A dozen miles west of downtown Santa Barbara is the spacious suburb of Goleta. Newly incorporated as a city and initially settled as orchards, citrus groves, and working ranches, the area has developed rapidly since World War II. The University of California enjoys oceanfront property here, as Santa Barbara Airport and Goleta Valley Hospital are just off the beach. Home to thriving technology, engineering, and industrial businesses, Goleta is a hub of commerce and activity. Excellent public schools, several shopping centers, golf courses, and parks consummate the infrastructure here. Goleta homes for sale can range from hillside estates to sprawling ranches to beachside villas. Several communities offer distinct housing characteristics and opportunities. Close to the beach, mountains, and downtown, Goleta is optimal for families and individuals alike.