Carpinteria Real Estate Information

A smaller oceanfront city in the southeastern portion of Santa Barbara County, Carpinteria, California, lies east of Santa Barbara and northwest of Ventura. At the 2000 census, it was home to about 15,000 residents. The city includes are area of more than seven square miles, although almost three of those are actually water. It is decidedly middle-class and residents here have an annual median household income of almost $48,000 a year.

The city got its name from Spanish who first settled the area and named it after the Chumbas Native American tribe's canoe-building, or "carpentry," activities. The community has its own weekly newspaper, The Coastal View. The city offers an electric shuttle that can transport residents to the beach and to the city’s major shopping districts. Transfers can also be made to Santa Barbara's MTD Line 20.

Students living here attend educational institutions in the Carpinteria Unified School District, which also includes children in Summerland. The district is composed of one high school, one middle school and four elementary schools, one of which is an alternative school, in addition to an alternative high school. There is also the Cate School, a private preparatory school. The Pacifica Graduate Institute offers master's and doctoral programs in depth psychology and mythology. Attractions in the city include the Carpinteria Beach, which has a campground adjacent to the beach; the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquetball Club; the annual Carpinteria Triathlon; the Carpinteria City Pool; the Tee Time Driving Range; and the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History. Events held here include the California Avocado Festival the first weekend of October; the St. Joseph's Festival; and the Rods & Roses Classic in late summer. There are more than 10 parks in the city, including Rincon Beach County Park, El Carro Park and Tar Pits Park, the only one that offers direct beach access.