Montecito Social Calendar: December


Montecito Social Calendar: December

it's always sunny in santa barbara

santa barbara is widely recognized for having the best weather year round, and we couldn't agree more. with our warm winters and coastal vibes, there's no place more ideal to spend the  holiday season. read for a taste of santa barbara's december musts!

a warm Kick off to December


outdoor celebrations: holiday parades + festivals

as the holiday season nears, santa barbara takes full advantage of our amazing weather and prime location.  Come and enjoy the holidays as we celebrate all over our beautiful beach town - you wont want to miss these festivities.


65th Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade

When: Friday, december 1st | where: state street, from sola to cota

Officially kicking off the holiday season, this signature Downtown Santa Barbara event brings a colossal contingent of high-stepping marching bands, fabulous holiday-themed floats, spectacular performance groups, local personalities, and our amazing Grand Marshal, Noah Wyle! The Holiday Prince and Fairy, selected from winning artwork best capturing the parade theme, lead the parade and light up the street on their way down the parade route.

32nd annual Christmas parade of lights

when: sunday, december 10th | where: santa barbara harbor & waterfront

At 5:30 p.m. the annual boat parade begins with approximately 30 boats motoring, sailing, and paddling the Santa Barbara Coastline to the theme of Hollywood Holidays. Judging takes place at Stearns Wharf and boats are awarded donated cash and prizes in five categories. Best viewing locations include Stearns Wharf and the breakwater. Then visitors enjoy a fireworks show after the parade, ending their night with a bang.


Snow Leopard Festival/Sledding at the Zoo

When: sunday, december 3rd | Where: Santa Barbara Zoo

A rare blizzard hits the Zoo with 80 tons of snow for sledding and snow play for this frosty fun family festival. Snow leopards bask in their element while Santa poses for holiday photos.

solvang julefest parade

when: saturday, december 2nd  | Where: Downtown solvang

Along the route of the annual Solvang Julefest Parade. More than 400 participants and 50 + entries march, trot, cruise and stroll along festively decorated Mission Drive, Copenhagen Drive and adjacent streets.  Thousands of spectators from near and far enjoy the parade as well as free, post-parade visits with Santa in Solvang Park.


Santa Barbara's Historic theater district

Home to the granada theater, the lobero, and the ensemble theater company at the new vic, the historic theater district provides world-class programming and access to the performing arts to diverse and passionate audiences.

featuring: The Nutcracker

when: Saturday, December 9th, 2:30pm/7pm + Sunday, December 10th, 2:30pm | Where: The Arlington Theater

Featuring: miss bennett: Christmas at pemberley

when: thursday, November 30th - sunday, December 17th | where: The Ensemble theater company

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Featuring: The Christmas Revels

when: friday, december 15th - sunday, December 17th | where: the lobero theater


santa barbara waters


Whether you're looking to surf, lay out and relax, tale the dog out for a run, or play volleyball with the kids, Santa Barbara beaches are home to some of the best activities for the whole family.


Can't help but be thankful for Santa Barbara, each and every day. #happythanksgiving #americanriviera 📷: @paddlesportscenter

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whale migration

From late December through early February, Pacific Gray Whales migrate south to breed in the warm Mexican waters. A large number of these southbound whales travel through the gap between Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Islands.


santa barbara beach horseback riding

Enjoy the invigorating (and romantic) thrill of a glorious Santa Barbara Beach Horseback Ride in this acclaimed private or semi-private 90-minute excursion. Two ride options available.


water sports + activities

Santa barbara adventure company:

Kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, surfing, and much, much more

The SB Adventure company is committed to creating unforgettable adventures of the highest quality, focusing on the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside and coastal waters. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides offer exceptional service and share with you a side of the Santa Barbara area few visitors ever get to experience.

Santa barbara sailing center

 Learn to sail, charter a sailboat, rent a variety of small sail or power boats or escape on award-winning Liveaboard Instructional Sailing Vacations to the world-famous Channel Islands National Park.
Choose from a wide variety of public cruises and see oceans of marine life and spectacular coastline views.


eateries with outdoor seating

enjoy santa barbara's beautiful weather and gorgeous views while tasting foods from the area's best restaurants and chefs.

Jeannine's restaurant and bakery

Jeannine’s is part of the fabric of Santa Barbara and strives daily to provide a place where people can enjoy one-of-a-kind pastries and nutritious food every day.

Three locations: Montecito, Downtown, and Uptown

bella vista at the Four seasons resort the biltmore

With panoramic ocean and island views across Montecito’s Butterfly Beach, guests will enjoy a contemporary Italian menu showcasing fresh California ingredients. The expansive terrace features Italian marble, indoor fireplaces, an outdoor fire pit and a retractable glass roof further create the indoor–outdoor dining experience.

Monday's are for Latte Art 👑

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Zaytoon - the hidden oasis in the center of Santa Barbara. A place where you can experience fresh and tasty Lebanese cuisine. A garden you can enjoy with your special guests. Experience the sounds of waterfall, the glow of little lights and the warmth of fire. 

the stonehouse at san ysidro ranch

Located in a 19th-century citrus packing house, The Stonehouse features a relaxing lounge with full bar service and a separate dining room with crackling fireplace and creek side views. Guests can dine under the romantic gaze of Southern California's stars on the ocean view deck--a wood-burning fireplace and heated stone flooring provide year-round comfort.

