Homes for Sale in Goleta
Goleta sits ten miles west of Santa Barbara. The city is densely suburban, but includes large areas of parkland and protected habitat. The north end of town, on the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains, is semi-rural. The south end abuts the Pacific Ocean; its coastline includes parks, beaches, a golf course, and a luxury hotel. It includes a section of the coast, then extends west of Isla Vista and Hollister Ranch.
Goleta Real Estate
Variety is the watchword in Goleta in terms of property, with a high proportion of single-family homes and a handful of gated communities. To the north of the city, there are ranch-style bungalows, with a more relaxed vibe and views of the mountains.
Homes are more affordable near the Santa Barbara Airport, for obvious reasons, and properties become more spacious to the west of the city, where mid-priced neighborhoods with Mid-Century Ranch homes and generous gardens.
Goleta it’s a more affordable alternative to living in Santa Barbara. It is known as “the good land” for its fertile soil, conducive climate, and high standard of living.
One of the main draws of Goleta is its plentiful green spaces, which range from the beautifully relaxing Sandpiper golf course to the adjacent Coronado Butterfly Preserve. Each year, millions of monarch butterflies cluster here, draping the local groves with decorative orange garlands. This phenomenon has become a major tourist attraction, while the nearby Santa Barbara Shores Park boasts a quiet beach and miles of peaceful trails, perfect for dog walking.
Other green oases include Lake Los Carneros Park, where waterfowl chill while residents circuit the lake, picnic or birdwatch.
Girsh Park is home is where locals head to play basketball, football, or basketball, with no less than a dozen play fields and five baseball diamonds. The annual Californian Lemon Festival is held here in fall, celebrating the local fruit growers, and featuring classic cars, food stalls and activities.
Museums and Galleries
The South Coast Railroad Museum is a popular local attraction, with its historic and preserved 1901 station, exhibits about the history of railroading and occasional events including free tours, and “depot days” with live music and food and drink stalls.
Right by the Railroad Museum there’s the Rancho la Petera and Stow House, built in 1873. The site, administered by the local historical society, offers insights into ranch life 150 years ago, including information about the experimental laboratory of landowner and lemon grower Edgar Stow.
Tours are available to both house and ranch, and there are regular outdoor events held on the grounds, and in the Memorial Arboretum, which contains trails and impressive and historic redwood trees.
Shopping and Dining
Goleta is an especially town for regular diners, with seafood, Cajun, Mexican and sushi all on the menu at local eateries. There are several breweries in the city, plus wine tasting rooms, showcasing Santa Barbara County wines.
There’s a good ration of independent restaurants to chains, as well as local stores and boutiques, and the town works hard to preserve the bohemian quality downtown, particularly on and around Hollister Avenue, which is the town’s main commercial artery.
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