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Montecito Estate

Montecito Estate — Listed for $15,750,000.

Seldom in a Realtor’s career does the opportunity arise to represent such an incredibly well built, hand crafted masterpiece as the home I recently sold on 550 Freehaven Drive.  Truly an honor and a pleasure to represent the buyers of this spectacular estate in Montecito.

In  September, I entered into my 28th year as a Realtor in Montecito. Having the privilege of marketing properties for my clients gives me great reward. I hope that I have the opportunity to help make your buying or selling experience an exceptional one.

Please call upon me for all your Real Estate needs.

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4th of July in Santa Barbara

4th of July at Santa Barbara

4th of July at Santa Barbara

It’s time once again for Santa Barbara to don its red, white and blue colors and celebrate Independence Day in style.  This year’s festivities promise to be a good time for young and old alike, and include a pancake breakfast, Spirit of 76 parade, arts and crafts show along Cabrillo Boulevard, Fourth of July concert at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Gardens and a spectacular fireworks display that will launch off West Beach.

Start the day with a hearty breakfast at the Montecito Firemen’s Association pancake breakfast. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice, coffee, and milk will be served by your local firefighters from 7:30 am to 10:30 am at the Fire District Headquarters located at 595 San Ysidro Road in Montecito. Tickets are $8 each and can be purchased at the door.  Proceeds will benefit the Montecito Firefighter’s Benevolent Fund.

Next up is the Fourth of July parade which is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. at Micheltorena Street and will proceed down State Street to Old Town Santa Barbara, concluding at Cota Street. If you don’t wish to secure a spot to watch the parade ahead of time along the route and hate fighting crowds, the organizers offer reserved seating. (link: http://spiritof76sb.org/donations.php)

A free concert will take place at the Sunken Garden of the historic and picturesque Santa Barbara Courthouse.  Admission is free and the music is set to start at 4:30pm.  Bring a blanket and a picnic basket and enjoy a musical salute to American patriotism by the West Coast Symphony Orchestra.

After the concert, be sure to head down to West Beach for the fireworks display. Plan to get there early and enjoy the musical entertainment on the beach while securing the best “seat in the sand” from which to watch the fireworks.  The fireworks display is scheduled to start at 9pm and West Beach will be open for free public viewing.

And don’t miss the best parade of all, the post-firework walk up State Street. If you watched the fireworks on the beach, you’ll likely be walking back up State Street afterward to get to the remote place you had to park your car. Walking under the Highway 101 underpass in a huge crowd of people is quite a memorable experience in itself. 4th July fireworks

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Santa Barbara new home for sale on the Mesa

Great Ocean, Island and Mountain views are seen from the top of the Mesa, Santa Barbara location.

New Santa Barbara Home For Sale

New Santa Barbara Home For Sale

This light bright home offers an Ocean view from every bedroom. Enjoy the sunrise over the Santa Ynez Mountains on the east side of the home in the morning and beautiful sun sets over the deep blue Pacific ocean from the west side of the home in the evening.  Remodeled kitchen and bathrooms and nearly 3000 square foot of home make this a best buy.  If you question the value of this great property, try searching 2510 Calle Galicia, Santa Barbara on Zillow.com and see for yourself.  The neighborhood is one of a very few locations that offer all underground utilities and a huge park less than a block away. Central quiet location near the beach and just a short drive to downtown.  Great house, great neighborhood and a great buy!

Please come by this Thursday from 10:00-1:00 or this Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 and see this special home.

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Santa Barbara Weather

Santa Barbara HarborToday’s weather forecast for Santa Barbara is another beautiful day in paradise. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for yet another perfect day in Santa Barbara.

Is it really fair to the rest of the country suffering from sub-zero temperatures that we should be wearing shorts on the beach  in January?  Well, this is why we have all migrated to the Santa Barbara area – to spend our golden years in the warm California sun.  If you ever wonder what drives the price of homes, you better believe our weather is one of the main driving forces.

If you are new to the area or planning a vacation to southern California, take a look at this graph for the best months to visit for weather.

Some other Santa Barbara weather facts are:

– On average the warmest month to visit is August.

– On average the coolest month is December.

– The highest recorded temperature was 109 degrees in 1985.

– The lowest recorded temperature was 20 degrees in 1990.

– February is on average the wettest month.

Be sure to call your “out of state” friends and family and let them know that you are strolling on the beach under sunny skies and 82 degree temps.  There is no better reminder of why you call one of the best cities in the world in which to live home.

 

 

 

 

 

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Santa Barbara Mesa Home is a “Best Buy”

Mesa Homes For Sale

Mesa Homes For Sale

Don’t miss this incredible “best buy” on Santa Barbara’s most sought after Mesa neighborhood. Newly listed for sale in July, this beautifully remodeled view home offers 5 bedrooms 3 bathrooms, spacious lot, incredible pool, views of the city/mountains/Santa Barbara Mission, all underground utilities and is just a few houses away from Ellings Park. Now reduced down below market value to $1,395,000 this property is a bargain.

Open today from 1:00-4:00. Please come visit and see for yourself why this home is one of Santa Barbara’s best real estate values.

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4th of July in Santa Barbara

4th July fireworksHappy birthday, America!  With July fast approaching, it is time once again for one of Santa Barbara’s most beloved and anticipated celebrations – Santa Barbara Symphony’s  free 4th of July concert followed by fireworks at the beach.  ­This year celebrates the 22nd annual July 4th concert at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Gardens.  The Santa Barbara Symphony and the Santa Barbara Choral Society will perform a variety of patriotic favorites, light classics and a touch of jazz, including “The Star Spangled Banner,” “Strike Up the Band,” an excerpt from Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, “Victor’s Tale” from the movie, The Terminal, “Riding Home” and others. The concert will also feature the world premiere of “Santa Barbara Song” by Peter Clark. The concert is scheduled to start at 5pm and it is free to the public.  The entire community is encouraged to attend this patriotic event and to bring picnic dinners and lawn chairs. A spectacular fireworks display over Santa Barbara Harbor will round out the day’s festivities.  The fireworks display is scheduled to start at 9pm, but there will be activities throughout the day at West Beach for the entire family.  Be sure to get there early for optimal viewing or better yet, enjoy a sunset dinner on Stearns Wharf and stay for the fireworks.

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Montecito Beach Home For Sale, 1821 Fernald Point

Beach House Newly Offered For Sale

Beach House Newly Offered For Sale

Located in the heart of Montecito, on the sandy beach near the famed Santa Barbara Biltmore hotel and the Miramar Hotel, down a private gated lane is a home so special that when it is sold you will wish you could have bought it.

Rarely does a does a Montecito beachfront property have three stories and rarely is a home in Montecito on the sand and even more rarely do you find a 3,200+-square foot home on 100+-  foot ocean front property that is under 5 million dollars in a quiet cove.  At this incredible price you could live in it the way it is, remodel it as a weekend vacation home or tear it down and make it into a architectural masterpiece. They will not be making any more beach front in Montecito. The laws of supply and demand weigh heavily to real estate in Santa Barbara, its all about Location, Location, Location.

I invite you to call me to make a special appointment to see this one of a kind Montecito Beach Home. Please contact me at (805) 705-8877 , I would enjoy the opportunity to meet with you.

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Santa Barbara Zoo Welcomes Newborn Baby Giraffe

Newborn Baby

Newborn Baby

Santa Barbara zoo welcomes baby giraffe

 
On April 18 at 3:52, after a mere 12.5 months of pregnancy, two hours of labor, mother giraffe Audrey welcomed her newborn son “Dane” into the world. Weighing in at 156 pounds and standing 6′ 3″, Baby Dane is expected to double his height and weight in the next year. If you would like to see the baby giraffe at the Santa Barbara Zoo he is now on display in a nursery pen within the main exhibit. 
 
If you have the opportunity to visit the zoo in the next week you may be lucky enough to personally witness the birth of another Giraffe. Mother Betty Lou is also pregnant and overdue to give birth.
 
During pregnancy a female Giraffe will only gain about 100 pounds. This is natures way of protecting the pregnant mother from drawing attention or vulnerability to predators.
 
The Santa Barbara zoo hours of operation are 10:00 to 5:00 daily. Please check the Santa Barbara zoo’s website; sbzoo.org for special holiday hours. The zoo is located near East Beach near the bird refuge at 500 Ninos Drive.
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The 2013 Santa Barbara Film Festival Event Schedule

2013 Film Festival in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Santa Barbara is known to visitors from around the world as the American Riveriera. A truly unique location where the ocean meets the mountains and the sunny south facing beaches stretch on for miles.

During the next eleven days our beautiful city will host the 28th Santa Barbara International film festival featuring premier independent films from around the world. This year visitors should expect to see such famous faces as Quentin Tarantino, Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis, Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Sally Field and Leonardo DiCaprio.

For the most current 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival schedule of over 200 films and speakers please go to

http://sbiff.festivalgenius.com/2013/schedule/week

  and experience the Santa Barbara lifestyle.

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Summer Solstice Parade in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Summer Time Fun!

Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Parade 2012

It’s that time of year again!  Time to celebrate the longest day of the year at Santa Barbara’s annual Summer Solstice Parade!  On Saturday, June 23rd Santa Barbara will once again host the largest single-day event in the county, attracting crowds of 100,000 or more.

This year’s parade has “Fantasy” as its theme and will feature Fantasy-inspired extravagant floats, whimsical costumes and creatively choreographed dancing ensembles.

Santa Barbara’s Summer Solstice Celebration has been deemed a combination of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras, Rio’s Carnival, with a touch of Pasadena’s Doo Dah Parade thrown in for good measure.  The unique people powered parade commences at noon on the Saturday closest to the longest day of the year.  The nearly two hour long parade starts at Cota Street and winds its way up State Street, finishing at Alameda Park shortly after 1pm – with the fun just beginning!  Bands are scheduled to play throughout the day into the evening hours, and again on Sunday.

If you are new to the area, this is one Santa Barbara celebration that you will not want to miss. The Solstice parade is second only to the Santa Barbara Fiesta parade in size and will be a memorable part of your visit to the area.

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