Summerland is a rather relaxed, tiny, hillside community snuggled on the coast between Carpinteria and Montecito with breathtaking ocean and island views. Summerland’s modern history began in 1883 when Henry Williams bought the 1,050 acre Ortega Ranch for $17,000 and set aside 100 acres for a town. It was officially dedicated and named “Summerland” in 1889. The early settlement swelled in 1894 when a crew digging a water well on Lillie Avenue, the town’s main street, struck oil instead. Within the coming months, there were over a dozen producing wells, numerous lots were sold, and soap and cigar factories established. Soon after 1900, however, limited petroleum production and harsh winter storms put an end to the brief oil exploration.
Today, Summerland’s gorgeous geography and the tranquil beach combined with a seemingly endless selection of antique shops and close proximity to prestigious Montecito and Santa Barbara make Summerland a favorite location of artists, writers and others who are on the search for a relaxed yet sophisticated lifestyle. The town now hosts approximately 1,500 residents. There are large and small homes and estates, condominiums and ranches to choose from. Summerland is served by its own elementary school and is one of the areas wealthier neighborhoods. Most all of Summerland is located on the side of a hill overlooking the ocean with almost all homes enjoying big ocean views. Everything is “walkable” because of the short distances, yet the streets could be semi-steep for some.
Santa Barbara and its world-class shopping, dining, cultural and recreational amenities are all within a few minutes drive.
Summerland Real Estate values average around $500,000 to $1.3 million. Spectacular view homes, estates and ocean front property start at around $1.4 million and can exceed this amount fivefold or tenfold.
If you are interested in real estate here in Summerland, 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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A little late to be doing a recap of the 2012 real estate market here in the Santa Barbara area, but with the last 5 weeks filled with a combination of my family getting sick, being extremely busy with work and the lack of sleep because of our new little baby...that is what unfortunately happens. So what happened in 2012? In hindsight it is now very clear to see that anyone who had the foresight to buy property from around October 2011 - April 2012... Continue Reading >
Here is a great simple graph that looks at the overall average selling prices for homes here in the Santa Barbara area. The graph breaks down the prices into the main neighborhoods of Santa Barbara...Montecito, Santa Barbara proper, Carpinteria / Summerland, Hope Ranch and Goleta. One of the first obvious looks shows that our high end properties are really starting to see a big increase in demand. Both Hope Ranch and Montecito have seen prices increase a good amount in the last... Continue Reading >
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To Whom it may Concern I have known Kevin Schmidtchen since our days at Santa Barbara High School (Class of 88). He is an exemplary human being, world class athlete, of highest ethical and moral standard, and I am honored to call him a friend. It is no surprise to me that Kevin has become a premier Real Estate guru in the Santa Barbara County. With his attention to detail, his honorable status among his peers and community, his great negotiating skills,... Continue Reading >
Here are the latest CORT report statistics for real estate here in Carpinteria and Summerland. The overall market also continues to be very strong with most well priced homes selling within a few days to a few weeks. Buyers continue to be very comfortable with prices and are taking advantage of incredibly low interest rates. Other strong signs for the market is that many investors are now buying again as well as cash investors. We are also experiencing a lack of... Continue Reading >
Here are the latest CORT report statistics for real estate here in Carpinteria, Goleta, Santa Barbara, Montecito and Summerland. All of the red "x" delineate REO or distressed sales. As you will notice, the vast majority of our foreclosures and short sales continue to be in the lower end price points. The overall market also continues to be very strong with most well priced homes selling within a few days to a few weeks. Buyers continue to be very comfortable with... Continue Reading >
Here is an quick summary of the real estate market in the Summerland area from the past summer months through until the end of October 2011. Normally this time of year sees a lot of activity in June and July, then slowing a little in August as many people are on vacation, sending kids off to school, paying bills from all the summer activities etc. Then in mid September through until about Thanksgiving we have a relatively strong real estate market... Continue Reading >
Here are some of the latest statistics for the CORT reports for real estate here in Goleta, Carpinteria and Summerland CA. These statistics give a quick overview of comparative price changes in the real estate market in the month of July for the last 8 years. Further Reading: Sotheby's Int'l Realty - Santa Barbara and Montecito Is My Realtor a Santa Barbara Neighborhood Specialist? Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Statistics How Difficult is it to Get a Loan These Days? What Does $1 Million Buy you... Continue Reading >
Here are the latest CORT reports for the Santa Barbara real estate market for the areas of Hope Ranch, Goleta, Carpinteria and Summerland. Further Reading: Sotheby's Int'l Realty - Santa Barbara and Montecito Is My Realtor a Santa Barbara Neighborhood Specialist? Articles on Luxury Real Estate Articles on The Oceanfront Areas Articles for Foreign Buyers/Sellers Sotheby's Int'l Realty Tops in Sales 2010 Thank you for reading. I hope you find Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice informative. Please feel free to contact me or comment below with any... Continue Reading >
Here are the latest Cort reports for sales here in the Santa Barbara area for the month of November 2010 for Goleta, Carpinteria and Summerland. Further Reading: Sotheby's Int'l Realty - Santa Barbara and Montecito Is My Realtor a Santa Barbara Neighborhood Specialist? Articles on Luxury Real Estate Articles on The Oceanfront Areas Articles for Foreign Buyers/Sellers Sotheby's Int'l Realty Tops in Sales 2010 For information on Real Estate here in Santa Barbara, Montecito and/or our surrounding areas, as well as any other aspects of life in our... Continue Reading >
For the first 6 months of 2009, there were 3 closed sales of single family homes and condos in Summerland CA. Currently as of June 30th, 2009, there is 1 property in Summerland that is pending sale (under contract). The lowest sale in Summerland was a decent lot with a fixer home with ocean views located at 2536 Banner Avenue, Summerland CA, 93067. The sales price was $650,000. The highest sale in Summerland was an impeccably remodeled home with expansive ocean views... Continue Reading >
Carpinteria and Summerland 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 Carpinteria and Summerland CA. areas for the year 2008. The comparisons are drawn against the previous year's statistics (2007) for Santa Barbara Real Estate. SINGLE FAMILY HOMES: Single family home listings were up 10% from 144 to 159 compared to 2007 Single family homes... Continue Reading >
I have summarized below an easy to look at brief outline of the overall MLS statistics for the Summerland CA area through the first 6 months of 2008. The total number of single family homes sold in Summerland was 5. The number of current pending sales for single family homes is 4. The number of current active listings for single family homes is 21. The total number of condos / townhomes sold in Summerland was 1. The number of current pending sales for condos / townhomes is... Continue Reading >