Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Manifest Success - The Ultimate Guide to Creating the Life of Your Dreams

For Immediate Release
Santa Barbara, California
December 1, 2008


Imagine you have just received an exclusive invitation to attend a closed door "mastermind" meeting of highly successful, powerful, loving individuals. At this meeting, you will be given the wisdom of personal experience, courageous actions will be shared and priceless business tips and personal insights, revealed. All you need to do is simply decide that you want more out of your business, your relationships and your life and open the invitation and say ‘yes”!

As co-authors, John and Linda Sener of Santa Barbara, California are proud and excited to announce the launch of a new book,

MANIFEST SUCCESS- The Ultimate Guide to Creating the Life of your Dreams. John and his wife Linda, together wrote a chapter on their relationship and personal journey through life's joys and challenges.

The book will be released Jan 13th, but you can purchase your signed copy now for $19.95 (plus shipping) while supplies last.

New Years Special - buy 5 books and recieve the 6th book FREE! We'll even personalize your copies for each of your gift recipients. Just send us a separate email to linda@lindasener.com once you have purchased your copies. Order before December 15 to assure it will arrive by the holidays! (expires 3/31/09)

To find out more about Manifesting Success and Peace Everyday, by visit the Manifest Success Day Blog.

Forever Has No Ending…But It Has a Beginning.
~ John and Linda Sener

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Opportunity - take action NOW!

More Housing Struggles

U.S. market will stay problematic until at least next summer, Mortgage Bankers Association forecasts. San Francisco Chronicle, Wednesday October 22, 2008

In times of uncertainty, with news headlines being so negative, does anyone stop to read the whole story? NO! Headlines sell the paper and, unfortunately, conversation around the water cooler the next morning is too often confined to just the headlines read and not the content missed. I say this because I too used to be a headline reader and never take the time to read the entire story.

Contrary to what headlines proclaim, Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch, Carpinteria, and even North County properties are all selling, and buyers are acquiring some of the best buys these markets have offered in over 15 years.
It doesn’t take long to figure out why so many transactions are being consummated at this seemingly perilous time. Astute buyers are taking advantage of what the rest of the country is running away from - OPPORTUNITY.

Opportunity is the effect created by a combination of favorable circumstances that offer some kind of advantage within there intersection.

Within every disaster there are opportunities and the buyers that take advantage of today’s doom and gloom headlines are those who have read the entire story and understand that a combination of many factors offer some of the best buying conditions - large inventory, historically low interest rates, and high seller motivation.

My point? Don’t be left out, take action NOW.

While many are rushing out the door, be the one rushing in to negotiate and buy! This window will close and it will close quickly and without notice. NOW is the time to take action, take the opportunity.

I have been a realtor for over 23 years. My knowledge and insight of the market are keen and proven. Contact me so I can help you take advantage of this incredible time in the real estate market.

Warren Buffett one of the wealthiest men in the world recently was quoted saying “it’s time to buy America”

It’s time to buy Santa Barbara!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Santa Barbara is blessed with hundreds of incredible dining establishments. On Sunday I, along with friends and clients enjoyed one of the grandest gastronomical delights our city has to offer. Where? Bouchon Restaurant. www.bouchon.net This charming establishment is conveniently nestled amid Santa Barbara’s two most renown cultural venues, the Arlington and Granada theatres www.thearlingtontheatre.com, www.granadasb.org, at 9 West Victoria.

In my profession taking clients and friends to dinner is part of the job. To have a dining establishment of this caliber is equal to dining at one of the world’s grandest restaurants.

The indoor/outdoor dining room is always set to perfection and the setting is intimate and friendly. No snooty waiters here! Lots of smiles and well trained staff are on hand to insure that your dining experience is memorable and enjoyable.

Owner Mitchell Sjerven has created truly one of the best dining experiences one could ask for anywhere in the world. Dinner faire will excite the taste buds from the moment your waiter unfolds the dining menu for your reading pleasure. Add to this and extensive list of California & Santa Barbara County wines as well as a sophisticated list of international beers & ales.

Chef Josh Brown is always available and visible in the open kitchen that allows you to enjoy the delectable aromas long before you have the opportunity to enjoy your first bite.

Every detail is covered and the experience will bring you back again and again to savor each of the delicacies and options offered. Santa Barbara provides many endless choices of ambiance for dinner and entertainment. Bouchon is easily one of my favorites and will be for many years to come.

Make the call and join me with your family and friends for a memorable dining experience and stimulating conversation. The invitation is always open.

Bon Apetite!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

A Santa Barbara Riviera “Wow!”

This morning I had the opportunity to tour a classic 1929 Spanish Monterey home (4bd./3.5b) situated just above the renowned El Encanto Hotel in the exclusive Riviera neighborhood of Santa Barbara. The home and property combine to make up a truly timeless masterpiece of landscape and architecture. Designed by Henry Howell and built in arguably one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Santa Barbara the property is situated just above the historic Santa Barbara Mission and and is truly a breath of fresh air.

