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montecito, californiaMontecito, moments from Inn On Summer Hill, is known for its trendy shops, elegant restaurants, and famous citizens. The community is consistently ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the wealthiest communities in the United States.

Montecito's scenery and climate lured such established families as the DuPonts, Rockefellers, Carnegies and McCormicks to create palatial mansions which occupied hilltops overlooking Montecito's beautiful oak woodlands.

The site of present-day Montecito, along with the entire south coast of Santa Barbara County, was inhabited for over 10,000 years by the Chumash Indians. The Spanish arrived in the 18th century, but left the region largely unsettled while they built the Presidio and Mission Santa Barbara farther west.

In the middle of the 19th century the area was known as a haven for bandits and highway robbers, who hid in the oak groves and canyons, preying on traffic on the coastal route between the towns that developed around the missions. By the end of the 1860s the bandit gangs were gone, and Italian settlers arrived. Finding an area reminiscent of Italy, they built farms and gardens similar to those they had left behind in Italy.

Montecito Hot Springs HotelAround the end of the 19th century, wealthy tourists from the eastern and midwestern United States began to buy land in the area. It was near enough to Santa Barbara for essential services while still being secluded. Desirable weather and several nearby hot springs offered the promise of comfortable, healthy living, in addition to the availability of affordable land.

The Montecito Hot Springs Hotel was built near the largest of the springs, in a canyon north of the town center and directly south of Montecito Peak, in Hot Springs Canyon. The hotel burned down in 1920; it was replaced a few years later by the smaller Hot Springs Club.

The architect George Washington Smith is noted particularly for his residences around Montecito, and for popularizing the Spanish Colonial Revival style in early 20th century America, as is Lutah Maria Riggs, who started as a draftsman in Smith's firm, rose to partner, and later started her own firm.

Here is a list of famous people who dwell (or have dwelled) in Montecito according to Wikipedia.

  • Troy Aikman
  • Dame Judith Anderson
  • Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. & Janice Karman
  • Thomas J. Barrack, Jr.
  • William Baldwin
  • Drew Barrymore
  • T. C. Boyle
  • Jeff Bridges
  • Jason Bateman
  • Carol Burnett
  • Frank Caufield
  • Julia Child
  • John Cleese
  • Jimmy Connors
  • Kevin Costner
  • Fred Couples
  • Christopher Lloyd
  • Kenny Loggins
  • Rob Lowe
  • Steve Martin
  • Charlie Munger
  • Paul Muni
  • Peter Noone
  • Suzy Parker
  • Zack Pearlman
  • Chynna Phillips
  • Ivan Reitman
  • Jane Russell
  • Eva Marie Saint
  • John Sanford
  • Lori Saunders
  • Eric Schmidt
  • Peter Sperling
  • Timothy Stack
  • Shaun Tomson
  • John Travolta
  • E. Duke Vincent
  • Joe Walsh
  • Ty Warner
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Bruce Willis
  • Jonathan Winters
  • Thomas Steinbeck
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