The City of Carpinteria is located within the Carpinteria Valley along the Central Coast area of the southernmost portion of Santa Barbara County. Located northwest of the City of Ventura and east of the City of Santa Barbara, the City of Carpinteria itself is a relatively small oceanside city of approximately 2.6 square miles in land area with a population of 13,680 people as of January 1, 2019, 0.6% less than the population level at the same time in 2018. Elevation ranges from sea level to approximately 700 feet above sea level.
The city is bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the south, and unincorporated Santa Barbara County areas to the west, east and north. Further north is the Santa Ynez Mountains/Los Padres National Forest. The area between these foothills and the populated incorporated city is generally agricultural, known primarily for avocado orchards as well as flower growing operations and more recently some cannabis operations, which are primarily within greenhouses. The city hosts the annual Avocado Festival held in October. The surrounding unincorporated area also contains some of the most exclusive beachfront residential areas along the Central Coast including the private gated Sandyland Cove area to the northwest as well as the private gated Rincon Point community to the southeast which is widely known for its surf. A major attraction of the City of Carpinteria is the State and City beaches.
The most prominent thoroughfare through Carpinteria is Linden Avenue, which runs from the beach through downtown, across the Ventura Freeway (US 101) up north to Foothill Road near the foothills. Linden Avenue in the downtown area between the beach and Carpinteria Avenue, has a ‘small-town’ charming visitor-friendly atmosphere characterized by storefronts containing various shops and restaurants. Make sure to stop into the antique stores! Carpinteria Avenue is also well-traveled having previously served as the highway through town before the Ventura Freeway (US 101) was constructed in the early 1950’s bisecting Carpinteria in a roughly northwest/southeast direction. Highway 101 is currently being widened to three lanes through the City of Carpinteria. The last stages of the freeway widening will occur later to the northwest within the communities of Summerland and Montecito. Via Real, a frontage road along the north side of Highway 101 is also well-traveled. The City of Carpinteria is also served by an Amtrak rail station near the beach, just off Linden Avenue.
The area continues to be a highly desirable area for residence and employment while development opportunities remain limited resulting in limited supply, and strong demand. Price levels are more competitive in this community in comparison to Montecito and many areas of Montecito.
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