I love Carp (the actual town is called Carpinteria, but everyone calls it Carp). Many say Carp is like what Santa Barbara used to be. Pretty much one small downtown area with cute boutiques and local restaurants . Esaus is a local favorite for breakfast. The Spot is perfect if you have a hankering for a good burger. Local surfboard shaper Matt Moore has his shop set up on Linden as well. Carp is also known as having the “Worlds Safest Beach” and Linden Ave pretty much dead ends into the beach. Lots of expensive and high end properties along the beach, but also larger ranch style properties up in the foothills with Agriculture capabilities, Equine facilities, views, and privacy. There are also some great starter homes more centrally located in Carp. Whether downsizing or starting a family, Carp could be the place for you.