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The Cristal Clarke Real Estate Blog is perhaps the most comprehensive and informative real estate blog devoted specifically to subjects of interest to home buyers, sellers, and owners in Santa Barbara, Montecito and Hope Ranch. It contains over 300 posts on topics ranging from residential real estate predictions and design trends, to local cultural opportunities and recreational activities.

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May 252022

SECRETS TO SELLING YOUR HOME QUICKLY FOR TOP DOLLAR

Writer Susan Hartzler’s Q&A with Top Montecito Realtor Cristal Clarke Luxury home sales in Santa Barbara County are still soaring. How

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May 192022

SALT CAVE SANTA BARBARA: ANOTHER HEALTHY BENEFIT OF LIVING ON THE AMERICAN RIVERA

The Largest Underground Crystal Salt Cave in North America is Right Here on State Street It’s not difficult to understand why Santa Bar

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May 162022

SANTA BARBARA REAL ESTATE MARKET REVIEW: APRIL 2022

The Unprecedented Edition The word “unprecedented” has become ubiquitous when describing the real estate market in Santa Barbara and acr

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May 162022

SANTA BARBARA REAL ESTATE MARKET REVIEW: MARCH 2022

My, How Time Flies Edition We’re seeing more pressure on pricing in the Santa Barbara real estate market as we enter the second quarter of

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May 122022

LUXURIOUS SANTA BARBARA SWIMMING POOLS

World-class Resorts Have Nothing on These Liquid Sanctuaries Some of the most swoon-worthy bodies of water in the world (in addition to the

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May 92022

SPOTLIGHT ON: MONTECITO COUNTRY MART

A Celebration of the Santa Barbara Lifestyle Originally built in the 1960s, the Montecito Country Mart is a celebration of the Santa Barba

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May 62022

SANTA BARBARA LIFESTYLE: A DAY IN SUMMERLAND WITH YOUR DOG

The Hidden Beach Town—With Its Chic Shops and Casual Dining—is Dog Friendly It’s time to treat yourself, and your four-legged fa

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May 42022

MODERN VS CONTEMPORARY VS MID-CENTURY MODERN ARCHITECTURE

Do You Know the Difference? Santa Barbara homes include prime examples of modern, contemporary, and mid-century modern architecture. These s

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Apr 292022

SANTA BARBARA WATER CONSERVATION: 7 WAYS HOMEOWNERS CAN HELP

The California Drought Continues. Let’s Conserve This Precious Resource As the California drought continues, WaterWise in Santa Barbar

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Apr 272022

CRISTAL’S PICKS: SANTA BARBARA EVENTS IN MAY 2022

April Showers Bring May Flowers Edition Named after the Greek goddess Maia, the month of May brings warmer temps and the fresh beginnings of

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Apr 242022

PRIMARY BATH REMODEL: 8 REASONS TO START NOW

An Updated Primary Bath Adds Value to Your Home, and Much More There are many reasons homeowners decide to begin a primary bath remodel.

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Apr 212022

SPOTLIGHT ON: IDYLLIC WEDDING VENUES IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

The Dreamiest Places to Tie the Knot Santa Barbara is a sought-after wedding destination for good reason. With breathtaking ocean views, mag

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Apr 192022

SPOTLIGHT ON: ARCHITECT ANDY NEUMANN

Master at Creating a Sense of Place is Also a Legendary Surfer Acclaimed local architect Andy Neumann has been creating a sense of place for

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Apr 142022

SPOTLIGHT ON: SANTA BARBARA CELEBRATES EARTH DAY 2022

You are Invited to Be Part of the Solution The Santa Barbara Community Environmental Council’s (CEC) 50th Earth Day Celebration, Ear

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Apr 62022

SPOTLIGHT ON: CARPINTERIA STATE BEACH AND COAST

The World’s Safest Beach! With terraced bluffs, dunes, and a mile of sand and surf for swimming, surfing, fishing, tide pooling, explo

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Mar 302022

CRISTAL’S PICKS: SANTA BARBARA EVENTS IN APRIL 2022

The Spring Has Sprung Edition Spring is a very special time in Santa Barbara, with our enticing outdoor adventures, delicious culinary exper

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Mar 252022

SPOTLIGHT ON: CALIFORNIA POPPY MEADOWS IN AND NEAR SANTA BARBARA

Best Locations to Witness the Technicolor Orange Blooms of Our State Flower California’s nickname, the Golden State, is due in par

