historic photo carpinteria beach cottagesThom Vernon, carpinteria beach cottages ownerThom Vernon, Owner: As soon as I saw this property in 2010, I knew that this is what I wanted to do.

Though I couldn’t save all of the 6 sad cottages, could I bring it back to its happier days? A project that I hoped would inspire developers to respect land and community, have lots of sustainable features, be efficient with space and avoid overbuilding properties because they can.

A place where people who appreciate simplicity would love to stay and leave with great memories.

The Unique Benefits: Completed in 2013, the property includes two “saved” 1955 houses and 6 new personality plus one bedroom (sleeps 4) cottages. A project with splurges on the right things (the best windows, ceiling fans, wood doors, appliances…) with a philosophy that bigger is not better. These have the latest sustainable materials (tankless water heaters, flooring’s, exterior materials, toilets, lighting…) yet feel authentic to its past life with original vintage accents. Porch swings, picnic tables, swaying palm trees, fruit trees (limes for the drinks of course) – everything you would want on the perfect vacation. Enjoy exploring Carpinteria … and the photos below from around the property and our coastal town!

“The Cottages in Carpinteria have vintage-California style, perfect for a relaxing beach escape.” – 805 Magazine


Carpinteria is a small oceanside city located in southeastern Santa Barbara County, California, east of Santa Barbara and northwest of Ventura.

This popular seaside town offers world class shopping and dining … as well as an abundance of nightlife. There are unique opportunities for athletes; surfing, bicycling, hiking and much more.

Carpinteria Beach is known for its gentle slope and calm waves in selected sandy areas but also good surfing swells in some of the more rocky areas. Seals and sea lions can be seen in the area December through May at the rookery in the nearby Carpinteria Bluffs, as well as an occasional gray whale. Tidepools contain starfish, sea anemones, crabs, snails, octopuses and sea urchins.

There is bird watching at Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve, established in 1977 and administered by the Natural Reserve System of the University of California. The Waldholme Torrey Pine, largest known Torrey pine tree on earth, is located in downtown Carpinteria.

Carpinteria hosts an annual California Avocado Festival, with a history extending back to 1986. Over 80,000 persons attend the three-day festival which takes place during the first weekend of October on Linden Avenue. The festival offers avocado products and locally made goods.

The Carpinteria Amtrak Station is located on Linden Avenue by the beach. It is served by Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner from San Luis Obispo to San Diego.