Carpinteria is perhaps Southern California’s last quaint beach town and best kept secret. Located just west of Summerland and Montecito, Carpinteria is best known for its friendly community. Everyone who lives here seems to love the sociable easy going atmosphere. The beach community is a magnet for anyone who enjoys the beach, surfing, fishing, hiking, camping at the State Park, boating, seal watching, shopping and relaxing. The “Old Town” section located on Linden Avenue includes trendy boutiques, artist galleries, candy stores, and an array of restaurants which provide sensation meals including: gourmet menus, roadside picnic style meals, breakfast cafes, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Asian, pizza, sandwich shops and coffee shops. There are a few adult beverage meeting places, liquor stores, and yummy ice cream and candy stores.
During a stroll around town you can visit the Carpinteria Historic Museum, the Carpinteria Library, and the world’s largest Torrey Pine. Popular beach attractions include the State Beach, Tar Pits, the Seal Rookery, Santa Claus Lane, the tide pools and the bird sanctuary.
There are plenty of actives available for the children and grownups alike such as beach volleyball, tennis courts, hiking the Franklin trail, bicycling, karate school, dance classes, softball, T Time golf driving range, and people watching.
Carpinteria has a high school, middle school, alternative school, elementary schools and several preschools. There is also the esteemed Cate private school, which is located in the foothills. Carpinteria’s unique location offers both dramatic sunrises over the mountains and breathtaking sunsets over the ocean.
The real estate market is quite vibrant and offers a wide variety of homes. The beach area homes include: Padero Lane, Sandyland Road, Concha Loma, and Rincon Point. They range in size from grand estates to cozy beach cottages. There are also several “vacation rentals” available in the beach area. Properties in the Carpinteria foothills offer sprawling estates, numerous avocado orchards, peaceful open areas, flower growing farms, and horse facilities including the Santa Barbara Polo Grounds.