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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

Luxury Real Estate

Santa Barbara 2014 Real Estate Review – The Riviera Neighborhood Area

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice The Riviera neighborhood is one of the nicer areas in Santa Barbara with some awe dropping commanding views of our city, coastline, ocean and islands.  The entire hillside is "ocean-facing" with many winding colorful streets that give the area a true resemblance to some of the coastal towns you find in France and Italy.  On the Riviera, in certain parts, you also find some intricate stone work, terracing and steps built by early 20th century Italian immigrants.  Because of the topography, many of the homes on the Riviera have relatively steep yards...thus allowing... Continue Reading >

2014 Year in Review: Top 10 Real Estate Sales in The Montecito Area (93108)

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Just like Santa Barbara proper, Montecito once again in 2014 has seen a fabulous year for anyone who owns real estate in the 93108 area zip code.  After the down market starting in September 2008 (Lehman Bros disaster) until about May 2012, Montecito has simply been on a steady rise with regards to values.  The latter half of 2012 and the entire 2013 had very strong gains which has now continued through the entire 2014.  Statistics show that prices rose somewhere on average between 12-18% in Montecito in 2014. Our higher end real estate market that... Continue Reading >

2014 Year in Review: Top 10 Real Estate Sales in The Santa Barbara Area

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Santa Barbara once again in 2014 has seen a fabulous year for anyone who owns real estate in our area.  After the down market from 2008 until about May 2012, Santa Barbara has simply been on a steady rise with regards to values.  The latter half of 2012 and the entire 2013 had very strong gains which then continued through most of 2014.  Around August of last year, we started to see a little leveling of prices, but overall a very strong year.  Depending on the area in our town, prices rose somewhere... Continue Reading >

Montecito Real Estate Market Update 3rd Quarter 2014

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Here are the latest real estate market statistics for the 3rd quarter 2014 for Montecito area.  As seen below, the average sales price has been very strong over the last year once again and continued to rise.  Overall the market feels that it finally has taken a break in the last few months but time will tell. Inventory continues to be lower than normal, but seems to fluctuate month to month. In the Montecito area homes need to be presented well, priced well and marketed well.  Please feel free to be in... Continue Reading >

The Exclusive Padaro Lane Beach Real Estate in Carpinteria CA.

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Padaro Lane is an exclusive oceanfront coastal area here in Carpinteria CA., situated 7-10 minutes south from Montecito and Santa Barbara CA.  It is considered both locally and nationally to be one of the more high end coastal areas to live in. Padaro Lane homes sit on a wonderful ocean front "cove", just south of the shops and cafes in Summerland CA. and just west of Santa Claus Lane.  Both of these areas are within walking and biking distance and filled with small boutique shops and restaurants. Towards the south eastern end... Continue Reading >

Real Estate & Homes for Sale In The Cold Spring School District in Montecito CA

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice For obvious family reasons as well as return on investment for your home, a school district is a major component when looking at real estate.  Here in the prestigious area of Montecito CA., the two primary public schools are Montecito Union and Cold Spring.  The local opinion of both schools is almost across the board very very positive.  For most people, their view of the schools is that they resemble a nice private school, but without the cost of private school.  With regards to Cold Spring, here is the current... Continue Reading >

Top 10 Highest Real Estate Sales in Santa Barbara CA for 2014 – Year to Date

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice The Santa Barbara real estate market in 2014 has continued to show its strong pace in the higher end market (for purposes here $2 million and above).  Sales have been very steady and demand for our higher end homes has been as strong as any segment of the market. Prices have continued to rise for most of the year, although just in the last 6-8 weeks we seem to have flattened out.  Certain homes that would of most likely sold within a few days to a few weeks earlier in the... Continue Reading >