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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.
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Vieja Gardens is a rather peaceful, quiet feeling planned community located next to the More Mesa Bluffs here in Santa Barbara CA. The community was developed in 1971-1973 and features a total of 108 units, with a mixture of 3 bedroom and 2 bedroom town home style condos. The 3 bedroom units are roughly 1250 - 1385 sqft. with 2 baths and an attached 2 car garage. The 2 bedroom units are roughly 1050 - 1150 sqft. with 2 baths and an attached 2 car... Continue Reading >
San Roque Year In Review Overall there was a 12.8% increase in the median sold price for San Roque in 2105. The median sold price was $1.1 million. The lowest sale was $725,000 and the highest sale was $1.975 million. San Roque homes sold for an average of $9 more per sqft. than in 2014. The average was $700 per sqft., the lowest sale was at $423 per sqft., and the highest was at $1,141 per sqft. San Roque homes in 2015 were on the... Continue Reading >
For the majority of younger families, school district is one of the key important criteria when looking at real estate. The Mountain View School has become over the years one of the most sought after elementary schools in our town. The local opinion of Mountain View School is almost across the board very very positive. Here is the current review by GreatSchools.org. Mountain View School Mountain View is a kindergarten through sixth grade public elementary school located in Goleta/Santa Barbara, California, serving approximately 340 students.... Continue Reading >
If you are looking for some "renovation rules" for Santa Barbara buyers, here are some key millennial buyer shifts in what we are hearing when it comes to purchasing a home. 1: The Kitchen Is Still #1 It does not matter what decade we are in, buyers of all kinds continue to be focused on the kitchen. A “modern/updated kitchen” seems to top everyone's list of ideal home features for their new home. If you are a seller planning to sell, a small investment in a dated... Continue Reading >
Within Santa Barbara, Montecito and our surrounding areas, there are a decent amount of options for true gated communities. With true gated communities, I am referring to homes with a true gate that is locked at the entrance to the community and only accessed via a code and/or someone who is watching the gate. I have gone ahead and listed the communities below that fall into this category for both Santa Barbara proper and Montecito. I have also offered a brief description of... Continue Reading >
The Stonecreek Condos is a smaller, secluded, peaceful feeling complex located off Las Positas Road here in Santa Barbara CA. The complex is laid out in 12 different clusters totaling 105 units. The units sit side by side, town home style with the living area downstairs and the bedrooms upstairs. Each unit has a carport and storage conveniently located very close to the front door of the unit. All units have a generous living room which opens to garden style patios. The bedrooms tend to... Continue Reading >
Often I am asked here in Santa Barbara about remodels on homes, updates and what ifs with regards to putting money into a home. Often a major concern for people is whether they will get their money back on projects they are thinking about undertaking. I just came across this from the CA Association of Realtors that is fun to look at. Obviously it also depends on the quality of workmanship that is done as well as if you are getting... Continue Reading >