Map of Santa Barbara
To the right of Santa Barbara we come to the elite community of Montecito. This is the land of old money. Elderly people live in style around here.

It's rumored that several movie stars live in Montecito such as Steve Martin and Jonathan Winters although I've never seen any myself. (A friend said she actually did see Jonathan Winters once.)

John Cleese Actor John Cleese of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" fame moved to Montecito in 1998. He loves Santa Barbara. "It's a beautiful town, isn't it? It has all the amenities of a big city without the drawbacks. You've got music, great restaurants, and the art museum has three Monets". We'll be driving by his ranch in Montecito later.

Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey bought an estate here for $51 million in 2001. The Montecito spread, just minutes from the village center, includes a 23,000-square-foot main house, smaller guest houses, a barn, herb and flower gardens, an orchard, two ponds and a lake. The place is the size of Disneyland! We'll be driving by her estate later in the tour.

Other celebrities who live at undisclosed locations in Montecito:

  • Jeff Bridges
  • Carol Burnett
  • Andrew Davis
  • Kirk Douglass
  • Danny Elfman
  • Tab Hunter
  • Christopher Lloyd
  • Rob Lowe
  • Carl Malden
  • Steve Martin
  • Ivan Reitman
  • Alan Thicke
  • Haskell Wexler
  • Johnathan Winters
  • Robert Zemeckis
  • T.C. Boyle
  • Julia Childs
  • Ann Francis
  • Brad Hall
  • Dennis Miller
  • Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Kenny Loggins
  • Sander Vanocur