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SOLD: Hope Ranch Dream Home

The front of a 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 home sits on an impressive 3.3-acre lot replete with expansive park-like grounds and large resort style pool. Well-appointed equestrian facilities include a large riding ring, two 2-stall barns, and orchard.

High ceilinged-rooms, skylights, and walls of glass create a stunning play of light throughout. Inside, a gracious formal living room radiates tranquility, while the expansive formal dining room’s immense fireplace and wall of windows showcase the indoor-outdoor lifestyle that Santa Barbara is known for.

There’s a chef’s kitchen that flows effortlessly into the great room, and there are 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. There is also a lavish 2BD/2BA guesthouse.

Hope Ranch is a unique residential community known as one of the most beautiful hidden enclaves on the Santa Barbara coast.  Incorporated in 1924, it is known for its palm tree-lined main streets, the privately accessed and pristine beach, miles of riding trails and the equestrian community.

Hope Ranch embraces a variety of residences; many of them sprawling ranch homes like this one, nestled on private acreage with varying topography. Many of the homes enjoy breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands, and the majestic Santa Ynez mountain range.

The location of Hope Ranch is unsurpassed, with easy access to the US-101 freeway and the Santa Barbara airport, making travel a breeze. Downtown Santa Barbara and Goleta are just minutes away. Needless to say, shopping, entertainment, fine dining and museums are close by, as are excellent schools – both public and private. The Middle and Upper School campus of prestigious Laguna Blanca School is located within the enclave, as is exclusive La Cumbre Country Club.

Hope Ranch is a highly sought-after, affluent residential community for home and estate owners seeking the outdoor, beach or equestrian lifestyle. Don’t be upset if you missed this opportunity to own this perfect Hope Ranch dream home. I have access to several amazing listings in Hope Ranch and any of Santa Barbara’s upscale communities listed on my comprehensive website. Please call me at 805.886.9378 or email me at Cristal@montecito-estate.com. I’ve been selling real estate in Santa Barbara for more than 25 years and would be delighted to help you with all your real estate needs.

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SOLD: A Piece of Country in the City

Country in the city hoe sold!

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 not to love?

Sitting on nearly three-quarter-acre, the property allows the new owners easy access to schools, services, shopping and the beautiful beaches the area is known for. The approximately 4,500 sq. ft. main home has 4-bedrooms, 3-baths, a detached guest cottage, storage barn/workshop, horse corral, oversize 2-car garage and large carport. As you can see, it holds many possibilities.

There are many benefits to living in the country, especially when you can enjoy the city, too, like the new owners of this property can do. First, country living provides more Vitamin G. The G stands for greenery. Think trees and plants, which the country, and this amazing home, have in spades. There’s also air quality. People living around more trees and grass generally experience lower levels of air pollution, which has been linked to conditions associated with asthma and heart disease. Green environments can also relieve sadness and depression.

Don’t be sad or depressed about missing out on buying this oasis of country in the city. Instead, check out my other listings. Perhaps this world class Toro Canyon Estate perched high in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains and surrounded by the peaceful sylvan setting is more your style. Or, this magnificent Cape Cod-style oceanfront estate listing featuring a wondrous home and comfortable, private guest house on nearly 1.5 acres in the prestigious gated Sand Point beach colony near Montecito, CA. Are you looking for something smaller in size yet large in prestige? If so, check out this Penthouse in the iconic Granada Theatre building in downtown Santa Barbara. My portfolio also includes a stunner located on one of Montecito’s most prestigious streets: Picacho Lane. This newly remodeled Mediterranean-style home offers mountain views and numerous custom features.

Experienced real estate agents like me know the best way to market homes that offer a piece of the country life in the city. Because of the health benefits mentioned above, they’re highly desirable in today’s real estate market. But my experience goes beyond this trend. I can sell any property in record time for top dollar. If you’re considering listing your home in Hope Ranch or any of Santa Barbara’s upscale communities, please call me at 805.886.9378 or email me at Cristal@montecito-estate.com.

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SOLD: Beautiful Santa Barbara Mesa Home With Pool

SOLD: Beautiful Santa Barbara Mesa Home With Pool

SOLD: Beautiful Santa Barbara Mesa Home With PoolMy latest sale, a beautiful Santa Barbara Mesa home with pool, is proof that homes do sell over the holidays. If you’re considering listing your property for sale over the holidays, I say go for it! Selling your home during this time of year means reduced competition and motivated buyers. A warm and cheery holiday home can actually sell faster and for more money than during any other season!

I’m not surprised this Mesa home with amazing views sold so quickly. Located in the highly desirable Santa Barbara Mesa neighborhood and close to Elings Park, this remodeled and updated beauty features 5 bedrooms and 3 full baths. One bedroom could be an in-home office. There is a 2-car garage, plus additional gated off-street parking. A pool and spa round out the ideal Santa Barbara Mesa family home. Combine all this with optional downstairs or upstairs master with a private deck and you won’t want to wait to show this to your family and friends.

