Summer is officially here – a great time to buy a beach home in Santa Barbara! There is currently a fine selection of beach properties for sale in Santa Barbara. Whether you are looking for a quaint beach cottage (click here to see one in the charming beach community of Summerland) or a beachfront estate in an exclusive gated Montecito oceanfront enclave you will find it! The beaches of Santa Barbara are quite diverse – Carpinteria State Beach is known as “the world’s safest beach” as it has a wide expanse, gentle waves, and no undertow. There is a Harbor Seal Preserve nestled at one end. Butterfly Beach in Montecito lies directly across from the gorgeous Four Season’s Biltmore Hotel and Resort as well many luxury homes and impressive estates. Dogs are allowed at Butterfly Beach and the sunsets are spectacular from this vantage point. As one rounds the bend into Santa Barbara you will find East Beach -” the place” to play beach volleyball! For boating and other water sport activities such as kite surfing and paddle boarding the West Beach and Mesa area beaches are a great choice! Leadbetter Beach on the Mesa is the perfect spot for surfing and boogie boarding with wonderful areas to picnic and barbeque and also has an oceanfront restaurant where one can literally sit with your toes in the sand! The Mesa area has charming bungalows for sale in the $800,000 price range as well as multi-million dollar luxury homes. Click here to view a bank owned 5000 sf newly built ocean view home that is currently for sale on the Mesa and click here to see a 3 bdrm charmer just steps to the Douglas Family Preserve – a 70 acre public park that overlooks beautiful Arroyo Burro Beach. The Douglas Family Preserve is named after Michael Douglas’s family – he made a major contribution to this park in honor of his father to keep it open for the public! From small cottages to luxury estates one is sure to find the perfect beach home in Santa Barbara! Start your search on-line at www.SantaBarbaraRE.com or call Pat Saraca, Harbor View Real Estate at 805-886-7426.