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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 Riviera Neighborhood

New Santa Barbara Riviera Listing – The Red Hot Riviera Real Estate Market

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Set in one of the most desired areas in all of Santa Barbara, my new listing at 1830 Mission Ridge is what most would call a perfect remodel opportunity.  One of the bigger lots in this prime Riviera location, the property runs street to street from Mission Ridge up to Las Tunas.  The lot is just over a half acre (roughly 26,000 sqft.) and offers the savvy buyer numerous possibilities. The home is currently a rather dated, single level ranch / mid century style home built in 1952.  The current floor... Continue Reading >

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 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 >

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 >

Fabulous Riviera Real Estate – Santa Barbara CA – New Listing

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Spectacular opportunity for Riviera Estate remodel. Sitting on just over 1/2 acres with great indoor / outdoor space, this wonderful single-level property has a larger back yard, pool, terraced gardens, fruit trees and city/ocean/island views. Located both close to town and El Encanto, this home is situated in a very coveted Riviera location. Location: 1830 Mission Ridge Price: $1,495,000 Open: Thursday 5/8 from 10:00 to 12:30, Saturday 5/10 from 2:00 to 4:00 and Sunday 5/11 from 2:00 to 4:00 All Active Riviera Real Estate & Homes for Sale [optima_express_toppicks id=144751 includeMap=true]         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 >

Santa Barbara The Riviera Neighborhood – 2013 Year in Review

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Always one of the more desired areas and higher end areas in Santa Barbara, The Riviera had a solid year in 2013 with regard to real estate sales.  One thing different this year is that we saw many newer homes on The Riviera that have recently finished or are close to being finished that were burnt down from the recent fires a few years back...some of which are being sold. As a lifestyle, The Riviera area encompasses mostly ocean-facing homes extending for approximately two miles.  Since the past century, The Riviera... Continue Reading >