Discover the Quintessential Coastal Retreat

Summerland, CA: Discover the Quintessential Coastal Retreat


Introduction to Summerland: A Hidden Gem on the California Coast

Nestled along the scenic coastline just south of Santa Barbara, Summerland, California, is a picturesque community I'm fortunate to call home. This enchanting seaside village, known for its breathtaking ocean views, serene beaches, and vibrant local culture, offers a slice of paradise for residents and visitors alike. Its unique blend of natural beauty and bohemian charm makes Summerland an ideal destination for those seeking a tranquil coastal escape.


A Rich History: From Oil Town to Coastal Haven

Summerland's storied past, transitioning from an early hub of oil production to a peaceful beach community, adds a fascinating layer to its character. Today, it stands as a testament to environmental beauty and cultural preservation, embodying the essence of California's coastal heritage.


Living the Summerland Lifestyle: Where Art, Cuisine, and Community Converge


  • Eclectic Shopping Experiences: Lillie Avenue, the heart of Summerland, is a treasure trove for shoppers, featuring a diverse array of boutiques and antique shops. Notably, Field+Fort offers an exceptional collection of art, home décor, and lifestyle products, showcasing the town's artistic flair.

  • Gourmet Delights and Family Favorites: Summerland boasts an impressive culinary scene, highlighted by the Summerland Winery. This local favorite provides a taste of the region's finest wines, capturing the essence of coastal vineyards. For family dining, The Nugget stands out as a beloved spot, offering hearty American cuisine in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

  • Artistic Exploration: The community's creative spirit is alive in its art galleries and artisanal markets, reflecting Summerland's rich cultural tapestry and supporting local artists and craftsmen.


Embracing Outdoor Adventures: Beaches and Trails Aplenty


  • Pristine Beaches: Summerland Beach, with its unspoiled sands and clear waters, is a haven for beachgoers looking for a peaceful day by the sea. It's a perfect spot for picnics, sunbathing, and enjoying the natural beauty of the California coast.

  • Hiking and Natural Wonders: The surrounding area offers numerous hiking trails, such as the Ortega Hill Trail, providing panoramic views and opportunities to connect with nature.


Where to Stay in Summerland: Coastal Comforts and Ocean Views

Accommodations in Summerland cater to a range of preferences, from charming B&Bs like the Inn on Summer Hill to luxurious beachfront rentals, ensuring a memorable stay with stunning ocean vistas and access to local attractions.


Why We Adore Summerland: A Personal Reflection

Living in Summerland has deepened my love for the coastal lifestyle, community engagement, and environmental stewardship. This village embodies the perfect balance of relaxation, cultural richness, and outdoor activities, making it an unparalleled coastal destination in California.


Conclusion: Summerland Awaits Your Discovery

Summerland, CA, is more than just a destination; it's a lifestyle that celebrates the beauty of the California coast, the warmth of a close-knit community, and the joys of a simpler life. Whether you're exploring local wineries, shopping on Lillie Avenue, dining with family, or relaxing on pristine beaches, Summerland offers an idyllic coastal experience for everyone.

Demographics and Employment Data for Summerland, CA

Summerland has 351 households, with an average household size of 1.66. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Summerland do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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51.89 / 48.11%

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Overview for Summerland, CA

582 people live in Summerland, where the median age is 68.2 and the average individual income is $106,452. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

68.2 years

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Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


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Schools in Summerland, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Summerland. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Summerland Elementary
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Around Summerland, CA

There's plenty to do around Summerland, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Lost & Found Cafe, Whistle Club, and Seastrand.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 4.41 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.07 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.42 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.52 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.64 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 4.79 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars

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