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Mar 242022

SANTA BARBARA BUCKET LIST

THE BIGGEST ADVENTURE YOU CAN TAKE IS TO LIVE THE LIFE OF YOUR DREAMS.” — OPRAH WINFREY The quote above from Montecito resident Oprah Wi

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Mar 182022

THE LAWS: CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE DISCLOSURES

  What Are My Disclosure Obligations When Selling a Home in Santa Barbara? Even in our current HOT real estate market, every C

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Mar 172022

The Fine Art of Outdoor Dining in Santa Barbara

10 ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR CREATING THE ULTIMATE AL FRESCO VENUE AT HOME We live in the perfect setting to experience the fine art of outdoor dining

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Mar 152022

SANTA BARBARA REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATE: FEBRUARY 2022

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same Spring officially begins on March 20, but the current Santa Barbara real estate market i

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Mar 82022

SPOTLIGHT ON: ARCHITECT GEORGE WASHINGTON SMITH

His Name is Synonymous with Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture in Santa Barbara Iconic architect George Washington Smith is thought of a

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Mar 42022

SPOTLIGHT ON: SANTA BARBARA’S HOPE RANCH

A Beautiful Hidden Enclave on the Santa Barbara Coast Santa Barbara's Hope Ranch is a highly sought-after, affluent residential comm

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Mar 12022

CRISTAL’S PICKS: SANTA BARBARA EVENTS IN MARCH 2022

Make Plans Now For These Special Events In And Around The American Riviera Planned Santa Barbara events in March include a full spectrum of

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Feb 272022

SPOTLIGHT ON: OJAI’S TAFT GARDENS & NATURE PRESERVE

California’s Hard to Find Hidden Treasure is Well Worth the Effort Ojai is known for its nature-centric vibe mixed with a thriving culture

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Feb 232022

A WEEKEND IN SANTA BARBARA

The Ultimate California Get-Away is Right in Our Own Backyard Whether you are planning a girls’ weekend in Santa Barbara, or a romantic Ca

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Feb 162022

SPOTLIGHT ON: SANTA BARBARA MUSEUMS

 Culture and Visual Riches are Alive and Well Here Santa Barbara is home to a distinctive collection of museums and cultural attractions th

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Feb 102022

SANTA BARBARA REAL ESTATE MARKET: JANUARY 2022

 How Long Will the Current Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Continue? The Santa Barbara real estate market continues to soar. In January 20

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Feb 52022

ARCHITECT REX LOTERY: MASTER OF MODERNIST DESIGN

His Enduring Legacy Lives on in Santa Barbara The renowned architect Rex Lotery died in 2007, but his legacy is manifest on The Amer

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Feb 22022

ENNISBROOK: LUXURIOUS HOMES AND NOTEWORTHY PROVENANCE

  From Land Grant to Privileged Enclave, Ennisbrook Has Become a Jewel in Montecito’s Crown In 1845, 356 acres of vacan

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Jan 252022

Ojai and Santa Barbara Events: Celebrate Love Locally During February

THE ARTS AND THE AQUATIC TAKE CENTER STAGE DURING THE 2ND MONTH OF 2022  Love is in the air all month long when it comes to Ojai and

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Jan 222022

Local Spotlight: Historic Ocean View Ranch

DOS PUEBLOS RANCH GETS NEW OWNERS, ALONG WITH OTHER LOCAL TREASURES The new owners of Dos Pueblos, Santa Barbara County’s historic o

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Jan 192022

Staging a Home: Key to a Successful Sale?

20 EXPERT STAGING TIPS FOR A QUICKER SALE AND TOP DOLLAR The importance of staging a home cannot be overstated. That’s why staging

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Jan 172022

Self-Care in Santa Barbara and Ojai

IT’S MORE THAN A TREND HERE. IT’S A LIFESTYLE. Self-care means looking after your health and wellness in a holistic and preventive

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Jan 122022

Home Maintenance: 20 Tasks for the New Year

THINK OF THESE TASKS AS GIVING VITAMINS TO YOUR HOME Remember when you bought your house? You noted a million and ten things that needed

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Jan 92022

Montecito Real Estate: A Look Back at the 2021 Market

WHY MONTECITO REAL ESTATE ENJOYED A RECORD-BREAKING YEAR, AND WHAT IS PREDICTED FOR 2022 As we welcome the new year, it seems like everyon

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Jan 42022

The Frank Lloyd Wright Montecito Connection

THE ICONIC ARCHITECT’S ONLY PRAIRIE STYLE DESIGN ON THE WEST COAST IS THE LOCAL HOME OF AUTHOR T.C. BOYLE Besides the amazing Frank

