Homes for Sale in Summerland CA: Quintessential CA Beach Town
Montecito’s Neighbor is Casual, Chic and Convenient
If you’re looking for a year-round or vacation home in a compact, laid-back California beach town, you might want to check out homes for sale in Summerland CA. Just 10 minutes from Santa Barbara by car, and just over the hill from Montecito, the close-knit community of around 1,500 full- and part-time residents offers a relaxed, tranquil ambiance. Even if you’re here only on weekends and vacations, a trip to the intimate post office might result in an hour-long conversation with neighbors. That’s how friendly it is here.
View Available Listings Home to a diverse and often colorful array of artists, writers, entrepreneurs and professionals, Summerland possesses a sort of Bohemian soul. Stroll, cycle or cruise down Lillie Avenue, the town’s main business street, and you’ll be tempted to stop in at one of the casual and family-friendly dining establishments and a delightful array of antique shops, galleries and even a winery tasting room. A wonderful beachside park features expansive lawns, play areas and direct access to the beach.
A Bit of Summerland History
Summerland was founded in 1888 by land developer and Spiritualist H.L. Williams, who sold dozens of tiny lots to his followers for $25 each and built a church (complete with a séance room). In the 1880s, the Summerland Oil Field was developed and consisted of several wooden derricks on the beach and on piers out into the ocean. In fact, this is the site of the world’s first offshore oil well. The derricks and some production remained until around 1940. Slowly, but surely, the beach was cleaned up, the Spiritualists departed, California Highway 101 was constructed partly through the town, homes were built, small businesses began thriving and Summerland became the lovely California beach town it is today.
Summerland CA Real Estate
Summerland CA real estate means cozy vintage cottages, spacious homes and a few condos perched on the hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands. Looking for something a bit larger? Homes for sale in Summerland CA also include multi-acre, multimillion-dollar estates. Prices range from just under $1 million for building lots of under an acre yet with spectacular ocean views, to over $50 million for a few large estates on several acres. There is, indeed, Summerland CA real estate for property buyers with a wide array of budgets and tastes.
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