Explore Noleta and Homes For Sale

Area Description

Sandwiched between the cities of Santa Barbara and Goleta, this unincorporated swath of Santa Barbara County land is a mix of suburban developments, semirural neighborhoods, and some of the last stands of true urban agriculture in Southern California. Properties range from ranch-style homes with horse stables to modest singly-family dwellings to townhomes, condos, and a few apartment complexes. Strip malls serve most commercial needs — but they’re home to gems like the Creek Side Inn bar and Cody’s Restaurant — and outdoor recreation abounds, thanks to the bluff tops of More Mesa, the trails of Tucker’s Grove, hidden parks around every corner, and bike paths through it all.

Area Highlights


Families of all shapes and sizes, plus students, professionals young and old, and retirees.


Single-family homes and condo complexes abound, but gold can be found in the large lots with fixer-upper ranch homes.


Relaxed and semirural, so it’s quiet and quaint, with the beach or hiking always on the mind.

You'll Love

Picnics at Tucker’s Grove, watching hang gliders at More Mesa, a quick round at Hidden Oaks Golf Course, country karaoke at the Creek Side, and breakfast at Cody’s.

Perfect For

Families wanting to break in with a condo or win big with some elbow grease on a big lot.

Around the Area

Quite a unique mix of open space and density, Noleta is the semirural mix of residential and commercial properties sandwiched between the cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara. The housing types are as varied as anywhere on the entire South Coast, ranging from large estates and modest single-family homes to upscale townhomes and affordable condos. Properties come in all manner of conditions, as well: turnkey suburban tract homes, large properties with old ranch-style homes needing TLC, and condos priced low enough for young families to enter the market.

Aside from the main thoroughfare of Hollister Avenue (which is what State Street turns into at Modoc Road), the streets tend to be very quiet, and leisure time is often spent hiking the trails at Tucker’s Grove park, walking down the More Mesa bluffs to the secluded sands below, or playing a laid-back round at the executive-sized, nine-hole Hidden Oaks Golf Course. There is plenty of true urban agriculture scattered amid the developments, as well, and Lane Farms, in particular, serves as a farming hub, each year hosting the region’s most popular pumpkin patch.

There is plenty of commercial activity, too, from the beloved breakfast spot Cody’s at Turnpike and Hollister to beers at the Creek Side Inn, award-winning barbecue at Woody’s, and arguably the best fast food burger in the world at the Santa Barbara area’s only In-N-Out. Java Station and Goleta Coffee Company hold down the cup o’ joe crowds, while Del Pueblo Café and the Bourbon Room promise great eats at reasonable prices.

Perhaps the best part of all is that a dedicated bicycle trail runs through Noleta, connecting Santa Barbara to Goleta and UCSB and providing an easy, relaxing way to enjoy a weekend day. Noleta offers everything you need, but with peace, quiet, and lots of space to truly enjoy life.

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