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Things to Do in Santa Barbara this Spring

There’s no denying that Santa Barbara is beautiful this time of year There’s so much to do in Santa Barbara this Spring it can be difficult to decide where to begin. With all the Spring flowers popping up and the many activities, there’s never a dull or boring moment. Here’s a list of my ...

2017: The Year in Real Estate in Montecito and Santa Barbara

the largest single family residential sale in Santa Barbara County in 2017 How did natural disasters impact the real estate industry? My latest newsletter looks at 2017 and the year in real estate in Montecito and Santa Barbara. It’s impossible to look back without acknowledging last year’s Thomas Fire followed by the deadly mudslides that swept through this bucolic ...

What You Really Need to Know to Find A Real Estate Agent

the house sold with the help of the right real estate agent! Close friends and relatives should generally be avoided I’ve written several blogs about how to find a real estate agent, including How to Hire a Competent Realtor: Consider Their Use of Technology. I know being a real estate agent involves more than just knowing the combination to the lockbox. ...

Own a piece of Santa Barbara History

A piece of Santa Barbara history: Granada building at twilight Just announced: a price reduction on the penthouse of the historic Granada Theater Now is your chance to own a piece of Santa Barbara history at a reduced price! Only $4,175,000 gets you the penthouse of the iconic Granada Theatre building in downtown Santa Barbara. I love the breathtaking ...

Smart Speakers: Which One is Right for You?

smart speakers for your Santa Barbara home What to Look for When Buying Smart Speakers If you haven't already jumped on the smart speaker bandwagon, then listen up. These devices work just fine as a way to play music from your smartphone or the cloud. But that’s not all. When you talk to a smart speaker, it will respond to your commands. ...

Using Mindfulness to Tackle Clutter

Mindfulness street sign How practicing mindfulness can help Santa Barbara homeowners Practicing mindfulness in everything, including clearing out the clutter we’ve accumulated in our home, can help bring awareness of personal issues. “When we operate on autopilot in our lives, we cease to be aware of what is ...

This New Summerland Real Estate Listing is a Mid-century Beauty

Summerland Real Estate Combining chic design and classic comfort with a nostalgic flair in a piece of Summerland Real Estate My new listing, a Mid-century beauty in this charming beach town next door to Montecito, is a standout among Summerland real estate.  It’s a wonderful example of this area’s coveted ...

SOLD: A Piece of Country in the City

Country in the city hoe sold! This Hope Ranch Annex Mini-ranch offers the best of both worlds I just made another sale, this time it’s a mini ranch in Santa Barbara’s highly desirable Hope Ranch Annex that offers a piece of country in the city. Ah, country living—fresh air, wide-open spaces, a slower pace of life. What's ...

SOLD: Hope Ranch Dream Home

The front of a Hope Ranch Dream Home Hope Ranch: a beautiful hidden enclave on the Santa Barbara coast I just found the perfect Hope Ranch dream home for my new clients. The exquisite estate has been re-designed and executed to the highest level of taste and finish. Featuring sweeping views in every direction, this Hope Ranch dream ...

SOLD: Another Perfect Montecito Showcase Estate

Image of Another Perfect Montecito Showcase Estate Sold I just found the perfect Montecito showcase estate for one of my discerning buyers: a Montecito Mid-Century Ranch set among classic Montecito estates in a coveted neighborhood of grand and timeless homes. Montecito is a destination for people all over the globe thanks to the gorgeous beaches, ...
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