Boathouse at hendry's beach

The Boathouse at Hendry's Beach, featuring exquisite dining and Santa Barbara's most spectacular ocean views. Stop by for fresh seafood and the best happy hour anywhere.


Luxury Meets Leisure


Luxury Meets Leisure

Santa Barbara is often thought of as a small seaside town with idyllic weather, uncrowded beaches, and iconic architecture. While partially true, that only paints a small picture of what real life is like in Santa in great food and wine, a thriving arts and culture scene, and events and festivals that are anything but sleepy. 


Montecito Social Calendar: November


Montecito Social Calendar: November

fall charity events


Extraordinary fundraiser event in support of the Dream Foundation. The Gala's itinerary consists of special guest speakers, entertainment, and much more.


This annual benefit concert is put on by the Rhythmic Arts Project, a foundation that works to educate individuals with disabilities through a rhythmic-based curriculum.

It's a beautiful night for the #DreamlandGala.

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Fall Festivities 

Spend time with the SB Zoo animals as they eat and play with their very own pumpkins and other fall treats.

More cruises available online.

Magical SeaTime! #may #fullmoon #sailing #sunsetkidd #santabarbara photo skills by @parmawellness

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Reggie's been working hard on carving his jack-o-lantern this year! #santabarbarazoo #halloween #pumpkincarving #cockatoo

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Fall Eats

This exquisite event offers a multi-course dinner, wine pairings, and more, bringing the James Beard House culinary experience to our very own Santa Barbara.

Experience grape stomping at the Margerum Estate Vineyard alongside a lovely lunch catered by Valle Fresh.


fall arts

Enjoy a beautifully curated pop-up experience compiled of local brands, artisans, and other creatives.

Sit back, sip, and relax as you paint at the Kalyra Winery vineyard in Santa Ynez. All skill levels welcome.




Homes for Artists & Art Collectors


Homes for Artists & Art Collectors

Unique homes express the personality of their occupants, and it is no wonder that some of the most extraordinary properties belong or previously belonged to artists and art collectors, who embrace the offbeat and the unconventional. 


Homes like the San Ysidro Ranch you can OWN!


Homes like the San Ysidro Ranch you can OWN!


san ysidro ranch

The story of San Ysidro Ranch is told through the history books of Old California. Nostalgia, romance, legend, and myth intertwine here, creating the ambiance that makes the Ranch an icon of California and one of the world’s most desirable retreats. With 500 acres and 17 miles of magnificent hiking trails through lavender, jasmine, orange blossoms, and eucalyptus nestled between the mountains and ocean, San Ysidro Ranch is an oasis of calm and tranquility surrounded by incredibly landscaped gardens. Everyone from Audrey Hepburn, Winston Churchill, JFK and Jackie (honeymoon), Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivian Leigh (midnight nuptials), to rock stars, politicians, actors, and writers have called it home. Intimate cottages wind around lush gardens, each individually decorated with antiques; stone fireplaces; oak floors; large private decks, many with indoor/outdoor rain showers; sunken hot tubs; heated floors; and private gardens. The San Ysidro Ranch is a luxury in seclusion and pure nirvana.


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871 Oak Grove Drive


Incredible mountain views, a charming patio and a bubbling, natural stone water element greet you at the front portico.  The north patio provides a serene mountain view and overlooks the gardens, designed by the renowned San Ysidro Ranch landscape architect Laurie Lewis, giving a wonderful sense of arrival as you enter the home.

Perfectly located in the Golden Quadrangle, 871 Oak Grove seamlessly blends old world charm, cutting-edge technology and an ever evolving natural environment to create a living experience that is as effortless and timeless as it is sophisticated and innovative.


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Montecito's Botanic Gardens


Montecito's Botanic Gardens

Montecito's Gardens

It is hard to imagine a more idyllic setting than the tiny seaside village of Montecito. One of the nation’s wealthiest communities, it communicates its grandeur with understated elegance and sublime sophistication.

Unlike most places, Montecito is spread out over large parcels, creating privacy and gardens that are unimaginable to most. Integrated with the world-renowned Ganna Walska Lotusland and the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens, the enormous diversity of exotic plants makes Montecito’s landscape unparalleled.


Lotusland is a globally renowned (and locally treasured) 37-acre estate and botanic garden situated in the foothills of Montecito, California. It is home to more than 3,000 different plants from around the world. The estate gardens were created by Madame Ganna Walska, who owned the property from 1941 until her death in 1984.  The fascinating life and career of Madame Ganna Walska culminated with 43 years of designing unusual display gardens with exotic plants. In her writings, she described herself as “an enemy of the average” – truly a woman of unique accomplishments, philosophies, and imagination. Lotusland is home to several extraordinary collections including rare cycads, cacti, palms, and euphorbias. Additional gardens feature ferns, aloes, lotuses, water lilies, bromeliads and cactus garden with more than 300 species.