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Dec 292021

2022 Interior Design Trends

SANTA BARBARA HOMEOWNERS EMBRACE JAPANDI AND LAGOM  Interior design trends in 2022 focus on the love and joy of decorating, creating an o

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Dec 202021

Ojai California: A Magical Mecca of Wellness and Wonder

THE CHARMING TOWN IS FAMOUS FOR HEALTH, CREATIVITY . . . AND ITS ENCHANTING “PINK MOMENT” As real estate buyers continue their search

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Dec 102021

Santa Barbara Community Heroes Deserve Our Thanks

PLUS: 11 REASONS TO CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING During this season of giving, I want to dedicate this blog post to some of our community heroes

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Dec 22021

Vacation Homes: Competition, Cash and Considerations

INVESTING IN A HOME AWAY FROM HOME REQUIRES RESEARCH, PONDERING AND, IDEALLY, LIQUID GREEN High Demand is a Boon for Sellers Today’s homebuyer

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Nov 262021

It’s a Baby Boom at the Santa Barbara Zoo

BABY OTTERS, A GIRAFFE, A LION, AND A LEOPARD…OH MY! It's been a busy couple of years for births at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Earlier this year

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Nov 212021

Giving Back: Montecito Realtor Cristal Clarke in the News

SUSAN HARTZLER ON WHAT MAKES CRISTAL CLARKE SO VALUABLE TO THE COMMUNITY Montecito Realtor Cristal Clarke has made the news again. It’

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Nov 172021

20 Tips for Hosting a Stress-free Thanksgiving

FROM EASY TO ELEGANT, SANTA BARBARA LUXURY REALTOR CRISTAL CLARKE’S CELEBRATORY MEALS ALWAYS BEGIN WITH HER TIME-TESTED TIPS Whether

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Nov 112021

Holiday Shopping in Santa Barbara and Surrounding Communities

SHOP LOCAL AT 2021’S NOT-TO-MISS HOLIDAY MARKETPLACES ‘Tis the season to be shopping. And those of us fortunate to be doing our ho

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Nov 32021

2022 Color Trends: It’s All About Green…and a Vibrant Shade of Periwinkle Blue With Violet-Red Undertones

SERENITY TAKES CENTER STAGE WHEN IT COMES TO COLOR IN HOME DÉCOR Each year, top paint brands and design experts reveal their picks for th

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Oct 282021

Have a Spooktacular and Safe Halloween in Santa Barbara

BEWITCHING FUN, PUMPKIN PATCHES, AND MORE Every year when the harvest moon rises, Santa Barbara residents are treated to bewitching sp

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Oct 272021

The Luxury Home Aquarium: Out of This World Amenity for Your Pad

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO SOURCE, SET UP AND ENJOY YOUR OWN MAGICAL MARINE SHOWCASE You’ve probably heard about the Pandemic Pet ph

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Oct 212021

Buying a Second Home? Or a Third? You’re Not Alone.

THE RISE OF HYBRID LIVING  More Americans are buying a second home (or a third) these days, and they’re shopping in locations like Mon

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Oct 142021

A Star is Born Among Montecito Restaurants

THE COMMUNITY CELEBRATES ITS FIRST MICHELIN STAR EATERY Attention Montecito foodies: the flourishing culinary scene here just got better with the

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Oct 72021

Selling a Montecito Home This Fall or Winter?

HEED THESE 6 SMART SELLING TIPS, AND SOME YEAR-ROUND ADVICE Thinking of selling a Montecito home this fall or winter, like the owners of m

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Sep 292021

The Art of Selling a Luxury Home: Secrets of A Top Realtor

5 THINGS CONSIDERED WHEN IT COMES TO LUXURY REAL ESTATE SALES If you’re considering selling a luxury home, keep in mind that sales are s

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Sep 222021

What Makes a Home a “Luxury Home”?