Before you kick yourself for not buying this beauty, check out my other listings. Perhaps this magnificent Cape Cod-style oceanfront estate is more you. Or how about this Penthouse in the iconic Granada Theatre building in downtown Santa Barbara? My portfolio also includes a stunner located on one of Montecito’s most prestigious streets, Picacho Lane. This newly remodeled Mediterranean-style home offers mountain views and numerous custom features.

Selling your home? Keep in mind, emotion plays a huge role in which home a buyer purchases, and you can capitalize on that by making your home appear cozy and cheery during showings over the holidays. Tasteful decorations and a minimum of clutter will allow buyers to see their own families celebrating the holidays in your home next year. If you’re selling over the holidays, make sure your decorations enhance rather than detract from your home’s best features, and remember to remove them as soon as the season is over.

Experienced real estate agents like me know that homes like this Beautiful Santa Barbara Mesa Home with pool have no problem selling during the holidays. So, if you’re looking for professional advice, work with an agent who understands the advantages of selling a home now. If you’re looking for the right home in Montecito, Hope Ranch or any of Santa Barbara’s upscale communities, please consider me that expert and call me at 805.886.9378 or email me at Cristal@montecito-estate.com. I’d love to help you find your dream home ay time of the year!

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SOLD: Perfect Showcase Home Within the Montecito Golden Quadrangle

Showcase Home Within the Montecito Golden Quadrangle

I just found the perfect showcase home within the Montecito Golden Quadrangle for one of my discerning buyers. The family can now be counted among a small group of ‘Exclusive’ owners of a George Washington Smith (GWS) Collection of notable homes in the area.

Featured in Santa Barbara architectural books, lovingly restored and carefully updated to fit today’s current active lifestyle, “Casa Medio” or “The Canby House” welcomes a new owner. Built in 1928 and known as one of the GWS Period Homes, it is said to be inspired by the subtle and romantic design of whitewashed plastered facade with blue trim found during Smith’s travels through France.

Behind gates and onto the home’s new gravel courtyard, the 4 bedroom, 5 1/2 bath French farmhouse is over 5,000 sq. feet on an approximately 1.25-acre (2 parcel) site. The quality and charm and respect for ‘pure’ finishing and scale cannot be overstated, nor can the benefits of living within the Montecito Golden Quadrangle.

This is a George Washington Smith house, a historical landmark here in Santa Barbara County. George Washington Smith is a noted architect particularly for his work around Santa Barbara, and for popularizing the Spanish Colonial Revival style in early 20th Century America. The buyer fell in love with the architecturally significant home, relocating from the East Coast where they lived in a Mansion built at the direction of previous US President Thomas Jefferson, who also lived there. 

Montecito’s Golden Quadrangle is one of the most desirable places to live, considering it’s within close proximity to the famed San Ysidro Ranch, walking distance to a handful of gorgeous hiking trails, and is in one of the best school districts in all of California. There are a variety of restaurants that are perfect for a casual bite out, or a fancier date night with your significant other. Additionally, Manning Park is the perfect park to run around for a quick soccer game with the family, or a picnic with friends, and you’ll often see outdoor yoga classes taking place under the oak trees. Montecito offers a luxurious yet laid-back lifestyle and is an easy getaway from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, or any larger city for that matter.

Montecito is a destination for people all over the globe thanks to the gorgeous beaches, fine dining, and luxury shopping. Those lucky enough to live in the Golden Quadrangle benefit from way more than just the tasty food and chic attire Montecito has to offer. This area is home to one of the top elementary schools in California: Montecito Union.

Don’t be upset if you missed this opportunity to own a perfect showcase home within the Montecito Golden Quadrangle. I have many amazing listings in Montecito, Hope Ranch or any of Santa Barbara’s upscale communities listed on my comprehensive website. If you don’t see anything there, I will happily get busy finding you your dream home in the area. Please call me at 805.886.9378 or email me at Cristal(at)Montecito-Estate(dotted)com. I’ve been selling real estate in Santa Barbara for more than 25 years and would be delighted to help you with all your real estate needs.

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SOLD: Mid Century Modern Classic on the Santa Barbara Rivera

This sale makes Don Draper jealous!

I just got this new listing on the Santa Barbara Riviera a few months ago and it’s already sold! I’m not surprised, this mid-century beauty is located in a coveted neighborhood of grand and timeless homes, an area known as the American Rivera, where homebuyers are chomping at the bit to live. Bridging a two-mile span that separates Mission and Sycamore Canyons, the sylvan uplift which the Padres knew as the mission ridge, resembles the slopes along the Mediterranean coasts of France and Italy. Santa Barbarians lucky enough to live on this ridge attach premium value to their homes because of their unsurpassed views of the city, mountains, ocean, and islands.

Retro Style. Modern Comforts.

This stunning home embraces all that the Santa Barbara Rivera is known for and more. Featuring magnificent mountain views, the home is situated on nearly 2 acres of very private land in the Santa Barbara Riviera’s estates section. Its home — a single-level 4-bedroom, 3-bath example of what has become one of the most sought-after styles of American architectural design The new owners will have fun returning the adjacent art studio and home to their original beauty and stature. The property was designed in 1958 by noted Santa Barbara architect Peter Edwards, founding partner of highly-respected Edwards-Pitman Architects. His use of large expanses of glass in this home creates a nearly seamless interplay of interior comfort and exterior wonder, a hallmark of many of Santa Barbara’s and Montecito’s most luxurious and highly-priced Contemporary residences.

