Romantic Details and Design

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Romantic Details and Design

Valentine’s Day might have passed but love is still in the air and we think you will love these estates boasting plenty of romantic details.

 

 

860 Picacho Lane

Whether you are enjoying a cocktail on the balcony, snacking under the covered loggia, or wandering around the lush gardens, 860 Picacho Lane is nothing short of romantic. With intricate architectural details and ocean views from every angle, you’ll be falling in love at first sight.


4280 Via Esperanza

The grand living room makes a perfect romantic setting for two. Cozy up by the fire at night or watch as spectacular sunsets illuminate the hillside and fill the room with an incandescent glow.

The wine cellar is perfect for storing all your favorite bottles. Pick out that Pinot Noir that you’ve been saving for a special occasion and enjoy it in the comfort of your own home.

Grab some popcorn and head over to the in-home movie theatre for a private showing of a show of your choice.


1601 Moore Road

1601 Moore Road is Montecito’s sweetest escape. Tucked away on a private road with a board-and-batten exterior, this estate is what storybooks are made of. Live out a fairytale romance with evening dinners on the outdoor patio near the build-in adobe fireplace. During summer nights, take a midnight dip in the pool and enjoy the lush nature surrounding you.


1155 Hill Road

1155 Hill Road is a seaside, storybook home with a modern twist. Totally private and sublimely peaceful, the grounds are ideal for impromptu picnics or a romantic dinner for two.

Timeless and breezy, effortless and chic, the dining room sets the stage for gathering with a loved one. Beamed ceilings crown the room, and a stately fireplace adds a warm glow to any occasion.

Outside, a private ocean view terrace looks to the sea and is perfect for both early morning lattes and nightcaps under the stars. Enjoy views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean and spectacular Santa Barbara sunsets from your own private oasis.


808 San Ysidro

In the heart of the golden quadrangle, and perfectly positioned between the upper village and San Ysidro Ranch, this romantic estate captures the magic of Montecito’s incredible natural beauty and the essence of the California dream.

The lush central courtyard opens up to the beautiful grounds and is the true heart of the home. This flexible space is perfect for a romantic evening for two. Enjoy a delicious meal outdoors as you watch the mountains turn purple at sunset.


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All Within Reach

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All Within Reach

These estates are not only luxurious and beautiful, but have Santa Barbara’s coveted lifestyle necessities at arm’s reach.

 

 

808 San Ysidro Lane

In the heart of the Golden Quadrangle, and perfectly positioned between the upper village and San Ysidro Ranch, this romantic estate captures the magic of Montecito’s incredible natural beauty and the essence of the California dream.

The Upper Village

Montecito’s upper village features an array of coffee shops, fine dining, and everyday stops including a pharmacy, a grocery store, a post office, and a library.

San Ysidro Ranch

San Ysidro Ranch is a luxury hotel and resort just minutes away from 808 San Ysidro. Providing a tranquil vacation destination for travelers and locals alike, you will not want to miss out on this top hotel. San Ysidro Ranch recently reopened both the Stonehouse Restaurant and the Plow & Angel for dinner service.

 

 

The Lower Village

1167 Summit Road is less than .5 of a mile away from Montecito’s lower village. Montecito’s lower village, also known as Coast Village Road, is known for a variety of hotels, luxury boutiques, and five-star restaurants.

Butterfly Beach

Just under 3/4 of a mile from Butterfly Beach, any day can be a beach day. Walk or bike down to the sea and sand for a relaxing day in the sun.

1167 Summit Road

Nestled just above Montecito’s lower village and Butterfly Beach, this historic home has recently emerged from an elaborate restoration and has all the modern spaces and amenities we crave today.

 

 

1155 Hill Road

If you have ever dreamed of life by the sea, this is your chance! Filled with romantic charm, this estate embodies the best of the beach. Near Butterfly Beach, the Four Seasons Biltmore and Coral Casino, the eagerly anticipated Rosewood Miramar Resort, and shops and restaurants of Montecito’s lower village, this exclusive location offers a coveted lifestyle.

Four Seasons Biltmore and Coral Casino

The Four Seasons Biltmore defines luxury living and service on the American Riviera. Located just steps from Butterfly Beach, with private bungalows and terraces that overlook the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands, it is hard to beat. Walk down to Coral Casino for oceanside drinks and dining, an olympic-size pool, a sauna, and much more.

Rosewood Miramar Resort

Look forward to indulging in a weekend getaway at a pristine beachfront location. The anticipated Rosewood Miramar Beach sits on one of the most beautiful and exclusive beaches in Southern California. The world-class resort conveys an elegant yet casual atmosphere, offering iconic sophistication and refined modernity.

 

 

Hope Ranch Beach

Hope Ranch Beach is a halcyon strip of sand accessible by private keycard only. This private beach is a hotspot for community members in the summer.

La Cumbre Country Club

La Cumbre boasts an extraordinary natural setting with panoramic views of the Santa Ynez Mountians, Laguna Blanca lake, and the ocean breeze from the Pacific. Rich in tradition and dedicated to excellence, this private country club is an ideal place to be.

Equestrian Trails

About 10% of Hope Ranch community members own horses and riders are welcome to venture out on the 22 miles of trails, as well as the shoreline.

Laguna Blanca School

Laguna Blanca is a private, EK-12 school with two campuses: 35 acres in Hope Ranch and 3 in Montecito. Laguna Blanca values scholarship, character balance, and community. It's ranked #24 best private K-12 schools in California.

4280 Via Esperanza

Sweeping views, single level living, luxury construction, and a coveted address coalesce at this incredible Hope Ranch estate. Enjoy the good life in Santa Barbara’s enclave complete with a private beach, miles of equestrian trials, a newly renovated country club, and some of California’s top rated schools.


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A Weekend in Montecito

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A Weekend in Montecito

A Weekend Getaway: Montecito

 

 

It is hard to imagine a more idyllic setting than the tiny seaside village of Montecito. One of the nation's wealthiest communities, it communicates its grandeur with understated elegance and sublime sophistication. Montecito retains much of its original charm but with the niceties of a contemporary, stylish community. Just east of Santa Barbara, the area is nestled between the sea and the picturesque Santa Ynez Mountains.


Where to stay:

Four Seasons The Biltmore

The Four Seasons Biltmore defines luxury living and service on the American Riviera. Located just steps from Butterfly Beach, with private bungalows and terraces that overlook the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands, a stay at the Biltmore is hard to beat.

Montecito Inn

In 1928, Charlie Chaplin along with a group of investors, built the Montecito Inn as an upscale getaway. Within walking distance of Santa Barbara's top beaches, boutique shopping and fine dining options on Coast Village Road, this historic destination does not disappoint.


What to do:

Coast Village Road

Take a stroll down Montecito’s Coast Village Road, home to an array of luxury boutiques and fine dining. Be sure to take a peek at Whiskey & Leather, K. Frank, Angel, and Ambiance. Need a snack or a drink after all the shopping? Stop by Cava for tapas and a cocktail.

Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club

If you are a guest at the Four Seasons who is looking for a more refined beachside experience, stop by the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club. Here you can enjoy an oceanside dining, an olympic-sized pool, and a sauna.

Butterfly Beach

Just a short walk from Coast Village Road and steps away from the Four Seasons Biltmore, is the cinematic Butterfly Beach. Opt for a beach day to watch surfers, dolphins, and whales.

 

 
 

Casa Del Herrero

Book a tour at Casa Del Herrero to experience Moorish-style gardens, antique furnishings, and the Spanish Colonial Revival architecture which Santa Barbara is known for.

 

Wine & Dine:

Oliver’s

Oliver’s is a plant-based (vegan) restaurant in Montecito that prides itself on providing a healthful yet tasteful meal—their goal is to get as close to the original form of food as possible. Oliver’s is high end cuisine but not traditional fine dining—it is a beautiful and comfortable setting.

The Monarch

The Monarch is a sophisticated yet minimalisitc dining experience conceptualized by Chef Phillip Frankland Lee and located in the Montecito Inn. The fresh, exquisite dishes are meant to be shared family-style, so everyone at the table can sample the variety of meats, vegetables, and sides the locale has to offer. Join them for brunch, dinner, appetizers or cocktails.

 

 

Honor Bar and Honor Market

Honor Bar on Coast Village Road in Montecito is an intimate space featuring American eats, cocktails and wine, in a trendy, lively space. Next door you can visit the Honor Market for coffee and espresso, exceptional products for the home, and top-notch artisanal take home pizza.

Lucky’s

Lucky’s is a classic American steakhouse perfect for brunch, a mid-week burger, or a special occasion dinner. With unsurpassed ingredients, well-crafted cocktails, and premium wines, this restaurant is at the top of our list.


Need more than a weekend getaway in Montecito? Consider making our seaside oasis your home.

 

1155 Hill Road

1155 Hill Road embodies the best of the beach. Near Butterfly Beach, the Four Seasons Biltmore and Coral Casino, the eagerly anticipated Rosewood Miramar resort, and shops and restaurants of Montecito’s lower village, this exclusive location offers a coveted lifestyle.

 
 

 
 

1167 Summit Road

Nestled just above Montecito’s lower village and Butterfly Beach, this historic home has recently emerged from an elaborate restoration and has all the modern spaces and amenities we crave today. Whether Montecito is your permanent post or your weekend retreat, 1167 Summit Road lets you take advantage of the best of our coastal climate and enviable lifestyle.

 
 

 
 

860 Picacho Lane

Just steps to Montecito’s upper village, 860 Picacho Lane is an expertly crafted, ocean view estate with a floor plan designed for how we live today. Boasting the central coast’s best address, this effortless estate defines the very essence of Montecito.

 

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Home Design Trends We Love

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Home Design Trends We Love

OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW.

 

 

As the years come and go, so do home design trends. 2018 was all about modern maximalism, closet overhauls, and art-deco inspired design. We forecast that 2019 home design trends will consist of modern minimalism, freestanding bathtubs, indoor-outdoor living, cream colored cabinets, and white board-and-batten.


MODERN MINIMALISM

Minimalism has gained significant traction over the recent years. It is highly attractive to people who prefer to indulge in a simple way of living. Characteristics of modern minimalistic homes include: simplicity, open and light-filled spaces, simple detailing, and strategic use of decor.

 

 

1636 MOORE ROAD

1636 Moore Road embodies modern minimalistic design.

The living room features simple, neutral-colored decor. From the couch to the artwork on the wall, nothing is too distracting from the room itself. The sliding glass doors along the backside of the room allow for a clean, open and light-filled space.

The kitchen is clean-cut, simple and functional. Professional appliances, ample counter space and endless storage makes this chic kitchen a dream.

 

 

1167 Summit Road

With bright, white walls, clean cut windows and doorways, and contemporary ceiling detail, 1167 Summit Road is the epitome of modern minimalism.


Freestanding Bathtubs

Freestanding tubs are a top trend in contemporary bathroom design. These tubs are a favorite for those who desire a spa-like experience.

 

 

808 San Ysidro Lane, 860 Picacho Lane, and 256 Santa Rosa Lane all feature a freestanding bathtub. These spa-like tubs are aesthetically pleasing and are placed near a window, creating a perfect bathing setting.


Indoor-Outdoor Living

In this day and age we are often preoccupied in the digital landscape. Many people find themselves needing more time to connect with the outdoors. Indoor-outdoor living designs help make this a possibility.

 

 

1155 Hill Road

Whether you want to play a friendly game of pool, enjoy a cocktail on the balcony, or lounge in the backyard, 1155 Hill Road provides many entertainment spaces. Hill Road also features a deeded easement which gives quick and direct access to Channel Drive and the ocean beyond. Minutes away from Butterfly Beach and the Four Seasons Biltmore, this location offers a coveted lifestyle.

 

 

4280 Via Esperanza

Whether you are relaxing in the living room, the family room, or the study, there is always an escape to the outdoors.

 

 

2129 Forge Road

2129 Forge Road captures the essence of Montecito’s beloved gated community, Birnam Wood. Birnam Wood is known for single level living, an award-winning golf course, delicious dining, beautiful views, and an active social community.


CREAM COLORED CABINETS

According to the Houzz kitchen report, white is still the top choice for cabinet color. However, many people are moving away from stark white and choosing warmer, creamier whites for their kitchen cabinets.

 

 

860 Picacho Lane

The creamy-white cabinets in 860 Picacho’s kitchen compliment beautiful wooden ceilings and rustic tile floors.

256 Santa Rosa Lane

256 Santa Rosa’s soft white kitchen cabinets perfectly compliment shiny, silver appliances and black marble countertops.


WHITE BOARD-AND-BATTEN

White board-and-batten interiors and exteriors are on the design radar. Board-and-batten exteriors create a modern farmhouse look, delivering a charming, storybook home.

 

 

1601 Moore Road

1601 Moore is Montecito’s sweetest escape. The creamy board-and-batten exterior oozes cottage-style charm and allows the home to stand out against the foliage.

 

 

1155 Hill Road

A charming board-and-batten exterior mingles with lush grounds to create a romantic welcome to this wonderful seaside escape, where Dutch-doors and porch swings further extend the home’s charm.


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Q4 Market Report

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Q4 Market Report

In a year with great challenges, the 2018 housing market proved to be remarkably RESILIENT. Both Montecito’s and Hope Ranch’s high-end showed signs of record strength.


MONTECITO MARKET - Q4


BELOW YOU’LL FIND Q4 AND YTD STATS AND DETAILS, BUT FIRST… THE KEY TAKE-AWAYS:

Despite the tragic 1/9 debris flow, Montecito remains an incredibly desirable place to live; those that can afford to live anywhere in the world are still choosing Montecito. And it’s not just folks from LA or San Francisco coming here. We continue to see buyers from New York, Florida, Illinois, Texas, Hawaii and even a few from Europe.

While data doesn’t lie, sometimes it doesn’t take into account outlying factors. Though you’ll see that YTD sales are down approximately 20% in Montecito, we feel it’s important to remember that Montecito was physically closed in December and January, approximately 20% of the year, which affects those statistics. We feel positive as to how the market performed in 2018 and are looking forward to an even better 2019.

 

 

There were 19 properties on the market in the “red zone” that were sold this year; 2 of which were heavily impacted by the debris flow.

The high end finally started to sell again! After a very sluggish 2016 and 2017, sales over $10M began to rebound. There were only 7 sales total between 2016 and 2017 in Montecito. And yet 2018 saw 10 sales over $10M!

Even more good news; we know of one additional sale over $10M set to close early 2019… and a few other sales currently in the pipeline that we look forward to reporting in our 2019 Q1 report.

 

 
 

YTD SALES -21%

YTD sales were down 21%. In 2017, there were 186 sales and in 2018 there were 149 sales.

Click here to view the 186 sales in 2017.

Click here to view the 149 sales in 2018.

 
 

 
 
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Q4 SALES -20%.

Q4 sales were down 20%. There were 50 sales in 2017 and 40 sales in 2018.

Click here to view the 50 sales in 2017.

Click here to view the 40 sales in 2018.

 

HOPE RANCH MARKET - Q4


BELOW YOU’LL FIND Q4 AND YTD STATS AND DETAILS, BUT FIRST… THE KEY TAKE-AWAYS:

Hope Ranch was already starting to see an uptick in sales towards the end of 2017, with 38% of the sales occurring in Q4 2017.

There was an increased demand in the beginning of 2018, some of which was spurred by the debris flow in Montecito and some of which was buyers that had been sitting on the sidelines realizing they couldn’t wait.

Hope Ranch saw 14 of 2018’s 37 sales in Q1 alone. Q2 had 9 sales; Q3 had 8 and Q4 closed out with only 5.

 

THE REAL STORY IS THE HIGH END IN HOPE RANCH.

Hope Ranch saw the highest number of sales over $10M in 2018, with 5 sales; the second best year for the high end was in 2007 when there were 4 sales.

 

2019 is already starting off to a great start for the high end in Hope Ranch, with sales at 4160 La Ladera for $14.8M and at 4445 Via Bendita for $16.438M.


 
 

 
 

YTD SALES +15%

2018 closed out 37 sales. This is up 15% from 2017.

Click here to view the 32 sales in 2017.

Click here to view the 37 sales in 2018.

 
 

 
 

Q4 SALES -61%

Q4 sales were down 61%. In 2017 there were 13 sales and in 2018 there were just 5 sales.

Click here to view the 13 sales in 2017.

Click here to view the 5 sales in 2018.

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Moving into the new year, montecito and hope ranch are both on track for significant sales in the high end and we anticipate that 2019 will continue to see signs of strength and recovery.

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Riskin Partners  2018 in Numbers

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Riskin Partners 2018 in Numbers

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FOR OUR 2018 ANNUAL REPORT, WE’RE LOOKING BACK AND CRUNCHING NUMBERS TO GIVE YOU AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE #1 REAL ESTATE TEAM IN MONTECITO! GIVEN THESE FACTS AND STATS, IT’S NO WONDER THAT RISKIN PARTNERS AGAIN HAD THE THE HIGHEST SALES OF ANY RESIDENTIAL REALTOR IN THE SANTA BARBARA MLS. CURIOUS TO KNOW HOW MANY HOURS WE WORKED? TEXT MESSAGES WE SENT? HOW MANY CELEBRITY SHOWINGS WE HAD? SCROLL DOWN AND LOOK AT RISKIN PARTNERS’ TRIED AND TRUE FORMULA THAT CONSISTENTLY ADDS UP TO BEING #1!


REBECCA, OUR #1, FORever AND ALWAYS

In 2018, we had 356 days without Rebecca. Each of those days, we worked tirelessly to honor her legacy with the same strength, grace, and elegance that wholly defined Rebecca. We are proud to close 2018 as the number one residential realtor in the Santa Barbara MLS.


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Santa Barbara’s #1 Real Estate Team in 2018

30 TRANSACTIONS

 
 

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Endless Cookies Consumed

Asher Lammers

1 New Baby


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156 HOURS IN TEAM STRATEGY SESSIONS

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80.5K Website Visits


98,000 text messages sent


209,000 emails sent


21 NEW LISTINGS

 
 

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133 Client Meetings/Presentations

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982 Lunches Enjoyed at our Desks

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104 Pressed Juices


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155 Emails Campaigns Sent

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47 Collective Years in Real Estate


15 Properties staged


5 Riskin Barkers

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7 Riskin Kiddos

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25 photoshoots


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52 Broker Opens Held

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15 Property Films Created

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1,320 Showings

6 Causes Donated To by Riskin Partners


3000 Montecito Collections ORDERED


12 NON-WORK related socials


9 celebrity showings


1 Team Retreat in the Santa Ynez Valley


990 Hours spent touring With Buyers


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10,230 Combined Hours Spent in the Office

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96 Coffee Runs


 
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1 Riskin Partners Family

 

Here's to 365 happy, healthy, and prosperous days in 2019!!!

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Build Your Dream Home

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Build Your Dream Home

BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME WITH THE HELP OF SANTA BARBARA’S MOST REPUTABLE ARCHITECTS.

 

 
 

ARCHIVE DESIGN GROUP

ABOUT

Matt Goff and Zoran Pevec established Archive Design Group back in 2009. Upon creating their firm, they had a vision for detail-oriented custom design with an emphasis on craft and context. Archive Design Group specializes in high-end single-family residences.


APPROACH TO DESIGN

“OUR SIGNATURE DETAIL IS NOT A DETAIL, BUT AN APPROACH.”

With every project, Archive Design Group looks at the physical surrounding of the specific site and the historical precedence in the area. They examine what has been done in the area and make every project particular to the place. Archive Design Group also tailors their designs to how people live today. They’ve seen a more modern trend of great room spaces, which are perfect for today’s lifestyle needs such as spending time with family and hosting friends. Archive Design Group’s projects end up being a fusion of historical and contemporary, and their style is ever-evolving depending on the project.


TRENDS

Archive Design Group is seeing a lot of modern design internationally. Countries around the world are utilizing natural material with modern purity in the layout. They have seen good use of natural lighting and passive ventilation techniques. Archive Design Group values high-end construction quality and sustainable development. They would like to see more sustainability models used such as fire resistant architecture in high fire zones. They would also like to see more contextual architecture—designing homes to fit within the natural environment and deriving style from cultural and historical precedence.


PROJECTS

Archive Design Group is currently working on projects in Venice, Malibu, and Hollywood Hills. They have also completed projects in the Santa Barbara area. Their project in Hollywood Hills is currently under construction. For this project, they are pulling from Asian cultures and going for a Shangri-la look. This property is high on a hill, overlooking the entire city. Archive Design Group’s approach to this site is interesting and unusual—unlike other properties in the area, they pushed the building to the side and have the central courtyard and view as the home’s focal point.

Archive Design Group - La Ladera Residence
La Ladera
La Ladera

4160 LA LADERA ROAD

La Ladera is one of Archive Design Group’s favorite projects and happens to be one of our current listings.

Archive Design Group on La Ladera: “This hillside single-family residence located in Hope Ranch, Santa Barbara, California is about quarter-mile from the Pacific and at 300 feet in elevation. Set amidst mature Oaks and Canary Island Date Palms, the home is intended to be a private and casual compound. It is keyed into the hillside towards the top of the site and is oriented to maximize views towards the ocean, above the tree canopy of the neighborhood. The building footprint runs in a staggered linear formation with incremental courtyards on the ocean side to offer generous access to garden space natural light, and ventilation, while offering buffer zones between various parts of the program. The massing is broken up diagrammatically into three main parts: The heavy stone-clad (Santa Barbara Limestone) plinth on the lower level, the light colored smooth stucco Spanish style bungalows on the upper level, and the wood-clad (Ipe wood) circulation corridor running the length of the home, and tying everything together. The majority of the landscaping of the 2.3 acre site is intended to be naturalistic, with the exception of the walled desert garden and the stepped, blue entry garden on the high side of the home as well as the poolside lawn which is dotted with King Palms, and is more tropical in its language.” 


 

NMA ARCHITECTS

ABOUT

We seek like-minded clients that value and appreciate design, and desire a home that is a perfect fit for the way they want to live, work, and play.”

Andy, Dave, and Mary began their practice together in Santa Barbara over thirty years ago with a shared passion for art and design. Their goal has always been to collaborate with people to create great design, and to enjoy the process along the way. NMA enjoys helping their clients and friends build their California dream. The NMA team takes pride in creating timeless, sustainable homes that will make their clients most happy and capture their true sense of place. NMA’s work spans a wide range of design styles and home sizes, from very large estates to small remodels and additions, from classic traditional styles to very modern contemporary designs, and everything in-between.

APPROACH TO DESIGN

NMA finds inspiration for their award-winning home designs within their clients’ unique needs, desires, and the beautiful Santa Barbara natural environment. Their approach to their design work at NMA has evolved directly from Santa Barbara’s environmentalist ways. They have a couple of net-zero homes in the works—meaning that on an annual basis the homes will create as much energy as they consume.

Green design is good design. It’s what we do. And it’s our wholehearted contribution to our community’s strong ongoing environmental legacy.”

TRENDS

NMA Architects are happy to see these days that green design is in the forefront, and is here to stay. For the Santa Barbara community, environmentalism has become second nature. Recycling, water conservation, solar power, electric cars, high efficiency building design standards, the Community Environmental Council, the annual Santa Barbara Earth Day festival… Santa Barbara continues to be in the forefront of creating a healthier, sustainable world and way of living.

PROJECTS

Up and coming:

“One upcoming project that is near and dear to our hearts is the Carpinteria Arts Center. Every year NMA selects a worthwhile community project and we provide our services pro bono. It’s our way of giving back to our community that has been so good to us. Carpinteria Arts Council is a great grass-roots based non-profit origination that supports the arts focusing on art education for children. We have helped them reimagine and renovate an old dilapidated downtown Carpinteria building into their new community art center. Working with all the passionate community volunteers has been very rewarding. We’re excited to see the art center completed in the coming months.”

Past projects in Santa Barbara:

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Santa Barbara Beach Residence is a quintessential large estate located on beautiful property right on the coast. It’s a classic traditional California board and batt beach style home with a casual elegance that is a perfect fit for the beach!

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The Thayer Residence is a smaller size home located in the classic Montecito Hedgerow district. Our design is a modern interpretation of the traditional shingle style architecture. It’s Zen-like simplicity and elegance strikes a real chord with many people.

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Carpinteria Foothills Residence is beautiful contemporary home melded with an amazing native oak riparian site. The ridgeline property and home overlook stunning ocean views that afford true indoor-outdoor California living.


OPPORTUNITY awaits! View our vacant land estates

 

 

1575 ALISOS CANYON

Surrounded by several renowned vineyards, this 75+/- acres of vineyard rests at the heart of Happy Canyon. With the fantastic potential for an estate site, the property boasts plenty of space to build an expansive home and equestrian facilities alongside the vines. Irrigation and electricity are already available on the property, and graded all-weather roads wind throughout the vineyard to a stunning lookout spot. Situated in what is arguably one of the world’s most beautiful locations, this vineyard property presents the rare opportunity for a turnkey farming operation, an already distinguished vineyard, and a wonderful estate site all in a sought-after piece of the world.

 
 
 

 
 

2222 GIBRALTAR ROAD

Perched in the foothills above the riviera and down a private gated lane, this incredible 4+ acre building site offers a front row sear to experience the best of Santa Barbara’s incredible beauty. Both a world away and yet not too far from the best of Montecito and downtown Santa Barbara, this blank canvas is ready for a masterpiece. The flat building pad in a prime location includes utilities to the site and offers an ideal location for a new estate.

 
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Home for the Holidays

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Home for the Holidays

THERE’S NOTHING BETTER THAN FEELING AT HOME AND IN TOUCH WITH LOVED ONES FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON. LUCKILY, THERE ARE PLENTY OF EVENTS HERE IN SANTA BARBARA TO HELP GET YOU INTO THE SPIRIT.


 
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THANKSGIVING DAY PUMPKIN SMASH

On November 22nd, 10 am - 3:30 pm, Santa Barbara Zoo is hosting a Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash. Animal lovers are encouraged to get their family out of the house and watch furry friends from the Zoo interact with pumpkins.

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FOUR SEASONS BILTMORE: HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS

The Four Seasons hosts a variety of seasonal events including a holiday tree lighting, a cookie decorating class, and story time with Santa. Their wide range of events make it the perfect destination to spend quality time with kids or your significant other.

 
 

 

SANTA BARBARA NIGHT MARKET

Starting November 23rd and continuing through January 6th, Santa Barbara will host its European-style Christmas Night Market at 701 State Street in Paseo Nuevo. Inspired by lively holiday markets in Europe, this local market will feature holiday themed décor, live music, carolers, food, beverages and all the best products the Central Coast has to offer.

HOLIDAY POPS AT THE GRANADA

On November 24th, bring your family and guests “Home for the Holidays” Thanksgiving Day weekend. Prepare to be delighted and warmed by your favorite holiday classics in a program curated and led by the Santa Barbara Symphony’s celebrated Music and Artistic Director, Nir Kabaretti.

 

 

66TH ANNUAL DOWNTOWN SANTA BARBARA HOLIDAY PARADE

On December 7th at 6:30 pm, more than 65,000 people will line State Street in anticipation of Santa Barbara’s only nighttime parade, the 66th Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade. This signature event brings marching bands, holiday-themed floats, spectacular performance groups, and local personalities.

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32ND ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARADE OF LIGHTS AT THE HARBOR

Hundreds of families will come out to play in 10 tons of snow and take photos with Santa to get into the holiday spirit. The first 400 children receive free goody bags from Santa’s helpers. The annual boat parade begins with about 30 boats motoring, sailing, and paddling the Santa Barbara Coastline. Visitors enjoy a fireworks show after the parade.

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OLD TOWN GOLETA CHRISTMAS PARADE

On Saturday, December 1st at 6 pm, Goleta will be transformed into a holiday wonderland. The parade will run on Hollister Avenue, between Orange Avenue and the Goleta Valley Community Center. Following the Parade, there will be a Christmas Tree Lighting in front of the Community Center as well as an opportunity to meet and take pictures with Santa Claus.

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BREW YEARS EVE SANTA BARBARA

On December 31st, finish off the holiday season and ring in the new year at the Historic Carrillo Ballroom in Downtown Santa Barbara. You can get on the Brew Bus to get to Brew Year's Eve safely! Pickup locations include Carpinteria (Island Brewing Company at 7 p.m.), Goleta (M Special Brewing at 6:45 p.m.), and two convenient Santa Barbara locations. The bus ride includes ride to, and from, the event and must be pre-purchased.

 

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Shop Local: Coast Village Couture Collective

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Shop Local: Coast Village Couture Collective

COAST VILLAGE COUTURE COLLECTIVE IS A PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO GET INTO THE SHOPPING SPIRIT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.


 

WHAT:

Coast Village Couture Collective is a curated fashion event hosted by Montecito’s local retail community. By coordinating pop-ups and trunk shows at participating retailers, this event will attract shoppers looking to experience a variety of fashion-inspired events. Whether you’re on the hunt for a holiday gift or a personal treat, Coast Village Couture Collective is a fun, unique shopping opportunity.

 
 

 

WHEN:

Saturday, November 10th, 12-4 pm

 

 

WHO’S PARTICIPATING?

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K. FRANK

K. Frank is an upscale, contemporary lifestyle boutique featuring a carefully curated selection of men’s and women’s clothing, jewelry, shoes, and accessories. K. Frank will be welcoming their designers Julez Bryant, Culturata, and J. Brand for their exclusive Couture Collective trunk show.

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WHISTLE CLUB

Whistle Club showcases a tightly curated assortment of women's apparel, accessories, and gifts from a thoughtful selection of emerging designers and industry favorites.

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MAISON K

Maison K is a destination lifestyle boutique where people feel transported to a lovely, harmonious, and serene world. Maison K is an ever-changing collection of unique home decor, furnishings, and clothing from around the world.

 

 

WHISKEY & LEATHER

Whiskey & Leather is a men’s and women’s clothing boutique for an eclectic living.

ANGEL MONTECITO

Angel Montecito is a Wendy Foster clothing store and is part of a long-standing family of companies.

 

 

ALLORA BY LAURA

Allora by Laura embodies the marriage of fine European clothing with a soulful California attitude. Fashion lovers can decide how to style column dresses, cashmere wraps, retro jumpsuits, leather jackets, and curated accessories. Allora by Laura will welcome Ali Grace Jewelry for a trunk show and a designer from New York.

 
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A Perfect Weekend Getaway in Santa Ynez Valley

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A Perfect Weekend Getaway in Santa Ynez Valley

 

SANTA YNEZ OFFERS AN ENTICING MIX OF SCENIC BEAUTY, HISTORY, AND CULINARY DELIGHTS FOR VISITORS, MAKING IT THE PERFECT DESTINATION FOR A WEEKEND GETAWAY.