10 THINGS THAT CAN MAKE A MERELY LOVELY HOME LUXURIOUS What makes a "luxury home"? The epitome of a lavish California beach villa, the hom

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Sep 152021

Moving Tips: A Top Realtor’s Moving Checklist

8 TRIED AND TRUE WAYS TO ENSURE A STRESS-FREE TRANSITION FROM OLD HOME TO NEW The process of moving into a new home requires careful plann

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Sep 82021

19 Yearly Home Maintenance Tasks

THINK OF THESE TASKS AS GIVING VITAMINS TO YOUR HOME Remember when you bought your house? You noted a million and ten things that needed t

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Sep 72021

7 Ways to Conserve Water in the California Drought

SANTA BARBARA HOMEOWNERS HAVE CHOICES WHEN IT COMES TO CONSERVING THIS PRECIOUS RESOURCE The California drought officially entered its fou

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Sep 12021

The Santa Barbara Bowl: A Shrine to the Performing Arts

THE BOWL IS BACK! TIME TO MAKE PLANS TO SEE A SHOW, OR TWO, OR . . . The Santa Barbara Bowl, a 4,562-seat amphitheater, is historic i

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Aug 272021

6 Shopping Strategies of the Affluent Buyer

SMART MONTECITO SHOPPERS SHOP WISELY When it comes to shopping strategies of the affluent buyer, look closely and you’ll discover a

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Aug 212021

The 2021 Santa Barbara Real Estate Market : A Top Realtor’s View

A Q&A WITH #1 SANTA BARBARA AGENT CRISTAL CLARKE The 2021 Santa Barbara real estate market continues, with experts seeing a major post

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Aug 172021

Santa Barbara’s COVID Survival Guide

FROM VACCINES AND VARIANTS, TO RESOURCES AND REAL ESTATE Santa Barbara is officially open after COVID-19. However, don’t expect business

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Aug 122021

The Santa Barbara Garden: 10 Plants To Spruce It Up While Keeping Mosquitos Away

ADD CURB APPEAL WITHOUT INVITING PESKY PESTS Do you know there are some beautiful plants that can safely act to keep mosquitos out of your Santa Ba

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Aug 102021

Thinking About Investing in Luxury Storage Units?

JOIN OTHER SAVVY SELF-STORAGE INVESTORS LIKE BILL GATES If you’re among those considering investing in the quickly emerging trend of lux

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Aug 52021

The Emerging Popularity of Luxury Storage Units

DRIVING FACTORS, INCREASED DEMAND, AND 3 EXCELLENT FACILITIES FOR SANTA BARBARA COLLECTORS Luxury storage units offering options for e

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Jul 282021

The Best Interior Paint Colors for Selling a House

RESULTS FROM A NEW STUDY, AND THE COLORS FOR EVERY ROOM Is it worth considering the best interior paint colors for selling a house? Every

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Jul 222021

Local Spotlight: Montecito’s Lotusland: One of the World’s 10 Best Gardens

YOUR GUIDE TO THE PERFECT PLACE TO BASK IN SANTA BARBARA’S BOTANICAL BEAUTY  Everyone knows about Santa Barbara’s beautiful beaches,

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Jul 202021

Buying or Leasing a Santa Barbara Home: A Guide for the Perplexed

3 KEY QUESTIONS TO ASK As the 2021 Santa Barbara real estate market enters its second half, I find a few people are pondering the questi

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Jul 82021

Are You a Mid-Century Modern Furniture Fan?

WHERE TO FIND MID-CENTURY IN SANTA BARBARA The enduring popularity of mid-century modern furniture is based on many factors. It gives us

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Jun 302021

Today’s Top Luxury Real Estate Trends

TIME TO GO BIG AND GO HOME! I love to blog about the latest luxury real estate trends, and I’ve uncovered 5 interesting changes to share

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Jun 232021

Around The World Ideas for Santa Barbara Gardens

GARDENS ARE AESTHETICALLY PLEASING, OFFER HEALTH BENEFITS, AND CAN INCREASE PROPERTY VALUE Our amazing Mediterranean climate is one of the

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Jun 182021

The Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Continues to Skyrocket

LOCAL REAL ESTATE DEMAND IS, IN A WORD, RELENTLESS The Santa Barbara real estate market is continuing to surge, with prices soaring, even as

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Jun 32021

Local Spotlight: The Santa Barbara Airport

CONVENIENCE, CHOICE AND A CORNUCOPIA OF CONNECTIONS  As the 13th largest airport in California, Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) typicall

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May 292021

How to Declutter Your Home: Tips From a Luxury Realtor

DECLUTTERING COMES WITH MANY BENEFITS It’s Good for Your Health! Decluttering your home is not a new concept, but how to declutter yo

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May 202021

Creating a Cat-friendly Home

7 STEPS TO FASHIONING A FELINE HAVEN Today’s home hunters are looking for pet-loving spaces like never before. That doesn’t’ exclusi

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May 142021

Road Tripping Near Santa Barbara – With or Without the Dog

NEW CDC GUIDELINES AND INVITING LOCAL DESTINATIONS MAKE 2021 A YEAR OF ROAD TRIPS As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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May 62021

How to Add Value to Your Home

A TOP REALTOR’S GUIDE TO RENOVATION, REMODELING, OR JUST FRESHENING UP Whether you’re selling a Hope Ranch property like the French cou

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Apr 212021

Attention Vacation Rental Owners (and Potential Owners)!

