If you follow our posts, you no doubt have seen that we refer to our lifestyle as a Goldilocks existence. It is just right for us in every conceivable way. We live in one of the smallest villages in the county. Carpinteria (population 14-16,000) is known for its blooming flower business, marijuana greenhouses, avocado ranches (Avocado Capital), and its seal rookery (pictured above). It is also known for its fierce anti development stand on the coastal areas. The land conservation is continuously buying coastal land to preserve the natural look and feel of the town.
According to our Chamber of Commerce we have the world's safest beach pictured above. This photo was taken yesterday afternoon.
Our tide pools are spectacular. We refer to it as the ocean's open house, because during the winter the tides are very low below sea level. Pictured above are anemones, they look like precious jewels!
Our public schools are highly rated, and we have a well known private school, the Cate school, which caters to both day students and private students. One of our Northern California clients had her son studying at the Cate school.
Carpinteria also had tar pits, which gave its name. The Chumash Indians felt that the seashore here looked like a carpenter's bench. They used to build their canoes on the beach, and seal them with the oozing tar. At one time there were pipelines built to distribute the tar. You can see the remnants of the pipes pictured below,as they were eventually abandoned. And yes, they are still oozing tar.
Our downtown is about 7 blocks long and ends at the entrance to the beach. We have convenient freeway access via 101. We also have a train station that many who live here commute to their jobs in Los Angeles. They like working on the train, and not having to drive.
We also have a Linked-In/Microsoft compound, which was formerly known as Lynda.com. She sold it to Linked In first, and then Microsoft bought it. All the conveniences are available here, grocery stores (Albertson's etc), banks, UPS, etc. We can walk everywhere!
Our favorite area to walk is in the Salt Marsh Reserve. It is directly behind where we live. I can see the marshes from our office window, and the ocean at high tide.
This is our entry in Jeff Dowler, CRS March Active Rain Challege. Thank you Jeff for hosting this. I had intended to have a video done, but we had an extremely busy March...