Drive through the massive wrought iron gates and ascend to the classically understated front entry of this timelessly designed home. If you appreciate the aesthetics of fine living you will enjoy every detail of this almost ¾ acre property. The current owners have taken great care not to disturb the original design but have added features that make for modern living while retaining the grandeur and style of Mr. Howell’s original floor plan. The real treat is when you ascend the back stairs to the expansive pool and guest house, and the absolutely alluring barbecue area with seating for many and fully outfitted for entertaining – a real chef’s and family delight. Sit on the patio and watch sail boats in the Santa Barbara Channel or lose yourself in thought while viewing vermillion sunsets bathing Santa Cruz Island.

This is the type of property that is rarely available and therefore is a rare OPPORTUNITY!

If you are looking for a spectacular and romantic home on the historic Santa Barbara Rivera this is by far and away the answer to your quest.

Call me for additional information and photos.


Friday, August 1, 2008

Santa Barbara Sunsets, Tapas, and Fireworks - The Mesa is Calling You!

480 Terrace, Santa Barbara, California 93109

I've been so excited about this unique Mesa property because it offers buyers such great VALUE with its amazing location and stylish remodel! The 3 bedroom/2 bath home sits proudly above Cliff Drive with guaranteed spectacular views. In addition to a welcoming great room with soaring ceilings, the home features a large master suite with corner ocean views and a sophisticated kitchen - perfect for enjoying comfortable meals at home or entertaining guests in style.

Other highlights of this property include two downstairs bedrooms with eco-friendly bamboo floors and a large two car garage (with additional space perfect for expanding into an additional craft room or office). You can enjoy the private patio and large wrap-around backyard year-round, especially during the annual Santa Barbara 4th of July fireworks extravaganza.

The Mesa is a really special neighborhood because it offers quiet, convenience, and some of Santa Barbara's best parks and beaches. You will be happy to know that the local's favorite source for wholesome and organic foods - Lazy Acres - is located just around the corner. I also go there because I love their fresh bakery and deli items!

There are some great restaurants just down the road at the Santa Barbara Marina. And you'll quickly discover why locals also enjoy the Mesa Cafe - a casual spot with a large selection of comfort foods and modern cuisine. Another fun place to dine any night of the week is Alcazar (parent restaurant of downtown hot spot Milk & Honey) - great tapas and coconut mojitos!

Oh, I almost forgot to mention that his house puts you just minutes from Shoreline Park, where amazing sunsets are scheduled nightly.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Weekend Dilemma: Too Much To See and Do in Santa Barbara's Rich Cultural Community

Happy Friday everyone!

With the whole weekend ahead of me, I've decided to blog a little about the cultural offerings in Santa Barbara. If I were to cover absolutely everything I could experience in any given weekend here, I would have to get into more of a treatise on the pros and cons of living somewhere where there is ALWAYS something interesting happening. From cultural festivals to live performances and visual arts - there really is something for everybody.

This weekend is the annual Greek Festival held in Oak Park. The quiet neighborhood park is transformed into a shady summertime gathering place for people of all ages to enjoy great food and entertainment. I love this event because it gives me an excuse to walk through the charming Samarkand neighborhood and take in all the delightful cottage-style homes on the surrounding streets. Then waiting just around the corner are the lively Greek musicians and dancers on the Parthenon Stage who spread their infectious rhythms until everyone is on their feet!

For classical music lovers, the Music Academy of the West comes to life in the summer for 8 weeks. Perched on the Montecito bluffs adjacent to Butterfly Beach, the academy hosts gifted young musicians and gives them the amazing opportunity to perform with illustrious guest artists (last season opened with conductor/composer John Williams). Events are usually held downtown at the Lobero and now at Hahn Hall, the newly constructed theater on their campus. Attending any event during their Summer Festival is a treat!

One of Santa Barbara's little gems is the Contemporary Arts Forum (located upstairs in the shopper's paradise Paseo Nuevo). This weekend CAF hosts a short film festival at Samy's Camera. The outdoor event is the perfect way to enjoy a beautiful evening under the Santa Barbara stars.

Now if only I could decide what to do, I might be able to narrow down my dining options... Don't even get me started on my favorite Santa Barbara restaurants!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A PERFECT STORM: Santa Barbara is a Buyer's Market Amidst National Slump

A Down Market you say? A recent CNN article confirms that falling real estate markets are still running their course.

Contrary to national headlines there are cities and communities flourishing in this so called “down” real estate market. Perspective is an interesting thing – it shifts - and from where you stand, the information just might lean in your favor. In a perfect storm a set of disparate events combine to create an exceptionally powerful phenomenon with great impact or influence. It is at just such a time that ones individual perspective is most important. A perspective from within the storm calls for specific response, while a perspective from outside the storm calls for an often entirely different course of action.

