Posted on Apr 8, 2014

The birds are enjoying the first weeks of spring and the scent of recent rains is still in the air. The days are clear and the night’s crisp with star-filled skies. It is no wonder that the world recognizes Santa Barbara and Montecito as top tier destination for romance and Real Estate.

We are fortunate to live in an area that is so in touch with nature, yet so steeped in the luxuries of modern living, just 80 miles to Los Angeles yet a million miles away.

They say that; “If you are lucky enough to live in Santa Barbara, you are lucky enough”. This is doubly true if one is able to live in Montecito… an area synonymous with opulence, prestige, even paradise.

As the Real Estate market in Montecito continues to offer limited inventory of available homes for sale, it becomes clear that many folks simply don’t want to move or there would be more homes on the market. If prices are doing well and sales are up from the 2008-2011 slow years, why are not more people selling? In my humble opinion it is because, once you own a home in Montecito, why would you want to sell it?

That said, folks do often need to move away, move up, downsize, etc… and if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the area, timing can be everything. One day you might be looking for an ocean view home in a certain range and can’t find a thing, and the next month there might be three homes to choose from.

The point here is that it is important to know what type of property you want and to be able to move on it when the moment becomes available. Determining your price range, your goals in a purchase (land, views, single level, etc…) are important steps in moving forward with a Montecito purchase.

In terms of selling a home, pricing the property well is very important. This is where our website, www.MontecitoBestBuys.com comes in as a valuable resource. It is immediately easy to compare your homes to the best buy picks in a given price range and try to determine a proper asking price by comparing to other homes on the market and recent sales in the area.

So whether you are looking to buy or sell a home in Montecito, our vast knowledge of, and experience in, the Montecito and Santa Barbara Real Estate market can help you achieve your Real Estate goals. With approximately 75% of all homes that sell in recent years being featured on our “Best Buys” list, it is easy to see that a home on this list is more likely to sell than homes that don’t make the list.

This is important for buyers or sellers, and we are here to work with you to achieve your property goals whether for your family, your retirement, your investment or your pleasure and more… please call or contact us for more information and enjoy our paradise by the sea…

Sheela Hunt – Sheela@Villagesite.com – 805-698-3767

Mark Ashton Hunt – Mark@villagesite.com – 805-698-2174

If you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell in Santa Barbara, or even outside of the Santa Barbara area, please refer to my real estate services. Thank you! Village Properties is an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates. We are also affiliated with many other networks such as Luxury Portfolio, Relo National Home Search, Leverage Global Partners and Mayfair International Realty to name a few. 

Here are a few available listings in Montecito that made the Best Buys list for the first week in April 2014.


ALSTON ROAD – Ocean Views – $1,595,000


SYCAMORE CANYON ROAD – 2 houses and a pool – $2,295,000


ALSTON ROAD – Formal Opulence – $4,695,000


BROOKTREE ROAD – Top location, vast ocean views – $7,950,000


PICACHO LANE – Grand, 3.5 acre tennis estate – $16,900,000