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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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:


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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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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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