Goleta, the Good Land: It’s a place of families in housing developments from the ’60s to the current, students attending the prestigious (and beachside) University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), professionals flourishing at growing tech companies in Old Town, and more.
It’s known for historically producing lemons and avocados on its farms and in spacious yards; in fact, the lemon is still celebrated with beer, pies, a carnival, and more at the yearly California Lemon Festival in Girsh Park. Mainly, though, it’s known as a relatively affordable, comfortable, safe place to buy your slice of paradise.
In Goleta South, Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, the Santa Barbara Airport, and the Camino Real (containing Costco, Home Depot, Best Buy, Bevmo, a movie theater, and more and more local, family-friendly, popular restaurants) and other shopping centers make life easy — make life practical — so when you’re not on your 3- to 15-minute commute to work within Goleta or down in Santa Barbara, it’s simple to just enjoy.
Spend time with your kids (who attend good, walk-able public schools) at Goleta Beach boogie boarding or splashing in the small waves, or barbecuing at the beach’s grassy park. Take a walk in the Ellwood preserve, in awe at the thousands of butterflies overhead, the untouched beauty of nature right in your backyard, from the shade of eucalyptus groves to the stunning bluff-top views of the Pacific, at the edge of the continent — yet living comfortably in a suburban home or condo. Golf, fine dining, spa treatments, and a luxury escape can be found at Bacara Resort & Spa, with beach access traditionally enjoyed mainly by locals. Though the area has been developed for some time, a lot has changed and is changing, with development continuing and the transition to cityhood taking place in 2001 — but with smiling families and students enjoying easy living near the beach, it is still, undoubtedly, the Good Land.