A small beach town nestled on the California coastline.
Nestled along the coast between Carpinteria and Montecito, Summerland offers stunning ocean views from its hillside location. The town history began with a donation of 100 acres of the 1,050-acre Ortega Ranch, which Henry Willams bought.
In the late 1800s, the town thought they'd struck it rich when oil was found, but it was soon discovered to be a minimal amount. Today, it's a haven for artists, antique stores and professionals looking for a sophisticated, relaxed lifestyle close to the beach and all the excitement of Santa Barbara and Montecito and Carpinteria. 


  • Walkable with a small-town feel
  • Many local antique shops and boutiques
  • Close walk to the beach
  • Many homes come with stunning ocean views
  • Neighbor to prestigious Montecito and Santa Barbara
  • Abundant and varied housing choices


With its gorgeous geography and tranquil beach, Summerland offers a healthy, active lifestyle for the locals, who spend a great deal of time outdoors. The beach and park play a central role in the walkability of this town, but there's also a wealth of antique shops and eclectic stores and food choices. There are some amazing spots to grab a quick meal or cup of coffee and others to celebrate special events. 


This relaxed community has some lovely options for eating out and enjoying an afternoon of shopping. The antique stores and numerous locally-owned shops provide something for everyone.
In the mornings, Red Kettle Coffee is a must for a morning cup of Joe and freshly baked pastry. The Nugget offers the best steaks in the area with a relaxed atmosphere and a few outdoor tables to enjoy a cool breeze. 
Locals flock to Field and Fort with its upscale selection of beautiful items when decorations and decor are needed for the home. Botanik also has a lovely selection of items for the home, specializing in natural materials and clay pots for plants and shrubs.


As a small town, Summerland is a walkable community with everything close together, although some roads can be steep for residents with limited mobility. It's an excellent area for biking in the hills and spending time outdoors, especially at the beach. 
Summerland Beach and the park are the best perks of living in the city. Locals must walk down a slope to the beach, where they can splash in the water, fly a kite, and collect seashells. Behind them are small cliffs with gorgeous trees or homes. 
The park at Summerland beach features a playground for the little ones. There are picnic tables for people who don't want to eat on the beach or want to watch their kids play while they read the latest blockbuster novel.


The Montecito Union School District, Carpinteria Unified School District, and the Santa Barbara Unified School District oversee the public schools that serve the Summerland community, and some of the best schools include:
  • Summerland Elementary School, Grades K-6
  • Montecito Union Elementary School, Grades K-6

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