If the exclusivity of communities like Hope Ranch and Montecito aren’t really your speed, maybe you’ll appreciate the small town living of historic Carpinteria. It’s beloved by surfers, artists and families – all those who appreciate amazing beaches, mild weather and a relaxed, family friendly atmosphere.
Once home to local Chumash tribes, Carpinteria was named in 1769 by Spanish explorers, who observed native carpenters building canoes in the area. What attracted the Chumash? Perhaps it was the large pines that grow in the area. In fact, the Wardholme Torrey Pine – the world’s largest – is located right in the heart of Carpinteria. The Chumash may also have settled the area for the naturally occurring tar or asphalt seeps that can still be found in the area. The Chumash used the tar to seal their canoes.
Following Spanish and American settlement, Carpinteria developed into a farming community, giving rise to the small-town community feel that it still has today. A nod to the community’s farming past, the Avocado Festival has been held during the first week of October since 1986.
Carpinteria: Eclectic and Artsy
“Carp,” as its known by locals, is home to a thriving arts community. Galleries and art spaces – including the Carpinteria Arts Center abound.
If you want to get a feel for what the town has to offer, take a stroll down Linden Avenue. It’s the main street of town, home to many popular cafes, restaurants and shops, art galleries and retail. Carpinteria is still the kind of town where kids roam the streets on bikes, doors are left unlocked and people still talk to their neighbors.
Carp is also definitely a beach town. Located at the southerly tip of Santa Barbara county, it’s right next door to Ventura County and home to a notable surf spot called El Rincon.
Carpinteria Real Estate
What’s it like to live here? Think small town, with a beachy vibe. As with most California coastal communities, some of the area’s most expensive and sought after real estate is oceanfront or ocean view property. But Carp has lots of other types of real estate to consider as well.
True to Carpinteria’s farming past and upscale present, homes inland might include an estate complete with a vineyard and views of the Santa Ynez mountains, a hobby farm or maybe just some acreage for you and a few of your favorite animals. If you’re seeking a great suburban neighborhood in which to raise your kids, you’ll find it here. And if you enjoy small-town living with a walkable and accessible downtown, vintage homes and ready access to the Pacific Ocean beaches, Carpinteria’s real estate options won’t disappoint.
Want to learn more about living in Carpinteria? Read more at Coastal Living!