Kevin Schmidtchen

Village Properties

1250 Coast Village
Montecito, CA 93108
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The New Expansion of Luxury Townhomes and Condos in Santa Barbara CA.

In the last 3-5 years, Santa Barbara has seen several small mixed-use style projects consisting of 2-10 residential townhome units sprout up within shouting distance of State Street and the downtown area.  Most of these projects finished development before the market started to soften in early 2007 and therefore had no problem finding buyers.

The Paseo Chapala project located on the Corner of Chapala Street and De La Guerra Street was the first major development in the last several years that unfortunately got caught in the downturn of the market and presently still has 7 residential units up for sale.  Even with this news, the appeal for developing high-end townhomes and condos in the downtown area does not seem to be subsiding anytime soon.

The newest batch of upscale top notch granite and marble laden townhomes are nearing completion toward the end of 2008 and into early 2009 and are mostly on the larger scale such as Paseo Chapala.  The current major projects that are on the horizon are:

  • Paseo One located at the corner of Chapala and Gutierrez Streets.  This project was taken over by Don Hughes in early 2007.  There looks to be 35 units coming up for sale with possibly 7 of these already having been reserved.
  • A planned 53-unit development located on the corner of Carrillo and De la Vina streets.
  • The roughly 100 units proposed by Bill Wright above Cabrillo Boulevard on the corner of Garden Street and Yanonali.

Although most all of these developments have some form of affordable units, the bread and butter market rate for these upscale projects seem to have price points in the $1.5 Million to $2.75 Million range. The continued proposals for these upscale construction projects seems to indicate that most developers have an optimistic forecast for both business and tourism.

“When the city did the master plan for Chapala Street, they really sent a message to property owners and developers that they wanted to increase the density of mixed-use projects along the Chapala corridor, and the property owners and developers listened,” says Steve Cushman, president of the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce.

For many residents, the Chapala style projects make sense where they are: along a main transportation corridor and close to businesses, shopping, entertainment and buses.

“The baby boomers are all starting to retire … and are coming with a pocket full of money,” Cushman said. “They can pay cash for a million dollar condo and that’s what’s happening and is going to continue to happen because Santa Barbara is so popular around the world.” Despite the residential slump in certain areas and price points, developers seem to keep pushing for housing projects located near the downtown corridors.

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Further Reading:

  1. The Secret of Santa Barbara and Montecito Oceanfront Property and Estates
  2. New / Newer Downtown Luxury Condos – Sevilla, El Andaluz, Alma del Pueblo etc.
  3. The Luxury of Santa Barbara and Montecito Oceanfront
  4. Ocean and Beach Front Montecito Condos
  5. Santa Barbara Luxury Property Sales Continue to Set Records Year After Year
  6. Is Downtown Santa Barbara Vertically Challenged?
  7. Santa Barbara CA Neighborhoods – Downtown
  8. Santa Barbara Rated Amongst The Best Mid-sized Downtowns in California

For information on Real Estate here in Santa Barbara, Montecito and/or our surrounding areas, as well as any other aspects of life in our area, please don’t hesitate to contact Kevin Schmidtchen at Sotheby’s Int’l Realty.

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