The 2019 Webby Awards

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The 2019 Webby Awards

We are thrilled to share that Riskin Partners has been selected as the official 2019 Webby Awards Honoree for BEST real estate website.

This means we were in the top 20% of 13K entrees from around the world.

 

 
 
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What are the Webby Awards?

Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet.

 

 

Take a look at all the best real estate website nominees and honorees!

 

 

A BIG Congratulations to all the winners, honorees, and nominees.

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Spring in Montecito: Things to Do

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Spring in Montecito: Things to Do

With blue skies, a warm breeze, beautiful blooms, and a lively culture, Montecito is a dream in the spring.

Keep reading for some fun tips on how to enjoy the season!

 

 

Upcoming events in April:

Buckles ‘n’ Brews Invitational Beer Fest | Saturday, April 20th

Stop by to enjoy a selection of over 30 select craft breweries and wineries at the recently renovated Santa Barbara Carriage Museum. Explore vintage carriage displays while sipping on a cool beverage and listening to live music. All proceeds benefit the Kiwanis Club of Santa Barbara.

SB Bowl

Santa Barbara Bowl

With sweeping views of downtown Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean, opt to see established artists such as Blood Orange + Christine and the Queens (April 18), Zedd (April 19) and The 1975 (April 21).

Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival | April 27-28

Get ready for two full days of entertainment, education, community-building, and fun! Enjoy the company of friends and family while celebrating our beautiful planet.

 

 

Hiking

Hiking is a great way to enjoy the prime springtime weather. Luckily, Santa Barbara is not short of breathtaking trails to explore.

 
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Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens

With spring flowers in full bloom, it’s hard to imagine a better trail to explore! Designed with California native plants, explore 5 miles of trails in this 78-acre wild crafted garden.

 
Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park

If you are looking for a bit more of an adventure, head out to the Channel Islands just off the Santa Barbara coast. Whether you are looking for land or sea activities, the Channel Islands are the place to go.

Inspiration Point

Inspiration Point

Inspiration Point is a known for its panoramic ocean and city views, making it the perfect destination for clear, warm spring days! The hike is just under an 8-mile round trip, with about 1,400 feet of elevation gain.

 

 

The Beach

Butterfly Beach

Butterfly Beach

Enjoy a classic beach day at Butterfly Beach. Located just steps away from the sand, walk down to Coral Casino for oceanside drinks and dining, an olympic-size pool, a sauna, and much more.

Rosewood Miramar Beach

The recently debuted Rosewood Miramar, sits on one of the most beautiful and exclusive beaches in Southern California. Take a weekend getaway to this resort for a slice of paradise!


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California's New Hot Spot: Rosewood Miramar Beach

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California's New Hot Spot: Rosewood Miramar Beach

The brand new Rosewood Miramar Beach Resort is the latest California hotspot.

 

 

Rosewood Miramar Beach

The recently debuted Rosewood Miramar, sits on one of the most beautiful and exclusive beaches in Southern California. The world-class resort conveys an elegant yet casual atmosphere, offering iconic sophistication and refined modernity. Born from an era of gracious hosts welcoming guests for the season, the resort’s unparalleled level of service is attentive and professional, yet never pretentious. Enjoy luxuries such as an exclusive members-only Miramar Beach Club, a spa, and exquisite dining.

 

 

Don’t just take our word for it, A-list celebrities are fleeing from Hollywood for relaxing getaways at this Montecito gem!

Rumor has it that Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin married in late February at the Bellosguardo Estate and stayed at Rosewood Miramar Resort.

 
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Even Kourtney Kardashian took a break from all the Hollywood glam for a weekend at the Miramar.

 

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Spring Break Paradise

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Spring Break Paradise

With sunshine and clear skies, spring in Santa Barbara is quickly approaching.

No matter your lifestyle or interests, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the spirit of spring break in your own backyard.

 

 

La Manzanita Estate

Bask in the sun under clear blue skies at 705 Riven Rock Road. Live oaks, lush lawns, and a large koi pond provide plenty of adventure for residents. Tucked privately on the southeastern portion of the property, a wonderful pool, spa, and one-bedroom pool cabana are ripe for spring and summer fun. Surrounded by lush botanicals, the poolside terrace takes on the feel of a tropical oasis.

 

 

Such Great Heights

A sunny, south-facing yard is ripe for entertainment of all kinds, especially in the spring! Whether you prefer a splash in the pool, a dip in the spa, play flag football on the lawn, or simply enjoying the beauty of the natural surroundings, the outdoor space epitomizes the California Dream. Enjoy the best of Montecito at your fingertips being less than .5 mile to the lower village and under 3/4 of a mile from Butterfly Beach.

 

 

The Best of Birnam Wood

Enjoy the spring sunshine on the back terrace that spans the entire length of the home and overlooks the lush course grounds. If you prefer a little more activity, grab some friends and opt for a round of golf on Birnam Wood’s beautiful course.

 

 

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Winter Weather Comparison: Santa Barbara vs. The Hamptons

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Winter Weather Comparison: Santa Barbara vs. The Hamptons

Santa Barbara is known for many things, one being our enviable 300 days of sunshine.

Even on our chillier winter days, the sun still shines through! Compared to some of our east coast counterparts, a colder day here is a walk in the park.

 

 

Santa Barbara vs. The Hamptons

 

Santa Barbara is often referred to as the American Riviera with its rolling hillsides and deep blue seas. Santa Barbara offers opportunities for prime wining and dining, hiking, surfing, and everything in between.

 
 

Santa Barbara Weather:

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The Hamptons is a string of seaside communities that are well known as a summer destination for the affluent. While The Hamptons may be a desirable vacation spot in the summer, the winter months are tougher to bare!

 

The Hamptons Weather:

 
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Tired of the winter cold? Enjoy Santa Barbara’s year-round sunshine on gorgeous patios, under cozy loggias, and with prime indoor-outdoor designs.

860 Picacho Lane

Whether you enjoy the weather from under an expansive loggia near a giant fireplace or step out onto your private balcony to read a book while basking in the sun, 860 Picacho Lane is the perfect place to revel in the year-round Santa Barbara sun.

 

 

1155 Hill Road

Enjoy morning sun salutations, an afternoon Arnold Palmer, evening barbeques with friends, and roasting s’mores under the moonlight during any season on the expansive mountain view terrace. A private ocean view terrace looks to the sea and is perfect for both early morning lattes and nightcaps under the stars.

 

 

1167 Summit Road

Whether Montecito is your permanent post or your weekend retreat, 1167 Summit Road lets you take advantage of the best of our coastal climate and enviable lifestyle. Opening to a beautiful gas fire pit and fountain, the living room offers a way to enjoy the winter sunshine while keeping warm. Additionally, the pergola provides shade during the day, and built-in heaters warm up cool evenings.


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School Spotlight: Montecito Union and Cold Spring School

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School Spotlight: Montecito Union and Cold Spring School

Montecito is a world-class community with top-notch schools.

Montecito Union and Cold Spring School are both reputable elementary schools that aid in setting children up for success.

 

 
 

Montecito Union

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.

View enrollment information here.

 
 

Our listings near Montecito Union:

256 Santa Rosa

The two-story New England-style shingled home, which was extensively remodeled by Becker Studios in 2010, is highlighted by bright-white trim, gracious mountain views, and stunning gardens. It’s the ideal spot to spend the day sitting outside watching wildlife circling throughout the open skies, then to settle in and enjoy twilight as the mountains come alive with the always majestic incandescent glow.

 

 

444 Pimiento Lane

Located down a quiet lane in the heart of Montecito, this story-book home pairs the charm of a New England cottage with the ease and sophistication for which Montecito is known. Near the Upper Village, Montecito Union Elementary, and the Miramar Beach Resort, Pimiento is an ideal blend of all things that define Montecito’s idyllic lifestyle.

 

 
 

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.

View enrollment information here.

 
 

Our listing near Cold Spring School:

1084 Golf Road

Nestled on a private lane, near Montecito’s lower village and resting above the Montecito Country Club, a historic 1920s estate has been reimagined for the 21st century. Whether you are spending time in the multifunctional great room or relaxing by the fire in the central courtyard, this remarkable estate provides for an enviable lifestyle.

 

 

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Romantic Details and Design

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Romantic Details and Design

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

 

 

860 Picacho Lane

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


4280 Via Esperanza

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

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

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


1601 Moore Road

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


1155 Hill Road

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

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

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


808 San Ysidro

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

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


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All Within Reach

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All Within Reach

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

 

 

808 San Ysidro Lane

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

The Upper Village

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

San Ysidro Ranch

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

 

 

The Lower Village

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

Butterfly Beach

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

1167 Summit Road

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

 

 

1155 Hill Road

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

Four Seasons Biltmore and Coral Casino

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

Rosewood Miramar Resort

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

 

 

Hope Ranch Beach

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

La Cumbre Country Club

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

Equestrian Trails

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

Laguna Blanca School

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

4280 Via Esperanza

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


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A Weekend in Montecito

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A Weekend in Montecito

A Weekend Getaway: Montecito

 

 

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


Where to stay:

Four Seasons The Biltmore

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

Montecito Inn

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


What to do:

Coast Village Road

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

Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club

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

Butterfly Beach

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

 

 
 

Casa Del Herrero

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

 

Wine & Dine:

Oliver’s

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

The Monarch

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

 

 

Honor Bar and Honor Market

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

Lucky’s

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


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

 

1155 Hill Road

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

 
 

 
 

1167 Summit Road

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

 
 

 
 

860 Picacho Lane

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

 

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Home Design Trends We Love

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Home Design Trends We Love

OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW.

 

 

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


MODERN MINIMALISM

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

 

 

1636 MOORE ROAD

1636 Moore Road embodies modern minimalistic design.

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

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

 

 

1167 Summit Road

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


Freestanding Bathtubs

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

 

 

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


Indoor-Outdoor Living

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

 

 

1155 Hill Road

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

 

 

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

 

 

2129 Forge Road

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


CREAM COLORED CABINETS

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

 

 

860 Picacho Lane

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

256 Santa Rosa Lane

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


WHITE BOARD-AND-BATTEN

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

 

 

1601 Moore Road

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

 

 

1155 Hill Road

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


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Q4 Market Report

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Q4 Market Report

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


MONTECITO MARKET - Q4


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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

 
 

YTD SALES -21%

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

Click here to view the 186 sales in 2017.

Click here to view the 149 sales in 2018.

 
 

 
 
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Q4 SALES -20%.

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

Click here to view the 50 sales in 2017.

Click here to view the 40 sales in 2018.

 

HOPE RANCH MARKET - Q4


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

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

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

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

 

THE REAL STORY IS THE HIGH END IN HOPE RANCH.

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

 

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


 
 

 
 

YTD SALES +15%

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

Click here to view the 32 sales in 2017.

Click here to view the 37 sales in 2018.

 
 

 
 

Q4 SALES -61%

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

Click here to view the 13 sales in 2017.

Click here to view the 5 sales in 2018.

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

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Riskin Partners  2018 in Numbers

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Riskin Partners 2018 in Numbers

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


REBECCA, OUR #1, FORever AND ALWAYS

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


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Santa Barbara’s #1 Real Estate Team in 2018

30 TRANSACTIONS

 
 

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Endless Cookies Consumed

Asher Lammers

1 New Baby


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156 HOURS IN TEAM STRATEGY SESSIONS

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80.5K Website Visits


98,000 text messages sent


209,000 emails sent


21 NEW LISTINGS

 
 

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133 Client Meetings/Presentations

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982 Lunches Enjoyed at our Desks

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104 Pressed Juices


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155 Emails Campaigns Sent

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47 Collective Years in Real Estate


15 Properties staged


5 Riskin Barkers

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7 Riskin Kiddos

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25 photoshoots


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52 Broker Opens Held

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15 Property Films Created

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1,320 Showings

6 Causes Donated To by Riskin Partners


3000 Montecito Collections ORDERED


12 NON-WORK related socials


9 celebrity showings


1 Team Retreat in the Santa Ynez Valley


990 Hours spent touring With Buyers


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10,230 Combined Hours Spent in the Office

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96 Coffee Runs


 
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1 Riskin Partners Family

 

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

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Build Your Dream Home

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Build Your Dream Home

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

 

 
 

ARCHIVE DESIGN GROUP

ABOUT

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


APPROACH TO DESIGN

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

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


TRENDS

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


PROJECTS

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

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La Ladera

4160 LA LADERA ROAD

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

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


 

NMA ARCHITECTS

ABOUT

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

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

APPROACH TO DESIGN

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

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

TRENDS

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

PROJECTS

Up and coming:

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

Past projects in Santa Barbara:

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

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

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


OPPORTUNITY awaits! View our vacant land estates

 

 

1575 ALISOS CANYON

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

 
 
 

 
 

2222 GIBRALTAR ROAD

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

 
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Home for the Holidays

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Home for the Holidays

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


 
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THANKSGIVING DAY PUMPKIN SMASH

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

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FOUR SEASONS BILTMORE: HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS

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

 
 

 

SANTA BARBARA NIGHT MARKET

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

HOLIDAY POPS AT THE GRANADA

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

 

 

66TH ANNUAL DOWNTOWN SANTA BARBARA HOLIDAY PARADE

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

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32ND ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARADE OF LIGHTS AT THE HARBOR

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

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OLD TOWN GOLETA CHRISTMAS PARADE

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

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BREW YEARS EVE SANTA BARBARA

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

 

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Shop Local: Coast Village Couture Collective

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Shop Local: Coast Village Couture Collective

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


 

WHAT:

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

 
 

 

WHEN:

Saturday, November 10th, 12-4 pm

 

 

WHO’S PARTICIPATING?

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K. FRANK

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

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WHISTLE CLUB

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

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MAISON K

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

 

 

WHISKEY & LEATHER

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

ANGEL MONTECITO

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

 

 

ALLORA BY LAURA

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

 
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A Perfect Weekend Getaway in Santa Ynez Valley

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A Perfect Weekend Getaway in Santa Ynez Valley

 

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

 

WHERE TO STAY

 
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FESS PARKER WINE COUNTRY INN, LOS OLIVOS

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

 
 

SANTA YNEZ VACATION RENTALS

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

 

WHAT TO DO

WINE TASTING

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

HORSEBACK RIDING

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

CHUMASH CASINO RESORT

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

 

HOT AIR BALLOON

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

 
 
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WINE & DINE

 

 

WINE

 

ROBLAR

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

 
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RUSACK

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

BRAVE & MAIDEN

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

 

 

DINE

THE MAVERICK SALOON

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

DOS CARLITOS

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

RED BARN

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

 

S.Y. KITCHEN

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

 
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FALLING IN LOVE WITH SANTA YNEZ ALREADY?

CHECK OUT OUR LISTING 1575 ALISOS CANYON.

 

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

 

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Huguette-Clark Estate

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Huguette-Clark Estate

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


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THE STORY BEHIND BELLOSGUARDO

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

BELLOSGUARDO TODAY

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

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HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THE BELLOSGUARDO FOUNDATION

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

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

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

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Southern California Seasonal Fruit: Fall Favorites

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Southern California Seasonal Fruit: Fall Favorites

FALL FRUIT FAVORITES

 

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

 

1155 HILL ROAD

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

Click on the fruit below for a decadent fall recipe.

 
 
 
 

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

Click on the fruit below for a delicious fall recipe.

 
 
 
 
 

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

Click on the fruit below for a decadent fall recipe.

 
 
 
 
 

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

Click on the fruit below for a delectable fall recipe.

 
 
 
 

1601 MOORE ROAD

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

Click on the fruit below for a heavenly fall recipe.

 
 

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Ghost Village Road 2018

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Ghost Village Road 2018

IT’S OFFICIALLY OCTOBER.

CELEBRATE THIS SPOOKY SEASON AT GHOST VILLAGE ROAD.

 

WHAT IS GHOST VILLAGE ROAD?

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

 
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WHERE?

Coast Village Road, Montecito

WHEN?

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

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HIGHLIGHTS: GET EXCITED!

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

Giovanni's - gives out pizza squares!

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

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

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Q3 Market Report

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Q3 Market Report

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

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MONTECITO MARKET - Q3


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-34% Q3

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

Click here to view the Montecito properties sold in Q3.

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-31% YTD

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

Click here to view the Montecito properties sold YTD.

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+8.8% AVERAGE SALES PRICE YTD

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


HOPE RANCH MARKET - Q3


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+80% Q3

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

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

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+50% YTD

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

Click here to view the Hope Ranch properties sold YTD.

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+73% AVERAGE SALES PRICE YTD

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


MONTECITO HIGH-END MARKET UPDATE


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HIGH-END SALES ARE +50% YTD*

*based on MLS & off-market sales.

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RECENT CLOSINGS

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


MONTECITO MARKET TRENDS


#1 Trend - Move in ready properties

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

 

#2 Trend - fixers

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


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

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

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NEW FEMA FLOOD MAPS ISSUED

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

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

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


HOPE RANCH HIGH-END MARKET UPDATE


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5 HIGH-END SALES YTD

Compared to zero sales above $9M in 2017.

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

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


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