Montecito Connection Sep – Oct 2015

September Montecito Market

The most expensive Montecito home sold in the past 60 days was 1590 East Mountain Drive which sold for $27,500,000. It has 10,812 square feet of Mediterranean Villa on 2.44 ocean view acres, located a few blocks from the San Ysidro ranch with staff quarters and a guest house. The least expensive sale was a foreclosure property at 2920 Torito Road, off Toro Canyon, a two bedroom, one bath home with 870 square feet that sold for
$818,000. Read More→

Market Mojo Report Oct 2015

R A D O N   O N   T H E   M E S A

Radon occurs naturally in soil and is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. As a natural radioactive decay product of uranium, it is found in nearly all soils. It is invisible. You can’t smell it, or even taste it. Radon is considered harmless when dispersed in outdoor air, but when trapped in buildings can be a serious health hazard.

radonIts radioactive particles can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe. As the particles
decay, they release small bursts of energy. These bursts can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer over the course of one’s lifetime, although not everyone exposed to elevated levels of radon will develop lung cancer. Many years can elapse between exposure to radon
and the onset of disease. Read More→

Market Mojo Report Sep 2015

W A L K S   A N D   T A L K S

To promote the Mesa Loop Trail and neighborhood walking in general, the Mesa Architects
have sponsored a series of neighborhood “Walks and Talks” over the last four months. On a Saturday of each month, docents have lead groups on walks around one of the four quadrants of the Mesa.

walk-and-talks-sep2015Saturday, September 12, will be the last walk of the year. Mesa Architect Dennis Thompson will lead a walk through the East Alta Mesa. The group will meet at the upper parking lot of Holy Cross Church (on Dolores St.) at 9:00 AM.

After hearing about the Mesa Harmony Garden, we will walk up Dolores Street to the ridgeline of the Mesa, passing a quiet residential neighborhood that was built in the late 1950’s. Read More→

Santa Barbara Mini Farm Listing



634 Camino Campana, Santa Barbara

Great location in Kellogg School area on quiet low-traffic street. Attractive home with one of the best floorplans ever for this size home. There are many upgrades like a Chef’s kitchen with built in Kitchen Aid refrigerator, Thermador gas cooktop and a GE electric double oven. Home has fresh interior paint, dual pane Low-E windows, a remodeled master bath, a tankless water heater, and recent low water landscaping. Some water and sewer lines have been replaced, the furnace was changed, and there is a water softener. The yard is a paradise with 22 fruit trees and chickens (which are included, if a buyer likes). Read More→

New Listing – Panoramic Views


621 Aurora Ave, Santa Barbara

Property Description

Built in 2008, this fabulous Mesa contemporary, with big ocean views, is made for entertaining. It has 4-bedrooms and 3-baths, and over 1,300 square feet of roof deck for parties. There are many terrific built-in features and improvements. Home includes a chef’s kitchen, a family room, garage access to the interior, and a fountain. The driveway, entry, patio, and RV parking are all interlocking paver block. Read More→

Market Mojo Report August 2015

W A L K S  A N D  T A L K S

august2015-2015-08-07I enjoyed these walks so much I am devoting this newsletter to the upcoming walk.
The Mesa Architects are presenting a series of “Mesa Walks & Talks” to discuss local history, environmental challenges and accomplishments, flora and fauna and its management, geological history and current conditions, and opportunities for improving our little slice of paradise! The series of four walks are intended to promote the vision and connectivity of a larger Mesa Loop Trail – a trail that would connect all the major parks and open spaces on the Mesa: Ledbetter, Shoreline, La Mesa, Douglas Family Preserve, Elings, Escondido, HondaValley, and the Santa Barbara City College trails. Read More→

Market Mojo Report July 2015

E I L I N G S   P A R K

Eilings Park – 230 acres along the western edge of the Alta Mesa – has greatly increased the popularity of the Mesa neighborhood over the past 50 years. Previously, the northern part was a city dump; now the covered landfill is a jewel of the Mesa. The transformation began in 1965 when officials declared the landfill full.
Soon, forward thinking leaders stepped in to create a sparkling recreational area.

july2015-08-07In 1972 the tennis complex was completed and the park was born. Over the following decades a committed group
including Jerry Harwin, and the Fleischmann and Godric Foundations, and thousands of donors large and small, have made the park what it is today. Read More→

Downtown – Two Story


212 West Valerio, Santa Barbara

This is your top choice for affordable downtown living. This four bedroom, two bath, 1910, two story craftsman is a delight. With a .25 acre (10,878 square feet) according to the City, of R-4 land it has wonderful development possibilities into the future, and allows legal vacation rental usage today. Bring your creative ideas to freshen up this property. It could easily become a 4+3 with a real master bedroom and bathroom – see the floor plan. New kitchens and baths will make it a complete winner. It is in the Peabody Elementary attendance area and has received a Walk Score of 83 – very walkable. The concrete foundation has seismic retrofitting. Read More→

Near Shoreline Park


118 San Clemente, Santa Barbara

Amazing location just five houses away from Shoreline Park. Outstanding home additions and remodel since 2007 bring you a 3+2+family room home with many newer features.   There is a dream kitchen with soft close dovetail drawers, Dupont Zodiac counters, and GE Profile appliances. The living Room is the gathering spot with raised ceilings, two skylights, and fireplace. Family room is great for TV, master bedroom has walk-in closet with solar tube, and master bath has a bubble tub, bay window and motorized skylight.

All the doors, trim, and base are redone craftsman style. There is a double garage with skylight, sink, laundry, and lots of useful storage. There is a brick patio off the master, a covered shaded Saltillo patio off the kitchen and an ocean view patio in the front. There are raised garden beds, a paver block drive way, gutters and drainage. There are too many features to list them all, and the home comes pre-inspected by physical and termite inspectors. Read More→

Market Mojo Report June 2015


Known to the City of Santa Barbara as the Douglas Family Preserve, this is a 70 acre park of pristine undeveloped open coastal space – the largest such parcel in the City. To old-timers it is the Wilcox property.

june2015-2015-06-05This was the site of Roy Wilcox’s nursery, created in 1949. It closed in 1972. Soon proposals for development came forward including, a luxury hotel, a residential subdivision, and a retirement community.

In 1996, grassroots public fundraising surpassed $2 million toward the purchase price of $3.6 million. In recognition of a $600,000 contribution by actor Michael Douglas, the park was named the Douglas Family Preserve to honor his father Kirk Douglas. Read More→