Welcome to Carpinteria

An old-school, walkable seaside town on the coast of the Pacific Ocean.

Just a few minutes east of downtown Santa Barbara, Carpinteria is a small seaside town with an old-school vibe that attracts many people who want to escape the hustle and bustle of a larger city. Most of this community is flat, although the outer edges reach the foothills, making this a wonderful place for biking and walking. 

Carpinteria is known for its wonderful schools and parks for kids to play or adults to enjoy a walk. There is also a plethora of nurseries, where locals can find flowers, shrubs, and trees to up the wow factor of their outdoor space. Locally-operated stores and restaurants dot the town for locals to shop and dine. 

What to Love

  • Beach within easy walking distance
  • Many local shops and restaurant options
  • A splendid natural setting 
  • Overflows with small-town charm
  • Within easy driving distance of downtown Santa Barbara
  • Offers a world-destination surfing area on Rincon Point

Local Lifestyle

Living in Carpinteria offers locals the chance to live a slower pace of life and spend their free time at the beach. There is a cornucopia of beaches and access points to them, and the area is awash in natural beauty, from the cliffs overlooking the surf to the soaring trees. Local shops and restaurants provide many options, and downtown Santa Barbara is only a few miles away. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

For a small, close-knit community, Carpinteria brims with locally-owned shops and restaurants. There's always a new place to try and a list of old favorites to rely on for scrumptious meals.  Whether it's a quick gourmet coffee or a healthy lunch featuring an acai bowl, Lucky Llama Coffee is a favorite among locals. The outdoor seating invites locals to relax and ready the morning paper. 

In a warm, inviting atmosphere, Zookers is the quintessential California restaurant featuring locally-sourced produce and seafood. Located on the beach, Padaro Beach Grill serves great American classics and cocktails, and seating options offer a few unique choices, including outdoor picnic tables. 

Island Brewing Company makes craft beers in the area, and locals can stop by to try out what's on tap. This brewing company hosts frequent events where food trucks partner with the company for a night of fun, food, and suds. For burgers and shakes on the go, The Spot is the place to grab a quick bite. 

Things to Do

As a cozy seaside community, the locals spend a lot of time outdoors enjoying the fresh air and local beaches. The bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean are popular places to explore and offer breathtaking natural beauty. 

The real star of Carpinteria is the local beaches which seem to be within easy walking distance of almost everything. Rincon Point offers world-class surfing and sees visitors from far and wide. Some of the most popular beaches in the area include Carpinteria State Beach, Sandyland Cove, Sand Point Road, Santa Claus Beach, and Padaro Lane.


In Carpinteria, the Carpinteria Union School District is in charge of the local public schools.  The most well known schools are:

  • Aliso Elementary School, Grades K-6
  • Canalino Elementary School, Grades K-6
  • Carpinteria High School, Grades 9-12
  • Carpinteria Middle School, Grades 7-8

Work With Kevin

Many past and current clients express their gratitude in working with a Realtor® who is both a true local and has such a relaxed demeanor in which they feel no pressure.