You don’t have to be jealous of the new owners — like Don Draper. I have more incredible listings!

There are More Listings to Choose From

Creekside Montecito HaciendaDon’t fret that this mid-century home slipped through your fingers. Take a look at this magical Creekside Montecito Hacienda that brings Montecito’s coveted indoor-outdoor lifestyle into clear focus. Just check out this video and you’ll see what I mean. Or perhaps moving into this penthouse in the iconic Granada Theatre building right in the center of the action on State Street in downtown Santa Barbara is more your style. I love the breathtaking perch on the 7th floor of this building, and the new owners will too. This 2-bedroom, 2.5 bath residence also has an office with 360-degree views of Santa Barbara, the Riviera, ocean, islands, harbor, and mountains.

If you have your heart set on moving to the Santa Barbara Rivera, I can help you out. You’ll find more homes for sale in Montecito, Hope Ranch or any of Santa Barbara’s upscale communities on my comprehensive website. Just call me at 805.886.9378 or email me at Cristal@montecito-estate.com and let me help you find your dream home no matter what type of architecture you’re looking for.

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SOLD: Another Perfect Montecito Showcase Estate

Image of Another Perfect Montecito Showcase Estate Sold

Image of Another Perfect Montecito Showcase Estate SoldI 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, fine dining, and luxury shopping. Those lucky enough to live here benefit from way more than just the tasty food and upscale amenities Montecito has to offer.

The new owners of this property were immediately taken by the unmistakable ambiance of relaxed sophistication for which Montecito is renown. This rare Sycamore Canyon Road Mid-century ranch is private, tranquil, and set on approximately 1.3-acres. Besides being a tastefully updated ranch-style home, the property also has a separate artist studio tucked against a wooded hillside accessible via a charming arched footbridge over a seasonal stream. Fruit trees and roses complement the natural landscape.

Mid-Century Architecture

Open any interior design magazine these days and you’ll see that Mid-century modern is on trend. This interior design style was first popularized during the 1950’s and 1960’s but has somehow resurfaced with a vengeance in the past few years. Mid-century modern design has, for the most part, adopted the design concepts popularized by the modernist movement.

Centrally Located

The property is centrally located just a stone’s throw from beloved Lotusland, a botanical garden regarded as conducive to a carefree or idyllic lifestyle that Montecito is known for. It’s also a short distance from renowned Cold Spring School, as well as the community’s Upper and Lower Villages. And of course, who could forget about the area’s pristine beaches and two world-class resorts.

Don’t be upset if you missed this opportunity to own this perfect Montecito showcase estate. I have many amazing listings in Montecito, Hope Ranch or any of Santa Barbara’s upscale communities listed on my comprehensive website. Such as this World-Class Toro Canyon Estate, a stunning example of Modernism. If you don’t see anything there, I will happily get busy finding you your dream home in the area. Please call me at 805.886.9378 or email me at Cristal@montecito-estate.com. I’ve been selling real estate in Santa Barbara for more than 25 years and would be delighted to help you with all your real estate needs.

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Beautiful Toro Canyon Estate Sold: A Sign the Santa Barbara Real Estate Market is Hot?

Toro Canyon Estate sold by Cristal Clarke

Toro Canyon Estate sold by Cristal ClarkeThe Santa Barbara real estate market is still looking hot: showing an increase 11% in median home sales over the past year. Those include my recent sale of a Beautiful Toro Canyon Estate.

I loved finding the perfect new homeowners for this showcase Toro Canyon estate. The enchanting, gated property, on approximately 2 acres above Montecito and Summerland, is the perfect example of country chic meets coastal luxury. The main residence is a refined yet uber-comfortable farmhouse-style home of nearly 4,000 sq. ft. There’s also a pair of guest cottages on the property that are set amidst native and tastefully-tailored landscaping. Sandstone paths meander through luxuriant foliage, with a canopy of palm, oak and eucalyptus trees and beside a seasonal creek; opening here and there to delightful ocean and island vistas.

Since the Santa Barbara real estate market is obviously hot, I have more amazing listings to show you. Perhaps you’d like this magnificent Cape Cod-style oceanfront estate. Or maybe you’d prefer the amazing views from this penthouse in the iconic Granada Theatre building in downtown Santa Barbara. My portfolio also includes a stunner located on one of Montecito’s most prestigious streets: Picacho Lane. This newly remodeled Mediterranean-style home offers mountain views and numerous custom features.

Considering listing your home?

As you can see, whether you’re buying or selling, it’s important to work with an agent who knows when the Santa Barbara real estate market is favorable. If you’re looking to sell your home or buy one in Montecito, Hope Ranch or any of Santa Barbara’s upscale communities, please consider me that expert and call me at 805.886.9378 or email me at Cristal@montecito-estate.com. I’d love to help you sell your property and find your new dream home at the same time!

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