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Condos and Real Estate in The Funk Zone (Villa del Mar) – Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice The Funk Zone is a very unique and energized area here in Santa Barbara that has seen a huge revival in the last few years.  For many it is becoming "the place" to lunch, dine and go out at night. Growing up in Santa Barbara, this entire area used to simply be "a rather funky zone" that was filled with all sorts of manufacturing and industrial businesses, a few scattered offices of various sorts, vacant lots and run down maritime feeling buildings etc.  Today the entire area is changing and is... Continue Reading >

2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival – January 30th to February 9th

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice The celebrities and movie addicts are once again upon us here in Santa Barbara.  The 29th edition of The Santa Barbara Int'l Film Festival kicks off tonight and goes everyday through til February 9th. Famous stars will be presented with various awards almost on a daily basis.  Some of the major names this year include: Part-time Santa Barbara resident Oprah Winfrey Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio Robert Redford Emma Thompson Cate Blanchett For most, this is the last major stop on the awards trail before the Oscars only 90 miles south of Santa Barbara.  For all details... Continue Reading >

2011 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Another wonderful yearly treat here in Santa Barbara has arrived.  We are very lucky in the is town to have so much amazing culture and events surrounding us.  Each year around this time you start to feel the buzz of the upcoming SB International Film Festival.  Once again it should be a great time... "The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by,  announces its magical line-up for the 2011 festival. The 26th edition offers a vast array of films representing 49 countries and an astounding number of premieres sure... Continue Reading >

The Exclusive Valley Club of Montecito CA – Private Golf Course Montecito CA 93108

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Why is The Valley Club here in Montecito CA ranked on the top 100 list? Simple... Alister MacKenzie.  The Valley Club was designed in 1929 by Alister MacKenzie who was then at the height of his career, having completed Augusta National the same year and Cypress Point the previous year. Some of the defining characteristics of The Valley Club are the high quality small greens, subtle breaks due to the mountain/ocean effect, peaceful setting with mountain backdrops, as well as MacKenzie-designed bunkers which works into the course with a 'camouflage' effect. The 18-hole... Continue Reading >

25th Santa Barbara Film Festival (Silver Anniversary) February 4 – 14th, 2010

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Welcome once again to...Santa Barbara, CA.  Celebrating its Silver Anniversary, The Santa Barbara International Film Festival presents a wonderful line-up for 2010 featuring 200 films that include World Premieres, U.S. Premieres and numerous films representing countries around the world. The Festival chosen motto for this year is '11 Amazing Days, 10 Starry Nights.' The excitement starts this Thursday, February 4th. Thank you for reading.  I hope you find Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice informative.  Please feel free to contact me or comment below with any thoughts. Continue Reading >

Ty Warner’s Major Renovation of Montecito Country Club – Jack Nicklaus Design

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice   For golf fans here in the Montecito and Santa Barbara CA. area, a treat is on the horizon.  Local billionaire developer, Ty Warner is adding to his portfolio of revamping major luxury properties here in Santa Barbara and Montecito. Having in the last few years already "done up" The San Ysidro Ranch, The Biltmore and The Coral Casino, Mr. Warner has now set his sites on golf in the form of Montecito Country Club.  Mr Warner has already received approval of the project and to everyone's delight is working with Jack... Continue Reading >

Things to Do in Santa Barbara, California – Carpinteria, Hikes, Beaches, Golf

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Whether you are a local, in town visiting family and/or friends, or here on vacation in Santa Barbara, California, there is never a lack of activities and things to do in our wonderful seaside resort community.  Here below is the fifth installment in a series of articles that point out some of Santa Barbara's most prominent local attractions.  Some of these will be cultural, some dining, some active pursuits and some I am still deciding on.  This fifth installment will be focusing on... Carpinteria, Day Hikes, Beaches and Golf: Carpinteria is a small beach town... Continue Reading >