The American Architect, George Washington Smith and His Life and Work in Santa Barbara and Montecito CA.
George Washington Smith, (February 22, 1876 – 1930), was an American architect that has an extremely prominent name and history here in Santa Barbara and Montecito CA. Most of his noted work here is most likely for popularizing the Spanish-Colonial Revival style in early 20th Century America. George Washington Smith was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He studied architecture at Harvard University, but reportedly never graduated due to personal reasons. In his mid 30's after various jobs making ends meet, he... Continue Reading >
For golf fans here in the Montecito and Santa Barbara CA. area, a treat is on the horizon. Local billionaire developer, Ty Warner is adding to his portfolio of revamping major luxury properties here in Santa Barbara and Montecito. Having in the last few years already "done up" The San Ysidro Ranch, The Biltmore and The Coral Casino, Mr. Warner has now set his sites on golf in the form of Montecito Country Club. Mr Warner has already received approval of... Continue Reading >
A few times a month for the last year or so I have been asked by someone about the state of foreclosures in Montecito and our other luxury areas here in Santa Barbara CA. Being that there is so much doom and gloom across the U.S. with the housing market and lately a lot of this effecting the high end neighborhoods, this is a very normal question. So what is the state of foreclosures in Montecito and our luxury areas? Not too... Continue Reading >
Here and there I am proposed various questions from clients about the luxury market here in Montecito CA., such as where are the most famous homes located and/or what is the most expensive home to sell this year or any year for that matter. Many times though it is as "simple" as what is the true definition of luxury real estate here in the Montecito area. The answer is that there is no exact definition of luxury real estate and... Continue Reading >
For the first 6 months of 2009, there were 55 closed sales of single family homes and condos in Montecito CA. As of July 1st, 2009, there were 12 properties in Montecito that are pending sale (under contract). The lowest sale in Montecito was a decent 3 bedroom 2 bath condo located at 1930 North Jameson Lane, Montecito CA, 93108. The sales price was $679,000. The highest sale in Montecito was an exceptional French Country estate with expansive gardens and ocean views... Continue Reading >
Montecito CA Real Estate - Year End Sales Statistics for 2008 I have summarized below an easy to look at brief outline of the overall Santa Barbara MLS statistics for both single family homes and condos in the Montecito CA. area for the year 2008. The comparisons are drawn against the previous year's statistics (2007) for Montecito CA Real Estate. SINGLE FAMILY HOMES: Single family home listings were up 21% from 336 listings to 408 listings compared to 2007 Single family homes sold were... Continue Reading >
Sotheby's International Realty in Santa Barbara CA. is the areas largest real estate company and has been selling prestigious homes in our area for over 4 decades, first as the largest locally owned company Pitts & Bachmann Realtors, and now as Sotheby's Int'l Realty. Placing client needs at the center of our business philosophy, Sotheby's Int'l Realty in Santa Barbara and Montecito CA. is committed to providing superior service with the highest ethical and professional standards. Why do people locally in Santa Barbara... Continue Reading >