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Montecito real estate offers an elegant quiet retreat for the residents living there. From its inception, the rich and famous have been enticed by the stunning surroundings and relaxed atmosphere. Montecito real estate boasts tree-lined streets with luxury properties that stretch from the beach up into the foothills. Both the Montecito Upper Village and the Montecito Coast Village are interspersed with shops and boutiques and a variety of exceptional local restaurants. Montecito is dominated by lavish estates, many of which are architecturally significant, including English manor houses and elegant contemporary homes. Premier architects of the past and present helped create these local gems. Montecito homes for sale are shielded from curious eyes by hedges and trees, which transform the neighborhood into pleasant streets canopied by foliage. Residents can participate in the Montecito Association, which seeks to preserve the character of the area. About 9,000 people live here, and families have two exceptional public schools as well as a choice of three private schools. Montecito beaches are a favorite with the locals. Three private golf clubs as well as tennis clubs are found in Montecito. A variety of luxury spas and resorts are also available for those seeking a quiet get away from daily life.