Offering small town charm and community sensibilities, economic diversity, and close proximity to Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and one of the safest and most beachgoer-friendly stretches of California coastline, Carpinteria is considered an idyllic part of the world by its residents and visitors alike. This vibrant, self-sustaining town of approximately 20,000 year-round residents just an hour north of L.A. and a few minutes from Santa Barbara hosts a charming downtown core offering a wonderful selection of restaurants, shops and small businesses, while its residential choices fill the spectrum, from modest bungalows to beachside condominiums and multi-million dollar homes in exclusive gated communities such as Padaro Lane.
Running the entire length of the town, Carpinteria's versatile and much-loved beach is a true year-round playground for children and adults alike. Two contiguous beaches - Carpinteria City Beach and Carpinteria State Beach & Park - offer something for everyone with their expanse of sun, sand, and surf. In addition to its beautiful beach, the community is home to nearly a dozen public parks and a popular community pool.
Balancing recreation with education, Carpinteria is proud of the schools in its respected Carpinteria Unified School District and hosts two prestigious private schools - Cate and Pacifica Graduate Institute.