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beautiful kitchens: eat your heart out (part one)

Over the years, kitchens have become a more and more important part of the home. Throughout most of the history of the kitchen-- especially in high-end homes-- it was closed off from the rest of the home, considered more of a workspace than a living one. The popularity of cooking as a creative outlet and admirable skill encouraged the trend of open kitchens, eat-in kitchens, and kitchens suited for socializing in. Today, the kitchen can be the most important room of a home and many buyers will make decisions based primarily on this room. A well-appointed kitchen can be a spectacular place to spend time with family and friends, and thus a major selling point for a home.

We adore lovely kitchens and appreciate the many styles that can be done. Here are a few of our favorites from our current and recent Montecito real estate listings:

1. Between the view, eat-in kitchen, and center island, this Mediterranean kitchen was certainly designed to spend some quality time in.

Freehaven Montecito kitchen

2. This very white kitchen with over-sized spaces and counter tops, and a pitched ceiling achieves a very heavenly feel.

all white montecito kitchen

3. This kitchen, in a modern, Spanish-style home, features another white-based space that is far from bland. Dark accents and exquisite details make it feel refreshing yet opulent.

beautiful hot springs montecito kitchen

4. Stainless steel and sleek lines make this contemporary kitchen so beautiful, you'll forget there are other rooms to relax in.

contemporary modern montecito kitchen

5. Vintage-style appliances make this country kitchen an incredible and unique living space.

vintage montecito kitchen

These are merely but a few impressive spaces; we'll be back soon to showcase some more exceptional kitchens, including old world Mediterranean styles and kitchens that make a small space a gorgeous one.

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rebecca riskin & associates ranked top agent in santa barbara

We are incredibly thrilled to announce that the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) has ranked Rebecca Riskin & Associates  Santa Barbara's top selling agent in 2011. This honor is such an inspiration to us, and one for which we can thank our exceptional clients and colleagues.

Here are some gorgeous listings whose sales allowed our success:

Edgecliff Beach Cottage

Edgecliff Montecito Deck

edgecliff montecito bedroom

edgecliff montecito beach house

Italian Villa on the Prestigious Picacho Lane

Picacho Lane Montecito

picacho lane living dining room

picacho lane pool

Butterfly Beach Home

butterfly beach montecito real estate

butterfly beach montecito home

Sophisticated Santa Barbara Riviera Jewel

santa barbara riviera home

living room

ocean view

European Country Estate in Montecito

east valley road

family room

montecito courtyard

Parra Grande Creekside Home

montecito creek home

parra grande dining room


Again, we can't thank the community enough for its support this past year. We wish a very prosperous 2012 to all!