Summerland is a rather relaxed, tiny, hillside community snuggled on the coast between Carpinteria and Montecito with breathtaking ocean and island views. Summerland’s modern history began in 1883 when Henry Williams bought the 1,050 acre Ortega Ranch for $17,000 and set aside 100 acres for a town. It was officially dedicated and named “Summerland” in 1889. The early settlement swelled in 1894 when a crew digging a water well on Lillie Avenue, the town’s main street, struck oil instead. Within the coming months, there were over a dozen producing wells, numerous lots were sold, and soap and cigar factories established. Soon after 1900, however, limited petroleum production and harsh winter storms put an end to the brief oil exploration.
Today, Summerland’s gorgeous geography and the tranquil beach combined with a seemingly endless selection of antique shops and close proximity to prestigious Montecito and Santa Barbara make Summerland a favorite location of artists, writers and others who are on the search for a relaxed yet sophisticated lifestyle. The town now hosts approximately 1,500 residents. There are large and small homes and estates, condominiums and ranches to choose from. Summerland is served by its own elementary school and is one of the areas wealthier neighborhoods. Most all of Summerland is located on the side of a hill overlooking the ocean with almost all homes enjoying big ocean views. Everything is “walkable” because of the short distances, yet the streets could be semi-steep for some.
Santa Barbara and its world-class shopping, dining, cultural and recreational amenities are all within a few minutes drive.
Summerland Real Estate values average around $700,000 to $1.3 million. Spectacular view homes, estates and ocean front property start at around $1.4 million and can exceed this amount fivefold.
If you are interested in real estate here in Summerland, Santa Barbara, Montecito and our surrounding areas, as well as any other aspects of life here, please don’t hesitate to contact Kevin Schmidtchen at Sotheby’s Int’l Realty.
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Here are the latest real estate market statistics for the 3rd quarter 2014 for both the Carpinteria and Summerland areas. As seen below, the average sales price has been pretty strong over the last year when comparing 3rd quarter to 3rd quarter respectively. On average, this is a little misleading as there were a few bigger sales. This is in comparison to fewer homes sold in the last year and thus 1 or 2 big sales do skew average prices... Continue Reading >
Here are the latest 2013, 3rd quarter real estate sales statistics for both the Goleta and Carpinteria / Summerland areas of Santa Barbara. For the Goleta area, the overall bulk of our real estate market here falls into the following segments: Entry level condos from around $300,000 to $500,000 Single family homes from around $550,000 to $1,000,000 Both of these markets in Goleta have been extremely strong over the last 18 months, with prices continually rising from June 2012 til around August 2013. In... Continue Reading >
Below is a detailed market comparison of Santa Barbara real estate that lays out the yearly market comparison of Sold Listings as well as New Listings. This comparison takes in all the areas from Goleta, to Santa Barbara, to Hope Ranch, to Montecito, to Summerland and Carpinteria. These numbers are then broken down further to include: Dollar volume of New and Sold Listings Median sales price of New and Sold Listings If you have any further questions about these statistics, please let me... Continue Reading >
A little late to be doing a recap of the 2012 real estate market here in the Santa Barbara area, but with the last 5 weeks filled with a combination of my family getting sick, being extremely busy with work and the lack of sleep because of our new little baby...that is what unfortunately happens. So what happened in 2012? In hindsight it is now very clear to see that anyone who had the foresight to buy property from around October 2011 - April 2012... Continue Reading >
Here is a great simple graph that looks at the overall average selling prices for homes here in the Santa Barbara area. The graph breaks down the prices into the main neighborhoods of Santa Barbara...Montecito, Santa Barbara proper, Carpinteria / Summerland, Hope Ranch and Goleta. One of the first obvious looks shows that our high end properties are really starting to see a big increase in demand. Both Hope Ranch and Montecito have seen prices increase a good amount in the last... Continue Reading >
3 Very Nice Recent Real Estate Testimonials From Clients Here in Santa Barbara, Montecito and Summerland
To Whom it may Concern I have known Kevin Schmidtchen since our days at Santa Barbara High School (Class of 88). He is an exemplary human being, world class athlete, of highest ethical and moral standard, and I am honored to call him a friend. It is no surprise to me that Kevin has become a premier Real Estate guru in the Santa Barbara County. With his attention to detail, his honorable status among his peers and community, his great negotiating skills,... Continue Reading >
Here are the latest CORT report statistics for real estate here in Carpinteria and Summerland. The overall market also continues to be very strong with most well priced homes selling within a few days to a few weeks. Buyers continue to be very comfortable with prices and are taking advantage of incredibly low interest rates. Other strong signs for the market is that many investors are now buying again as well as cash investors. We are also experiencing a lack of... Continue Reading >