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santa barbara botanic garden

"With sweeping views to the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Santa Barbara Channel Islands and stunning landscapes, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a great place to explore California's native plant diversity. The Garden's 78 acres encompass a variety of cultivated displays, as well as stands of the natural coast, live oak, and riparian woodlands.

With over 1,000 different taxa of plants on display there is always something new to experience. Stroll the 5.5 miles of paths and discover featured areas within the Garden: the historic Mission Dam and aqueduct built in 1807 to supply water to the Santa Barbara Mission, an authentic Japanese Teahouse and Tea Garden, and the spectacular views along the Porter Trail. Experience the quiet cool of the Redwood grove on a hot summer’s day or the knockout punch of the Meadow wildflowers in full bloom in spring."

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At-Home Gardens



Solana is home to an impressive collection of zoetic gardens.  A visual feast, Solana's landscape comes alive through vivid colors, detailed manicuring, wild footprints, unexpected specimens and above all else, a skillfully layered design plan.  Her gardens, quixotic and Edenic, provide ceaseless cycles of transformation and an evolving stage for the theatrics of seasons. 

Curated as a collection of planning to delight all five senses, Solana’s gardens offer incredible range and depth. Extending from local to the exotic, the varietals delight, surprise and comfort all who experience their beauty.

Whether you prefer to experience the day's first blush in crisp winter air or a late night summer stroll in the moonlight, Solana's magical gardens, a botanical battalion, unfold with delight. The following pages highlight a sampling of the many plantings that call Solana home.


The enchanting 5.5-acre grounds inspire adventurers of all ages. Vast verdant lawns, enhanced by private water, beg for croquet and games of tag. Descend the softly rolling lawns to discover a hidden sanctuary, perfect for languid afternoon naps or meditation. Meander further still to come across a wooden bridge, chaperoning the sounds from the creek underfoot. Princes and princesses will have fun storming the castle in a magical zone amongst the forest replete with forts, towers, moats, and dragons. Whether you are in your fifth summer or fifty-fifth, there are sights, sounds, and surprises around every corner of the grounds.


The north patio provides a serene mountain view and overlooks the gardens, designed by the renowned San Ysidro Ranch landscape architect Laurie Lewis, giving a wonderful sense of arrival as you enter the home.


Trending Now///Montecito


Trending Now///Montecito

The new Montecito

Montecito has always been known for its impressive history of visitors and residents, luxury boutiques and restaurants, low-key lifestyle, and for its location between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, while remaining only a short drive from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. While this reputation is spot on, Montecito has changed in the last few years with young entrepreneurs opening hip restaurants, on-trend clothing stores, design shops, and focused accessory boutiques.

The median age of homebuyers in Montecito continues to go down, and it feels as though this small town of ours better caters to socialites looking for a new summer outfit, followed by an evening cocktail on Honor Bar’s patio. The lifestyle is Montecito is hard to beat with everything at your fingertips, all within 5 minutes of each other. You get a luxurious, intimate, and private experience in Montecito without the traffic, lines, and waits. Riding bikes to Coast Village Road or the beach is not an uncommon sight and only takes 10 minutes from almost any home in the area. We're not exaggerating when we say A+ location!

///restaurants to Watch///

honor Bar

At Honor Bar in Montecito, you'll find an exquisite wooden bar in the center, surrounded by cozy booths. This tiny space also sports an exhibition kitchen where you can watch all the action. Outdoors enjoy a cocktail and assortment of snacks at one of our patio tables or relaxing Adirondack chairs— dogs are always welcome! Walk-ins only.

While you're here, don't forget to visit Honor Market next door for coffee & espresso, exceptional products for the home, and the neighborhood’s best artisanal take-home pizza. Honor Bar and Honor Market now offer delivery.

Philin' real lucky tonight 🙌🏼 #canyouphilthelovetonight #weupallnighttogetlucky #anniversaryvacay

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Lucky's décor is part of its allure. Vast windows peek out on a colorful thoroughfare. Old studio headshots of Hollywood stars on the walls create a palpable classy feel. But it's the quality steaks that have garnered Lucky's a devoted repeat clientele. Cuts like filet mignon, sirloin, and New York steak are served à la carte, with a bevy of starch and vegetable options. Lucky's is also famous for offering abalone, brought in from a nearby ocean-water farm, pan-fried and served with a Chardonnay-butter sauce and a rich cucumber-dill salad. There's rack of lamb too, as well as such appetizers as the French onion soup, giant prawn cocktail, and rice flour-battered onion rings. Save room for desserts like warm bread pudding with bourbon sauce and a Grand Marnier soufflé with crème anglaise. Lucky's wine list is long and heavy on expensive bottlings. The crowd tends to be big and noisy on the weekend, and if you're lucky, you'll run into a celebrity.

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///Boutiques to Watch///


If you’re looking for timeless pieces and high quality “basics” Civilianaire is my go-to place in Montecito. They sell raw denim pants and jackets, which are hard to find anywhere in Santa Barbara, chic casual-wear perfect for my morning stroll to Jeanine’s for a breakfast burrito and coffee, and hip dresses and graphic tees that you can dress up with the right jewelry and shoes for cocktails at Lucky’s.

