Immediately adjacent to the wealthy enclave of Montecito, Summerland maintains the more laid-back, flip-flop friendly atmosphere of a small California beach town.
At various times, history saw the community as a religious community, roughneck mini-oil boom and cigar factory location and Bohemian retreat. Today, Lillie Avenue, the town’s main street, hosts an assortment of unique shops featuring antiques and designer accoutrements, and is a popular stop for visitors from throughout Southern California on their way to or from Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Wine Country. The peaceful village of only 1,500 residents also offers family-friendly restaurants and a beachside park offering spacious lawns, play areas and access to the sand and waves. Summerland homes host artists, writers and part-time residents and range from cozy cottages to spacious getaways nestled on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands.