Beach Lifestyle and Santa Barbara

Sprawling bluff top estates above Santa Barbara's private and gated Hope Ranch Beach, luxurious condominiums at Bonnymede and Montecito Shores, and stylish "beach houses on the sand" at Carpinteria's chic Padaro Lane are but a few of the Santa Barbara area's prized beachfront communities. Together, they provide a cornucopia of choices for discriminating year-round or vacation living, including a variety of lot sizes and architectural styles. Palatial Mediterranean-style villas and expansive ranch homes might rest on dozens of acres, while one- and two-acre sites feature spacious Contemporary and Cape Cod-style estates. Traditional beachfront lots offer the perfect setting for charming California beach bungalows and cozy cottage retreats.

Common to all of these exclusive enclaves - in addition to stunning panoramic Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands views and a coveted lifestyle of relaxed luxury -- is convenience to the vast array of amenities for which the Santa Barbara area is world-renowned. Recreation, culture, shopping and dining, as well as excellent community and everyday services are just minutes away...and, of course, beach access is always at one's feet.

Central Santa Barbara Coast

Hope Ranch - The serenity of living in Hope Ranch is unsurpassed. It is true "country estate" living, with luxurious Ranch, Contemporary and Mediterranean-style homes on acres of lushly landscaped grounds. There is golf, tennis, miles of equestrian trails and a private beach accessible solely to residents. Just over three dozen of the estates are bluff- top, overlooking the beach, ocean and islands.

Arroyo Burro "Hendry's" Beach & The Mesa - Extending "down-coast" from Hope Ranch, several small bluff-top enclaves enjoy sweeping ocean and island views as well as convenient private and public access to the beach. Some larger homes are on one-quarter to one acre lots, while more modest homes rest on traditional city lots. Residents relish their close proximity to the nearby Douglas Family Preserve, a 70-acre bluff-top park, as well as to Shoreline Park, a family-friendly site offering picnic facilities, beautiful lawns, play structures and ocean and island views.

Butterfly Beach - Montecito's most popular beach, Butterfly rests in the "front yard" of the world-class Four Seasons Biltmore Resort (link here) and at the feet of the prestigious Coral Casino Beach Club. A small handful of large, elegant homes share Channel Drive with the resort and club.

Hammond's & Miramar Beaches - Extending down-coast from Butterfly Beach," Hammond's provides sand and surf for three prestigious, gated residential communities - the luxury condominium complexes Bonnymede and Montecito Shores, and the 10 oceanfront as well as 27 non-beachfront homes of Edgecliff Lane and Sea Meadows. Nestled between Hammonds and down-coast Fernald Point, Miramar Beach is an expanse of gently-sloping sand that has been a vacation- and family-friendly beach since the 1920's when many of its existing multi-story cottages were built.

Fernald Point - Known as "the premier beachfront address in Montecito," this somewhat secluded and gated stretch of sand and its very few stately homes is definitely unique and unsurpassed in its beauty and appeal.

Lower Santa Barbara Coast

Summerland - Just a few yards from the heart of this quaint coastal town lies Summerland Beach and the adjacent Lookout Park which are perhaps the friendliest, most easily accessible beach and park in Santa Barbara County. The beach is broad, deep and gently sloping, making it walk, play and swim friendly, while the park features parking, lawn, a playground, picnic facilities and easy access to the beach. The antique shops and small eateries on Lillie Avenue, the town's main street, are friendly and unpretentious and the eclectic population possesses a distinctly Bohemian flair. There are many modest homes above Lillie Avenue with exceptional ocean views, while the dozen or so bluff-top and oceanside residences share priceless vistas and private beach access.

Padaro Lane - There is no broader, deeper or more stable stretch of beach in Santa Barbara County than Padaro Beach. A short bike ride or stroll from the amenities of Summerland and Santa Claus Lane, Padaro Lane offers residents a serene setting, miles of pristine beach and a variety of home styles. Down-coast Padaro hosts cottages right on the sand and with spectacular sunset and coastline views, while the lot sizes increase mid-way and homes are built on a slight knoll. Many of the up-coast Padaro Lane properties are each several acres in size. Beach Club Road, off of Padaro Lane, is a gated enclave with beachfront and near-beachfront homes and a homeowner's association of its own. Padaro Lane offers world class ocean-front living with incomparable ocean and mountain views and unparalleled beauty.

Sand Point Road - Gated, guarded and bordered by a tranquil bird sanctuary, the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, the homes along this road offer panoramic views of the sanctuary and mountains beyond, as well as of the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands. This Carpinteria enclave and its beautiful beach are the most private in Santa Barbara County. There are nearly three dozen homes on Sand Point Road, and they all enjoy a minimum 100 feet of beach-front and exceptional privacy. Hamptons-style residences, glass and steel contemporary homes, batten-and-board cottages and Moorish fantasies are but a few of the many architectural styles found on this pristine stretch of Santa Barbara coastline.

Sandyland Cove - Just down-coast from, and adjacent to, Sand Point, this exclusive gated community of approximately three dozen beachfront homes and free-standing condominiums also offers magnificent bird sanctuary, mountain, ocean and island views. Residents may enjoy a pleasant beach stroll to all the amenities of charming Linden Avenue and downtown Carpinteria.

Rincon Point - This southernmost gated beach community in Santa Barbara County hosts 64 single family homes and 8 townhomes. Roughly half of them are prized beachfront residences, although the rest still enjoy mountain views, peeks at the ocean and all of the lush landscaping that helps make this place a little bit of paradise. While Rincon Beach above geographical Rincon Point is lengthy, sandy and beach walk-friendly, below the point it is short and rocky. This is the small, challenging and often treacherous "point break" that attracts some of the best surfers in the world, who refer to it affectionately simply as "The Rincon."

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