SANTA BARBARA AND MONTECITO VACATION HOME RENTALS ARE IN DEMAND In the words of David Bowie and Mick Jagger, “the summer’s here and th

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Apr 142021

10 Common Home Buying Mistakes to Avoid

  THINK LIKE A SELLER, AND CALL A PRO If you were considering buying the property shown above, you’re out of luck. The buyers o

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Apr 102021

The Home Inspection: What Every Buyer Needs to Know

WHAT INSPECTORS SHOULD INSPECT, AND THE HOMEBUYER SHOULD EXPECT For most buyers, a home inspection can be both reassuring and exhausting.

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Apr 82021

A Practical Guide to Cleaning Out a Garage

GET READY TO PURGE, SORT AND DECLUTTER YOUR MONTECITO MOTOR MOTEL The garage is one of those spaces homeowners can easily put off organizi

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Apr 32021

Celebrating the Spring Real Estate Market

8 REASONS TO LIST YOUR SANTA BARBARA HOME NOW! If you’re considering listing your home in any of the upscale communities in Santa Barbar

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Apr 12021

The Sweet Spot for Luxury Homebuyers: Not Too Big, Not Too Small

LUXURY HOMEBUYERS TAKE A CUE FROM GOLDILOCKS As affluent Americans reconsider their priorities amid the pressures of COVID-19, a sweet sp

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Mar 262021

The Home of the Future From Leading Architects

4 WAYS SANTA BARBARA HOMES ARE LEADING THE WAY What will a home of the future offer? According to leading architects, future home spa

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Mar 202021

Easter 2021: Celebrating Easter in the Age of COVID-19

8 IDEAS FOR A SAFE CELEBRATION IN SANTA BARBARA Here’s some hoppy news: Easter 2021 is right around the corner: April 4th. Even in the

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Mar 162021

Exterior Color Schemes That Work for Santa Barbara Homes

EXPERTS WEIGH IN ON WHY TO PAINT, AND WHAT COLOR COMBINATIONS QUALIFY AS CLASSIC There are many reasons to tackle the seemingly overwhelming

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Mar 112021

Getting Back to Basics: At Home With Your 5 Senses

MULTI- SENSORY DESIGN AND LIFESTYLE TRENDS Something positive has emerged from our past year of spending much more time in our homes, both

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Mar 102021

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival Reinvents Itself

SBIFF 2021 FEATURES ONLINE VIRTUAL EVENTS AND BEACHSIDE DRIVE-IN SCREENINGS The 36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF)

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Mar 62021

Housing Market 2020: Let’s Look at the Record-Setting Year

IN SPITE OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC, HOME SALES AND PRICES SOARED If you Google “housing market 2020,” you’ll be part of a large group of

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Mar 32021

6 Ways to Improve The Indoor Air Quality of Your Home

CLEAN AIR SYSTEMS: THE NEW REAL ESTATE STATUS SYMBOL Considering springtime pollen causing allergies and the fear of spreading COVID-19, i

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Feb 262021

A Luxury Realtor’s Homebuyer Guide to Property Easements

WHAT ARE PROPERTY EASEMENTS AND HOW DO THEY IMPACT SANTA BARBARA HOMEBUYERS? This comprehensive home buyer guide to property easements off

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Feb 192021

Outdoor Living Spaces for Luxury Homes: Builders Follow the Santa Barbara Example

5 SANTA BARBARA OUTDOOR TRENDS U.S. HOMEOWNERS ARE EMBRACING Outdoor living spaces for luxury homes across the country are becoming bigger

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Feb 172021

Luxury Home Sales: U.S. Demand for $1 Million-Plus Homes Hits All Time High

ARE LUXURY HOME SALES THE SILVER LINING OF COVID-19? More homebuyers are searching for properties listed for $1 million or more these days,

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Feb 132021

Take a Montecito At-Home Wellness Sabbatical

6 STEPS DESIGNED TO GET AWAY FROM IT ALL IN THE AGE OF COVID-19 Getting away from it all is a great way to reduce stress, but what’s a M

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Feb 112021

The Real Estate Closing Process in The Age of Covid

CRISTAL CLARKE’S SELLERS' GUIDE TO SUCCESS The first step in the real estate closing process, in times like these, is to hire a

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Feb 52021

The State Street Promenade: Santa Barbara Al Fresco

TIME AGAIN FOR GOOD FOOD, FRESH AIR AND FUN For the first time in more than two months, thanks to the reopening of the State Street Pr

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Feb 32021

Tips and Tricks for Organizing Your Kitchen — Again

GIVE A LITTLE EXTRA LOVE TO THE HEART OF YOUR MONTECITO HOME Every homeowner knows how easy it is for chaos to creep into the kitchen. Exp

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Jan 272021

Creating a Dog-friendly Home?

