If you had the means to buy or build a home anywhere in the world, where would you choose? Since the late 1800s, many of these fortunate folks have chosen Montecito, California — a small community (population 9,000) blanketing the foothills at the eastern edges of the city of Santa Barbara. Today, many celebrities live here, at least part-time, including Oprah, Kevin Costner, Prince Harry and Meghan, Gwyneth Paltrow.
It’s a gorgeous setting. Elegant yet casual. Spectacular views in practically every direction. A place where celebs can try to live a “normal” life without the paparazzi hounding them every second. Plus, there’s lots to do here. Beaches, surfing, hiking trails, gardens, and hey, the city of Santa Barbara, with a full schedule of cultural activities, is right next door.
Not everyone here is monied, of course. Montecito residents represent an eclectic group of ‘60s bohemian relics, equestrians whose families once rode horses around the neighborhood for transportation, and just plain “normal” folks who like to live here.
Here we give you some places to explore to get a sense of the Montecito magnet.