Montecito is perhaps the most sought after area in Santa Barbara. Magnificent and private estates abound, many guarded by tall privacy hedges. Montecito has become a haven for those looking to stay under the radar. Gorgeous estates are found up in the mountains, with some of the most scenic hiking trails nearby. Enjoy the pristine sands at Butterfly Beach, which is located out front of the Four Seasons Biltmore. Or catch some waves at Hammonds or Miramar Beach. The famous San Ysidro Ranch offers five star accommodations along with some of the finest dining in Montecito. The Lower Village is lined with more fine dining and small boutiques to shop. The Upper Village still maintains the old Montecito feel. Lots of older architecture that cannot be replicated throughout Montecito, with renowned architecture by George Washington Smith and Lutah Maria Riggs. If golf is your thing, then consider the Birnam Wood community with its own private golf course, or become a member at the Montecito Country Club. And the schools are top-notch, with Montecito Union School and Cold Springs School consistently receiving high accolades. You will pay more to live in Montecito, but for many seeking out a more private lifestyle with incredible schools nearby, it is well worth the money.