photo

Kevin Schmidtchen

Realtor
Sotheby's International Realty

1436 State Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

kevinschmidtchen@yahoo.com

Phone or Text

(805) 689-6877

Montecito

Oceanfront And Beachfront Condos For Sale In Montecito CA.

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice When it comes to looking at condo options in Montecito CA, there are only a handful of complexes that do exist.  If you are looking for a condo or town home style home directly on the beach, there are only 2 options.  Both of these options are located on some of the most pristine coastal areas we have in CA. The names of the two complexes are Bonnymede and Montecito Shores. Bonnymede The Bonnymede condominium complex is located just next to the spectacular Four Seasons Biltmore and Coral Casino here in Montecito CA.... Continue Reading >

“Scarface” Mansion In Montecito CA Now Listed At A 49% Drop From Original $35 Million Asking Price

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice The estate that became truly iconic through Al Pacino’s “Scarface” has just been re-listed at a much deeper discounted price from the original $35 million asking price several years back.  The home is currently listed at $17.9 million and is situated on a rather private feeling 10-plus acre property located in Montecito CA...not in Tony Montana’s decadent (yes fictional) corner of Miami. The home has seen a very extensive and elaborate remodel (including ornate moldings and gold leaf ceiling details), boasting over 9,000 square feet of living space and is configured with a 4 bedrooms, 5 full baths,... Continue Reading >

Foreclosures and Short Sales in The Santa Barbara Real Estate Market…2015

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Here and there I am still asked by potential buyers, certain clients and/or in just basic conversation about the short sale and REO/Foreclosure market in the Santa Barbara area...Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, Montecito, Summerland, Hope Ranch. The questions all seem to have the same theme of whether we see anymore distressed sales in our area or not. The reality is is that there really is no longer per say a "market" anymore for distressed real estate in our area.  As the overall real estate market has recovered during the last 3 years, what I have heard... 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 >

What Is An Overpriced Listing and Should I Take One As A Real Estate Agent in Santa Barbara?

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice 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 >

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 >

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 >