FROM MOVE-IN TO SETTLING IN: A TOP REALTOR'S GUIDE In recent years, dogs have become center stage in many homes. Even during times of conf

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Jan 222021

How to Create a Virtual Learning Space in Your Santa Barbara Home

7 KEYS TO BOOSTING LEARNING AT HOME The Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has created a roller coaster ride for school-age children living in Santa Bar

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Jan 192021

Looking Ahead to Post-Pandemic Relocation

WILL SANTA BARBARA HOME SELLERS BENEFIT? According to a new study revealing the trend toward post-pandemic relocation, about a third of U.

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Jan 172021

Do You Have a Revocable Trust?

THE PROS AND CONS FOR SANTA BARBARA HOMEOWNERS Let’s face it, estate planning is not necessarily fun, but it is definitely crit

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Jan 132021

What Does the Historic Low Home Inventory Mean for You?

BOOMING DEMAND IS DRIVING UP PRICES Demand for U.S. homes is driving the number of properties for sale to new lows in the United States. 

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Jan 62021

New Year’s Resolutions: Facts, Funnies and Santa Barbara Specific

DON’T FORGET YOUR SANTA BARBARA HOME’S RESOLUTIONS! It’s that time of year when we break out our New Year’s resolutions

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Jan 42021

The Smart House: More Valuable in Today’s Market?

WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR SMART HOMES IN 2021 By now, every homeowner should know about the importance of integrating smart hou

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Dec 272020

Housing Market Forecast: Predictions for 2021

HOME SALES, NEW CONSTRUCTION AND HOMEOWNERSHIP TO REACH RECORD HIGHS There’s a lot to be optimistic about when it comes to the 2021 hous

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Dec 212020

Tips on Buying a Home During the Holidays

6 REASONS WHY IT'S A GREAT TIME TO BUY A HOME Most people cringe at the thought of buying a home during the holidays. Only the Grinch wo

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Dec 172020

Selling Your Home During the Holidays?

HOW TO DECORATE WITHOUT TURNING OFF BUYERS Selling your home during the holidays? How to optimize that effort might be the most important

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Dec 32020

The Feng Shui House: Creating Balance and Flow in Your Santa Barbara Home

8 EASY WAYS TO IMPROVE THE ENERGY IN ANY ABODE The Chinese words "feng" and "shui" translate to mean “wind” and “water," respectiv

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Dec 12020

How to Celebrate Hanukkah 2020 Safely

EMBRACING THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS THIS YEAR WILL BE POSSIBLE, BUT DIFFERENT  The Festival of Lights runs from December 10 through December

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Nov 172020

The Increasing Popularity of the Multigenerational Home

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS NOTES A SPIKE RELATED TO COVID-19 The annual Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers from the National Associa

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Nov 42020

Timeless Interior Design Trends

SIMPLICITY, INDIVIDUALISM AND BALANCE ARE KEY COMPONENTS When it comes to timeless interior design trends, Montecito homeowners should embra

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Oct 262020

20 Things to Love About Santa Barbara

DID YOUR SANTA BARBARA FAVORITE MAKE THE LIST? It seems like a bit of a disservice to list only 20 things to love about Santa Barbara. Enu

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Oct 202020

Hygge and Friluftsliving: Danish Lifestyle Trends Embraced By Santa Barbara Homeowners

COZY ISN’T JUST AN ADJECTIVE, IT’S EVERYTHING The Danish lifestyle trends of hygge and friluftsliving fit perfectly here in Santa Barb

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Oct 152020

Wellness Living and Wellness Real Estate: The Next Trillion-Dollar Trend?

COVID-19 REVS UP INTEREST IN WELLNESS REAL ESTATE According to the Global Wellness Institute (GWI), thanks to COVID-19, the current emphas

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Oct 132020

Moving to a New Home: 6 Considerations for Families

SCHOOLS, SIDEWALKS, NEIGHBORS, AND MORE Moving to a new home can be a fun and exciting time for a family. Whether you’re moving with ch

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Oct 92020

Do You Have a Household or Family Disaster Plan?

