Goleta Real Estate Information

A mid-sized community in southern Santa Barbara County, Goleta, California, is a recently incorporated city. It officially became a city in 2002, after spending many decades as the largest unincorporated community in Santa Barbara County. The 2000 census found the area to have a population of more than 55,000, though certain parts and areas included during the census were not included as part of the city's boundaries when it incorporated. As such, in 2006, it was estimated that Goleta had a population of around 30,000.

The community makes up an area of more than 26 square miles, and annual median household income for the residents included during the census in 2000 was just over $60,000. The area was originally inhabited for many years before Westerners came to America by the Chumash tribe of Native Americans. Its first European was Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, who sailed in the area in 1542. The area was later settled in the 18th century, when two Spanish groups came to the area, one of which opened the Presidio of Santa Barbara and Mission to the east.

In its early days, Goleta was a largely agricultural region, most notable for its lemons in the 19th and 20th centuries. Later, oil and natural gas was discovered in some areas and was extracted. After World War II, the nearby Cachuma Lake was developed, helping to create an uptick in demand for housing in the region. During this time, the city's economy was altered from being agriculturally based to being more high-tech, with aerospace and research companies now located here. The area is connected via Route 101, which runs south to connect to Los Angeles and north, connecting to San Francisco.

Students living here attend schools in the Goleta Union School District and the Santa Barbara High School District. The community is also close to the University of California, Santa Barbara campus. Parks here include Stow Park, Lake Los Carneros, and the Coronado Butterfly Preserve, and Goleta lies just outside the Goleta Beach County Park, at the feet of the Santa Ynez Mountains and just 8 miles from the city of Santa Barbara. It has its own shopping area, Camino Real Marketplace. Public transportation is provided by Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District, which runs several buses in the city.