927 Coyote Road, Montecito, CA 93108

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Listing Price: $3,000,000

This gated and fenced Mediterranean gem with Tuscan Style rock work and a separate Casita is now available.  It is in a wonderful setting, with great architecture, and a good view of the Santa Barbara harbor and Channel Islands.  Completed in November 2010, it has been gently used and feels like a newly finished house.  It takes advantage of the site with beautiful drought-tolerant landscaping, stone walls, multiple French doors, four expansive view patios for true indoor/outdoor living.  Built for an owner – not a spec house – so it has a huge list of extras and custom features.  To purchase this fine home, or to market your property, call Scott Williams 805 451-9300. Read More→

2112 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109

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Listing Price: $1,375,000

Rare, quiet, off-street location on a cul-de-sac with high beamed ceilings, and newer mahogany wood floors.  The upstairs master addition is a real retreat from stress with a steam shower, hydro-jet tub, walk-in closet and private library with balcony.  It has 2,217 S.F. (measured), AC, all baths have some remodeling, the kitchen has newer appliances, and it is re-landscaped.  There are newer fences and two big patios for private dining and outside entertaining.  There are newer dual pane windows & glass sliders, a newer roof and a security system.  To purchase this fine home call Scott Williams 805 451-9300. Read More→

Montecito Connection: South Coast Housing Prices

South Coast Housing Prices

Are they declining or not?

by Mark Schniepp • October 23, 2015

Each issue of Montecito Connection will feature an article I write on the current state of the Montectio market, as well as an article by economist Dr. Mark Schniepp, on some current aspect of the economy.

Are home prices declining in the Santa Barbara region? New data shows that the median price across the South Coast fell by 12 percent over the past year. Some real estate professionals are claiming that the market is overheated, and we are now at the beginning
of a correction. Read More→

Market Mojo Report December 2015

Building a Home

market-mojo-photo-dec2015Ever thought about tearing down your home and starting over? This month we are going to ride along on with my client Ron Abeles as he purchases a run-down Mesa home at 129 Oliver Rd. and starts the process of building a new home.

First we scoured the town looking for homes to buy. The foothills with their larger view homes were the most attractive, but they just were not going to work. Ron wanted a walkable location. Children weren’t an issue so schools didn’t matter. Enter the Mesa with its perfect walkable location, but there were no suitable homes, so the idea came to build rather than buy. Read More→

Montecito Connection November – December 2015

November Montecito Market

The most expensive Montecito home sold in the past two months was 2010 Birnam Wood Drive which sold for $4,500,000. This recently remodeled Mediterranean contemporary style home has 4,166 square feet with four bedrooms, fi ve and a half baths. The least expensive sale was a three bedroom, two and a half bath, planned unit development home at 115 Coro nado Circle that sold for $1,680,000. The most expensive condo was 11 Sea view, a two bedroom, two bath, with 1,599 square feet which sold for $1,475,000, and the least expensive condo was 1936 Jameson Lane #D, a two bedroom, two bath, with 1,258 square feet, that sold for $895,000. Read More→

Market Mojo Report November 2015

Close To The Peak?

In the last real estate cycle we reached a peak on the Mesa in the mid-to-second half of 2005. The Marine Terrace homes along Shoreline Park are a good representation of the Mesa. The absolute high water mark for the Marine Terrace—not including Shoreline Drive—was $1,311,000 paid for 1204 Del Oro, a three bedroom, one bath, one car garage in June 2005. Within a few months of this date there were other Marine Terrace 3+1’s and 3+2’s sold for $1,165,000 to $1,265,000. All these years I’ve used $1,200,000 in my mind as the peak for middle of the block, middle condition Marine Terrace homes in 2005. Read More→

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

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SOLD: $892,000

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→