When you enter the gates of Hope Ranch here in Santa Barbara, you find yourself immediately in one of the more beautiful hidden "spots" not just in Santa Barbara...but along the California coast. For the lucky people who live there, this exclusive private community is simply a blissful place to call home. Hope Ranch is known here locally for the palm tree-lined main street (Las Palmas), the private and quiet feeling "locals" beach, numerous miles of riding trails (roughly 22 miles of meandering bridle paths) and the very popular Hope Ranch Golf Course (La Cumbre Country... Continue Reading >
As with all areas in and around Santa Barbara, Goleta saw a very solid year with regards to real estate sales in 2014. As far as prices go in general, Goleta is a decent amount "more affordable" than the Santa Barbara area. Homes on average tend to be around 10-20% less for the same size home than what you get in Santa Barbara proper. For the 2014 year, on average prices rose around 12-18%. The bulk of the single family real estate sales in the Goleta area tend to fall into... Continue Reading >
As a real estate agent in the Santa Barbara area, I have the privaledge of viewing a lot of wonderful homes across all price points. We live in a town in which there is a good amount of disposable income and wealth which leads to the fact that there are a lot of people that build and / or remodel some very magical properties. The end product is often a pleasure to see. One of the more popular style homes over the last 20 years has been the modern contemporary style home.... Continue Reading >
Good Question. We as real estate agents often talk about "overpriced" listings that are on the market here in Santa Barbara, Montecito etc. We also tend to talk often about certain agents that tend to be the ones that take a lot of "overpriced" listings in our area. So what is an overpriced listing? The problem with this question is that there really is no concrete answer. This is especially true here in the Santa Barbara area in general and then more so as the real estate market is seeing prices rise. Also,... Continue Reading >
The Santa Barbara Highlands Condo complex is one of the largest complexes we have here in the Santa Barbara area. Because of its size, it also sees a good amount of real estate sales each year simply due to this fact. For many, this ends up being a wonderful first option to purchase real estate in Santa Barbara as the prices in the SB Highlands are also some of the most affordable options. Here is an excerpt of the Amenities from the Home Owners Association: "Conveniently tucked away on its own private hilltop in... Continue Reading >
Where Do I Find Inexpensive / Cheap Condo and Housing Options in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria Etc.?
Most visitors come to Santa Barbara and pretty quickly fall in love. Within a few visits and sometimes even a few days, visitors to our town start to envision the possibility of themselves owning real estate in Santa Barbara. Sometimes this leads to full time residency, while other times it evolves into a second home. Why this happens is very easy to see. I could go on an on with the positives of life in Santa Barbara....weather, beach, outdoor life, cultural, restaurants, educated and well traveled people etc. Why this does not happen for... Continue Reading >
Two of the most popular and quintessential family neighborhoods in the Santa Barbara area are San Roque and The Mesa. For many buyers, they often find themselves deciding between the 2 as a tough decision on where to buy. Both areas offer wonderful living, have schools with very good reputations and tend to have the majority of their real estate fall in the $850K to $1.5 million price point. The Mesa though has a higher top end market as many homes sit on the water and / or have fantastic... Continue Reading >