CIVILIANAIRE Clothing brand was started by two of the fashion industries favorites, Gene Montesano and Barry Perlman. After 24 years, the founders and visionaries of Lucky Brand Jeans, Montesano and Perlman have returned to their roots and are manufacturing domestically in Vernon, California.


The best accessory 🐶 Swing by for some 🥂 with the girls this weekend❕ #forloveandlemons #frenchies #frenchieoftheday

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I stopped by Whisky + Leather for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and immediately wanted to buy everything in the store! They carry brands you may be familiar with, but their selection is more unique than most – definitely stands out from the crowd. Their lifestyle brand carries an eclectic, relaxed inventory of clothing, shoes, and goods for both men and women. Not only do you want to try on everything they have on display, but if you are of age, of course, they have a variety of whisky to sip on while you shop. Stop in for a summer dress for that beach wedding you haven’t yet found an outfit for, or a rustic potted succulent plant and coffee table book to give your living room a little-added flare.


You walk into this boutique and immediately feel welcomed and surrounded by timeless, classy pieces for all ages. They have an incredible selection of knitwear that can be paired with skinny chinos and pumps for an evening at the Four Season’s Biltmore or thrown together with a denim skirt and your favorite Adidas for a day of shopping with your best friends. Laura is the former Creative Director for Antoinette in Montecito and began her career in 1984 working with Versace, and Dolce & Gabbana collections of the 1980’s to the current fashion houses of Etro, Yohji Yamamoto, Martin Margiela and more.


Kendall Conrad

On a hunt for a beautifully understated handbag, leather goods, jewelry, or footwear? Look no further. You will find clean and classic pieces with a bit of an artsy boho edge at Kendall Conrad's in the Montecito Country Mart. True to their uniqueness, all the items are crafted in California using artisanal techniques and the finest materials. Owner, Kendall Conrad is a modern style icon. The former model grew up in Santa Barbara, the daughter of a writer and a painter, who was a former bullfighter. Her classic, sophisticated style was influenced by her bohemian California upbringing as well as the time she spent living abroad in Paris and London. Kendall’s creativity and chic style eventually lead to the creation of an eponymous handbag line which has evolved into a full accessories collection.

blanka boutique

Blanka Boutique is an eclectic boutique curated by Jennie Reiter. The store is full of brands you used to only find in Los Angeles like Alice + Olivia, Diane Von Furstenberg, Shona Joy, Rebecca Taylor and other more Los Angeles based brands like Privacy Please, Otis & Maclain, and even her line, Blanka the LABEL. Jennie’s styling and shopping background serve as her inspiration for the store and the wide range of style “personalities” she represents- from the chic city girl to the romantic and retro; there is truly something for everyone. She even offers personal styling appointments you can purchase to gain new understanding about your coloring, body type, and style type. This Spring and Summer she will be offering closet cleansing and curating house calls as she goes back to her roots of personal styling. This store is an experience worth making time for on your next stay in Santa Barbara.



Architecture Series: French Country Estates

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Architecture Series: French Country Estates

French Country Architecture

Montecito is unique not only geographically, but also architecturally and is home to stunning and grand estates, with a wide variety of architecture styles.  A less common and highly desirable design style, French Country architecture stands out from Santa Barbara's famous Mediterranean homes.

French Country architecture is known for it's rustic yet comfortable designs with asymmetrical exteriors and delicate characteristics. Steep roof pitches at various heights are quite common, and estate-like French Country chateaus are most commonly 2-stories. Exterior stonework is typical, as exhibited at 871 Oak Grove Drive, as well as stone flooring throughout the interior of the estate. You will often find soft, curved arches, which add a luxury and grand touch to the overall feel of the architecture.

Another unique feature of French Country architecture is the roof often comes down to the window, either covering up the second story or attic. At 771 Garden Lane, the roof drops down to the second level, while an attic (in this case, the second level of the master closet) remains tucked away.

871 Oak Grove combines the best of old-world elegance with livable and comfortable interiors. It is host to the most beautiful gardens and located in one of the best school districts in California.

Oak Grove's interior and exterior living spaces have gorgeous stone floors throughout. The French doors open to incredible mountain views, a charming patio, and a bubbling, natural stone water element.  The north patio provides a serene mountain view and overlooks the gardens, designed by the renowned San Ysidro Ranch landscape architect Laurie Lewis, giving a wonderful sense of arrival as you enter the home.

771 Garden Lane is an expansive estate, and home to the soft arches for which Fench Country architecture is known. Steeped roof pitches and stucco exteriors support the stunning roofline.  

Pictured to the right is the guest house entrance with columned archways.

The expansive formal living room is ideal for entertaining. Three sets of arched French doors open to the ocean view terrace and magnificent gardens beyond. The living room walls are adorned with elegant moldings that create subtle shadows in the space, especially so when illuminated by the dancing glow from the fireplace. Varying width, wide-plank wood floors complete the elegant, yet comfortable space.

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Global Luxury Real Estate Market Report: Luxury Defined 2017


Global Luxury Real Estate Market Report: Luxury Defined 2017


What is the hottest luxury real estate market in the world? What is the price point for a true luxury property around the world? How definite are the basic assumptions about luxury real estate markets? Where are the world’s greatest second-home lifestyle markets?

Luxury Defined, Christie’s International Real Estate’s fifth annual white paper, seeks to answer these questions and provide exclusive insights into the world’s greatest luxury real estate markets. By synthesizing the data of over 100 luxury real estate brokerages around the globe, Luxury Defined offers crucial observations and statistics that are invaluable for positioning Christie’s International Real Estate and its Affiliate network as the global leader in luxury real estate.


Neighborhood Spotlight: Golden Quadrangle, Montecito


Neighborhood Spotlight: Golden Quadrangle, Montecito

Montecito's Golden Quadrangle

Montecito's  Golden Quadrangle is one of the most desirable places to live, considering it's within close proximity to the famed San Ysidro Ranch, within walking distance to a handful of gorgeous hiking trails, and is in one of the best school districts in all of California. There are a variety of restaurants that are perfect for a casual bite out, or a fancier date night with your significant other. Additionally, Manning Park is the perfect park to run around for a quick soccer game with the family, or a picnic with friends, and you'll often see outdoor yoga classes taking place under the oak trees. Montecito offers a luxurious yet laid back lifestyle, and is an easy getaway from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, or any larger city for that matter. 

Top School in California - Montecito Union

Montecito is a destination for people all over the globe thanks to the gorgeous beaches, fine dining, and luxury shopping. Those lucky enough to live in the Golden Quadrangle benefit from way more than just the tasty food and chic attire Montecito has to offer. This area is home to one of the top elementary schools in California: Montecito Union. Recognized in 2014 as a California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education, and ranked the number 2 elementary school in the state based on the CAASPP ELA (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress for elementary level) test scores, this school is extremely desirable and has a lot to offer. Additionally, MUS obtained international recognition as a Habits of Mind school, and received a gold medal as a California Green Ribbon School.

For many families, living in premier school district is a top priority when searching for a new home. Riskin Partners has a selection of family-friendly listings that fall in this premier school district. Truly the ideal location for primary education.

Bicycle rider's dream patch of the earth right here #biking #longride #traintobiketrail #montecito

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San Ysidro Ranch

"Nestled among 500 acres in the Montecito foothills of Southern California's wine country, San Ysidro Ranch has provided a tranquil vacation destination for discriminating travelers for over a century. Guests are drawn to the Santa Barbara hideaway for its blend of natural beauty, romantic heritage and classic luxury. Individually decorated private cottages and suites wind along San Ysidro's hillside creek and tree-lined paths. Built in classic bungalow style, guest accommodations feature hot tubs on private outdoor patios with outdoor rain fall showers, hand-cut stone or Old World masonry fireplaces, radiant-heated bathroom floors, and hand-selected antique furnishings. Myth and history mingle in the lush gardens where Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier exchanged vows; in the setting of John and Jackie Kennedy's honeymoon retreat."

HELLO SUMMER 🍹#plowandangel #olives #margarita #santabarbara

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Sunny days ☀️ #sanysidroranch #santabarbara

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Not just a perfect place for your friends and relatives to stay, but the Ranch has stunning views, amazing cocktails, and gorgeous orchards and herb gardens to stroll through in the evenings.

Fresh basil in Chef's organic garden to top our parmesan crusted halibut with house-made gnocchi 🌱 #sanysidroranch

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A beautiful sunny Monday at the Ranch ☀️ #sanysidroranch

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Montecito boasts a wide variety of hiking trails from easy to strenuous, perfect for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and trail running! Many of our listings are steps away from the most pristine hiking trails, which create a relaxing, serene escape into nature with beautiful scenery of the Santa Ynez mountains and sweeping panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.  Looking to escape the beach? Check out Cold Springs Trail, San Ysidro Trail, and McMenemy Trail! 

Race spectating @katesoutrunning & chillin' with R

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don't forget tangerines!!

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click the images below to view a few of our offerings in the golden quadrangle


Neighborhood Spotlight: Montecito Lower Village


Neighborhood Spotlight: Montecito Lower Village

montecito lower village

When you think of Montecito, you think of luxury accessory boutiques, high-end wine and olive oil shops, nice restaurants that put love and care into their quality, taste, and presentation of dishes, and interior decorating shops to inspire and help you turn your home into a contemporary-chic luxury or a rustic and elegant sanctuary.

The Lower Village in Montecito is the ultimate spot for those looking for privacy, ocean views, large lots, and hoping to be within close proximity to restaurants, coffee shops, shopping of all sorts - jewelry, clothing, cosmetics, home decor, as well as essential places like your vet, attorney, bank, real estate agent, go-to grocery store, hair stylist, and manicurist. Not only does the Lower Village have everything you need, within walking distance, but Butterfly Beach is just steps  away from Coast Village Road. 


Our office is located on Coast Village Road, so we really do experience the Lower Village first hand. Our favorite spots include Jeannine's for breakfast burritos in the morning, or fresh baked cookies in the afternoon. We're also the number 1 fans of Honor Market Pizza and you'll often find one of us there at the end of the day grabbing pizzas to bring home. The Lower Village has it all -  Lucky's for happy hour and a great steak, Los Arroyos for simple yet authentic Mexican food, Tre Lune for a nice Italian dinner, Sakana for sushi, and a handful of coffee shops scattered up and down the street. The Lower Village is really winning your tastebuds over.

