Goleta, California

Goleta is a beach city located on the northern most border of Santa Barbara on Californiaa's central coast. The city  has many parks, beaches, a pier, Santa Barbara Airport, University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) with a 20,000 student population and over 80 research and development companies. From electronics to space technology, computer software to medical technology, new companies and UCSB spinoffs have turned Goleta Valley into the Silicon Beach of California's mid state region.


The word Goleta means small ship or schooner in Spanish. In 1869 the village of Goleta near Patterson and Hollister Avenues began. A post office was established at Goleta in 1875 placing the name "Goleta" officially on the landscape. This name was likely adopted because of  land grant called La Goleta. 


Easily accessible from State Highway 101 or via flights from Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Denver, Goleta offers a refreshing change from wealthy, upscale beach towns with multimillion dollar houses built on perches overlooking the blue Pacific.  Housing is more affordable and often more basic. 


A drive along the perimeter of the university campus provides a glimpse at one of the few places where students can find relatively affordable accommodations with beach access and ocean views.  Rows of  complexes with 15 to 20 cars stacked into lots designed for 6, street views into apartment windows where bunk beds rest and people sit on porches, balconies or lie on couches out in yards tell you this is not the exclusive Montecito, Newport Coast or Malibu beach front. Yet is has its own charm.
COUCHStudent lies on couch in yard.

While Goleta is a mix of residential and rental properties, the college flavor is apparent in everything from restaurants and shops to the multitude of sports activities.

Goleta, California
  Info: 805-967-4618  County: Santa Barbara


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