Live high in the hills in Montecito Heights, a peaceful haven of art and nature in the heart of Los Angeles
You’ll find it hard to believe that your new home in Montecito Heights is just ten minutes’ drive from downtown Los Angeles. This secluded neighborhood is a haven away from the urban bustle, and its location up in the Monterey Hills means it has incredible views over LA at every turn.
Montecito Heights has long been a draw for intellectual types, so you’ll fit right in as a college student. Known by its arty residents as a ‘Wilderness in the City’, the neighborhood is best known for the Ernest E. Debs Regional Park, a huge park and nature reserve full of wildlife. Spend your weekends exploring its network of hiking and cycling trails and you’ll soon see that life in Montecito Heights can feel more like living in the countryside.
This residential neighborhood may be quiet, but it’s got some great student budget-friendly eateries if you know where to look for them. Head to N Broadway and have fun deciding which is your favorite Mexican joint; we love El Huarachito. Montecito Heights has some great cultural spots, too, including LA’s first museum - the Southwest Museum - and the amazing Heritage Square Museum.
When you’ve got to know your way around your new neighborhood, you’ll soon discover how easy it is to get out and explore other parts of LA. If you’re a sports fan, you’ll love being a stone’s throw from the Dodger Stadium, while the attractions of downtown LA are mere minutes’ drive away.