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 residents and still exudes the warmth and relaxation of a small city, coupled with the major attractions of a metropolis. Many of the buildings, homes and estates built in Santa Barbara have a Spanish-Mediterranean architecture and are located anywhere from the relaxed pristine coastline to the foothills.
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 $500,000 to $3 million. Spectacular view homes, estates and ocean front property start at around $1.5 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 Sotheby’s Int’l Realty.
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Here are the latest 3rd quarter real estate updates for the Hope Ranch area here in Santa Barbara. As the graph shows, the market in Hope Ranch has been slower than the rest of the Santa Barbara area. Both the average list price and sold price have been down a fair amount compared to the last 2 years. Overall sales have also dropped compared to the previous 2 years. Currently as of November 6th, 2013, there are: 29 Active Listings ranging in... Continue Reading >
Here are the latest real estate statistics for the 3rd quarter 2013 here in Santa Barbara. As the graph shows, we have continued on a steady increase over the last few years in both average sales price as well as number of homes sold (although down just a little from last year). After a very strong rise in prices from June 2012 until August 2013, the market has seemed to steady itself. Prices are currently very stable feeling (no increase... Continue Reading >
Every online statistic that anyone can read over the last years has pointed to the enormous importance an online presence makes for your own personal brand as a real estate agent. Real estate in many ways "is made for the internet" and everyone (buyers and sellers) spends a large amount of time online looking at real estate. Outside of what an agent can do on their own personal level, I believe that it is also extremely important to align yourself with... Continue Reading >
Santa Barbara Real Estate - The Riviera Location: 1808 Loma St, Santa Barbara CA 93103 Offered Price: $1,775,000 Larger pristine private feeling 1920's Riviera Craftsman home with old world charm. Quiet Riviera location, close to El Encanto, The Mission, parks and downtown. 3 bed / 3 bath upstairs, 1 bed, office, plus TV room and bath on main level. Legal guest apartment with separate entrance located downstairs. Remodeled kitchen and baths, newer wood cabinets and built-ins, ocean views, mature landscaping , set on... Continue Reading >
NEW Listing: Wonderful new Santa Barbara San Roque Condo listing. Great location in the recently renovated San Remo complex. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath unit is superbly located on the top floor (single level) with a great sun deck and views over the pool and towards the mountains. Well cared for and maintained by the owners. 1 car garage, heated pool, located in Monte Vista School district and close to all up town shopping, restaurants and parks. Garden style landscaping and... Continue Reading >
New Listing: Wonderful California cottage charmer full of character in move-in condition. Newer kitchen and bath, newer updated systems, 2 bedrooms, office, dining area and finished garage for additional flex space. Wrap-around porch for indoor outdoor living and mature landscape. Must see inside as the home lives much larger than it looks do to excellent floor plan and "endless" windows. Fabulous and easy to maintain landscaping with mature guava, cherimoya, orange, lemon, persimmon, avocado, loquat, grape vine and hot pepper... Continue Reading >
Below is a detailed market comparison of Santa Barbara real estate that lays out the yearly market comparison of Sold Listings as well as New Listings. This comparison takes in all the areas from Goleta, to Santa Barbara, to Hope Ranch, to Montecito, to Summerland and Carpinteria. These numbers are then broken down further to include: Dollar volume of New and Sold Listings Median sales price of New and Sold Listings If you have any further questions about these statistics, please let me... Continue Reading >
Compared to many other towns across California, Santa Barbara's real estate market has held up (or recovered) pretty well since the market "crashed" in 2007. After dropping roughly 50% from peak prices, our real estate market has rebounded on average about 22-25% across the board. In the last 16 months, the market has been incredibly strong across all price points with a huge buyer demand. One main reason for this spike in our market has been the limited inventory...and part of... Continue Reading >
Every year here in the Santa Barbara / Montecito / Hope Ranch / Carpinteria areas, we see some very exclusive high end real estate sales. Often some of these sales top the $20 million mark which is a lot to be said for the demand for exclusive luxury property in our area. Although we see sales above the $20 million price point, more often than not, the "high end" sales tend to be in the $10 to $20 million price... Continue Reading >
With Santa Barbara real estate seeing rising prices in pretty much every area here in Santa Barbara since the beginning of the year, I wanted to break down some of the recent sales and current activity in the different areas of town over the coming weeks. Here I wanted to show a quick glance of what you can expect with prices in the desirable Riviera neighborhood. For most of us, we tend to break down The Riviera into lower (below APS)... Continue Reading >
Throughout 2013, the real estate market has been incredibly strong with high demand and rising prices. We have seen this across the board in all areas here in Santa Barbara and Montecito and in pretty much every price point. With the market this hot, what should the pricing strategy be for a seller when it comes time for them to sell their home? Every seller and every seller's situation is different with regards to what they are looking for in the sale... Continue Reading >
Here is the May 2013 Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Snapshot for Inventory, Listings and Sales. Overall the market continues to be tight with limited inventory. This graph below shows the seasonality of the inventory and sales. As you will see, May 2013 listings were down 9% from last month and down almost 5% from May of 2012. We are now into the middle of June and although inventory is still tight, prices hint at starting to stabilize. I think it is... Continue Reading >