A family-friendly area of Santa Barbara that’s growing in popularity.
This city just next door to Santa Barbara is an up-and-coming paradise that’s quickly becoming a popular place to spend time by the beach! With gorgeous natural beauty, pristine beaches, and lots of great shopping opportunities, Goleta is a wonderful place to call home.
Homes in Goleta are stunning, and it’s a fabulous place to find a deal—many properties are priced lower than other areas of Santa Barbara. From updated and comfortable condo units to sprawling ranch homes in the Goleta Foothills, there are plenty of beautiful homes close to the Pacific Ocean for you to fall in love with.
Due to the area’s natural beauty, Goleta is a peaceful place to call home. The area is very family-oriented, with great schools and lots of opportunities to get out into nature. Since Goleta’s boost in popularity is relatively recent, it’s not known as a major tourist destination, so you can enjoy the fabulous amenities without getting stuck in a crowd!
Families thrive in Goleta—they enjoy the amazing outdoor recreational activities, beautiful beaches, and stellar school system. Due to its proximity to the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, the Amtrak Goleta station, and the 101, the area is also great for commuters or people who frequently travel for business.
Goleta is home to three major shopping centers, which allow you to browse your favorite retailers and find some fun new shops to enjoy! The Camino Real Marketplace is one of Goleta’s best places for shopping. The popular Hollister Brewing Co. is located nearby, offering cold drinks and delicious food. Dine at Ai Sushi or enjoy stunning ocean views from the Ritz-Carlton’s outdoor fine dining restaurant, The Bistro. New restaurants and shops are added regularly.
Enjoy a variety of family-friendly outdoor activities, from paddleboarding at Goleta Beach to biking along Obern Trail or Lake Los Carneros. Goleta hosts great events throughout the year, from musical performances to yoga classes. The kids will love going on nature walks through the incredible Butterfly Preserve, located right in Goleta.
Goleta is known for its excellent schools within the Goleta Union School District. Top educational opportunities include: