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.

Click here for more information and statistics about Cold Spring.

 

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.

Click here for more information and statistics about Thatcher.

 

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.

Click here for more information and statistics about Cate School.

 

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.

Click here for more information and statistics about UCSB.

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.

Click here for more information and statistics about Westmont. 


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.

Click here for more information and statistics about Laguna Blanca.

 

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.

Click here for more information and statistics about Crane.


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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Spotlight: Mediterranean Inspiration

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Spotlight: Mediterranean Inspiration

SANTA BARBARA IS KNOWN AND LOVED FOR ITS MEDITERRANEAN ROOTS. 


Famed architect, George Washinton Smith, is hugely responsible for the Spanish inspired architecture that defines Santa Barbara.

Smith received his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Harvard University. He dabbled in painting, traveled with his wife, and practiced architectural design in Paris before finding career success in Santa Barbara. His success started with the design of his own house, El Hogar, which was inspired by Andalusian farmhouses in Spain. Because Smith's interpretation of Spanish architecture held great appeal to so many people, he was commissioned to design homes and public landmarks all over Santa Barbara.

Smith designed the Montecito Country Club Building, Santa Barbara Chapel and Crematorium, Meridian Studios, La Cumbre Golf and Country Club Building, and The Lobero Theatre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

a reason to celebrate.

George Washington Smith's Lobero Theatre is one of the reasons that Santa Barbara hosts the Old Spanish Days Fiesta. This week-long Fiesta was started in 1924 and is a tradition marked by festive music and dance.


Smith's SPanish revival has come to define Montecito's architectural aesthetic.

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710 Picacho Lane features crisp white walls, terra-cotta roof tiles, and arched doorways. These characteristics are typical of the Mediterranean style. 

 
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860 Picacho Lane is an expertly crafted, ocean view, Mediterranean estate. Like 710 Picacho Lane, it boasts terra-cotta roof tiles and arches. It also has an arcade to shelter the patio.

 
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4160 La Ladera Road takes a minimalist approach to the Southern Mediterranean style. Sleek Mexican travertine and white stucco walls perfectly balance rustic rubble stones and the reclaimed Nicaraguan tiles that crown the roof.

 
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3219 Cliff Drive features Mediterranean elements such as hand-painted tiles, white stucco walls, and a gorgeous patio. 

 
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799 Lilac Drive features handmade Spanish roof tiles, detailed woodwork, and a terrace with ocean views.

 
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1908 Boundary Drive blends Spanish Colonial Revival with a light, airy nature. The bright white walls, wood finishes, and outdoor terrace make for a sophisticated, Mediterranean atmosphere.

 

CLICK BELOW TO BROWSE MORE OF OUR BEAUTIFUL SANTA BARBARA HOMES.  

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The Hamptons vs. Santa Barbara

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The Hamptons vs. Santa Barbara

the hamptons out of rosé?


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The Hamptons are known for long stretches of beach, beautiful village estates, high-end restaurants, bars, and designer boutiques. Over the years The Hamptons have earned their title as the ultimate summer destination for the affluent. 

However, The Hamptons are also known for running out of their most popular summer drink. In August of 2014, there was a scandal regarding the dangerously low levels of Rosé left in The Hamptons. Several popular restaurants and East End wineries ran dry; Wölfer Estate in Sagaponach sold out of two of its most popular Rosés and Channing Daughters in Bridgehampton sold out of all seven of their Rosé varieties. 

This wasn't the first time The Hamptons have nearly run out of Rosé. A similar situation happened around the end of summer in 2012. Rosé stock was so low that local stores did not allow people to buy more than four bottles at once. 

THANKFULLY, IN SANTA BARBARA WINE COUNTRY THERE'S NEVER A SHORTAGE OF ROSÉ, OR A SHORTAGE OF ANY WINE FOR THAT MATTER. 

Santa Barbara Wine Country is the longest transverse valley found on the Western Pacific Coast. Its unique geography creates climate conditions that are perfect for curating world-class wines. 


NOT ONLY IS SANTA BARBARA A PRIME LOCATION FOR WINE LOVERS, BUT IT IS PERFECT FOR LIFE OUTDOORS. 

Santa Barbara's year-long sunny, warm weather promotes a happy and active lifestyle. With loads of hiking trails, secret beaches, bike paths, golf courses, and a polo club, it is nearly impossible to be bored.


LIKE THE HAMPTONS, SANTA BARBARA IS HOME TO A NUMBER OF BREATHTAKING ESTATES.

So what makes Santa Barbara's real estate unique in comparison to The Hamptons? 

We have estates inspired by the Spanish Colonial Revival, Mediterranean style homes, and classic Californian beach houses. While in The Hamptons, the majority of homes are village style.

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860 Picacho Lane is an expertly crafted Mediterranean estate.

 
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1908 Boundary Drive embodies the quintessential California style.

 
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4160 La Ladera Road takes its queues from the southern Mediterranean, celebrating the marriage of Moroccan extravagance and minimalist design.

 
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1478 East Mountain Drive, by famed architect John Elgin Woolf, embodies a blended family of neo-classical French, Greek Revival, and Modernist architecture.

 

If The Hamptons run out of rosé again this year, at least you have Santa Barbara. 

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AREA

 

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Property Spotlight: Historic Estates

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Property Spotlight: Historic Estates

EXPERIENCE CLASSIC CALIFORNIA IN THESE STUNNING, TIMELESS ESTATES.


El CIELITO

 

 

 

 

 

EL CIELITO WAS BUILT IN 1920 BY LEGENDARY ARCHITECT GEORGE WASHINGTON SMITH. 

In fact, this property is one of Smith's earliest commissions. Smith is known for his work in Santa Barbara and for popularizing Spanish Colonial Revival style in the early 20th century. He is even credited as the "father" of Spanish Colonial Revival style in the United States. 

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In his time, Smith was one of the most popular architects, appearing in leading architecture and design magazines. Smith's legacy is inseparable from Montecito's rich architectural history as his influential, refined style has come to define the essence of the city itself. 

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El Cielito embodies the Spanish Revival style with an array of vintage Spanish, Portuguese and Syrian tile floors, a brick terrace and Venetian plaster walls.

The property also features a 100-year old Moreton Bay Fig tree.  

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THIS SOUGHT AFTER ESTATE, BLESSED WITH AN ENVIABLE GEORGE WASHINGTON SMITH DESIGN AND A PRIVILEGED LOCATION, HAS THE ULTIMATE MONTECITO PEDIGREE.


CONSTANTIA

CLASSIC AND TRADITIONAL, YET MODERN AND EFFORTLESS.

Constantia was built in 1930 by Ambrose Cramer as a summer home for his father-in-law, Arthur Meeker (the Executive Vice President of Chicago's Armour Meat Packing Company). Cramer's inspiration came from Cape Dutch homes that populated the southernmost tip of Africa. 

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FAMED LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT, LOCKWOOD DEFOREST, JR., DESIGNED THE ORIGINAL GARDENS AT CONSTANTIA.

DeForest, Jr. practiced as a landscape architect in Santa Barbara for almost 30 years. He is known for his estate designs for Val Verde and Casa de Herrero. DeForest, Jr. also enjoyed a long consulting relationship with the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. 

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WITH AN INCREDIBLE PEDIGREE, PROXIMITY TO THE HEART OF MONTECITO, PANORAMIC VIEWS, AND TIMELESS ARCHITECTURE, CONSTANTIA CONTINUES TO OFFER AN EFFORTLESS, ENVIABLE LIFESTYLE AND CASUAL ELEGANCE AT ITS BEST.


4191 MARIPOSA DRIVE

4191 Mariposa Drive is one of Hope Ranch's original 13 estates.It was first built in 1933 by Alexander Bertrand Harmer and was remodeled in 2011 by Peter Becker, who completely transformed the property to fit today's lifestyle. The home provides a simple, yet elegant aura of an Andalusian farmhouse. 

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MARIPOSA IS A SPANISH COLONIAL HACIENDA INSPIRED BY THE SPANISH REVIVAL.

The romance of the Spanish Revival also inspired other monuments of architectural history such as the Santa Barbara courthouse, El Paseo shopping center, Fox-Arlington Theater, and the Biltmore Hotel.  

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MARIPOSA IS A PROVENANCE THAT COMBINES TWO GENERATIONS OF VENERATED SANTA BARBARA ARCHITECTS, AND EVERY AMENITY YOU COULD IMAGINE. 

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


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1631 POSILIPO LANE IS A HISTORIC BEACH PROPERTY AND MODERN HIDEAWAY.

Posilipo was built in 1900 during the Post Victorian Era. This was also the time of the Craftsman movement, which was dedicated to organic quality with an emphasis on an arts and crafts aesthetic. 

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SALTY AIR, SANDY FEET, LAZY MORNING STROLLS AND LATE NIGHTS UNDER THE STARS: THIS IS THE BEST OF CALIFORNIA COASTAL LIVING.


 

VIEW MORE HISTORIC ESTATES

 

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Montecito Social Calendar: June

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Montecito Social Calendar: June

Kickin' off summer in santa barbara!

SANTA BARBARA IS KNOWN FOR IT'S BEAUTIFUL WEATHER YEAR-ROUND. FROM FATHER'S DAY CELEBRATIONS TO FOOD AND WINE FESTIVALS, THERE'S SO MUCH GOING ON IN THE AREA. HERE'S A PEEK AT HOW WE'RE SPENDING JUNE THIS YEAR:


celebrate dad, the santa barbara way

Father's Day BBQ

When: June 17, 2018, 11 – 3pm | Where: The Bear and Star

Chef Cox’ smoky Father’s Day BBQ menu is perfect for honoring dads! Guests will enjoy an array of treats off the grill including a full plate of chicken, tender ribs, and Parker beef. BBQ Beans, Summer Pasta Salad, Garden Slaw, and Parker House Rolls round out the filling plate. Dad’s first beer is on us! Afterward, enjoy a game of cornhole in the Garden.

Father's Day Brunch at Les Marchands

When: June 17, 2018, 11AM - 9pm| WHere: Les Marchands

Les Marchands a beloved gathering place for locals and visitors and praised for its weekend brunch. Father’s Day is no exception with Chef Weston Richard’s delicious Father’s Day special – Open-Faced Lamb Meatball Sandwich with Moroccan Spiced Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese, Crispy French Fries & House-made Pickle. Les Marchands’ menu showcases local ingredients and hand-crafted breads from sister operation Helena Avenue Bakery.

Father's day special at Loquita

when: June 17, 2018 | Where: Loquita

Loquita celebrates Father’s Day with the colorful Costilla Paella with Iberian Ribs, Mushrooms, Artichokes, Mustard Aioli & Mustard Green. Loquita will also be serving their seasonal menu inspired by Spanish cuisine flavored by the Central Coast’s rich ingredients

 

Father's Day Special at THe LArk

When: June 17, 2018 | Where: The Lark

On Father’s Day, Dads are greeted with complimentary Pale Ale to start the evening. Chef Jason Paluska is offering many holiday specials to celebrate all dads this Sunday!

Father’s Day Special at Lucky Penny

When: June 17, 2018 | Where: Lucky Penny

Lucky Penny offers a Father’s Day Lamb Burger with Feta Cheese, Pickled Fresno Chiles, Preserved Lemon Aioli, Gem Lettuce & Brioche Bun prepared by Lucky Penny Chef Ron Batdorf. Specials are available throughout the day.

 

Family Friendly Events

Circus Vargas

When: June 22, 2018 – June 25, 2018 | Where: Earl Warren Showgrounds

Join us for a swashbuckling circus spectacular, “Dreaming of Pirates!” A fantastic voyage of nonstop action and adventure guaranteed to thrill and enchant children of all ages! There will be flying trapeze artists, clowns, daredevils, death-defying acrobats, jugglers, contortionists, comedians, motorcycles and much, much, more! 


4th Friday Ballroom Dancing

When: June 22, 2018, 7pm – 10pm | Where: The Carrillo Ballroom

Come to the second of this new series, and enjoy fun social dancing! People of all ages and of all abilities are welcome. Bring a partner or come on your own, and take this opportunity to make new dance friends! For the month of June, the class and music arrangements will be by Vasily Golovin.

 

Santa Barbara Wine + Food Festival

When: June 30, 2 – 5pm | Where: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

The Santa Barbara Wine + Food Festival™ takes place along the shaded banks of Mission Creek at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Swirl, sip, and savor tastings from 50 premier Central Coast wineries, complemented by savory and sweet bites from more than 30 top local food purveyors.100% of the net proceeds from the Santa Barbara Wine + Food Festival support the Museum’s nature and science education programs for all ages. 


 Sips + Eats: Events and Classes

Chefs table Dinner Series ft. Ted Walter

When: June 12, 2018, 6:30 – 10PM | Where: The Bear and Star

The Bear and Star continues their collaborative Chef’s Table Dinners with Chef Ted Walter of acclaimed Passionsfish.


Cheesemaking 101

When: June 14, 2018, 7 – 9pm | Where: Farmbelly

Learn the basic (and surprisingly simple) techniques for making fresh cheeses with Farmer + Chef Michelle Aronson! You'll walk away with awesome new skills, a detailed recipe packet, and bellies full of our freshly made cheeses.


Sip and Swirl

When: June 26, 5:30 – 7:30pm | Where: Finch and Fork

Sip & Swirl with us this summer for our tradition of sunset wine tastings on the rooftop featuring local winemakers, music, cheese tastings and views. 


“Cook the Farmers’ Market” Class

When: June 26, 2018, 5:30om – 7:30 pm | Where: Santa Barbara Wine Therapy

Join farmer + chef Michelle Aronson, of the Farmbelly Cooking School, for a farmers’ market tour and a hands-on cooking class at Santa Barbara Wine Therapy! We will begin at Wine Therapy and walk one block to the Tuesday Farmers’ Market on State Street – where we will meet local farmers and you’ll learn how to shop for the best local produce the Central Coast has to offer. After strolling the market, we will walk back to Santa Barbara Wine Therapy for a laid back + hands-on cooking class, where you’ll hone your knife skills and create a beautiful, seasonal dish inspired by our farmers’ market bounty.


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Live Everyday Like A Sweet Escape

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Live Everyday Like A Sweet Escape

 

Riskin Partners' Exclusive Off-Market Offering: 799 Lilac Drive is Out of Sight, and Straight into Your Heart

799 Lilac Drive, Montecito - offered at $8,855,000


 

Residing right along California's beautiful coastline, Montecito offers nothing less than a true romantic escape.

Ideal for all lifestyles, Montecito brings your dream-worthy Santa Barbara vacation to life - every single day.

Boasting tranquil ocean views, inspiring mountain vistas, and serene privacy, Lilac Drive is one of the area’s highly coveted locations. Throughout the estate’s approximate 6,100 sq ft of living space, incomparable attention to every detail is apparent at every turn.

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This estate is a true testament to the best of Montecito.

Venetian plaster walls, Italian granite, ceiling beams repurposed from a 200-year-old Virginia farmhouse, handmade Spanish roof tiles, ancient French limestone and 150-year-old French oak floors coalesce to create a lavish yet imminently comfortable home.

Surrounded by a lush setting of greenery, the residence's architecture is reminiscent of the Italian countryside.

The heart of the home is defined by a spacious kitchen/great room. Natural light pours in through a wall of doors and windows opening to a French limestone patio. 

The home’s second level hosts the ocean view master suite, which is privately set away from the three additional bedrooms. A most romantic retreat, the master suite is an idyllic space to begin and conclude leisurely Montecito days.

 

Meanwhile, you can experience the best of Montecito just moments away.  Renowned shops and restaurants of the Upper and Lower Villages, beaches, resorts, and outdoor activities are easily yours. 


Idyllic Beaches

 

Butterfly Beach

11 Minutes from 799 Lilac Drive

Spend time among locals as they walk their dogs, enjoy the water, and bask in the sun at one of Santa Barbara's most popular beaches.

Miramar Beach

10 Minutes from 799 Lilac Drive
Miramar Beach is a beautiful south-facing cove with a sandy beach located just in front of a gated community.

Coming Soon:

Miramar Hotel Resort & Beach Club

Hammonds Beach

11 Minutes from 799 Lilac Drive
This beautiful hidden beach is a local's favorite and wonderful surf spot. Enjoy a stroll along the water or relax on the beach's sandy areas.
 

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Find your balance


 

The Biltmore, Four Seasons

Recently reopened! Epitomizing the casually sophisticated California lifestyle, The Biltmore invites guests to indulge in everything from tours of local wineries to surfing, lazing on the beach or lounging poolside at the exclusive Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club.

 

DIVE IN


 

Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club

The Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club is a private membership club, situated atop Butterfly Beach at the Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore. Built in 1937, this legendary establishment and historic landmark has a rich history steeped in the glory of Hollywood, celebrated architecture and fine hoteliers.

Amenities include the main pool deck, locker facilities, a fitness center, restaurants, beach access, and more!

 
 

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With picturesque ocean and mountain views, whimsical grounds, and incredible living spaces, 799 lilac Drive is exactly where true romance meets the california dream.


 

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Global Luxury Real Estate Market Report: Luxury Defined 2018

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Global Luxury Real Estate Market Report: Luxury Defined 2018


GLOBAL LUXURY REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORT: LUXURY DEFINED 2018

How are the international luxury residential property markets performing, and what are the chief drivers of performance? Which are the “hottest” luxury primary and second-home housing markets? 

 

In the release of their sixth annual white paper, Luxury Defined, Christie's looks back on the winding road that the luxury real estate sector has traveled since the beginning of 2017 and into the first four months of 2018. Only Christie's International Real Estate synthesizes data from over 80 luxury real estate brokerages worldwide to include in this significant report.

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First Quarter 2018 Market Update

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First Quarter 2018 Market Update


MONTECITO MARKET 

The Montecito real estate market continues to prove itself resilient as ever! Despite the recent events in our community, the number of closings was down only 5% compared to the first quarter of 2017.  

Montecito had 33 sales in the first quarter, including the highest sale of a single-family residential property in Montecito since 2008 at 1627 East Valley Road for $35,000,000.  The second highest sale in 2018 was off-market for $14,200,00.  Montecito currently has 11 sales pending including one on Channel Drive, listed for $13,750,000

Click here to view current listings, pending sales, and recent closings in Montecito


HOPE RANCH MARKET

Hope Ranch enjoyed a strong first quarter with 14 sales, up 55% compared to the same quarter last year. The highest sale, 4145 Creciente for $11,500,000 was a significant sale compared to the highest sale in the first quarter of 2017, at $4,631,500.  

Recent high-end sales since the close of the first quarter include 1520 Roble Drive for $16,778,000, originally listed for $18,500,000 and 4653 Via Roblada, originally listed for $19,500,000 and closing at $10,000,000.

Click here to view current listings , pending sales, and recent closings in Hope Ranch.  


NEW ON THE MARKET

Riskin Partners added five stunning properties of distinction to our collection in 2018 and will bring on four more listings the month of May.  These exceptional listings range in price from $2.195M to $11.9M and offer something to appeal to every buyer’s wish list.


NEW PRICE


FOR LEASE & SALE


FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION


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Montecito Social Calendar: May

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Montecito Social Calendar: May

There are so many reasons why we love spring!

This month's events give you even more ways to enjoy this season in SB


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check out these special ways to spend Mother's Day this year

Cook, Style, Shoot: A Collaborative Workshop with Kendra Aronson & Farmbelly

Where: Santa Barbara Wine Therapy | When: May 13th, 1 – 3pm

Celebrate Mother's Day with this very special collaborative workshop, where you'll master the art of cooking, styling, and photographing stunning seasonal dishes - all while enjoying mimosas on the beautiful outdoor patio at Wine Therapy!

Looking for a fabulous, delicious, mimosa-filled way to celebrate Mother's Day? 🥂🌸💃🏼 Join me and my total #girlboss friend Kendra Aronson (👆🏻) for a collaborative culinary + photography workshop! @kendraaronson is woman of many, many talents... she is a culinary content creator, food stylist, food photographer, food writer, and author of the #slofarmersmarketcookbook! 📖 • We are teaming up this #MothersDay, Sunday May 13 @ 1-3pm for a collaborative workshop at @sbwinetherapy: "Cook, Style , Shoot: Culinary & Photography Workshop" 🔪📸 Tickets are on sale now—and already half sold out... link in profile!☝🏼 • Kendra will cover the basics of photography, optimal DSLR camera settings for food photography, pre-shoot prep, hands-on food styling techniques, and post-production. For this portion of the class, you are welcome to bring your own SLR/DSLR camera (though your iPhone/Android works just as well). 📷 • For this workshop, I will be covering the basics of sourcing local produce, cooking with fresh herbs, how to identify + cook with edible flowers, knife skills, and the art of creating stunning seasonal salads + homemade vinaigrettes. 🔪🌸✨ #eatlikeafarmer •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The workshop will take place on the beautiful outdoor patio at @sbwinetherapy, complete with a mimosa bar featuring seasonal juices and fruit. Your ticket includes all materials, ingredients, and mimosas. See you there! Ticket link in profile. ☝🏼

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Mother’s Day Brunch at Loquita

Where: Loquita Santa Barbara | When: May 13th, 11am – 2pm

Loquita celebrates Mom with a San Sebastian Style Brunch buffet, Sunday, May 13th. Chef Peter Lee has created a bountiful buffet of over 15 dishes. Don’t miss it! Reservations are recommended.


Mother’s Day Painting in the Vineyard & Picnic Lunch

Where: Kessler-Haak Vineyard | When: May 12th, 10am – 2pm 

Where: Hilliard Bruce Vineyard | When: May 13th, 10:30am – 3pm

Are you looking for something unique, memorable and special to do for Mother’s Day this year? Skip the traditional brunch and make a memory to last a lifetime! Join us at the exclusive Hilliard Bruce Vineyard for a creative twist on your next winery visit.


family outings and activities

Family 1st Thursdays: Custom Greeting Cards and Calligraphy Workshop with Suemae Willhite

Where: SB Museum of Art | When: May 3rd, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Bring the whole family to enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA’s Family Resource Center. Museum Teaching Artists are available to assist families in creating special exhibition-based art projects. Afterwards, enjoy the galleries until 8 pm.


Studio Sunday on the Front Steps

Where: SB Museum of Art | When: May 13th, 1:30 – 4:30pm

Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate in this hands-on workshop with SBMA Teaching Artists on the Museum’s front steps. On the second Sunday of each month participants explore a different medium, including clay, metal, ink, wood, photography, and paper. All projects are inspired by works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection or special exhibitions. Participants also receive free passes for entrance to the museum.

Folded Hills Pope Challenge

Where: Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club | When: May 6th, 2 – 7:30pm

The 2018 Polo Season kicks off on Sunday, May 6. The Sunday Polo main match check in time is 2:30 pm at the Engel & Völkers Polo Stadium, with the Pony Parade, followed by the singing of the National Anthem, team introductions and then the ball throw in at 3:00 pm.


Sips + bites

local food and drink events

Bread & Butter: Workshop with Oat Bakery and Farmbelly

Where: Farmbelly | When: May 4th, 7 – 9pm

Learn about the art of baking superfood bread with Louise Ulrich and Lou Fontana, of Oat Bakery. You'll also learn how to source, store, chop, and cook with culinary herbs (and how to make homemade butter!) with farmer + chef Michelle Aronson, of the Farmbelly Cooking School. This is an engaging hands-on class, and each person will make 3 buns of bread, as well as a custom herb butter.

Growing & Cooking with Edible Flowers

Where: Municipal Winemakers | When: May 24th, 7 – 9pm

Edible flowers add a pop of vibrant color and brilliant flavors to otherwise average dishes. Learn to identify, grow, harvest, and cook with edible flowers in this hands-on class with chef + farmer Michelle Aronson, of the Farmbelly Cooking School. 

Springs n Spritz

Where: 205 Santa Barbara Street | When: May 19th, 2 – 5pm

Learn how to make Spring and Summer sippers with aperitifs, vermouths, and sparkling wines with mixologist Charlie Morrison.

Discover our artisan chutneys and savory preserves to help create spectacular appetizers and main courses with Jim Hathcock from West Coast Flavors.


Roar & Pour Wine Festival

Where: Santa Barbara Zoo | When: May 5th, 5 – 8pm

Wine tasting event where the animals stay out late and the Zoo is open so guests can stroll and sip. Featuring tastings from more than 20 local wineries, tasty eats available for purchase from local food trucks and Rincon Catering, music, and more!


The Bear and Star: First birthday BBQ open house

Where: The Bear and Star | When: May 3rd, 5pm

Join us for an open house showcasing our 30’ custom reverse-flow Texas smoker and live music from the Ruben Lee Dalton Band. The Bear and Star’s First Birthday BBQ is complimentary and served as long as supplies last. There is NO cover charge for this event.


Toccata at Toscana – A Spring Winemaker Dinner

Where: Toscana | When: May 24th, 7 – 9pm

The Cal-Ital wines of Toccata taste even better paired to the authentic Italian cuisine of Chef Mancuso. Join Louis and Royce for a fun spring evening where we’ll share six beautiful courses served family style to some of our favorite Toccata wine releases.


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Montecito is more than a tranquil seaside village. It is where we work and where we play. Where we grew up and where we are raising our children. Montecito is where we call home... and where we will continue to call home.

Recently, our beloved community endured a terrible tragedy. Despite many of the images you’ve likely seen on the news, much of Montecito’s natural beauty remains untouched. Many of the country’s celebrated entertainers, entrepreneurs, authors, and philanthropists - people who can live anywhere - choose to make Montecito their home. The community here, and beyond, are committed to rebuilding and residing in this incredible town we all love so dearly.

The spirit of our community has never been stronger. While there is rebuilding in our future, the truths of the past remain present: Montecito is wholly committed to rising and thriving in the face of adversity.


Montecito Rising

1. Local Events

Spring Fling: Shop Local Social

It’s Spring, the sun is shining and that means time to do some shopping… shopping that is also giving back to the local community.  Visit Coast Village tomorrow from 10am-6pm, and you’ll be supporting locally-owned and operated businesses AND the heroic @santabarbarabucketbrigade! Merchants are offering special discounts and some delicious nibbles will be out for your sampling pleasure! 

When: Saturday, April 28th from 10am - 6pm | Where: Coast Village Road

2. Ways to give back

SB BUCKET BRIGADE
This incredible group of volunteers is continuing to help individuals and our community as a whole. Their next mission is to get the more visible areas of devastation cleaned up as soon as possible and to help the property owners in that effort. By utilizing their resources, they have been able to help remove debris and get their properties cleaned up for far less than quotes property owners have previously received. They are motivated and determined.... We are so very grateful for all their efforts. But they need our help! They need money to continue to do all the work they are doing.  Click here to donate and help them help us to move forward!

 

SUPPORT OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES

Please continue to support locally-owned businesses in Montecito! More than ever, shopping local is an important way to help our community thrive.  Click here for a complete list of shops and restaurants.  Pay it forward by purchasing gift certificates.

3. Openings + Reopenings

MONTECITO INN: FRANKLAND’S CRAB & CO.
The Montecito Inn reopened in early March and on April 6th the hotel’s very own Frankland’s Crab & Co. opened its doors, welcoming in all seafood lovers. The restaurant’s menu features Santa Barbara’s best local catches.

COMING SOON AT THE MONTECITO INN...
     MARGARITA’S SNACKS: Expected late summer 2018
     THE MONARCH: Expected late summer 2018
     SILVER BOUGH: Expected winter 2018

THE BILTMORE FOUR SEASONS RESORT

The resort is scheduled to reopen early Summer 2018.

SAN YSIDRO RANCH RESTAURANTS: THE STONEHOUSE + PLOW & ANGEL

The San Ysidro Ranch is hoping to have the restaurants open later this year around October.  Stay tuned for more updates.   

ROSEWOOD MIRAMAR BEACH HOTEL
Los Angeles developer Rick Caruso purchased this historical property and began renovating the hotel in 2016. The resort is now accepting reservations for January 2019.


4. staying involved & up to date

MONTECITO ASSOCIATION
The Montecito Association is a fantastic resource for the most up to date information on maps, road closures and openings, clean up tips and resources, future evacuations, etc.  If you are not a member of the Montecito Association, we highly encourage you to join.
Click here for quick and easy membership information.

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY READY - READYSBC.ORG
Click Here to read the 100-day Milestone report following the 1/9 Debris Flow

FEMA MAPS
The new FEMA map is scheduled to be out in June 2018


Recovery project sb: recovery Free Store

Exclusively for victims of the Thomas Fire / 1/9 Debris Flow

Where: Montecito Country Mart - 1016 Coast village road | When: March 3-31 | Hours: 11-7 daily

The Recovery Project is a community action effort by neighbors for neighbors in response to the Thomas Fire and the Montecito Mud and Debris Slide.

What it is:

The Recovery Free Store is a place for people affected by this specific double-header tragedy can come and find wardrobe replacements and meet the volunteers who have provided clothing from their own closets.

Get involved:

Volunteer - if you want to help the cause, sign up here.

Donate - click here to place a monetary donation.

Their story:

This wonderful organization was founded by Berna Kieler, who started by re-covering people from her own closet. Her generous act has turned into a tsunami of giving, as Cathy Link, Heather Sage, and Susan St. John have partnered with her to create a dedicated Montecito space as home for a Recovery Free Store. Organic Soup Kitchen has joined the team by providing organic soup in the store for the entire month of March.

The store closing March 31 will be a spirited neighborhood event featuring food provided by the Organic Soup Kitchen, music and celebration honoring the volunteers and guest of honor James Rosenfield, owner of the Montecito Country Mart, who has donated a beautiful retail space for the store.

Walk-ins are welcome! Appointments for wardrobe consulting can be made on their Facebook page, Recovery Project SB.

If you or someone you know has the suffered loss of you home, please contact the Recovery Project SB (Facebook) or call Berna KIeler – 805-570-4339.

For general inquiries, press, or to make a private appointment, contact Taiana Giefer: email: info@recoveryprojectsb.com, phone: 805-570-1426


Helping Hands & Healing Hearts: Part 4

1. Available Resources and staying connected

Montecito center for preparedness, Recovery and Rebuilding - Opening, March 8th

Location: 1283 Coast Village Circle, Montecito | Phone: 805-845-7887 | email: montecitocenter@sbcoem.org

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 10 am to 3 pm, Wednesday 6 pm to 8 pm, Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm 

A new center is opening in Montecito Thursday, March 8, 2018 to serve as a central source of support, information and resources for residents, businesses, employees and communities affected by the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow. 

The Center is a community based location where those impacted can access services, obtain information, provide input, voice concerns and get involved in the recovery and rebuilding process. The Center will serve as an important hub for information and efforts that help prepare residents and businesses for future disasters. 

A variety of agency and program staff will be present at the Montecito Center to assist the public.  Staff will be present to help connect residents and businesses with support.

Readysbc.org

It is critical that people in Santa Barbara County register to receive emergency alerts. Sign up for Aware and Prepare emergency alerts at www.ReadySBC.org. Check out their FAQ page for useful information.

Montecito Association

The Montecito Association is a fantastic resource for the most up to date information on maps, road closures and openings, clean up tips and resources, future evacuations, etc.  If you are not a member, we highly encourage you to join.

trauma and grief therapy

Trauma and Grief Therapy Directory for Santa Barbara Mudslide & Fire Survivors and Families. For a complete list of sessions offered by licensed therapists, click here.

The American Red Cross: Offering disaster mental health services

www.redcross.org/volunteer    (800)REDCROSS or (805) 687-1331

Hospice of Santa Barbara: Offering grief therapy for all ages

www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org     (805) 563-8820

Santa Barbara Response Network: Offering psychological first aid (PSA)

www.sbresponsenetwork.org    (805) 699-5608

2. ways to give back

SHOP LOCAL

Please continue to support locally-owned businesses in Montecito! More than ever, shopping local is an important way to help our community thrive.  Click here for a complete list of shops and restaurants.  Pay it forward by purchasing gift certificates. 

KICK ASH BASH

Kick Ash Bash organized by One805 to honor both our First Responders and the Thomas Fire/1-9 Mud Debris Flow victims.  This event was a huge success by raising over $2,000,000.  All funds raised will be routed through the Santa Barbara Firefighters Alliance. From there a beneficiary committee comprised of first responders from County Fire, City Fire, City Police, CHP and Sheriff Departments will determine the allocation of funds and equipment purchases.  Click here for more information

SB BUCKET BRIGADE

This incredible group of volunteers is helping people by cleaning up their properties of mud and debris. In addition to field volunteers, the Bucket Brigade is in need of financial support. Click here to donate  Email TeaFireRelief@gmail.com or call at 805-969-2026 if you need help or wish to volunteer. 


helping hands & healing hearts: Part 3

1. ways to give back

shop local

Please continue to support locally-owned businesses in Montecito! More than ever, shopping local is an important way to help our community thrive. Click here for a complete list of shops and restaurants. Pay it forward by purchasing gift certificates.

sb bucket brigade

This incredible group of volunteers is helping people by cleaning up their properties of mud and debris.

In addition to field volunteers, the Bucket Brigade is in need of financial support. Click here to donate.

Email TeaFireRelief@gmail.com or call at 805-969-2026 if you need help or wish to volunteer.

celebrate montecito's upper village

Saturday, February 24 from 2-6pm, a similar event to the Cash Mob is planned for Montecito’s beloved Upper Village. Mark your calendar for another great afternoon of supporting our local stores. We hope to see you there!

kick ash bash

Sunday, February 25th, 12-6pm Join an expected 2,500+ people to celebrate our first responders! Sited at the spectacular Nesbitt Bella Vista Estate in Summerland, the event will be part music festival, part family fair, and 100% about bringing our community together in the aftermath of tragedy.  With live music, food, drink, and entertainment for the kids, the event has been completely underwritten by the immediate and extraordinary generosity of individuals and local foundations. Come celebrate with first responders, and local heroes.

santa barbara restaurant week

February 23rd to March 4th  Try restaurants you’ve dreamed of dining at and experience a 3-course meal that will guarantee to leave you feeling full all for a prix fixe price. There are options for every budget.

Restaurants include favorites like Blackbird, Bella Vista at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore, Tre Lune, Lucky’s, Loquita, and many more!  Click here for a complete list of restaurants

SB Restaurant Week has partnered with the California Restaurant Association Foundation. 50% of proceeds from restaurant registration will go to CRAF’s grant program, Restaurants Care, that offers financial relief for restaurant/hospitality workers who experienced losses during the Thomas Fire and Mudslide. 

2. insurance

what's happening?

Many people have questions about insurability in Montecito. Are new homeowners’ policies being written? Can existing policies be renewed? We reached out to Grace Neumann, Vice President of Chivaroli Premier Insurance Services, for a conversation about her experience helping clients navigate the insurance market post-fire and debris flow.

“I just had a long conversation with our marketing manager at AIG.  He said it’s business as usual for them. There are no areas off limits and they would underwrite on a case by case basis like they always have

In regards to the red zone mapping, AIG has not incorporated that into their underwriting and it has not impacted their underwriting. There are no areas off limits to them and there are no moratoriums. AIG is actively looking to write business.

Other carriers are writing in Montecito too. The underwriters are taking a close look at each risk, again like they did before.

I wanted to reiterate that I feel people are taking a huge gamble if they don’t have Flood/Excess Flood coverage. The further we get away from the Thomas Fire, the harder it’s going to be for the carriers to find the approximate cause the Fire.  

On the Flood coverage, there is a 30 day waiting period for the National Flood program.  Chubb has a 7 day wait on Flood coverage and AIG has no wait on their Flood coverage.” Grace Neumann, February 22, 2018

This is great news for Montecito’s present and future homeowners. As a reminder, each property’s situation is unique and it is always best to contact your insurance agent with specific questions.

3. monitoring storms

new high-tech rain gauges

In the aftermath of the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow, the Santa Barbara County Flood Control District installed six additional real-time rain gauges to provide enhanced rainfall monitoring for the impacted areas.

In cooperation with the National Parks Service, three new high-tech gauges were installed at weather monitoring stations on the Channel Islands, located at Anacapa, Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Islands. These gauges electronically dispatch storm information to the National Weather Service (NWS) and are vital in giving advance warning of the direction and intensity of storms approaching south Santa Barbara County.

In order to improve the NWS’s ability to predict the location and intensity of local rainfalls, three additional gauges have been installed in the watersheds above Montecito (see map).  With such a large geographic area at risk from future storms, the pin-pointing of rainfall patterns will provide valuable feedback to the NWS as they work to make their advance predictions more accurate.

“These rain gauges will improve the ability of the National Weather Service to have more accurate modeling and therefore better predictions,” says Rob Lewin, Director of the County’s Office of Emergency Management.

There are now 95 gauges countywide that transmit data to the NWS in real-time.  The system enhancements are a collaborative effort between the County’s Flood Control District, the NWS, the National Parks Service and the California Geological Survey.  

Information from the Santa Barbara County rain gauge network is available at: https://rain.cosbpw.net/home.php.  For additional storm readiness information, visit ReadySBC.org.

4. resources

readysbc.org

ReadySBC.org website.  Check out their FAQ page for useful information.

trauma and grief therapy

Trauma and Grief TherapyDirectory for Santa Barbara Mudslide & Fire Survivors and Families.  For a complete list of sessions offered by licensed therapists, click here.

 

The American Red Cross: Offering disaster mental health services

www.redcross.org/volunteer     (800)REDCROSS or (805) 687-1331

Hospice of Santa Barbara: Offering grief therapy for all ages

www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org     (805) 563-8820

Santa Barbara Response Network: Offering psychological first aid (PSA)

www.sbresponsenetwork.org    (805) 699-5608

montecito association

Is a fantastic resource for the most up to date information on maps, road closures and openings, clean up tips and resources, future evacuations, etc.  If you are not a member of the Montecito Association, we highly encourage you to join. Click here for quick and easy membership information.


Helping hands & healing hearts: part 2

1. resources for up-to-date information

ReadySBC.org released a new map of areas at risk for future debris flow. Check out their helpful site to see the map, sign up for alerts, and view other tips should an evacuation order be placed in the future. If you missed the press release or community meeting, you can view the here. Being prepared and aware is key!

The Montecito Association is a fantastic resource for the most up to date information on maps, road closures and openings, clean up tips + resources, future evacuations, etc. If you are not a member of the Montecito Association, we highly encourage you to join. Click Here for quick and easy membership information.

2. getting aid and giving back

getting aid:

93108fund.org

This site was established to support local workers and families in Montecito whose regular employment have been impacted by the Thomas Fire and debris flow. Recipients of 93108fund grants are hourly wage earners who were unable to work due to the closures in Montecito: shop-keepers, clerks, food service employees, gas station attendants, small store employees, caregivers, and many others who were impacted by the recent disaster. CLICK for more information.

one805.org

After the fire, this dedicated team came together with a desire to unify and heal as a community and to honor both our First Responders and Thomas Fire victims. After the debris flows, they are also collecting donations for emergency equipment, counseling services, and survivor relief. Known as "805 One," this group is organizing the "Kick Ash Bash" which will take place on Sunday, February 25 from 12-6pm at the Nesbitt Bella Vista Estate in Summerland. Part music festival, part family fair, and 100% bringing our community together, this event generously benefits Fire, Police, Sheriff, CHP, and Direct Relief. Mark your calendars and see you there!

giving back:

Cash Mob

Saturday's cash mob was a success! Please continue to support locally-owned businesses in Montecito! More than ever, shopping local is important.

Celebrate Montecito's Upper Village

Saturday, February 24 from 2-6pm, a similar event to the Cash Mob is planned for the Upper Village. Mark your calendar for another great afternoon of supporting our local stores. More details to follow.

SB Bucket Brigade

This incredible group of volunteers is working to help clean up their properties and access their homes.

*Email TeaFireRelief@gmail,com if you need this kind of assistance or if you want to volunteer. Put "NEED HELP" in the subject line and in the body of the email, indicate the kind of help you need.

3. Frequently asked questions

Wondering what to do with mud and debris on your property? Do you need a permit for removal? What should be done if you find hazardous waste during cleanup?

The ReadySBC.org website has answers to these questions and more. Check out their FAQ page for useful information.

4. wellness

Trauma and Grief Therapy Directory for Santa Barbara Mudslide & Fire Survivors and Families

    Thank you to the following agencies for being front and center in serving the immediate needs of the community in the aftermath of the fire and mudslide!

        The American Red Cross: Offering disaster mental health services

www.redcross.org/volunteer

(800)REDCROSS or (805) 687-1331

        Hospice of Santa Barbara: Offering grief therapy for all ages

www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org

(805) 563-8820

        Santa Barbara Response Network: Offering psychological first aid (PSA)

www.sbresponsenetwork.org

(805) 699-5608

Many licensed Santa Barbara therapists are generously offering up to six FREE trauma & grief therapy sessions until May 2018. for a complete list of providers, please see the link below. Mental health is a huge component of wellness and this is an excellent opportunity to help process the recent events.

For a complete list of sessions offered by licensed therapists, click here.


Returning to your neighborhood

Returning to your home for the first time may be a traumatic experience. The escort is designed to ensure your physical safety as you visit your residence for the first time, and provide support during what may be a very emotional time. You may feel overwhelmed by the many tasks ahead, but remember that self care is the vital first step for you to remain healthy and resilient. Below is a summary of ways to take action.

Your right to privacy

The media has been keeping our community informed during this fire and storm event and continues to pursue stories about the impacts. If you are approached by reporters or camera crews as you return to your neighborhood, remember that you have no obligation to consent to interviews, photographs, or filming. 

returning home

Be aware of these critical issues that you may face when returning home and exercise caution:

environmental hazards

  • Trees, brush, and rocks may be weakened or loosened, and may lose limbs or fall
  • Rocks loosened by flood and debris may roll and crumble. If rocks have rolled down a slope, expect more to follow
  • There may be debris or damage on roads and driveways.
  • Animal remains may be present in the debris. If found, call Animal Services at (805) 681-4332

vehicles

  • If your vehicle is missing please contact California Highway Patrol at (805) 477-4174 with your vehicle identification number or license plate number

damaged utiilties

  • Call 811 before you dig! Or request a ticket online through call811.com.
  • Look for loose power lines, broken or damaged gas lines, foundation cracks, missing support beams, etc.
  • Look for visible damages to gas meters, gas lines, or propane tanks. DO NOT attempt to repair or turn on these services. Instead, call your local propane company or SoCalGas.
  • Look for visible damage to the electric meter. DO NOT ATTEMPT to turn the breaker on or off.
  • STAY CLEAR of electrical wire on the ground. Contact Southern California Edison.
  • DO NOT use open flame as a source of light since gas may still be present.

red and yellow placards

For buildings that have been damaged or destroyed, building inspectors have identified them according to hazard level and posted color-coded placards onsite.

RED PLACARDS: If your structure has been marked with a red placard, then that particular structure is NOT SAFE FOR ENTRY OR OCCUPANCY. Mud and debris are likely inside.

YELLOW PLACARDS: If your structure has been marked with a yellow placard, then that structure should be ENTERED WITH CAUTION.

 

For more detailed information, instructions, and resources, click here and continue to visit https://www.countyofsb.org.


helping hands & healing hearts

Earlier this week, our team attended the public panel discussion on how to move forward with Montecito’s rebuilding and recovery. On the panel was a FEMA representative, professional trauma expert, an insurance law specialist, and a contractor with an extensive background in disaster remediation. Below is a summary of the meeting.

1. County Emergency Management

A) The future. Next Monday the County of Emergency Management will be rolling out a game plan to prepare for the next storms. There are two kinds of storms we need to worry about: storms we see coming and those that sneak up on us. They will provide all the information they can to help us to be prepared for these as they don’t want us living in fear. County Emergency Management wants us moving forward with hope but used to the idea that we will need to leave sometimes. We get the choice of being survivors or victims. They want us to see ourselves as survivors!!

B) Mud and Debris. People are being told to put the mud in one area on their property and hold onto it until they can find a place to take all of it. An emergency permit request is out. There are some sites you can take the mud to but it’s very expensive, sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars. The government can not afford to take your mud away. Some will have to stay, some will have to be moved but we will have to work to figure it all out. They are writing a plan as we speak. 

C) The disaster zone. The disaster zone designation is scheduled to go away. They want people to secure their properties as soon as possible: meet with contractors or companies to put up fencing or board the house up. Officials will be lifting these zones in a couple of weeks!! NOW is the time to secure your property. 

D) Dust. They are going to be looking into some sort of dust mitigation. Since using good water to wet down the roads isn’t ideal, they are looking into alternative water to be trucked in to wet down the roads. 

2. Wellness

A community recovery and resiliency support group is being formed. Our team signed up to receive emails on this so we will continue to update our website with information as we have more details.

 

3. Rebuilding (Bryan Henson, Allen and Associates)

There are three steps that are critical to successfully moving forward:

A) Get informed:

Know what your insurance contract says:

  • Coverage A: your house.
  • Coverage B: structures not attached to your house (garage, guest house, pools, gates, walkways, etc.)
  • Extended Coverage: this will increase your Coverage A limit, should you need it. 
  • Contents: this can be a tedious and overwhelming task, but is necessary. If possible, review old photos and videos to document possessions
  • Additional Living Expenses (ALE) : this covers your expenses while out of your house. Most policies say you have 12 months, but you have 24 months under a disaster declaration such as this.
  • Buried deep in your policy are three more sections to be sure to read:
    • debris removal
    • trees and shrubs
    • code upgrade

Talk to your adjuster and have them help you navigate your policy! They’re your ally in the beginning … until they’re not. For the most part they are good people and they want to help. But also remember only you can be your own advocate.

 

B) Learn to become your own advocate:

Get comfortable fighting for what you need and deserve. Don’t rely on anyone else to be an advocate for you, they won’t.
 

C) Build your team:

There are a LOT of people in the construction community that just want to help!! Don’t be bashful to ask for the help. Put together a team of people that can help you to navigate this process. Rely on their expertise. Bring in contractor, architect and engineer early and at the same time.

4. Getting Aid (Insurance Law Specialist, Ray Bourhis and FEMA)

Insurance: Ray Bourhis. 

State Farm suit: The exclusions in your policy are meaningless if the reason for the flood is an underlying cause that is covered by insurance. 

Additional Living Expenses (ALEs): Ask to speak with the claims manager if your insurance tried to cap your ALEs to 2 weeks.

Personal Property inventory: Under most insurance policies, they have to give you replacement value for everything NOT a depreciation value! In some cases you have to pay to replace it first and if you do, they have to reimburse you! Do not let them try to pay you based on the depreciation value. You are entitled to be paid what it costs you to replace.

FEMA

The deadline for applying for FEMA is March 16th. You can apply online. Even if you don’t want to take a loan, you should add it to your list of items to do because you may not think you need it now, but months down the line you may wish you had it available to you. FEMA is there if you are denied by insurance or don’t have insurance. FEMA’s program is not to make you whole again but to help you survive and make you function in a sanitary and safe environment. FEMA does not replace food. She mentioned that this County is the most organized and well-resourced County she has ever seen. FEMA will assist people with paying or reimbursing people for their ALEs but they do not duplicate expenses. The FEMA representative recommends having an organizer on your team. What was easy as part of normal life before will not be easy now. FEMA will assist with essentials you need to replace. They can also help with moving and storage. But again just essential items. They will also help pay for medical, dental, funerals, child care costs and things of the such. In order to qualify, you will have to have your insurance statements available. Disaster unemployment assistance is also available for lost wages. SBA is also available for small business loans. You can go online to apply.

NEED HELP OR WANT TO HELP?

SB BUCKET BRIGADE will be working this weekend with volunteers to help people clean up their properties so they can at least access their houses. 

Email TeaFireRelief@gmail.com if you need this kind of assistance or if you want to volunteer. Put NEED HELP in the subject line and in the body of the email, indicate the kind of help you need.

93108 Fund Montecito mudslides resources donate

93108 fund

The 93108Fund.Org has been established to support local workers and families in Montecito, whose daily work lives have been impacted by the devastating Thomas Fire and more recent mudslides. These are hourly wage earners who could not work their hours due to the closures in Montecito.  Shop-keepers, clerks, food service employees, gas station attendants, small store employees, caregivers, and many others who were impacted by the recent disaster. 

Click for more information and ways to donate.


#Shopforacause

Businesses on Coast Village Road are suffering due to the fire and mudslides, and we need to do everything we can to support them while the roads remain closed. Please support them online for now through their online stores, GoFundMe pages, or by visiting them at their secondary locations in Santa Barbara. Please visit them once they are accessible.

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100% of profits on these shirts will go toward United Way of Santa Barbara. Visit Bonfire.com & StrengthInCalifornia.com.


ER Leather Goods

50% of all sales will be donated to Direct Relief

Santa Barbara Soaps

100% of the proceeds of these locally made soaps benefit Direct Relief

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more ways to Help

  • Shop locally. Support small businesses and restaurants who have suffered loss of business, been forced to temporarily close their doors, and are using their own resources to aid first responders and evacuees.
  • Donate books. Montecito Union School has put together an Amazon wishlist for books that they will need in the coming weeks. MUS teachers and students are without regular classroom supplies.
  • Give money to the agencies directly involved in local relief efforts. The greatest need of organizations like Direct ReliefUnited Way, and the Unity Shoppe is cash donations.
  • Santa Barbara Helpers makes a direct connection between families’ needs, and families who can support those needs. They also link community resources such as: housing, temporary work, community events, lost and found, etc.
  • Connect those who are looking for work and those who are looking for employees in the Thomas Fire/Flood Temp Work Group.
  • Give blood. Make an appointment with United Blood Services.
  • Register yourself to volunteer on Red Cross website.
  • Volunteer at the Foodbank or Carpinteria Food Pantry, or collect non-perishable foods.
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stay informed

ACCESS

Currently, access on Montecito roads is reserved for major debris-moving equipment, trucks hauling mud, first responders, and other emergency vehicles. Road clearance is ongoing and roads continue to be cleared, allowing access in both directions. The 101 is currently expected to open on Monday, January 22 although cleanup is ongoing and this date could be delayed depending on progress. The Amtrak train is running so residents and commuters have an option to travel between Carpinteria and Santa Barbara.

UTILITIES

Southern California Edison has restored power on Coast Village Road. They confirmed that 76 electric poles were destroyed in the storm though 1,400 homes are still without power in the area. So Cal Gas has said that for safety, they will turn gas service back on residence-by-residence. Montecito Sanitary District continues to check their facilities, but preliminary reports on the status of their service have been positive. Montecito Water District is still working diligently to restore service to the community, though they too have a long road ahead. Cox, our local cable and internet company, is also working to restore their systems.

EVACUATIONS

During cleanup and recovery efforts, the County of Santa Barbara has asked residents respect the mandatory evacuation zone. This is both for public safety and to expedite the task of restoring utilities and clearing debris.  

FEMA

FEMA has declared the individual relief portion of the mudslide disaster, meaning there is assistance available to you for loss of property, business, etc. Application can be made online at www.disasterassistance.gov, by phone 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585, or from the FEMA app at fema.gov/mobile-app.

For those trying to file insurance claims, you may hit a stumbling block as Coast Village Rd was not included in the mandatory evacuation zone. According to the Montecito Association, Sheriff Brown is willing to sign a declaration that could be used with your insurance company stating this was a closed zone and no one could get in due to restricted access. We will update this page once we receive the signed declaration, for use in filing claims.

Joe Holland, from the county Assessor's Office, said they are doing assessments in the area now with the intention of dropping the property values to lower property taxes to help you.


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Our Beloved Rebecca

It is with heavy hearts we share that our dear friend and partner, Rebecca Riskin, has passed away as a result of the tragic flooding and mudslides in Montecito. The confirmation of her loss is incredibly devastating to her friends, family, and our community. Per her wishes, we intend to carry out her life’s work with the same strength, grace and elegance that wholly defined Rebecca. Rebecca was an exceptional woman, and her legacy will continue to live on and thrive through her children, Robert and Julia, her husband Ken Grand, and her namesake firm, Riskin Partners.

If you are looking for a way to honor Rebecca and support our community, please donate to the Tri-Counties Regional Center.  The non-profit provides support and services for children and adults with developmental disabilities living in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Details on a service and memorial are forthcoming.

Checks can be made payable to:

TCRC Client Help Fund

c/o TCRC
520 East Montecito Street
Santa Barbara, CA  93103

Tax ID #:  95-2623230

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Montecito Social Calendar: April

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Montecito Social Calendar: April

Spring is here!

Let's celebrate all that this season has to offer, Santa Barbara style.


family-friendly festivals

Founding Day Festival

Where: El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park | When: April 28th

Commemorate 236 years of history at the birthplace of Santa Barbara. Celebrate the history of Santa Barbara at the Founding Day Festival, featuring Presidio Neighborhood businesses and local entertainment in the heart of downtown. Enjoy a reenactment of the original Founding Ceremony held in 1782 and other family activities across the Presidio grounds.


Santa Barbara Fair & Expo

Where: Earl Warren Showgrounds | When: April 25th – April 29th

Greetings Earthlings! Set your laser on FUN and beam your family to the intergalactic Santa Barbara Fair and Expo, where you can always expect the unexpected!

 

Screaming carnival rides, Robocars, alien stilt walkers, racing pigs, funnel cake, heavenly fair food, cosmic entertainment and family style enjoyment are ready for your visit.

48th annual Santa Barbara earth day festival

Where: Alameda park | when: april 21st - april 22nd

The Mission: The Global Climate Movement is Growing.

As individuals, communities, and nations, we must work together to protect the only world we’ve got. Take one step now and join us at Santa Barbara Earth Day.


SB's spring sips

Happy Hour Benefiting Direct Relief International and the Montecito Mudslide

Where: Jane Restaurant, state street | When: April 12th, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Jane restaurant is partnering with Coppola Wines to benefit Direct Relief international and the recent Mudslides in Montecito.  Jane on State Street is hosting a “Happy Hour” with passed appetizers from our new spring menu and wine by the glass from Coppola Wines. Coppola

Wines will be sold by the glass for the months of April & May and in turn Coppola Wines will donate $1 per every glass we sell to Direct Releif International.

Come join us for Happy Hour on our Patio and support a local cause on all of our hearts.


Winemaker Dinner Series - CHÂTEAU DESCLANS

Where: Belmond El Encanto | When: April 26th, 6:30pm – 10:30pm

Presenting regionally inspired cuisine of Executive Chef Johan Denizot in an exclusive wine dinner event which offers a multi-course menu — each course paired with a Château d’Esclans variety of rosé — meticulously selected to complement each course. Hosted by Alain Riviere, Chateau d’Esclans Ambassador

36th Annual Santa Barbara Vintners Festival

Where: Santa Barbara Wine Country | When: April 19th – April 23rd, 1pm – 4pm

Taste from over 100 wineries, savor our best local fare from farmers to foragers, and meet the chefs who make it magical.  
Drink in the sparkling Bubble Lounge, listen to live music, learn from our cooking demos and let our landscape soothe your soul.

Vintners Winemaker Dinner with Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards

Where: First & Oak at the Mirabelle | When: April 21st, 6:30pm – 9pm

Executive Chef Steven Snook of First & Oak at the Mirabelle invites you to celebrate the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Festival weekend with an exquisite menu paired to a flight of Lucas & Lewellen wines.

This special winemaker dinner has limited availability and will sell out so reserve early.


charity events

Hope Awards

Where: Santa Barbara Historical Museum | When: April 26th, 5:30pm – 8pm

The evening will begin with a silent auction and reception featuring fine food and drinks from local restaurants, wineries, and breweries at the beautiful Santa Barbara Historical Museum. Our host, Fannie Flagg will help us honor the Santa Barbara Public Library, as well as celebrate the work of the Santa Barbara Education Foundation.

 

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Activities for everyone

Carpinteria Flower Farm Tours

Where: Carpinteria Greenhouse and Nursery | When: April 14th, 11am – 4pm

Come visit your local flower farmer and the beautiful blooms in Carpinteria on Saturday, April 14th 2018! Nestled in the mountains of the Central Coast between Santa Barbara and Ventura – just 90 miles north of Los Angeles, the town of Carpinteria offers a perfect day trip for anyone in the Southern California area!


PRINCESS WEEKEND

Where: Santa Barbara Zoo | When: April 14th and 15th, 10am – 3pm

Meet Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and other princesses in person as they help celebrate frogs. There are also frog-inspired crafts, games, and special animal appearances. Learn how zoos and aquariums are working to save the world’s threatened amphibians.

Cost: free with Zoo admission


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Santa Barbara vs. LA

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Santa Barbara vs. LA

yet another reason why we love Santa Barbara:

much more to offer at a much better price

Sometimes a change of scenery does a world of good! Riskin Partners invites you to compare the following offerings.  As you’ll see, the Santa Barbara property offers better views, more square footage, and a larger parcel, all for a significantly lower price.  The saying “less is more” has never been truer! Come visit Santa Barbara and see why everyone is reconsidering its allure.


santa barbara vs. malibu: How they measure up

LIST PRICE: $11,200,000

PRICE/SQ FT: $1,667

Mediterranean architecture

Ocean & mountain views

6,717 total sq. ft. approx.

5 bd + Office / 6 full ba / 1 half ba

1.32 acres approx.

Private gated entrance

3-car garage

3 fireplaces + outdoor firepit

Outdoor dining patio

Monroe Elementary School

10 minutes to shops and restaurants

15 minutes to SB Airport at 4pm

LIST PRICE: $21,500,000

PRICE/SQ FT: $9,459

Mid-Century Ranch architecture

Ocean views

2,273 total sq. ft. approx.

3 bd / 3 full ba

1 acre approx.

Private gated entrance

2-car garage

1 fireplace + outdoor firepit

Outdoor dining patio

Point Dume Elementary School

30 minutes to shops and restaurants

1 hour to LAX at 4pm


Hope Ranch vs. Beverly Hills: How they measure up