Upper & Lower Villages


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In the exclusive haven of Montecito, two distinctly unique Villages are defined by their own personalities.

LOWER VILLAGE – In the Lower Village, the vibe is relaxed yet sophisticated.  Proximity to the beach is king with well-established neighborhoods made up of quaint beach cottages, traditional Spanish and Mediterranean style homes, luxury condominiums, and oceanfront perfection. Visitors will enjoy easy access to Coast Village Road offerings that vary from the high-end designer boutiques, galleries, and fine dining, to savvy bistros like Honor Bar, and superb coffee shops, Jeannine’s among local favorites! On Butterfly Beach in front of the world-famous Four Season’s Biltmore, frequent walks on the beach are part of everyday life here. There is even a hidden tunnel under Hwy 101 that connects the beach area to Coast Village Road…ask a local!

UPPER VILLAGE – East Valley Road carves a graceful path through the heart of the Upper Village; a well-established hub of understated elegance. Enjoy quiet activity where a cappuccino on the covered porch of the San Ysidro Pharmacy, or fine dining at The Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch, are both equally appealing! Winding tree-lined lanes of lush oaks and stately palms line private lanes that lead to fine estates, adding an old-world charm that surrounds the varying architecture. Ocean view celebrity estates and comfortable family homes alike keep the finer things in life at the forefront.

SHANDRA’S FAVORITES in Montecito

  • SUNSET – Pack a picnic and a great bottle of cold Chardonnay, and sit on the wall at Butterfly Beach at sunset, or kick off your shoes and stroll this pristine local’s favorite beach.
  • MUSIC – Attend a concert at the Summer Music Festival at the Music Academy of the West where an international array of chamber, classical, and orchestral music talent take the stage.
  • HEART HEALTHY HIKES – Log onto Google and enter Seven Falls,  Romero Canyon Loop, or  Tangerine Falls. Unearth the hidden beauty of these beloved trails above Montecito.
  • RETAIL THERAPY – In the Upper Village, head to Upstairs at Pierre Lafond for unique gifts, home accessories, and the sweetest baby clothes and toys in the area! Downstairs, Wendy Foster is not to be missed for women’s fashion and friendly knowledgable staff.
  • DAY TRIP – Make an appointment to spend a day at Lotusland,  the spectacular botanic garden on the Ganna Walska estate
  • FRIDAY FARMER’S MARKET – Fridays from 8:30am to noon on Coast Village Road. Shop early for the best in local organic produce, flowers, and tasty gifts from local farmers and merchants.