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS SAYS “GET A KIT, MAKE A PLAN, BE INFORMED” Santa Barbara homeowners, along with the rest of the world, are

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Oct 62020

Your Fall Home: Décor Tips and Must-do Chores

PAMPER, PREPARE AND PROTECT YOUR MONTECITO HOME With the sunny weather here in Montecito it may not feel like it yet, but it’s that time

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Sep 222020

Open, Closed and Beyond: A Real Estate Pro’s Guide to Kitchen Design

CREATING THE KITCHEN OF YOUR DREAMS HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER If you’ve been pondering about the kitchen design of your dreams -- perhaps l

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Sep 172020

The Ultimate Guide to Creating an Eco-Friendly Home: Part 2

GREEN BUILDING AND MOVING I hope after reading Part 1 of my Going Green series you realize that getting on the right side of things when i

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Sep 152020

The Ultimate Guide to Creating an Eco-Friendly Home: Part 1

20 SIMPLE WAYS TO JOIN THE GREEN REVOLUTION It’s not surprising that more and more homeowners are going green in their everyday lives. T

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Sep 122020

The Art of Backyard Stargazing in Santa Barbara

INTERACTIVE, EDUCATIONAL, AND DOWNRIGHT COOL Santa Barbara and Montecito  are renowned for having perfect Mediterranean weather and miles

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Sep 92020

The Backyard Shed: Your New Home Office?

WHETHER OUT OF NECESSITY OR CONVENIENCE, A TREND IS BORN Sales of backyard sheds are spiking.  It seems more and more homeowners are need

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Aug 262020

Home Improvement: Repair, Remodel or Renovate?

A TOP REALTOR’S GUIDE FOR SANTA BARBARA AND MONTECITO HOMEOWNERS Americans spend $400 billion annually on remodeling their homes -- not

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Aug 212020

Harry and Meghan: Montecito’s Newest High-profile Residents

THE LIST OF CELEBRITY RESIDENTS IN THE PRIVILEGED ENCLAVE GROWS   Journalists from all over the world are reaching out to me abo

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Aug 192020

How Santa Barbara Homeowners Can Create a “Smart” Healthy Home

PURIFY · REJUVENATE · REFUEL · RECOVER Did you know that today’s new smart home tech can actually make you healthier by creating a h

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Aug 122020

The Santa Barbara Luxury Real Estate Market is Booming

LISTINGS LIKE MINE ARE KEEPING HOME VALUES HIGHER A limited supply of available properties along the South Coast of Santa Barbara County a

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Aug 62020

Thinking About Going Solar? A Primer for Santa Barbara and Montecito Homeowners

WHEN CONSIDERING THE SOLAR OPTION, A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE GOES A LONG WAY If you’re thinking about going solar, installing solar panels to y

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Aug 42020

Santa Barbara Landscape Design: Complementing Your Home’s Architecture

THE BEST MONTECITO AND SANTA BARBARA LANDSCAPE DESIGN IS MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY FACE          From Spanish Colonial Revival hom

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Jul 312020

Ellen and Portia Burglarized: A Montecito Luxury Realtor’s Home Security Tips

WHAT EVERY SANTA BARBARA AND MONTECITO HOMEOWNER NEEDS TO KNOW In light of the alarming news about the burglary of Ellen DeGeneres and P

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Jul 242020

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TAKE IN OUR DRAMATIC COASTLINE, SPANISH COLONIAL ARCHITECTURE, BUTTERFLIES AND MORE The summer of 2020 might not be the best time to live

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GROW YOUR OWN FARM-FRESH PRODUCE FROM HOME WITH A HYDROPONIC “FARMSTAND” Okay, so that title is a bit “corny.” (That makes 3

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Jul 172020

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COMBINING ELEMENTS OF PSYCHOLOGY, COMMON SENSE, BASIC DESIGN AND EVEN MATHEMATICS CAN GET YOU STARTED What makes a happy home? A safe have

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Jul 72020

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ADVANCE PREPARATION CAN MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE IN THE SELLING PRICE AND SPEED OF SALE OF YOUR HOME              A few mi

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EXPERTS ARE SAYING IT WILL BE A GREAT TIME TO BUY OR SELL Is the summer of 2020 the right time to buy or sell a Montecito home? Is a sort

