Glorious ocean vistas meet picturesque charm in this Southern California enclave.

Welcome to Carpinteria

Situated a mere 12 miles south of the city of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, or “Carp,” as it’s affectionately called, blends small-town charm with enormous views to provide the quintessential California beach town experience.
World-class, high-profile properties share space with gorgeous single-family homes and sophisticated bungalows, while sprawling estates with lush landscaping are located steps away from the immaculate white sand of the Golden State’s rugged, beautiful coast. With ample tranquility and a warm, welcoming surfer-cool vibe, this tony hamlet offers the prevailing concept of paradise.

What to Love

  • Several of the most coveted and breathtaking properties in California
  • An enticing, walkable downtown district with independent shops
  • Proximity to Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles
  • Rests below the Santa Ynez mountain range
  • Home to several high-ranking schools

Local Lifestyle

Carpinteria may have some of the most opulent properties in Southern California, but the atmosphere is pure laidback, understated luxury. Residents here, from affluent professionals to third-generation families, take full advantage of the Golden State’s impeccable weather, whether running on the beach or practicing their swing at the racquet club in nearby Santa Barbara.

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

Carpinteria and its nearby environs boast a splendid mix of casual cafes, intimate coffee houses, superb bars, upscale restaurants, posh boutiques, and mom-and-pop shops.
Padaro Beach Grill is one of several local favorites. Chill and inviting and with staggering views to boot, this oceanside venue features a menu teeming with healthy, detectable eats. Grilled fish tacos with cilantro cream and avocado, Maui burgers with grilled pineapple, and luscious salads are just a few of the options on their menu.
Little Dom’s Seafood is equally alluring. The selections here are simple and delicious, from their olive oil cake to their linguini and clams. Come for Happy Hour for an especially lively time. Thoroughly satisfying comfort food, like expertly-cooked steaks and creamy mashed potatoes, is relished at Clementine’s Steak House, while Reynaldo’s Mexican Bakery is the optimal spot to hit up after a day at the beach or a long hike. Their authentic tamales and enchiladas attract a steady stream of visitors daily.
When a craving for homestyle pizza strikes, Carpinteria residents frequently flock to Giovanni’s for out-of-this-world pies, and The Spot more than hits the spot with its elevated “counter” food. Indeed, no matter what you may desire, Carpinteria and its surrounding towns will exceed your expectations.

Things to Do

Between its coastal location and sublime climate, life in Carpinteria is best enjoyed outside. Carpinteria is known for possessing what's been ranked as the world’s safest beach — the majestic Carpinteria City Beach. Beauty aside, this is an excellent place for swimming, thanks to the protection that’s offered by the Channel Islands.
The Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve is just as enchanting with its scenic views and sense of peace. The same goes for the Carpinteria Seal Sanctuary, which, with its baby seals lounging on the rocks, instantly warms the heart.
Carpinteria and its slice of coastline also feature festivals and events throughout the year. The California Avocado Festival held downtown celebrates California’s prodigious bounty in a vibrant setting, while polo tournaments, from May to October, showcase the talent that’s practiced by many at the prestigious Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, a highly esteemed club that has been around for more than a century and is known as one of the oldest of its kind in the country.


The schools in Carpinteria are a large part of its draw for families with children. A few of the most remarkable schools in the town include:

Overview for Carpinteria, CA

13,289 people live in Carpinteria, where the median age is 40.6 and the average individual income is $43,708. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Carpinteria, CA

Carpinteria has 4,958 households, with an average household size of 2.67. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Carpinteria do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 13,289 people call Carpinteria home. The population density is 5,133.99 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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The following schools are within or nearby Carpinteria. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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