleta Beach then carries onto Campus Point and the beaches up to Sand’s, Naples and beyond. There is no residential real estate in this area along the beach accept for the student areas near UC Santa Barbara.
Current Up to Date Active Beachfront / Oceanfront Real Estate & Homes for Sale in Santa Barbara
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