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Kevin Schmidtchen

Realtor
Sotheby's International Realty

1436 State Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

[email protected]

Phone or Text

(805) 689-6877

Green Housing & Living

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 >

New Lower Rivera / Upper East 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 >

Great Opportunity for New Condo Development in Downtown Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice If you are looking for a new condo / townhome 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.  For the first time in many years, there is a great new complex in the downtown area (The East Beach Collection) being developed right now with units selling from $380,000 to $450,000.  In total there are 48 units within the East Beach Collection with 8 selling at... Continue Reading >

Make Your Santa Barbara Home More Eco-Friendly and Green…Here are Some Tips!!!

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Use some or all of these tips to help begin to save some of the 100 million trees chopped down annually to produce junk mail in the United States: If you do business with a company via mail services, it will often put you on its contact list.  So the first time you make a transaction (such as placing an order) with that company, ask to be put on its "in-house suppress" or "do not promote" lists. Tell the company not to "rent" or share your name with other companies. To stop... Continue Reading >

Green Housing in Santa Barbara CA – What Can You Do?

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice   As Green Building, Green Initiatives, Green Movement etc. has infiltrated its presence in the minds of people here in the Santa Barbara area and the mainstream in general, some people wonder if "Green" is here to stay.  For most, this is a resounding YES!!  If you are not convinced, I suggest that you go talk with our younger generation and listen to them. From everything I see, hear and read, this "green movement" is simply a major shift in ideology which has been spurred on by constant news and conversations about the environment, energy... Continue Reading >