Santa Barbara Mini Farm Listing

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PENDING SALE

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

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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

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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

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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

W I L C O X P R O P E R T Y

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→

Market Mojo Report May 2015

F A M I L Y  F U N  I N  S A N T A  Y N E Z

My wife, Gail, and I took a short vacation to Santa Ynez and we stopped at OstrichLand (610 E Hwy 246, between Buellton and Santa Ynez.) It is quaint mix between tourist trap and a roadside zoo.

May-2015-Newsletter350For a four dollar fee they let you visit a couple dozen Ostriches and a similar number of Emus. It turns out the Ostriches are the largest bird on the planet sometimes making it to nine feet tall. They come from Africa. The Emus are smaller but prettier with blue necks and they come from Australia.

For an extra dollar you can feed them, and they all seem to be voracious consumers of Ostrich pellets – something like bunny food. And they are quick to try to pull the food bowl out of your hands. When those big bobbing heads and wide beaks lunge at the food it is not for the faint of heart. We watched kids, and even teenagers, quickly turn the feeding the Ostrich duty over to the parents. The kids were too scared of Big Bird. Read More→

Market Mojo Report April 2015

H E N D R Y ’ S   B E A C H

As far as the County of Santa Barbara is concerned the name is Arroyo Burro Beach County Park, named after the Arroyo Burro Creek that enters the beach there. To locals it is still Hendry’s Beach, named after Scottish immigrants, William and Anne Hendry, and their children, who owned a farm next to the beach from the 1890’s until about 1918. It has been called Hendry’s beach for more than 100 years.

april-photoIn 1947 the State of California sold the County 6 acres that was to become the park and they leased 6.8 more acres. In 1968, the County received the leased land as a grant from the State. In the 1990’s a private land trust donated an additional acre for parking.

Great for waves, local surfers refer to this beach as “The Pit.” Great for dogs, a part of the beach is designated an “off leash” area. To find the leash-free zone of the beach turn left. After crossing the slough it goes east to the end of the Douglas Preserve. Read More→

Market Mojo Report Mar 2015

M I L E S T O N E

In my 38th year in a rewarding career in real estate I’ve just achieved my 700th closing. My work has impacted thousands of lives, but along the way what has been most gratifying is mar2015-700_2015-04-10helping people acquire their first home. It is a joy to deliver that first set of keys. Over that time I have worked with a steady stream of buyers and sellers, escrow and title officers, home inspectors, contractors, handymen, accountants, lawyers, painters, surveyors, geologists, pest control operators, Realtors, and hundreds of other people. I am utterly thankful to everyone who has helped me along the way, including all the clients and recipients of this newsletter who have passed my name along to others. Read More→