As a real estate agent in the Santa Barbara area, I have the privaledge 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 >
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 >
The Santa Barbara Highlands Condo complex is one of the largest complexes we have here in the Santa Barbara area. Because of its size, it also sees a good amount of real estate sales each year simply due to this fact. For many, this ends up being a wonderful first option to purchase real estate in Santa Barbara as the prices in the SB Highlands are also some of the most affordable options. Here is an excerpt of the Amenities from the Home Owners Association: "Conveniently tucked away on its own private hilltop in... Continue Reading >
Where Do I Find Inexpensive / Cheap Condo and Housing Options in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria Etc.?
Most visitors come to Santa Barbara and pretty quickly fall in love. Within a few visits and sometimes even a few days, visitors to our town start to envision the possibility of themselves owning real estate in Santa Barbara. Sometimes this leads to full time residency, while other times it evolves into a second home. Why this happens is very easy to see. I could go on an on with the positives of life in Santa Barbara....weather, beach, outdoor life, cultural, restaurants, educated and well traveled people etc. Why this does not happen for... Continue Reading >
Two of the most popular and quintessential family neighborhoods in the Santa Barbara area are San Roque and The Mesa. For many buyers, they often find themselves deciding between the 2 as a tough decision on where to buy. Both areas offer wonderful living, have schools with very good reputations and tend to have the majority of their real estate fall in the $850K to $1.5 million price point. The Mesa though has a higher top end market as many homes sit on the water and / or have fantastic... Continue Reading >
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 >
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 >