Less than 15 minutes from Santa Barbara, Carpinteria is full of the breathtaking beauty of its neighbor, only in a small-town setting. Carpinteria is known for gentle slope beaches and calm waves in selected sandy areas, but also for good surfing swells in some of the more rocky areas. It is a sanctuary for a slower paced lifestyle and a wholesome small-town atmosphere.
Carpinteria Real Estate
There are around 15,000 permanent residents in Carpinteria, with a small influx of tourists during the summer months. The architecture is as diverse as the variety of activities there are to do. The shore of the Pacific at Padaro is lined with mansions. The quieter neighborhoods just off the beach are more heavily populated with modest homes in a variety of architectural styles. The hillsides of the Santa Ynez Mountians are sprinkled with everything from wooden cottages to marble-pillared estates amongst the large acres of orchards and agricultural fields.
Life in Carpinteria
Carpinteria is considered the Flower Growing Capital of the World with its sunny, south-facing location and fertile lands. In addition to the succulents and cacti, a wide variety of flowers are grown in here, not to mention the wealth of produce which allows for weekly farmers markets.
Several blocks of wonderful restaurants, timeless antique shops, and fresh produce-selling stores make up the downtown area. This small-town atmosphere and slower pace to life is very attractive to potential residents and encourages those who are already here to stay. While Carpinteria boasts its appeal as a small coastal town where “everyone knows your name," it is not so remote as to be cut off from society- Santa Barbara is just a few exits away. There are two annual festivals in Carpinteria that are quite a draw for the town: the Rods and Roses Parade each summer and the Avacado Festival in the Fall. While these events are a highlight for the small town, it continues to remain just as charming year round.
The Carpinteria School District includes four elementary schools, one junior high school, and one high school. There is also a world renown independent, four-year college preparatory boarding school, Cate, in the area as well.
Carpinteria State Beach is a 48-acre park featuring 4,000 feet of beachfront and providing a plethera of outdoor activities. Residents enjoy activities such as swimming, surf-fishing, and camping. With the average temperature ranging from the high 60s to mid 80s, simply being outside and walking along this long stretch of beach is a common activity. Or for those who are more athletically inclined, there is a polo match area available every Sunday from April through October.
From December through May seals and sea lions can be seen just off short at the rookery in the nearby Carpinteria Bluffs, in addition to an occasional gray whale. Tide pools left by the ocean contain starfish, sea anemones, crabs, snails, octopuses and sea urchins. Bird watching is also common at Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve.