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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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Montecito home Just SOLD!

boundary ArialJust sold, another great home estate site in Montecito. Located at 1920 Boundary Drive in Birnam Wood. Closing price $1,950,000

Possibly the best one acre lot in the gated Birnam Wood Country Club, complete with a vintage pool and pool house.  Once the pool house for the famed Bechtel Estate the home was split off during the creation of Birnam Wood Country Club.  Ideally situated off the golf course this understated home could be used as an eventual estate site or could be a great candidate for a remodel/addition.

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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 Craigslist Fraud

WARNING!

If you are looking for a vacation rental in Santa Barbara or Montecito you need to make sure you are not scammed.

Nearly every new listing for rent or for sale I have will get cloned by Internet con men usually located in Africa outside the jurisdiction of the local police or the FBI. They will clone our realtor home sites on legitimate real estate sites like Realtor.com, Zillow.com or trulia.com and then place their personal contact information within that listing. As fast as we can flag the Craigslist listing as fraudulent listings they will place them back on the web. If you see any listing that seems to good to be true or uses unusual names or suspicious rental circumstances please FLAG THEM FOR REMOVAL, you will be doing everyone a favor.

I never list my rentals or new listings of homes for sale on Craigslist because of the extreme high amount of fraud.

Please do not fall victim to these very talented professional con men.  NEVER, EVER, EVER wire money to hold a rental. If you are searching for home to rent or purchase in the Santa Barbara or Montecito area direct your web search to professional real estate sites such as Trulia.com or Realtor.com or call me for assistance.

We want you to enjoy your visit to Santa Barbara and Montecito. Please let us know how we can help.

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Memorial Day I Madonnari Festival At The Santa Barbara Mission

The "Mona Lisa" of Santa Barbara!Dont’ miss this weekend’s        I MADONNARI Festival at the Old Santa Barbara Mission.  The 2012 Schedule of events begins on May 26 and lasts the entire three days of Memorial Day weekend. This year will mark the 26th anniversary of the local celebration which has it historic roots in our sister festival in Grazie de Curtatone, Italy.

Sponsor’s pay up to $650 to have local and international artists of all ages and abilities create beautiful artwork on the street at the base of the stairs of the Old Santa Barbara Mission.  The Money raised from the sponsor sales and food stands benefits the Children’s Creative Project which in turn serves 50,000 children in more than 100 local schools.

Admission is FREE and the event runs from 10:00-6:00. If you are visiting Santa Barbara and have never seen this before, you will not believe just how incredible chalk paintings can look on bare asphalt. The Historic Santa Barbara Old Mission is located a short distance from downtown on the corner of Laguna and Los Olivos Streets.  The best time to see the completed artwork is Sunday into Monday.

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Montecito Housing Market Update

Montecito Real Estate, Montecito Homes For Sale

Want to know how the Real Estate market is doing in Montecito?

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