 

WHERE TO STAY

 
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FESS PARKER WINE COUNTRY INN, LOS OLIVOS

The Fess Parker in Los Olivos is a highly-rated luxury inn. They offer rooms and suites that reflect wine country elegance and feature a variety of desired amenities. A stay at Fess Parker includes daily breakfast, wine tasting for two, guest parking, WiFi, high-definition television, a heated pool, and a gym. The hotel is also home to a spa and refined cuisine at their Bear and Star restaurant. Staying at Fess Parker is also extremely convenient—most destinations in Santa Ynez are only a five to ten minute Uber or Lyft drive away.

 
 

SANTA YNEZ VACATION RENTALS

Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals provide their guests with all of the luxuries of a hotel, in the comfort of a beautifully appointed private home. They offer the largest selection of privately owned estates, ranches, homes, cottages, and guest houses in the Santa Ynez Valley.

 

WHAT TO DO

WINE TASTING

Santa Ynez is heaven for wine lovers. There are many top-rated wineries in close proximity of each other, which makes it easy to visit multiple in one outing. One of our favorites is Rideau Vineyard, which is praised for its hand-crafted, locally grown wines.

HORSEBACK RIDING

There are plenty of places to go horseback riding in Santa Ynez, but with Vino Vaqueros, you can pair a private horseback ride with a glass of wine afterward. Horseback riding is an adventurous way to experience the beauty and serenity of Santa Ynez from a different perspective.

CHUMASH CASINO RESORT

The Chumash Casino Resort is the perfect entertainment destination in Santa Ynez Valley. Spend a night out Vegas-style with live performances and plenty of slot machines and table games such as Blackjack and Texas Hold’em.

 

HOT AIR BALLOON

The Santa Ynez Valley has perfect ballooning climate year-round. This balloon flight allows you to relax and take in the views of the picturesque vineyards against the majestic San Rafael mountain range.

 
 
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WINE & DINE

 

 

WINE

 

ROBLAR

Roblar Winery reflects the spirit of Santa Ynez Valley—rustic, authentic, and bold. Roblar’s philosophy is to create a unique experience by bringing together great wine, great food, and great friends. Guests are encouraged to explore the estate from inside to out.

 
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RUSACK

Rusack is a boutique winery and vineyard nestled in the rolling hills of Ballard Canyon making for a gorgeous setting. Rusack is committed to creating world-class, handcrafted wines that reflect the excellence of the region.

BRAVE & MAIDEN

Brave & Maiden is a new winery in the area. Here you can enjoy a number of tasting options either inside their magnificent tasting room or outside overlooking their sustainably farmed vineyard.

 

 

DINE

THE MAVERICK SALOON

The Maverick Saloon is an old-school country bar with music and dancing that offers an array of appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, and BBQ.

DOS CARLITOS

Dos Carlitos offers bold Mexican and Latin flavors along with a Tequila bar. This restaurant is perfect for friends and family to enjoy a relaxed outdoor patio or a casual indoor setting.

RED BARN

Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn offers visitors and locals alike great food, wine, and hospitality. Venture here to enjoy a delicious steak in a good throwback, country setting.

 

S.Y. KITCHEN

S.Y. Kitchen offers fresh, modern Italian dishes and craft cocktails. Guests can sit in the front room, on the porch with cushioned banquet seating, or in the cozy dining room. Large groups can opt for a family style meal.

 
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FALLING IN LOVE WITH SANTA YNEZ ALREADY?

CHECK OUT OUR LISTING 1575 ALISOS CANYON.

 

Surrounded by renowned vineyards such as Star Lane, Barrack, and Grassini, this 75+/- acres of vineyard rests at the heart of Happy Canyon, one of the first nationally recognized appellations in Santa Barbara County. With sunny, warm weather, Happy Canyon is commended for producing the best Bordeaux varietals on California’s central coast. Situated in what is arguably one of the world’s most beautiful locations, this vineyard property presents the rare opportunity for a turnkey farming operation, an already distinguished vineyard, and a wonderful estate site all in a sought-after piece of the world.

 

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Huguette-Clark Estate

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Huguette-Clark Estate

SANTA BARBARA IS A CITY BLESSED WITH BEAUTIFUL AND HISTORIC ESTATES, INCLUDING THE MAGNIFICENT BELLOSGUARDO MANSION.


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THE STORY BEHIND BELLOSGUARDO

Bellosguardo is a twenty-four acre, lavish Italianate villa that sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. For sixty years, this estate has been one of the least-visited and most-whispered about landmarks on the California coast. The estate was cared for by Anna Clark, widow of copper king, Senator William Andrews Clark, in 1937, and then owned by their daughter, Huguette, until her death at age 104.

BELLOSGUARDO TODAY

Today, Bellosguardo stands just as Huguette left it many years ago: perfectly maintained and protected. Upon her death, Huguette left the estate to the Bellosguardo Foundation, which is dedicated to honoring the Clarks’ past and their vision to transform Bellosguardo into a center for art and culture in Santa Barbara and beyond.

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HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THE BELLOSGUARDO FOUNDATION

Recently, the Riskin Partners team had the privilege of attending the Bellosguardo Foundation Inaugural Gala. The event raised much-needed funds for the restoration and revival of this historic mansion and grounds. Luckily this was only one of many opportunities to support the Bellosguardo Foundation.

On December 5th, join author Bill Dedman for an exclusive tour of the mansion and gardens, followed by an elegant luncheon and comprehensive talk on the history of Bellosguardo.

Additionally, the Bellosguardo Foundation is currently offering Restoration Society memberships as an appreciation for donations. As a member, you will be recognized both on our website and on a plaque honoring inaugural members to be placed on the property. You will receive specially designed pins commemorating your membership and early access to purchase tickets to all public events held at Bellosguardo in 2018 through October 2019.

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Southern California Seasonal Fruit: Fall Favorites

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Southern California Seasonal Fruit: Fall Favorites

FALL FRUIT FAVORITES

 

Fall is the season to cuddle up by a warm fire and indulge in delicious comfort foods. In fact, one of the best parts about fall is experimenting with fun recipes at home. Some of the most delightful fall recipes call for seasonal fruit that, if you’re lucky, can be found in your own backyard.

 

1155 HILL ROAD

A charming board and batten exterior mingle lush grounds of fruit trees, and beautiful botanicals create a romantic welcome to this gorgeous seaside escape. Aided by fresh seaside air, the garden thrives creating an outdoor oasis. Here you can enjoy persimmons, apples, and fig straight from your backyard!

Click on the fruit below for a decadent fall recipe.

 
 
 
 

This Birnam Wood estate embodies the quintessential California style. With rich, refined details and gorgeous landscape this home is a dreamy residence. Throughout the fall season enjoy fresh lime and apples off your own trees.

Click on the fruit below for a delicious fall recipe.

 
 
 
 
 

El Cielito is a secluded oasis in the heart of town. This three-acre sanctuary is an exquisite odyssey of quintessential Santa Barbara architecture and unexpected international design. This property features a 100 year-old Moreton Bay Fig tree, perfect for fall cooking!

Click on the fruit below for a decadent fall recipe.

 
 
 
 
 

Cima Vista Lane is a sophisticated Tuscan Villa that is known for its timeless elegance and impeccable design. During the fall season, you can find ripe pomegranates in your own backyard. With an expansive 11 acre setting, this property has a formal rose garden, vegetable garden and wildlife conservation area further establish the estate’s magnificent and secluded feel.  

Click on the fruit below for a delectable fall recipe.

 
 
 
 

1601 MOORE ROAD

Montecito’s sweetest escape, 1601 Moore Road is the essence of cottage-style charm. Daydream among the rambling gardens and untamed vines that surround the back area of the estate and take advantage of the enchanting pathways that meander around to the main house’s front door. With an inviting interior, lush gardens, and Bearss lime trees, Moore is prepped perfectly for fall.

