Once a fashionable health resort, the tiny seaside village of Montecito was discovered just after the turn of the century by some of the most influential families in the United States. Soon the wooded Montecito hills, just east of Santa Barbara's city limits began to sprout such magnificent creations as marble palaces, picture-book Normandy castles, elegant Italian palazzos, gracious Cape Cod colonials, and regal English manor houses. For those looking for private schools, country clubs, quaint shops, and quiet lanes that lead to secluded homes, the beach, mountain trails, creeks, and waterfalls - pastoral Montecito is waiting, pristine.
Just south of Montecito is a quaint beach community named Summerland; a relaxed, hillside community snuggled on the coast with breathtaking ocean and island views. Today it is a thriving beach community with 1,545 residents living in 785 homes, condos, or apartments. Summerland is known up and down California for its wonderful weather, friendly residents, good restaurants, outstanding beach, and wonderful antique stores.