Montecito, with only eight square miles of hedge-rowed neighborhoods, has been the destination of choice for celebrities and millionaires since the late 19th century. Several high-end hotels lie within the Montecito area – The Four Seasons Biltmore with its Coral Casino, San Ysidro Ranch, Montecito Inn…
In the late 1800s, the wealthy folks from back east discovered that Montecito was not only a lovely place to vacation, but also a good spot to recuperate at the local hot springs. Grand estates were built throughout the Montecito area and most have been lovingly maintained over time. Small cottages were built for the “help” and remain today as affordable housing for those who covet the Montecito school districts of Montecito Union (MUS) and Cold Spring Elementary.
Much of Montecito has changed over the years – one can find condos near the beach, small cottages tucked down little lanes, and, of course, mega mansions built by the “new barons” who have discovered Montecito.
Montecito has the Upper Village with post office, grocery store, library, and many restaurants, and the Lower Village on Coast village Road, with hotels, restaurants and shopping.
Montecito has definitely become a desirable second and third home location for many international residents. Whether in the entertainment industry looking for a short commute to Los Angeles or someone looking for a relaxed lifestyle in one of the prettiest places in California, you’ll find Montecito to be just what you are looking for.