Formerly an unincorporated neighbor of Santa Barbara, Goleta became a city in 2002. Unburdened by Santa Barbara's notorious restrictions, Goleta has become a haven for development. A large number of homes were built in the 1960's, but the recent trend is towards larger residential projects. A boom in the local tech industry has attracted young families, whose needs have been further accommodated by an increase in shopping and amenities.
Goleta is home to big box stores that can't be found in Santa Barbara: Home Depot, Costco, Best Buy, etc. Camino Real Shopping Center, Calle Real, Magnolia Center. Hollister Village is the new kid on the block, having been completed within the past year.
Recently, Santa Barbara staples Jane and ... have opened satellite locations in Goleta. Lure Fish House is a new hot spot for fans of seafood and drinks. Old Town Goleta features a number of secret spots, like The Red Pepper, Goleta Sushi, and El Sitio. The original location of The Habit is there as well. The aforementioned Magnolia Center features local favorites Del Pueblo Cafe and Woody's.
Goleta is home to Dos Pueblos High School, the most sought after public high school in our area. Their robotics program has received national recognition.
On the collegiate level, UC Santa Barbara offers a world class education. Isla Vista, it's residential micro-town, features many dining options and is the gateway to several beaches and surf spots.
Goleta Beach, Sands, Campus Point