When I worked for Ford, I was on a business trip out that way and we stayed at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Montecito. Step outside, across the road over to the beach, look right and there's a magnificent view of Santa Barbara. Absolutely lovely area; don't know anything about the people. California's climate scares the hell out of me sometimes though; you'd be subject to the whims of the ocean or wildfires during one of their perennial droughts. Something to consider.