Click on the fruit below for a heavenly fall recipe.

 
 

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Ghost Village Road 2018

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Ghost Village Road 2018

IT’S OFFICIALLY OCTOBER.

CELEBRATE THIS SPOOKY SEASON AT GHOST VILLAGE ROAD.

 

WHAT IS GHOST VILLAGE ROAD?

Every Halloween, "Ghost" Village Road attracts over 1,500 people in costume and ready for treats.  The Lower Village turns into a lively daytime trick-or-treating extravaganza, and all the local businesses are prepared for the exciting event. Children and their parents walk up and down the entire stretch of the road, collecting as much candy as possible. The Montecito Association created this fun, safe, and family-oriented event that also benefits all the shops and businesses along Coast Village Road as it gives us a chance to interact with the community.

 
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WHERE?

Coast Village Road, Montecito

WHEN?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm

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HIGHLIGHTS: GET EXCITED!

Scoop - holds a costume contest in their back parking lot with prizes and fun treats like the creepy-crawly "Worms and Dirt" dessert.

Giovanni's - gives out pizza squares!

Jeannine's - sure to have fun and elaborate decorations with Halloween-themed cookies.

Village Properties - The office is decorated with spider webs, pumpkins, spiders, and spooky jars of eyeballs. They also have two werewolf's who greet the trick-or-treaters, and is known to have the best and most candy... get ready for Pixi Stix, chocolate, and candy necklaces!

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Q3 Market Report

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Q3 Market Report

ANYONE CAN PULL STATISTICS FROM THE MLS. RISKIN PARTNERS PROVIDES VALUABLE INSIDER DETAILS.

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MONTECITO MARKET - Q3


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-34% Q3

Montecito closed out Q3 with 40 properties sold. This is down 34.43% from last year.

Click here to view the Montecito properties sold in Q3.

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-31% YTD

Year to date, Montecito is down 31.21% compared to 2017 with 108 properties sold.

Click here to view the Montecito properties sold YTD.

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+8.8% AVERAGE SALES PRICE YTD

The average sales price in Montecito year to date is $3,812,884.11. The average sales prices is up 8.87% from last year.


HOPE RANCH MARKET - Q3


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+80% Q3

Hope Ranch closed out Q3 with 9 properties sold. This is up 80% from last year.

Click here to view the Hope Ranch properties sold in Q3.

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+50% YTD

Year to date Hope Ranch is up 50%, compared to 2017, with 33 properties sold.

Click here to view the Hope Ranch properties sold YTD.

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+73% AVERAGE SALES PRICE YTD

The average sales price in Hope Ranch year to date is $4,913,703.03 up 73.13% from last year.


MONTECITO HIGH-END MARKET UPDATE


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HIGH-END SALES ARE +50% YTD*

*based on MLS & off-market sales.

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RECENT CLOSINGS

803 Picacho Lane closed escrow on 10/4 for full price, including all furniture. The seller received multiple offers after only being on the market for a couple of months. Why was the property in such high demand? It offers what a lot of today’s buyers are seeking that is very rare to find: A+ location, ocean & mountain views, flat usable land, single level floor plan, newly remodeled, pool, and guest house.


MONTECITO MARKET TRENDS


#1 Trend - Move in ready properties

THERE IS A CONSISTENT LOOK AND FEEL TO MANY OF THE LISTINGs THAT HAVE SOLD THIS YEAR: LIGHT AND BRIGHT, CONTEMPORARY and CLASSIC FINISHES, AND ON TREND FURNITURE AND STAGING.

 

#2 Trend - fixers

DURING THE THIRD QUARTER A NUMBER OF HOMES WENT UNDER CONTRACT THAT WERE IN NEED OF UPDATING. IN EVERY SINGLE CASE A SALE HAPPEN AFTER AT LEAST ONE PRICE REDUCTION.


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Q3 SAW THE FIRST PROPERTIES THAT WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED ON 1/9 FORMALLY COME ON MARKET....AND THE FIRST ONE SOLD WITHIN DAYS.

VIEW OTHER AVAILABLE PROPERTIES THAT WERE IMPACTED BY THE 1/9 DEBRIS FLOW.

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NEW FEMA FLOOD MAPS ISSUED

FEMA recently issued revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Santa Barbara County. These maps, which took effect on 9/28/18, show areas that are considered to be in a floodplain, and therefore may require homeowners to obtain flood insurance.

The map release, which includes a regular FEMA map update and an earlier Letter of Map Change (LOMC), has added a total of approximately 198 parcels to the Special Flood Hazard Area ("100-yr flooplain"); this is considered the high-risk flood zone. The map release has also removed approximately 472 parcels from that high-risk zone.

Prospective home buyers are advised to check with their insurance agent to see if specific property's flood zone designation, and insurance requirements, will be affected by the map changes.


HOPE RANCH HIGH-END MARKET UPDATE


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5 HIGH-END SALES YTD

Compared to zero sales above $9M in 2017.

RUMOR HAS IT...LEBRON JAMES PURCHASED 4230 CRESTA AVE.

FALSE! RISKIN PARTNERS REPRESENTED THE SELLER. We cAN now PUT THIS RUMOR TO REST. WE ARE EXCITED TO WELCOME A DIFFERENT, YET EQUALLY FABULOUS, FAMILY TO OUR COMMUNITY.


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Country Club Living

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Country Club Living

THE PERFECT BLEND: LUXURIOUS ESTATES AND COUNTRY CLUB LIVING. 


MONTECITO COUNTRY CLUB

Montecito Country Club is a luxury course with tennis, swimming, and fitness facilities. Here you can enjoy lush green fairways and views of the Pacific Ocean. This exclusive club hosts a variety of fundraisers, athletic events, and social events. Montecito Country Club is re-opening soon with extravagant amenities that are sure to be a Montecito hot spot.

Contact Bill Medel at 805-695-8887 or bmedel@twhr.net for membership information.

 
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1084 GOLF ROAD

1084 Golf Road is nestled on a private lane near Montecito's lower village and rests above the Montecito Country Club. From floor plan to finishes, to location and luxuries, this estate provides for an enviable lifestyle.


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CORAL CASINO BEACH AND CABANA CLUB

In 1937 the Biltmore Hotel’s owner, Robert Odell, put into motion plans for a first-class social club where prominent families in the area and Hollywood’s elite could gather. Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club sits atop Butterfly Beach at the Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara. This private membership club is known for its unique social character, combining exquisite dining, fitness, and beachfront relaxation enhanced by world-renowned Four Seasons service. With stunning oceanfront property, a larger-than-Olympic size pool, and delicious cocktails, Coral Casino is the quintessential Santa Barbara hangout.

Contact Bill Medel at 805-695-8887 or bmedel@twhr.net for membership information.

1155 HILL ROAD

Near Butterfly Beach, the Four Seasons Biltmore, and Coral Casino, Hill Road's exclusive location offers a coveted lifestyle.

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BIRNAM WOOD

Birnam Wood is Montecito's only private, full-service golf club and one of two gated communities in the area. In addition to a lush golf course, members enjoy six tennis courts (four hard court and two Har-Tru courts). Birnam Wood is a gated community known for its ease of living. Members enjoy a private, quiet lifestyle and can fulfill their needs without ever leaving the area.

Contact Linda Basydlo at lbasydlo@bwgc.net for membership information.

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1908 BOUNDARY DRIVE

While nearly all of the homes in Birnam Wood are single level with golf course views, 1908 Boundary enjoys a two-story residence and expansive ocean views. 

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2129 FORGE ROAD

2129 Forge perfectly captures the essence of Montecito’s beloved Birnam Wood community and is a wonderful pairing of great architecture and a fabulous location. Forge Road features a terrace perfect for entertaining, dining, and enjoying the peaceful view of the golf course.

