Located on the south side of Santa Maria, Orcutt is a highly desirable area for its small-town charm and family friendly lifestyle. Old Town Orcutt, a bit reminiscent of the Old West, was established in 1904 and is a local destination for restaurant and shops–all located within a few blocks. There are five wine-tasting rooms located here.
On average, there are 285 sunny days per year in Orcutt, California. The July high is around 74 degrees. The January low is 40. This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Orcutt has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate.
Orcutt is home to miles of hiking trails in the Orcutt Hills. The trailheads start at Orcutt Community Park. Families will love the well-established Waller Park, which offers generous space for every activity, shade trees, and a large duck pond. Old Orcutt is home to the Orcutt Chalk Festival that features professional street-painting artists working with children to create art on the street. Old Orcutt also has a long-standing tradition of a daytime Christmas parade that draws thousands of people every year.
Considered one of the most desirable areas of Santa Maria, Orcutt is known for its great schools. There are 10 schools in the Orcutt Union School District. The student/teacher ratio is 20:1. There are nearby private schools in Santa Maria. Allan Hancock College is located in nearby Santa Maria.
The median home price in Orcutt is $353,400, which is lower than the Santa Barbara County median home price of $587,600. This area is an affordable alternative to other parts of Santa Barbara County that are considerably more expensive.
Downtown Orcutt offers charming shops and restaurants with Old West charm. Some of the restaurant favorites in Orcutt offer decades of history deeply rooted in local tradition. The Far Western Tavern reflects a Swiss-Italian heritage, and Jack’s is known for its popular American dishes.