1255 Coast Village
Montecito, CA 93108
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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 $800,000 to $1.5 million. Spectacular view homes, estates and ocean front property start at around $1.2 million and can exceed this amount threefold or 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 Village Properties.
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The oceanfront along the Santa Barbara coastline is referred to as roughly the 20 miles that stretch from Goleta and Santa Barbara to Montecito and Carpinteria. This entire coastline is blessed with some of the world's most scenic, clean and safe beaches, as well as some of the most spectacular estate properties. As a surprise to many, most of our coast and beaches in the Santa Barbara area face south/southwest as opposed to the west, as most of the California beaches do. This prominent... Continue Reading >
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Here and there I am still asked by potential buyers, certain clients and/or in just basic conversation about the short sale and REO/Foreclosure market in the Santa Barbara area...Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, Montecito, Summerland, Hope Ranch. The questions all seem to have the same theme of whether we see anymore distressed sales in our area or not. The reality is is that there really is no longer per say a "market" anymore for distressed real estate in our area. As the overall real estate market... Continue Reading >
As a real estate agent in the Santa Barbara area, I have the priviledge of viewing a lot of wonderful homes across all price points. We live in a town in which there is a good amount of disposable income and wealth which leads to the fact that there are a lot of people that build and / or remodel some very magical properties. The end product is often a pleasure to see. One of the more popular style homes over the... Continue Reading >
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 >