Kevin Schmidtchen

Village Properties

1250 Coast Village
Montecito, CA 93108
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(805) 689-6877

Green Housing & Living

New / Newer Santa Barbara Downtown Condos And Town Homes For Sale – Sevilla, El Andaluz, Alma Del Pueblo, The Villas, Paseo Chapala, One Twenty One, La Aldea

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Over the last 15 years, the options for condo and town home buyers in the "center" of Santa Barbara have greatly increased.  We have seen a large number of newer developments and still expect several more on the horizon that are in various stages of development. Because of the simple popularity of Santa Barbara, most of these newer condo options have also tended to be more in the luxury or high end spectrum.  Most developments (because of Santa Barbara's strict building guidelines) as well tend to have the Spanish style on the exterior,... Continue Reading >

Contemporary and Modern Style Homes in The Santa Barbara and Montecito CA. Area

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice As a real estate agent in the Santa Barbara area, I have the priviledge 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 >

Latest Top 10 Must Have Preferred Items For Your Luxury Kitchen

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice The kitchen as we know it is really the heart and soul of most everyone's home.  It is where friends and family continuously gather, where great memories are created and where most conversations and laughs seem to come from.  The biggest change in the last 50 years with the kitchen has been the prevalent open kitchen and great room.  This single style change has most likely had the most impact across all price points.  From a buyer's point of view, this has often been put at #1 on must have... Continue Reading >

The 5 Highest Priced Real Estate Sales in Santa Barbara for 2013

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice 2013 has come and gone, but not without some fairly significant sales here in the Santa Barbara area.  Each year it is interesting to look back at some of the major properties that were sold.  Most all of them always come through the MLS, but each year there are a few major private sales in our area as well.  For example, this year there was a sale in Montecito to a famous celebrity around the $26 million price point that was off market. I have gone ahead and listed below from... Continue Reading >

Bella Riviera – New Lower Rivera / Upper East Santa Barbara Townhomes with Ocean Views and Close to Downtown Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Looking for a new built townhome or condo close to Downtown Santa Barbara? with views etc.?  Welcome to Bella Riviera.  Bella Riviera is a brand new community located here in Santa Barbara sandwiched in between The Upper East and The Lower Riviera neighborhoods.  Bella Riviera just opened this past week for sales with a total of 115 residences being offered.  Not all of these wonderful homes will be open to the public, as a portion have been set aside as housing for Cottage Hospital.  The site of Bella Rivera itself sits atop the... Continue Reading >

Is Your Santa Barbara Dream Home Also a Green Home?

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice I read a recent real estate survey the other week done by Yahoo that clearly showed that owning a home is still a major part of the "American Dream".  4 out of 5 surveyed said yes to this reality. One of the major differences these days though is that the so-called "American Dream Home" is not a super-sized McMansion...but instead a "Green Home".   Green, energy-efficient homes built with “sustainable” materials, that yield a lower carbon footprint and give the owner a cleaner conscience is what is driving the dream home. Often people who can not... Continue Reading >

East Beach Collection – Great Opportunity for Newer Condo Development in Downtown Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice East Beach Collection If you are looking for a new condo / town home to purchase in the downtown area of Santa Barbara, most of the time the options start at around the $700,000 price point with many of the units around the $900,000 to $1.3 million price range and higher.  For the first time home buyer, The East Beach Collection is a great new complex in the downtown area, without the high price point. In total there are 48 units within the East Beach Collection with 8 selling at market rate (no restrictions and... Continue Reading >