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From wooded hills and magnificent estates to the laid back beaches, Santa Barbara’s renowned beauty is more than skin deep. Active, community-minded residents have shaped this metropolitan area into a well-rounded, multifaceted gem of a place for the discriminating person to live and work, many who are convinced they live in paradise.
Known as “The American Riviera,” the mix of so many cultures and people with world travel under their belts makes for an exciting mix of life. Opportunities abound in Santa Barbara to enjoy a life tailored to families as well as the individual’s needs. There is quality shopping, over 400 fine restaurants, numerous cultural activities, countless active outdoor pursuits, top educational institutions such as the University of California, and a small local airport to shoot you off to wherever you may need to go…while counting the days until you return. Yes, the climate here is wonderful.
Early on, Santa Barbara’s soothing climate provided a prime stomping ground for the Chumash Indians. They were followed by the Portuguese, Spaniards and Franciscans, who later left their stamp with the beautiful Mission Santa Ines in Solvang, La Purisma Mission State Historic Park in Lompoc (one of the most complete and authentic missions standing) and the Queen of the Missions, Mission Santa Barbara. Mexico stepped in for 24 years before Colonel John Fremont crowned Santa Barbara a U.S. territory in 1846.
In the early 1900s, Santa Barbara became the film capital of the world before the motion picture industry centralized in Hollywood. More than 1,200 movies (mostly Westerns) were made in a 10-year span and Santa Barbara became a favorite retreat for such legendary film stars as Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin.
The area soon evolved into a haven for wealthy Easterners and a hot spot for health-seekers lured by the city’s curing mineral baths. At the turn of the century, luxury rail cars turned out the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Carnegies and Duponts, followed by an artistic swell of painters, poets and authors.
Today, Santa Barbara proper is home to some 95,000 (roughly 200,000 when including all communities) residents and still exudes the warmth and relaxation of a small city, coupled with the major attractions of a metropolis. Many of the buildings in Santa Barbara have a Spanish-Mediterranean architecture feel and are located anywhere from the relaxed pristine coastline to the foothills. With regards to homes and estates, Santa Barbara boasts all kinds of architecture from Modern / Contemporary, to French Normandy, to Classic California Cottage, to California Ranch…you name it.
Pedestrian-friendly with roughly 76 designated historic landmarks, an impressive line-up of performing arts venues, museums, galleries and restaurants, the area is an excellent vacation destination, especially from the California hubs of Los Angeles (92 miles south) and San Francisco (332 miles north).
Santa Barbara’s unique neighborhoods vary in size, topography and real estate values, all with their own unique characteristics.
Santa Barbara Real Estate values vary based on areas, but average around $700,000 to $3 million. Spectacular view homes, estates and ocean front property start at around $1.3 million and can exceed this amount fivefold, tenfold or more.
If you are interested in real estate here in Santa Barbara, Montecito and our surrounding areas, as well as any other aspects of life here, please don’t hesitate to contact Kevin Schmidtchen at Village Properties.
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Located off Hollister Road and close to San Marcos High School, Sungate Ranch is a quality built planned development that offers beautiful landscaping and a community with good open space. Like many newer developments found here in Santa Barbara CA, Sungate Ranch offers the home owner stylistic architectural features that include open floor plans with lots of light, walk-in closets, concrete tile roofs, gourmet kitchens and fenced yards. Additionally you find the much requested high ceilings in all the homes. Depending on the... Continue Reading >
Significant Real Estate Sales On The Mesa – La Vista Del Oceano, La Coronilla, Harbor Hills, Ricardo
So far in 2015, we have once again seen a very steady active real estate market on The Mesa here in Santa Barbara. One big difference compared to the last few years has been the amount of luxury higher end sales that we have been seeing at the "Top of the Mesa", specifically the newer homes all along the La Vista del Oceano corridor. In this area we have pushed the price point of high end Mesa all the way to the $3.5-5 million... Continue Reading >
Here are some informative real estate market statistics here for 3rd quarter 2015 Montecito and Santa Barbara CA. The images below compares the average sales price for single family homes in both areas over the last 5 years. As you can see, the amount of sales in Montecito has dropped a large amount this last quarter compared to 2014. This has really been the feel for most of the last month. Many agents are commenting on how slow everything has gotten recently... Continue Reading >
The Funk Zone is a very unique and energized area here in Santa Barbara that has seen a huge revival in the last few years. For many it is becoming "the place" to lunch, dine and go out at night. Growing up in Santa Barbara, this entire area used to simply be "a rather funky zone" that was filled with all sorts of manufacturing and industrial businesses, a few scattered offices of various sorts, vacant lots and run down maritime feeling... Continue Reading >
Bella Riviera Bella Riviera is a newer condo / town home community (built in 2012) located here in Santa Barbara, sandwiched in between The Upper East and The Lower Riviera neighborhoods. There are a total of 115 residences, although a portion of these units have been set aside as housing for Cottage Hospital. The site of Bella Riviera itself sits atop the old grounds of the St. Francis Hospital. Most of the units have a combination of good indoor and outdoors spaces. Square feet varies... Continue Reading >
As the real estate market has continued it's strong pace over the last few years, values have simply continued to go up in every area here in Santa Barbara. In some neighborhoods we have now reached the peak level prices that we saw in 2007. In the areas that have not reached these levels, prices are only 10-15% below these peak levels. So where are we today in and around the $1 million price point. I have gone ahead and listed below... Continue Reading >
In the last 12 months, the East & West Beach areas here in Santa Barbara have seen good solid activity and continued price increases. Most of the activity has been within the few big complexes in this area (El Escorial and East Beach Town homes), but other areas have also seen a decent amount of sales. Here below are the current statistics with regard to home sales in this area. There are currently 9 active listings for sale. All but one... Continue Reading >