50 minutes until pizza time. #honormarket #montecito #santabarbara #coastvillageroad #pizzatogo #4oclock #pizzatime

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Jeannines's Montecito

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Coast Village CATWALK

Montecito’s lower village has grown with trendy shopping for all ages from gorgeous vintage attire and accessories to chic trends for a weekend at your favorite music festival. Some of our favorite stores include K Frank, Allora By Laura, and Blanka. 


Clothing, Jewelry, and Accessories 

K. Frank offers a carefully selected presentation of mens and women’s clothing from the most relevant designer, contemporary, and classic fashion houses.  Their lifestyle edit incorporates premier shoe, accessory, and jewelry collections.  Owners Kevin and Katie Frank are committed to every detail.  Open seven days a week on Montecito’s main drag.

Remerch by @rachaelgaut feels like 🙌🏽

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BLANKA BOUTIQUE is an eclectic boutique curated by Jennie Reiter. The store is full of brands you used to only find in Los Angeles like Alice + Olivia, Diane Von Furstenberg, Shona Joy, Rebecca Taylor and other more Los Angeles based brands like Privacy Please, Otis & Maclain, and even her own line, Blanka the LABEL. Jennie’s personal styling and shopping background serves as her inspiration for the store and the wide range of style “personalities” she represents- from the city chic girl, to the romantic and retro, there is truly something for everyone. She even offers personal styling appointments you can purchase to gain new understanding about your coloring, body type, and style type. This Spring and Summer, she will be offering closet cleansing and house calls as she goes back to her roots of personal styling. This store is an experience worth making time for on your next stay in Santa Barbara. 


The marriage of fine European clothing with a soulful California attitude could not provide a better foundation for luxurious everyday style. Allora by Laura is a space where fashion lovers can interpret for themselves just how to wear bias cut column dresses, cashmere wraps, retro jumpsuits, leather jackets and curated accessories. Exclusive, captivating silhouettes inspire and enhance the daily wardrobe as well as special event ensembles. Delighting in whats wonderful to wear and finding the perfect piece to express yourself is the Allora experience.

All sorts of new goodies are arriving daily! Also we are really digging this color palate!!

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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.

halloween '16

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Cacti and Cocktails

Ganna walska lotusland

The cactus garden is especially lovely in the late afternoon light. Stroll through the garden and experience the magnificent epiphyllum and cactus blooms. Join a docent-led tour or members may explore the garden on their own. Specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

butterfly beach

Butterfly Beach draws a strong local crowd. There are no kayak rentals, or snack shops, so it's really the ideal place to post up with a picnic and some magazines if you're looking to relax in the sun!

Other whippets can't hang

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Sunset Beach Runs.

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properties in the Lower Village


Neighborhood Spotlight: Hope Ranch's Beach Access, Trails, and Top Schools Make it a Top Place to Buy Real Estate


Neighborhood Spotlight: Hope Ranch's Beach Access, Trails, and Top Schools Make it a Top Place to Buy Real Estate



Enchanting French Country Estate, Hope Ranch   |   offered at $14,900,000   |   click photo to learn more


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Private Beach Access

As a Hope Ranch member, you have private access to Hope Ranch Beach. This is a huge perk of living in the Hope Ranch community, and a main reason why people purchase homes in this neighborhood. There are lifeguards at the beach during the summer season, ensuring everyone experiences a fun and safe beach day while participating in a handful of activities. Hope Ranch beach offers picnic grounds, a play structure, a snack bar, kayak storage, storage lockers, bathrooms, and outdoor showers. The Hope Ranch Association also holds an annual summer beach party for residents where you spend the day barbecuing, surfing, kayaking, playing beach volleyball, building sandcastles in the sand, and at the end of the evening you have the option to set up a tent and camp overnight with the rest of the Hope Ranch community.



With miles of equestrian trails that span throughout the entire Hope Ranch community, horse enthusiasts can take their equestrian friends out on a trail ride and even ride along the beach at sunset.

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The highly acclaimed Laguna Blanca upper school is centrally located on 35-acres in Hope Ranch. "The Laguna experience shapes students in every possible way. While academics are at the core, it is just the beginning. Students are not only thinkers and scholars, but they are also artists, athletes, community volunteers, club members, leaders, and most importantly friends."



Lined with oak trees, and tucked away in the rolling coastal hills, Hope Ranch is one of the most exclusive communities on the Central Coast. There is exclusive Hope Ranch patrol guarding the roads and keeping them safe, as well as a monthly newsletter with all recent activity that occurred in the community. Those lucky enough to live in Hope Ranch will tell you they wouldn't live anywhere else!


February Highlights in Santa Barbara and Montecito


February Highlights in Santa Barbara and Montecito

Events in February

There are a lot of exiting things happening in February!

Santa Barbara Film Festival

"SBIFF is a year-round organization that is best known for its main film festival that takes place each year in February. Over the past 30 years the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States – attracting 90,000 attendees and offering 11days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums. We bring the best of independent and international cinema to Santa Barbara, and we continue to expand our year-round operation to include a wide range of educational programming, fulfilling our mission to engage, enrich and inspire our community through film."


Coastal Concierge Wine Tours

"'Wine tour' is almost too tame of a designation for this day. This is a wine escapade, a wine fantasy, or best, a wine caper, a whirl of a day that will have you feeling like elder statesmen or adventurers in page-turning fiction.

Your guide will escort you from your hotel or residence to the Santa Barbara airport, where you will take a private flight in an R44 Raven 1 helicopter, soaring above the Pacific and passing over the Santa Ynez Mountains, easing to a gentle landing among our hillside vineyards. Two separate wineries will treat you to exclusive tastings and tours. As you enjoy the gourmet lunch your guide has prepared, you will vow never to travel by car again."


Health and Fitness in 2017


Health and Fitness in 2017


Setting fitness goals is the most popular new years resolution. Gyms are crowded, and it's often hard to find the perfect workout that you enjoy going back to. 


Aug 25-27, 2017: Santa Barbara Triathlon


Date TBD: Pier to Peak Half Marathon


Oct 8, 2017: Big Avocado 5K Run/Walk


Nov 11, 2017: Veterans Day Half Marathon

Nov 23, 2017: Thanksgiving 4 Miler

Nov 23, 2017: ZeeBlu 5K and 10K


Date TBD: Santa claus run


2016 Home Design Trends


2016 Home Design Trends

Let's face it, 2016 saw major style mixed with 70's, 80's and 90's throwbacks!

Click through the gallery below for the trends that shaped 2016.


Brunching in Montecito


Brunching in Montecito

Santa Barbara and Montecito are filled with hidden gems where you can enjoy brunch with incredible ocean and mountain views.

Whether you prefer to go out to a restaurant, enjoy a catered brunch in your own backyard, or prepare the meal yourself, you can’t find a more breathtaking and brunch friendly place than here!


Scarlett Begonia

Scarlett Begonia strives to have interesting, thoughtful food. Their menus change weekly with an innovative fresh look at breakfast and lunch and dinner. They provide Santa Barbara with a restaurant that showcases progressive modern food, using sustainable, organic, high quality ingredients coupled with innovative cooking to be one of the most foodcentric restaurants around. Some of our favorite brunch items include their magnificent house made granola pictured above and left, their lemon ricotta pancakes, and their kale Caesar salad with a poached egg on top.


If you feel like avoiding the stress that comes with hosting brunch altogether, head to Lucky’s in Montecito for a home away from home vibe. They are dedicated to their customers’ enjoyment, relaxation, and happiness while holding a comfortable setting that’s right for brunch, and a warm welcome for old friends and new acquaintances. Their menu is extremely versatile and appeals to all tastes from French onion soup, corned beef hash and poached eggs (pictured right), to a waffle platter and a sliced steak salad. Don't forget to order a brunch cocktail!

c'est cheese

C'est cheese has a simple yet amazing menu that caters to all tastes and dietary restrictions. They open early for breakfast, which makes it easy for those early risers who want to meet their friends for a light breakfast before a morning hike up Inspiration Point. They also have a wide variety of teas, coffees, and juices, and of course mimosas are on the menu! Additionally, they make it super easy to order takeout, if you're planning on hosting a brunch at home, or even better... they cater events!

incredible Brunch Terraces


Solana is home to numerous outdoor dining destinations. From expansive entertaining to private moments for two, Solana’s many terraces create unrivaled ambiances for every event imaginable. Enjoy a lavish brunch on the ocean terrace offer sweeping views of the sea, or an intimate morning on the north facing Montecito Peak terrace. Tucked beyond the southeastern corner of the residence, the alluring Four Seasons dining area awaits. Adorned with Terra Cotta tiles depicting the four seasons and an Italian fountain-house, this wonderfully private glen is the perfect backdrop for Sunday brunch in Montecito.

710 Picacho Lane

This home reigns over Montecito after having just emerged from an incredible elevation of style, with a sense of effortless sophistication. The dreamy kitchen, with white marble countertops, professional appliances, and a walk-in pantry is the perfect place to entertain while perfecting your brioche French toast or blueberry compote with fresh ingredients from Friday’s Farmers’ Market. The kitchen opens to the breakfast room, ocean view terrace, and a covered verande with views of the formal gardens. This space is perfect for a transition from a casual Sunday brunch to a formal evening of cocktails with friends.

871 Oak Grove

871 Oak Grove offers incredible mountain views, a charming patio, and a bubbling, natural stone water element. The north patio provides a serene mountain view and overlooks the gardens, designed by the renowned San Ysidro Ranch landscape architect Laurie Lewis. Start your morning with brunch outside while the kid’s play Capture the Flag on the lawns, or hide and seek among the magnificent oak trees.



