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Kevin Schmidtchen

Realtor
Sotheby's International Realty

1436 State Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

[email protected]

Phone or Text

(805) 689-6877

Real Estate & Homes For Sale In The Montecito Union School District – Montecito CA.

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice For most younger families, school district is one of the key important criteria when looking at real estate.  Here in the Montecito area, families have 2 main public schools to choose from, Montecito Union School and Cold Spring School...both rated by GreatSchools.org as wonderful choices. Montecito Union School "The Montecito Union School serves children in grades Kindergarten through Sixth Grades.  In 1998, the school was awarded the State of California's "Distinguished School" status.  Enrollment has risen from 264 students in 1983/84 to over 400 students.  The school boasts of a teacher/pupil ratio... Continue Reading >

What Kind of Real Estate Does $1 Million and $2 Million Buy You In Santa Barbara and Montecito?

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice A few times a year I like to give updates on what you can expect for various price points in Santa Barbara and Montecito.  Over the last few years this has changed quite drastically as the market first went down and now has come back up at such a strong pace. Most homes today for example are worth on average about 20% more than they were just a year ago and so this leads to generally a decently different home.  In Santa Barbara, if you are at the $1 Million price point and you... Continue Reading >

What Are Home Prices in The Montecito Union School District Here in Montecito?

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Unless you are sending your child to private school, the exact school district you purchase a home in is a major part of most families decision when buying real estate.  Here in Montecito CA., the biggest public school is Montecito Union and for most families they consider this a wonderful school.  Parents are very passionate about schools, so it is hard to compare exact pros and cons so I am not going to really talk about this here.  But if you are looking to buy a home in the Montecito... Continue Reading >

What Does $1 Million Buy in Today’s Very Strong Santa Barbara Real Estate Market?

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Where is our real estate market today? We continue to see buyers very very comfortable with where the Santa Barbara real estate market is today.  Most reports and statistics are also showing that this very strong market is not just a tick here and there, but a market with "very strong legs".  We have now seen about 6-8 straight months of solid activity with homes selling quickly and prices very stable.  Here in Santa Barbara, we are now once again confronted with multiple offer situations on many homes, with some homes even seeing... Continue Reading >

Montecito CA. Real Estate Once Again Finds Itself in Top 10 Wealthiest Zip Codes in the U.S.

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Once again, America's most expensive zip codes includes Montecito CA.  Coming in this year at #9, statistics show that the median home price here in Montecito to be at $3,099,000.  So far this year, the most expensive sale in Montecito was a dated, but clean ocean front home located at 1473 Edgecliff Lane that closed for $10,750,000.  Other significant sales were a brand new Mediterranean Estate with privacy and panoramic ocean views located at 1379 Oak Creek Canyon Road.  This wonderful Estate closed for $9,000,000.  Another gorgeous Italian Villa located... Continue Reading >

Low “Good Inventory” in The Heart of The Montecito Real Estate Market

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice Where is all the "Good Inventory" in Montecito?  This is what a lot of agents and their clients are asking themselves with regards to the guts of the Montecito Real Estate market right now.  These days the entry level price for getting into Montecito real estate is around $1.1 to $1.6 million.  There are a few lower priced homes that come on the market, but only here and there and often these are almost "tear downs" or smaller older homes on or right next to a busy section on East Valley Road etc. For most... Continue Reading >

Happy Homeowners Around the Miramar Hotel in Montecito?

Santa Barbara Real Estate Voice The latest "New Miramar Hotel Plan" has been recently approved by the County this last week.  Current owner of the property, Rick Caruso went back to the board with a reduced size after getting approval from the Montecito Planning Commission earlier this year.  After hearing comments from the board and the community, Mr. Caruso essentially took the following steps...eliminated the tennis court, reduced the gross square feet of the project by 120,000, reduced the total rooms from 192 to 186 and agreed to have a maximum number of guests down... Continue Reading >