Just east of Santa Barbara, Montecito is nestled between the azure Pacific Ocean and the picturesque foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountain Range. It boasts some of the most spectacular and expensive real estate in the United States, particularly above East Valley Road, an area with a perfect micro-climate. In fact it is consistently rated one of the wealthiest communities in the United States and is the home to many notable celebrities and stars. With approximately 10,000 residents and 3,000 households, Montecito retains much of its original charm. Many of the multi-million dollar estates lie tucked behind pillars and gates, far away from the public gaze. Coast Village Road is the hot spot for high end shopping. Fresh boutiques, vintage shops, fashionable home stores and fine dining establishments line Coast Village Road, Montecito’s main thoroughfare. There is everything from traditional Italian trattorias to French bakeries to authentic Mexican cantinas for the hungry visitor. Some of the nation’s classiest resorts are in Montecito, namely the Four Seasons Biltmore, San Ysidro Ranch, and the Montecito Inn. With amenities fit for a queen, it’s no wonder John and Jackie Kennedy shared their honeymoon here. Butterfly Beach, with its sparkling white sand and balmy ocean breezes is perfect for strolling, swimming, lounging or dog walking. The quaint winding roads of Montecito that amble through the lower foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountain Range give access to stunning hiking trails. Waterfalls, spectacular views, verdant vegetation and even hot springs can be viewed on gorgeous hikes dotted all over the area. Montecito is a peaceful, lush and luxurious jewel.