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LA CUMBRE COUNTRY CLUB

La Cumbre Country Club is a premier golf course offering fitness, tennis, swimming facilities, and alfresco dining. La Cumbre hosts social events ranging from card games to seasonal galas to dancing in the historic clubhouse built by famous architect, George Washington Smith.

Contact Karen Webb at 805-563-1610 for membership information.

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4191 MARIPOSA DRIVE

 This timeless and iconic property with a reverence for design and an eye towards the future, is sure to delight for generations to come.

3219 CLIFF DRIVE

Located in a prime location just outside of Hope Ranch and in close proximity to La Cumbre Country Club, Cliff Drive offers the ultimate embodiment of the California Dream.

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4160 LA LADERA

This gorgeous ocean view estate takes its queues from the southern Mediterranean and celebrates the marriage or Moroccan extravagance and minimalist design.


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Summer Wine Down

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Summer Wine Down

THE SUMMER SEASON MAY BE WINDING DOWN AS SEPTEMBER APPROACHES, BUT WINE SEASON NEVER ENDS HERE IN SANTA BARBARA. 


WINE TOURS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

 

SUSTAINABLE VINE WINE TOURS

Embark on a truly unique wine tasting experience with Sustainable Vine Wine Tours. This tour provides exclusive access to small production, private estates, wineries, and vineyards that are not open to the general public.

COASTAL CONCIERGE WINE TOURS

Santa Barbara's Coastal Concierge offers several wine tour packages. The most enticing options include their aerial wine tour, their equestrian wine tour, and their sip and sail tour. These three tours add a unique twist to classic wine tasting, allowing guests to see Santa Barbara from several different perspectives.

 SOLVANG GRAPE STOMP

OCTOBER 13TH, 2-5 PM

Join the celebration of Santa Ynez Valley's annual wine harvest. This event features a traditional grape stomp, dozens of Santa Barbara's best wines, locally prepared food, live music, and a special rosé lounge. 

SANTA BARBARA POLO AND WINE FESTIVAL

SEPTEMBER 8TH, 12-8 PM

Spend the day watching exciting polo matches, listening to live music, and sipping fine wine at this 2nd annual event.

TASTE OF THE TOWN

SEPTEMBER 9TH, 12-3 PM

Check out Santa Barbara's original tasting event featuring the area's finest wineries, breweries, restaurants, and caterers. Benefits go to the Arthritis Foundation.


CREATE YOUR WINE HAVEN

 

1575 ALISOS CANYON

Alisos is a remarkable 108-acre property with 75 acres of vineyard. This Vogelzang Vineyard rests at the heart of Happy Canyon, one of the first nationally recognized appellations in Santa Barbara County. Happy Canyon is known for particularly sunny, warm weather making it perfect for producing Bordeaux varietals such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec. 

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Coastal Vineyard Care and Management handles the day to day farming operations and placement of the annual fruit crop. Thus, a new owner can participate in as much or as little of the actual property operations as they wish. They could own and operate the vineyard remotely from anywhere in the world.

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WINE DOWN AT HOME

 
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1631 POSILIPO LANE

Break out your favorite bottle of wine and spend your evening sipping at sunset on an oceanfront patio.  

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Grab a glass of rosé and relax poolside or admire the pink and purple skies at sundown.

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Store your curated wine collection in a convenient in-home wine cellar.

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1155 HILL ROAD

 Spend Sunday afternoons out on the terrace with some bubbly, good friends, and sparkling ocean views. If you feel like venturing out, stop by the Four Seasons Biltmore for drinks and appetizers.

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Dog Days in Santa Barbara

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Dog Days in Santa Barbara

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR AN AREA THAT YOUR FURRY FRIEND WILL LOVE JUST AS MUCH AS YOU DO? WELL LOOK NO FURTHER, SANTA BARBARA IS THE PLACE TO BE. 


 

DOG FRIENDLY PARKS AND BEACHES:


 

ARROYO BURRO BEACH COUNTY PARK

Arroyo Burro Beach is known as Hendry's Beach by the locals. Arroyo Burro is a great place to meet for breakfast or a cocktail, take a stroll with friends, watch for whales, and take a dip in the water. It's also known for being a dog-friendly beach. Dogs at Hendry's get to play in the waves, run around on the sand, and bathe in a warm, self-serve dog bath.

 

DOUGLAS FAMILY PRESERVE

The Douglas Family Preserve is right next to Arroyo Burro Beach. The park's 70-acres provide recreation activities such as hiking, dog walking, wildlife viewing, and cycling. At Douglas Family Preserve you can let your dog run free in select areas!

ELINGS PARK

Elings Park offers an EPDOG Membership which includes year-round, off-leash dog access to 230 acres of beautiful, open land. This park is perfect for long walks and dog play.

 
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3219 CLIFF DRIVE

Cliff Drive is right next to these dog-friendly recreation areas. Cliff is a wonderful property for pet owners considering its proximity to Arroyo Burro and spacious layout.

 
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4160 LA LADERA

La Ladera is also close to these dog-friendly areas. La Ladera is excellent for dogs given its spacious backyard; your dogs can enjoy the pool, grass, and all that Hope Ranch has to offer.

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DOG FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS:


 

THE BREWHOUSE SANTA BARBARA

The Brewhouse Santa Barbara is a fun, (pet) friendly American bistro. They have a diverse menu, carefully crafted brews, and live music. They even have a select menu for your dog!

THE BOATHOUSE

The Boathouse, located on Arroyo Burro Beach, features exquisite dining with some of Santa Barbara's best ocean views. The best part of this restaurant is that you can leash your dog in a grassy area while you eat.

SCARLETT BEGONIA

Scarlett Begonia is a restaurant that is committed to using sustainable, organic, high-quality ingredients to create fantastic meals. The big bonus is that your dog gets a treat as well.


 

DOG FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES IN SANTA BARBARA:


 

SHOPPING

Several stores and shopping centers in Santa Barbara are pet-friendly. The State Street Shopping Area and La Cumbre Plaza happily welcome dogs. Several stores such as Nordstrom, Macy's Paseo Nuevo, Coach, and Anthropologie also allow pets.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Take your dog on a stroll down Stearns Wharf or on an adventure to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Even venture out with your canine companion on a sailing cruise with Sunset Kidd. If you aren't one for the sea, take your dog on a land tour of Santa Barbara with DeeTours.

THE DOG MILE

If you love running and are interested in bringing your furry friend along, Santa Barbara's annual dog mile may interest you. Every year people and their dogs participate in this iconic, exciting race. Human finishers even get a prize.

 
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AND IF YOU DECIDE TO GO SOMEWHERE WHERE YOUR DOG ISN'T ALLOWED, SANTA BARBARA STILL HAS YOU COVERED.


 

DOG DAYCARES

One highly rated dog daycare in Santa Barbara is Dioji. Dioji is a Resort and Athletic club for dogs. This daycare, inspired by a dog's love for play and affection, offers a luxurious cage-free tropical oasis which features a giant pool. You may even find Dina's dog, Hank, at Dioji on the regular!

Another dog daycare option is Camp Canine in Montecito. Camp Canine has over 30 years of experience raising and training dogs. They offer fine cuisine and regular health checkups throughout your dog's stay. They're committed to the care and comfort of your dog.


NO MATTER THE SITUATION, IN SANTA BARBARA, YOUR DOG WILL ALWAYS BE WELCOMED AND CARED FOR. 

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School Spotlight

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School Spotlight

MANY PEOPLE KNOW SANTA BARBARA FOR ITS' UNDENIABLE BEAUTY AND ENVIABLE LIFESTYLE.

BUT, SOME MAY NOT REALIZE THAT THE SANTA BARBARA REGION IS AN ACADEMIC GOLDMINE.


FROM TOP-NOTCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, TO RESPECTED BOARDING SCHOOLS, TO PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITIES, SANTA BARBARA HAS IT ALL. 