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Jun 172020

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TRADITIONALLY A DAY COMBINING REVERENCE, REMEMBRANCE, RESPECT AND FUN What is the official flower of Father’s Day? As it is with Mother

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Jun 162020

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CONFIDENCE AMONG HIGH-END SELLERS LEADS TO V-SHAPED RECOVERY According to analysis from the Dow Jones Market Data Team, the residential real

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A WELCOME CHANGE FOR BUSINESS OWNERS, RESIDENTS, AND VISITORS Santa Barbara’s State Street has been transformed into a welcoming Ped

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May 282020

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10 LAWN GAMES SANTA BARBARA HOMEOWNERS OF ANY AGE CAN ENJOY Warmer days mean homeowners want to get outside and safely enjoy Sant

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May 252020

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BLOGGER SUSAN HARTZLER SHARES WHAT MAKES CRISTAL SO VALUABLE TO THE MEDIA AND CLIENTS ALIKE In a recent blog, I shared Montecito Realtor C

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May 222020

California Volunteers: A Vital New Program for Our Time

THE STATE OFFICE ENERGIZING CALIFORNIANS TO SERVE THEIR COMMUNITIES & NEIGHBORS In a previous blog post, I shared important informatio

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Moving During the Pandemic: 7 Steps to Doing it Safely

HOW TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY HEALTHY BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER THAT MOVE TO A NEW HOME Are you considering moving during the pandemic? In a rece

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May 152020

COVID-19: Montecito and Santa Barbara Non-Profits Respond

The Organizations Aiding Our Most Vulnerable People and Pets Need Our Support It can be incredibly overwhelming to figure out where to focu

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May 82020

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Apr 292020

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Apr 232020

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Apr 162020

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2020 Brings New California Laws

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THE PHOTOGRAPHER WHO MADE MODERNISM SING We all are aware that architects shape buildings, but have you ever wondered who shapes the way we

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A COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THE AFFLICTION PLAGUING MANY OF US No matter where you live, sleep is the foundation of mental wellness, even for th

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Dec 92019

4 Elements of Real Estate Asset Protection

DO YOU HAVE A PLAN FOR LEGAL SECURITY OF YOUR PROPERTY?  You should. Consider this: the value of your real estate holdings may be signifi

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Nov 262019

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Aug 72019

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Aug 62019

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Jul 242019

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Jul 22019

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Sep 182018

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Jul 172018

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Jun 292018

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Jun 202018

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Jun 122018

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May 312018

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May 252018

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May 102018

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Apr 262018

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Apr 242018

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Apr 192018

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Apr 162018

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Return on Investment: Can Adding a Pizza Oven Be Worthwhile?

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Mar 302018

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Jan 232018

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What will you do in January to give your home some TLC? January is the perfect time to give your home some TLC. You celebrated the holidays

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Jan 182018

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Dec 202017

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PREPARATION IS KEY TO PREVENTING YOUR HOME FROM GOING UP IN SMOKE Do you know how to protect your home from wildfires? If you live in Sant

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Hop aboard a whale watching tour and see why the Santa Barbara Channel is one of the best places in the world for spotting sea life The be

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Nov 162017

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Oct 262017

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Check out 8 front door colors trending today Front doors have the twin purpose of inviting people in and keeping people out. A quality doo

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The key to a sustainable life is choosing the values that matter most and living accordingly Have you heard about the Living Vehicle™? Designed in

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Aug 212017

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Aug 182017

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Jul 72017

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Jun 292017

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MOXI: Santa Barbara’s Newest Museum

Check out MOXI's powerfully playful exhibits and experiences. Discover, explore and play in the new 17,000 square foot museum called MOXI: The Wolf

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Feb 212017

The World’s Most Luxurious Cookware

Can a set of pots and pans be sexy? Since the kitchen is the heart of the home, it's important to outfit yours with the most luxurious cookw

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Jan 122017

10 Tips to Prevent Burglary During an Open House

Don't open your doors to the public for showings until you take these extra precautions! If you're selling your Santa Barbara home and pla

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Jan 32017

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Santa Barbara Homeowners

So you've made your New Year's resolutions for 2017, but have you set goals for your Santa Barbara home? Here are 5 things your house wants you to con

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Dec 92016

What is Santa Barbara Doing About Climate Change?

In light of the fact that there's scientific consensus worldwide about the issue of climate change, Santa Barbara has created its own action plan thro

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Dec 152015

Surprising findings of the Homeowner Generation Gap

It's not surprising to learn there is a generation gap when it comes to what Millennials and Baby Boomers think of their homes. But the details of tha

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