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Kevin Schmidtchen

Realtor
Sotheby's International Realty

1436 State Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

kevinschmidtchen@yahoo.com

Phone or Text

(805) 689-6877

The Oceanfront Areas

2014 Hope Ranch CA Real Estate Sales Update – Plus Top 5 Highest Hope Ranch Sales

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice When you enter the gates of Hope Ranch here in Santa Barbara, you find yourself immediately in one of the more beautiful hidden "spots" not just in Santa Barbara...but along the California coast. For the lucky people who live there, this exclusive private community is simply a blissful place to call home. Hope Ranch is known here locally for the palm tree-lined main street (Las Palmas), the private and quiet feeling "locals" beach, numerous miles of riding trails (roughly 22 miles of meandering bridle paths) and the very popular Hope Ranch Golf Course (La Cumbre Country... 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 >

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 Washington School District – The Mesa Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Mesa, a Spanish word meaning "table", has been applied to the flat bench of elevated land fronting the ocean along Santa Barbara's southwestern border since the mission days.  Stretching from the Santa Barbara City College on the east and extending two and one-half miles to Arroyo Burro County Beach (or "Hendry's/The Pit" to locals), the Mesa is an extremely desirable neighborhood and has often been voted the "Best Neighborhood" in a local paper's poll. Residents of the Mesa cherish their accessibility to the beach and to two of Santa Barbara's most... 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 >

The El Escorial Villas at East Beach in Santa Barbara CA.

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice The tropical feeling El Escorial Villas at East Beach is a wonderful resort-style feeling condominium complex located here in Santa Barbara CA.  Situated just steps from Santa Barbara's famous East Beach with its pleasing Mediterranean style architecture, idyllic beachfront climate and proximity to numerous outdoor activities, The El Escorial Villas offer for many a perfect Santa Barbara home or weekend second home. The El Escorial Villas offer luxurious amenities that include a gated and supported 24-hour guard service, a luxuriously landscaped interior courtyard, wonderful pool and spa, health club, clubhouse and 2... Continue Reading >

Top 5 Highest Priced Real Estate Sales in Santa Barbara CA – 2014

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Real Estate in the Santa Barbara area continues to be the same strong market it has been over the last 2 years.  With that said, it does feel as if we are starting to see signs that prices are stabilizing in the last several months as opposed to the continuous tick upwards we have been experiencing.  As far as where the buyers are...demand really continues to be strong across the board in every price point. On the high end level, we have seen some wonderful estate sales already in the first... Continue Reading >