Nicknamed the “Good Land,” this coastal suburb combines an easygoing beachy vibe with numerous trendy dining and shopping hotspots
Once a prominent agricultural region known for its citrus groves and orchards, Goleta Valley began to rapidly develop into the spacious suburb it is today post-WWII. Incorporated in 2002, Goleta has retained its rich, fertile ecosystem and "Good Land" title. This community has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and an even more robust economy—it’s a central hub of tech industries and industrial businesses. Besides its diverse ecosystem and prospering commerce, Goleta is home to globally-inspired cuisine, world-class surfing, some of California's best beaches, and award-winning breweries.
The year-long sunny weather is a boon to anyone who enjoys outdoor recreational activities. Since the town is perched on the coastal plain tucked between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, you can regularly step onto your front porch and soak in the dramatic mountainous backdrop. Goleta is also home to the stunning University of California, Santa Barbara campus and the Santa Barbara Airport.
Goleta's growing tech industry hub has attracted entrepreneurs, young professionals, families, and many others who work in the business and technology scene. Full of start-ups and well-established companies, with notable companies like Citrix and FLIR Systems setting up significant facilities here, Goleta is teeming with opportunity. Many retirees, UCSB students, and staff also call this suburb home.
Goleta homes range from charming beachside villas to estates and ranches. You can choose whether you want to live close to the beach, the Santa Ynez Mountains, or the busier downtown area. Residents appreciate the way Goleta effortlessly combines suburban living with access to trendy restaurants and shopping. Take in the sunset on one of the quieter beaches, meander along one of the numerous trails, or drive downtown to the busy State Street to visit neighborhood staples, boutiques, and more.
Enjoy breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean while dining on fresh oysters and clam chowder at lively Beachside Bar Cafe. Goleta's local watering hole is a neighborhood staple with a cheerful happy hour and casual atmosphere.
Experience Goleta's rising craft beer scene by adding some of these breweries to your to-visit list!
Paying homage to its roots as an area full of lemon groves, the Lemon Festival is an annual weekend of family fun, entertainment, and food. For 28 years, Goleta residents and tourists alike have gathered for this special September weekend to enjoy the Goleta Fall Classic Car and Street Rod Show, the Safety Street event, arts and crafts vendors, and even the signature pie-eating contest.
Goleta is also home to some of California's best beaches and several outstanding parks. Whether you want to go surfing, play disc golf, or just watch the tide roll in, you have a range of options, such as El Capitán State Beach, Goleta Beach Park, Gaviota State Park, Haskell's Beach, and Lake Los Carneros.
Local students generally attend the Goleta Union School District and the Santa Barbara High School District. Some notable local schools include Mountain View Elementary and Foothill Elementary. There are also a host of private schools nearby.
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