Despite the general trend across the country, real estate values in Montecito and Hope Ranch California have continued to rise since the beginning of the year. Both areas are experiencing double digit increases with Montecito values up almost 25% and Hope Ranch up 10% thus far in 2008. If you are considering buying or selling in the Santa Barbara area and you are relying on the national news for real estate updates, I think it is time to shift away from that broad general perspective and zone in on a local perspective that is truly relevant to your personal real estate needs. Yes, the general perspective countrywide is that of a “down” market, however, Santa Barbara is not in the eye of the storm.

Indeed, there is another set of events which make this a fantastic time in real estate. Yes, our community does have its share of foreclosures and REO’s. If you are looking to get into one of the most beautiful communities in the world it just might behoove you to act with haste. However, interest rates are still incredibly low (jumbo loans in the low to mid 6% range) and there is an abundance of inventory with over 600 homes on the market between Carpinteria and Goleta. Those familiar with the “ins” and “outs” of real estate in Santa Barbara County might actually call this a buyers market. This kind of talk has not been on the lips of real estate agents since the late 1980s.

History loves to repeat itself and the buyers that take advantage of the market today are going to be those who will talk about the bargains they were able to find in Santa Barbara, Montecito, and Hope Ranch in 2008. I promise you, it won’t last forever.

If your future investments include a plan for purchasing real estate in Southern Santa Barbara County history tells the story of economic regression followed by recovery and increased market values.

Friday, March 14, 2008


#1 Monday
#2 Tuesday
#3 Wednesday
#4 Thursday
#5 Friday
#6 Saturday
#7 Sunday

“Oh! That’s too easy!,” you may say. Especially since the same may be said about many elite communities around the world. Well, let’s take a closer look at why every day of the week is so special, living on the central coast of California.

Some say this is the most stressful day of the week. Not if you start your Mondays with a morning walk on one of our many pristine beaches, watch the dolphins dancing in the waves and listen to the songs of the sea birds winging overhead. Then enjoy a quiet breakfast at the world reknown Four Season’s Biltmore or my personal favorite, The Bath House at East Beach, where the blueberry wheat germ pancakes are to die for! It’s a pretty casual beachside location but ideal for reading the Wall Street Journal, people watching or soaking up the mid morning sunshine.

After lunch enjoy a round of eighteen holes at one of four private country clubs (La Cumbre, Montecito, Birnam Wood and The Valley Club) or try one of several world-class public courses. My personal favorite among public courses is Sandpiper – adjacent to the Bacara Resort Hotel - where the 11th hole is reminiscent of Pebble Beach. Finish at sunset with a glass of award winning Santa Rita Hills pinot noir at my favorite wine shop, Vino De Vino, on de la Vina Street. Now that’s a tongue twister! Not a pinot fan? Ask to try the Harrison Clarke 2005 Syrah, you won’t be disappointed! Then reflect on the day while dining at one of the many world class restaurants in and around Santa Barbara. With the reopening of The Plow and Angel at San Ysidro Ranch…that would be my choice any day of the week. Stress? Not in my world, how about yours?

After you wake to the day you can stroll through the lower village of Montecito and enjoy a strong and distinctive cup of Peets coffee at Jeannine’s to chat with friends or meet a colleague for a morning business brief. This is just one of the many comfortable social meeting locations in Santa Barbara. Spend the afternoon walking “the village” and shopping in the boutique shops and galleries along Coast Village Road. Ladies, I would suggest Kate for that one of a kind design! Afternoons at the Coral Casino is just too posh to miss, you’ll have to call me for an invitation…truly Santa Barbara at its absolute best. Winter sunsets in Santa Barbara are a secret shared by few and enjoyed by everyone who live here. Choose Butterfly Beach, Shoreline or Francheschi Park or any number of other locations to see the colors, but remember, it’s only Tuesday, you have all week to explore!

I cannot imagine going any further than Tuesday right now…but it is just the beginning to another perfect week in Santa Barbara! Give me a call to start your journey…


Thursday, February 14, 2008


Welcome to my first blog entry! I invite you to visit often and see what is new in paradise as I share stories, insights and perspectives about Santa Barbara, real estate and creating the lifestyle that we all desire. My goal with these commentaries is to bring experience, insight and a much loved historical perspective.

For twenty three of my fifty years of living in Santa Barbara, I have been an integral force in the real estate community, representing both affluent clientele from around the world and local families and businesses. It has been an incredible joy and an opportunity for me to change lives by helping client's fulfill not only their personal and financial goals when it comes to real estate, but to be a partner in creating the lifestyle that will enhance my clients lives. Let these thoughts and stories as well as my services be your guide to our community as well as my services whether you are a Santa Barbara native or simply conducting a web search on Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch or many the other distinctive communities in Santa Barbara County.

I am ever aware that living in Santa Barbara is a distinct privilege. I love Santa Barbra and enjoy its rich history and sharing little known facts with anyone who wants to truly experience the Santa Barbara lifestyle. Real estate is not just about selling homes and listing properties, for me the joy is to bring meaning and purpose to every aspect of what I do. This blog will allow me one more vehicle to stay in touch with my friends, clients and for those seeking to truly become a part of the special place I call home.

Visit this site often….trust me, the journeys will be worth returning for.