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Montecito, CA 93108
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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.
Santa Barbara Real Estate & Homes For Sale
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The wonderful community of Hope Ranch is unlike any other place in Santa Barbara, occupying a hilly area immediately adjacent to the coastline with wonderful winding and rolling hills. The highest elevation is 691 feet (211 m), and the overall area encompasses 1,863 acres. Within the community of Hope Ranch, you will find and abundant display of native vegetation that is mostly California oak woodland and chaparral, with the majority of homes constructed to blend in with the natural landscape, allowing the area to retain... Continue Reading >
Baby boomers continue to be a large part of the real estate market here in Santa Barbara and there is obviously no sign of this changing. Almost all baby boomers have reached their peak in purchasing power over the last 20 years and many of them have channeled their finances into prime real estate in towns such as Santa Barbara and Montecito. I have attached a interesting slide here below to highlight what most baby boomers are still looking for at... Continue Reading >
Once again there has only been a small amount of real estate activity in the desirable area we call Campanil Hill / Yankee Farm. With most homes enjoying panoramic views of the ocean as well as an abundant amount of privacy and land, it is not a mystery why so little comes up for sale in this area. Sitting just outside the gates of Hope Ranch and above the Sea Ledge area, Campanil Hill is a true treasure for those fortunate... Continue Reading >
Real estate in the Bel Air Knolls neighborhood has seen some high end sales of late for this area. With most sales generally being in the $1.1 to $1.5 million range, there have been 2 sales this year as well as 2 current pending sales of properties in the $1.5 to $2 million range. For the Bel Air Knolls buyer, this area offers a hilltop location situated in the midst of all that’s best about Santa Barbara living. These homes are only minutes... Continue Reading >
The Samarkand neighborhood of Santa Barbara encompasses a wonderful stretch of homes located between Las Positas (Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course), State Street, De La Vina, Oak Park, and the freeway. Most locals associate the Samarkand area with being a quiet place to live that features pride of ownership homes, beautifully maintained streets and no overhead utilities/power lines. Samarkand also gives off a vibe of a safe and tight- knit community located within walking distance to some wonderful dining options such as Via Maestra,... Continue Reading >
Mission Canyon as a place to live here in Santa Barbara is full of character and charm. This likely stems at least partially from the combination of the community’s eclectic mix of residential styles, mountain and ocean views, narrow curving and winding roads without curbs, sidewalks, or traffic lights. Mission Canyon has a true historical feel to it here in Santa Barbara with several visible stone walls, bridges, and treasured archaeological features. Mission Canyon is also home to the cherished Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and... Continue Reading >
For the majority of younger families, school district is one of the key important criteria when looking at real estate here in Santa Barbara. The Roosevelt School has become over the years a sought after elementary schools in our town, located in the prestigious Upper East neighborhood near The Santa Barbara Mission. The local opinion of Roosevelt School is almost across the board very positive. Here is the current review by GreatSchools.org. Roosevelt School "WELCOME TO ROOSEVELT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Our strong community of teachers, parents, and staff make Roosevelt... Continue Reading >