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.

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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.