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Architectural Spotlight

  • Architect Spotlight: George Washington Smith

    October 31st, 2022

    Known for popularizing the Spanish Colonial Revival style, you can’t visit the American Riviera without being swept up by the work of George Washington Smith.  Read More »

  • Jeff Shelton’s Irresistibly Californian Architecture

    September 7th, 2022

    Through every whimsical archway to each loopy staircase railing, Architect Jeff Shelton’s creativity and playfulness is imbued in his audacious re-contextualization of the Spanish streets of Santa Barbara.  Read More »

  • In Conversation with Leonard Unander Associates

    October 19th, 2021

    Family-owned and operated since 1977, Leonard Unander Associates has remained unrivaled. Backed by over 40 years of custom homes stretching across Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch, and Santa Ynez, they transform each client’s vision into reality - exceeding expectations with confidence and ease.  Read More »

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    Architectural Spotlight: Jeff Shelton

    July 16th, 2021

    In the city that's become his canvas, Jeff Shelton is known for his magical Dr. Suess-like buildings that have captivated tourists and locals alike.  Read More »

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    Luxury Market

    January 27th, 2021

    Just over a year ago, luxury buyers were looking for smaller spaces in urban settings, but a turn of events in 2020 ignited a shift in the market. “With quarantine concerns still top of mind for many luxury buyers, we see large, sprawling estates making their comeback” (Institute for Luxury Home Marketing).  Read More »

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    Architect Spotlight: Alex D’Alfonso

    July 31st, 2020

    Take a walk around downtown, climb the courthouse tower, hike to Inspiration Point––wherever you go in Santa Barbara, you’re bound to see those quintessential white stucco walls and Terracotta rooftops dotting the horizon. We can thank famed architect Alex D’Alfonso for playing an influential role in this movement called the Spanish Colonial Revival Style dating back to the 1920s.  Read More »

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    Architect Spotlight: Becker Studios

    August 9th, 2019

    As one of Santa Barbara’s most sought-after designers, Becker Studios has conceived and completed a number of exquisitely designed homes. They are highly known for their impeccable taste and suburb attention to detail with every project they oversee.  Read More »

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    ​Architect spotlight: Chester Carjola (1901-1985)

    April 27th, 2018

    When you spend as much time as we do getting to know the homes of the Montecito, Santa Barbara and Hope Ranch communities, examples of historic architecture make us dream of what life was like in this area’s formative years. Today we have the exquisite pleasure of representing a classic Hope Ranch farmhouse at 4691 Via Roblada designed by Chester Carjola.  Read More »

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    Architect Spotlight: The Historic Moody Sisters

    March 9th, 2018

    With names such as Hollyhock, Sweetbriar and Greencote, these whimsical homes and gardens seem straight out of an English fairy tale. The intriguing work of four sisters in the 1930’s and 40’s left Montecito and Santa Barbara with three dozen petite creations.  Read More »