New Years Eve Celebrations in Santa Barbara and Montecito


New Years Eve Celebrations in Santa Barbara and Montecito



Jet set new years eve

where: four seasons biltmore

when: 6pm-2am

cost: first class ticket - $210

"Toast the New Year in style as we jet set to Tokyo, Paris, New York and Los Angeles with a dinner buffet highlighting each cities flavors and cooking techniques. A first class ticket includes admission to Ty Lounge where guests will dance the night away and enjoy a champagne toast at midnight."|1272|1557|1272|1557

NYe brazailian carnival party

where: bacara resort

when: 7:30pm-1:30am

cost: $150

"Inspired by the most iconic carnival celebration in the world, Bacara is pleased to present our take on Brazilian carnival. This festive evening includes samba dancers, dinner stations, party favors, a cash bar and champagne toast. Music by DJ Ricky Rocks includes live drums & percussion spanning today’s dance hits, latin and timeless party classics."


masquerade ball

WHERE: canary hotel

WHEN: 8:00PM-1:00AM

COST: $100

"Includes (1) craft cocktail, (1) glass of champagne at Midnight, sweet & savory bites by Finch & Fork, cash bars, dancing, and live entertainment by DJ Darla Bea."

NYE Sunset sail

WHERE: santa barbara sailing center

WHEN: 3:00PM-5:00pM

COST: $65

"Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne and light appetizers while enjoying the last sunset of the year."

Cirque de la Symphonie

WHERE: granada theater

WHEN: 8:30PM-10:30pM

COST: $39 - $114

"Bid a celebratory farewell to 2016 as you spend New Year’s Eve entertained by favorites from stage, screen and Broadway with acrobatic performers from Cirque de la Symphonie. We’ll light up the Granada from 8:30 to 10:30 on New Year’s Eve, welcoming the New Year in unforgettable style."


Montecito: Best Elementary Schools in California


Montecito: Best Elementary Schools in California

Top schools in montecito, california

more than just a vacation destination

Montecito is a destination for people all over the globe thanks to the gorgeous beaches, fine dining, and luxury shopping. Those lucky enough to live in this gorgeous town benefit from way more than just the tasty food and chic attire Montecito has to offer. Montecito is home to two of the top elementary schools in California: Montecito Union and Cold Spring Elementary. Both schools were recognized in 2014 as California Distinguished Schools by the California Department of Education. Montecito Union School (MUS) was also ranked the number 2 elementary school in the state based on the CAASPP ELA (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress for elementary level) test scores. Additionally, MUS obtained international recognition as a Habits of Mind school, and received a gold medal as a California Green Ribbon School.

For many families, living in premier school district is a top priority when searching for a new home. Riskin Partners has a selection of family-friendly listings that fall in these premier school districts. Truly the ideal location for primary education.

Selection of our listings in the MUS School District


Rebecca's Holiday Gift Guide


Rebecca's Holiday Gift Guide

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Never skip a beat with your holiday giving

There is a chill in the air, the lights have been hung on Coast Village Road, and the sunsets are brilliant.  To help you navigate your holiday list, Rebecca rounded up a list of her favorite gifts this holiday season. See her picks below!

scent of a woman

Let me say upfront that I am biased about Sarabecca, but that does not make me love it any less.  My husband created this line of all-natural perfumes, and I was there watching and smelling and suggesting every step of the way.  His vision was to create truly natural and truly beautiful perfumes, something that is very hard to do, and he has succeeded magnificently.  Sarabecca is his labor of love, and I love it too.  I wear Sarabecca every day, and love to give it to the special people in my life. Sarabecca Natural Perfume Gift Assortment, $70;

Warm his heart

If luxury was defined by a feeling, it would feel like the inside of a UGG slipper.  The Men's Ascot is the perfect gift, lined with soft, natural wool and rubber soles, these slippers will get him through winter, indoors and out!  UGG Ascot Slippers for Men, $120; 

The ultimate first ride

Three of our grandsons are toddlers, and this year I want to get them Skuuts balance bikes.  These cute little wooden bikes teach kids how to balance without the use of training wheels or a trike.  Parents say that having both feet on the ground builds confidence and is a great transition to pedal bikes.  Skuut Diggin Active Red Balance Bike, $99;

Rockin' around the christmas tree

Sonos PLAYBAR is a home theater soundbar and streaming music speaker in one.  We love music in our house, but TV has its place too!  We love that Sonos can deliver both.  Sonos PLAYBAR, $699;

treat yourself

On Sunday nights we like to snuggle in.  We often make a vegetable stew and watch a movie or a football game.  All of this goes perfectly with our favorite wine, Linne Colado.  Linne is a boutique winery in Paso Robles, and every wine they make is amazing.  You won’t find it in many restaurants or retail locations, so you might want to go up and visit their very cool facility (something else we love to do).  Their wines are pricey, but worth it.  We are club members and have never had one that we didn’t love. Linne Calodo Wineries;

Montecito Gift Guide

a signature staple

Even in the digital age I still rely on  pen and paper.  My quintessential luxury gift this holiday season is the Montblanc pen.  I treasure my Montblanc pen almost like a piece of jewelry!  A Montblanc pen is a timeless gift for someone truly special in your life.  Montblanc Etoile de Montblanc Sand Fountain Pen;


With so many holiday parties and get togethers this time of year it is great to have something on hand to show your appreciation for your host or hostess.  COS BAR has a wide selection of luxury gifts for any price range.  An office favorite, NEST's votive set can transform any space.  NEST Luxury Votive Set, $40;