TOP-NOTCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

 

MONTECITO UNION SCHOOL

Montecito Union is a public elementary school that provides an excellent education. MUS is rated top school in the area with five stars from school digger. Students consistently perform with the top test scores in the state (in the 90th percentile). In 1998 and again in 2014, the school was awarded "Distinguished School" status, by the State of California, for academic achievement. Also, in 2017, MUS received the green achiever award, which honors schools that conceive resources while promoting health and environmental literacy. 

Click here for more information and statistics about Montecito Union. 

 

HOMES IN THE MONTECITO UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT

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1601 MOORE ROAD

1601 Moore is in the Montecito Union School district. This property is hidden away on a private road and oozes cottage-style charm.

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1478 EAST MOUNTAIN DRIVE

1478 East Mountain Drive is also in the Montecito Union School district. This property features incredible privacy and is minutes away from all of life's necessities. 

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COLD SPRING

Cold Spring is a public elementary school that serves approximately 170 students in a small classroom setting. Students attending Cold Spring have consistently performed in the top 5-10% of all elementary schools in the state of California. Cold Spring was designated a California Distinguished School in 1986, was recognized as a Blue Ribbon School in 1992, and in 2016, was recognized as a Gold Ribbon School.

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LIVE NEAR COLD SPRING

1084 GOLF ROAD

Enjoy spacious rooms, a relaxing courtyard, and picturesque views from a private drive.

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BOARDING SCHOOLS

 

THATCHER

Thatcher is a highly selective, co-educational, independent boarding school located on 427 acres of hillside in Ojai. Thatcher is known for demanding academics, tough character-building challenges, and a healthy, authentic community culture. This school is ranked #1 best boarding high school in California and #7 best private high school in the state.

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CATE SCHOOL

Cate is another private, boarding high school located in Carpinteria. Cate School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, National Association of Independent Schools, The Association of Boarding Schools, and Western Boarding Schools Association. Cate is ranked #2 best boarding school in California and #11 best private high school in the state.

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LIVE NEAR CATE SCHOOL

 

 

610 CIMA VISTA LANE

Enjoy the best of coastal California in this gracious estate with impeccable design, stunning views, and effortless elegance.

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PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITIES

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA

UCSB is a public research university that encompasses five schools and colleges, the largest being the College of Letters and Science. UCSB hosts over 500 clubs and organizations on campus, including a Greek community. Athletes complete primarily in the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. UCSB is ranked #37 in best colleges/national universities, #18 in the west, and #17 in public colleges. Forbes list ranked UCSB as #11 in America's best value colleges.

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WESTMONT

Westmont is a private, Christian liberal arts college which offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Students at Westmont are actively involved in the community as volunteers, employees, and interns. During spring break, students even travel to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Ensenada to join local churches, organizations, and ministries to service these communities. Forbes has recognized Westmont as #123 in private colleges, #68 in liberal arts universities, and #23 among national liberal arts colleges whose graduates earn the highest salaries.

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PRIVATE SCHOOL OPTIONS

 

LAGUNA BLANCA SCHOOL

Laguna Blanca is a private, EK-12 school with two campuses: 35 acres in Hope Ranch and 3 in Montecito. Laguna Blanca values scholarship, character balance, and community. It's ranked #24 best private K-12 schools in California.

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LIVE NEAR LAGUNA BLANCA

4191 MARIPOSA DRIVE

Mariposa is a timeless, iconic property inspired by an Andalusian farmhouse. 

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CRANE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL

Crane is a private K-8 school in Santa Barbara. Their five major subject areas are English, math, science, social studies, and foreign language; but visual/performing arts, service learning, and athletics are an integral part. A Crane education is characterized by a balance of academic rigor and creative expression.

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ALL IN ALL, THE SANTA BARBARA AREA IS A GREAT PLACE TO GET A PHENOMENAL EDUCATION.

 

MORE HOMES NEAR GREAT SCHOOLS

 

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Montecito Social Calendar: August

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Montecito Social Calendar: August


THE SUMMER SEASON MAY BE COMING TO A CLOSE, BUT THE FUN DOESN'T HAVE TO END.


STAY ACTIVE.

 

SANTA BARBARA TRIATHLON

WHEN: AUGUST 24TH, 7 AM - 6 PM | WHERE: 1118 CABRILLO BLVD

The Santa Barbara Triathlon, established in 1981, is one of the longest-running independently owned triathlons in the world. Stunning scenery and an oceanfront finish line ensure a sellout event every year. Promote your health and wellness as you run/walk beside the sparkling water. Every finisher gets a free t-shirt, a medal, and lunch. What a perfect way to kick off your Friday morning!

 
 

SILENT DISCO YOGA & DANCING ON THE BEACH

WHEN: AUGUST 25TH, 6 PM - 7:30 PM | WHERE: EAST BEACH

Switch up your daily routine and participate in a silent yoga session on the beach. Not only will you release some endorphins, but you'll get to listen to the soothing ocean as background noise. You will surely leave in an elevated mood.

 
 
 

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT.

SUMMER CINEMA

WHEN: AUGUST 10TH, 8:30 PM | WHERE: SANTA BARBARA COURTHOUSE 

Enjoy a free showing of The Iron Giant, an animated adaptation of Ted Hughes’ Cold War fable, on the beautiful grounds of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Grab some snacks, some blankets, and a group of loved ones for a cozy Friday night!

2018 COMMUNITY CONCERT

WHEN: AUGUST 11TH, 7 PM | WHERE: THE SANTA BARBARA BOWL

Attend this concert dedicated to Santa Barbara's rise above tragedy.  Witness more than 200 musicians convey a message of hope for only $10. 

 

 

PAINT IN THE VINEYARD

WHEN: AUGUST 25TH, 10:30 AM - 12 PM | WHERE: SANFORD WINERY

Release your stress and get creative at Sanford Winery. The beautiful valley and expansive vineyard provide a stress-free environment that will inspire your creative spirit. No matter what your painting skills are, you will be amazed by what you can create with a little instruction from a professional.

 

 
 

PACIFIC COAST OPEN SEMI-FINAL

WHEN: AUGUST 26TH, 2:30 PM - 7:00 PM | WHERE: SANTA BARBARA POLO & RACQUET CLUB

Spend your Sunday afternoon at a semi-final polo match. General Admission tickets start at $12. There is a variety of seating options including Grandstand and Luxury Cabanas. After the match, head to the clubhouse for the after-party.

 

WINE AND DINE. 

SIPPING ON THE SEA

WHEN: AUGUST 16TH, 6-8 PM | WHERE: SANTA BARBARA SAILING CENTER

Sip wine as you enjoy the sunset aboard the Double Dolphin. A representative from Santa Barbara Winery will be on board to pour the tastings and provide information about their selection. Meanwhile, the Captain will give insight about the scenery. 

SUNSET SPRITZ

WHEN: AUGUST 24TH, 6-9 PM | WHERE: THE FOUR SEASONS BILTMORE

Enjoy an Apertivo Bar featuring Aperol Spritz, Negroni, and Italian red and white wines. An arrangement of house made bites perfect an already delightful evening. Some of the appetizers included are fried cheese olives, dalla forma pasta (prepared in Pecorino cheese wheel), and Cicchetti Veneziani, which is traditional Venetian fare.

 

TOAST TO THE COAST

WHEN: AUGUST 25TH, 1-4 PM | WHERE: THE RITZ-CARLTON BACARA

Experience a luxurious food and wine pairing with ocean views and live music. Foley Food and Wine Society will showcase premier wines from North and Central Coast wineries. The wines will be paired with fresh, locally sourced seafood. There will also be a dessert bar.

 

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Q2 Market Report

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Q2 Market Report

ENJOY A COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATION OF THE 2018 SECOND QUARTER SALES FIGURES IN THE MONTECITO AND SANTA BARBARA MARKETS.  

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