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  • Architect Spotlight: Alex D’Alfonso

    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 »

  • Weekly Real Estate - July 18th - 24th

    Weekly Real Estate - July 18th - 24th

    July 24th, 2020

    It was another action packed week in local real estate. The notable new and upcoming listings of the week include a delightful lower Riviera D’Alfonso view home, a chic Sea Meadow renovation, a Mid Century modern pool home, and a couple of palatial Montecito hillside estates (of course boasting big ocean views).  Read More »

  • Weekly Real Estate - July 11th - 17th

    Weekly Real Estate - July 11th - 17th

    July 17th, 2020

    Some of the notable new listings this week feature some jaw-dropping ocean view estates like the Montecito Hollywood Regency estate on East Mountain Drive, the cherished Cuatro Vientos Riviera estate, and a bohemian hilltop Summerland home with panoramic views.  Read More »

  • Weekly Real Estate July 4th - 10th

    Weekly Real Estate July 4th - 10th

    July 10th, 2020

    This week officially marks the time the MLS Pending Listings (67) surpassed the New Listings (56) for South SB County.  Read More »

  • Q2 2020 Real Estate Market Update - A Market Unlike We Have Ever Seen!

    Q2 2020 Real Estate Market Update - A Market Unlike We Have Ever Seen!

    July 6th, 2020

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  • Weekly Real Estate June 26th - July 3rd

    Weekly Real Estate June 26th - July 3rd

    July 3rd, 2020

    This is the most active market we have ever seen! Buyer demand is high and properties that have previously sat on the market are getting snatched up, sometimes in mere days!  Read More »

  • Montecito Journal

    Montecito Journal

    June 30th, 2020

    Gwyn Lurie, who recently acquired the Montecito Journal, is on the helm of the paper’s production and has executed many wonderful things for the newspaper and Montecito’s community. Lurie has taken on the challenge to keep local journalism alive and has dedicated the last few months of her ownership into highlighting and reflecting on our communities many accomplishments and events.  Read More »

  • Weekly Real Estate June 12th - 19th

    Weekly Real Estate June 12th - 19th

    June 19th, 2020

    The Santa Barbara Real Estate market continues its steady hot streak and inventory is just not keeping up with demand! Just to give you an idea, the number of pending listings were almost neck to neck with the number of new listings this week.  Read More »

  • Classic Gardens of Montecito

    Classic Gardens of Montecito

    June 12th, 2020

    Lotusland, located in the heart of Montecito, is a stunning 37-acre estate featuring unique and diverse horticulture throughout. The botanical gardens, originally owned by fabulous Madame Ganna Walska, provide a worldly experience with an array of notable plants and landscapes.  Read More »

  • Weekly Real Estate June 7th - 12th

    Weekly Real Estate June 7th - 12th

    June 12th, 2020

    June is proving to be the new April! With more and more businesses opening up, and the warmer days, Santa Barbara and Montecito are feeling alive once again.  Read More »

  • Weekly Real Estate May 30th - June 6th

    Weekly Real Estate May 30th - June 6th

    June 6th, 2020

    It was another big week for the Santa Barbara real estate market as more home sales and new escrows continued to emphasize the strength of the local market.  Read More »

  • Q1 Real Estate Market Update - Not the Housing Crisis You May Think

    Q1 Real Estate Market Update - Not the Housing Crisis You May Think

    April 17th, 2020

    While Real Estate has been deemed an essential business in Santa Barbara County, California's shelter-in-place order changed the way we live and do business. As a result, recent activity has stalled and the statistics were affected, but not as drastically as we would think.  Read More »

  • We’re in this Together – Market Insights

    We’re in this Together – Market Insights

    March 24th, 2020

    We’re in this Together – Market Insights  Read More »

  • Local Market Update 2019: A Year in Review

    Local Market Update 2019: A Year in Review

    February 3rd, 2020

    What a year for local real estate! Prices went up, Buyer confidence is up, and Montecito is back! I have been tracking local real estate prices for nearly 20 years. During this cycle, home values have consistently increased since bottoming out in 2012, and this past year, average and median prices reached roughly the same levels we saw in 2007.  Read More »

  • Advantages of Buying Real Estate in the Winter

    Advantages of Buying Real Estate in the Winter

    November 5th, 2019

    With the cold weather of winter, buyers are less likely to be out shopping for real estate and sellers are less likely to have their homes on the market. Surprisingly this can be a huge benefit for buyers looking to buy in the slow months. We’ve compiled a list of the benefits of buying in the winter, as opposed to the competitive spring and summer seasons.  Read More »

  • What's Happening in the Market? Q3 2019

    What's Happening in the Market? Q3 2019

    October 29th, 2019

    What’s happening in our local real estate market? Comparing the 3rd quarter 2019 statistics (July through September) to the previous year, South Santa Barbara County (Goleta through Carpinteria) statistics showed improvements in most segments.  Read More »

  • Architect Spotlight: Becker Studios

    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 »

  • What's Happening In The Market? Q2 2019

    What's Happening In The Market? Q2 2019

    July 22nd, 2019

    What’s happening in our real estate market? According to the Santa Barbara MLS, the first half of 2019 South Santa Barbara County statistics (Goleta through Carpinteria) remained relatively the same as last year (with slight price increases).  Read More »

  • Pools of Santa Barbara!

    Pools of Santa Barbara!

    July 3rd, 2019

    Nothing screams summer like a sparkling pool to dive into. Whether you’re into swimming laps, just lounging by a pool, or throwing a pool party, we’ve compiled the listings with the best pool areas. These fantastic pools will inspire you to jump right in!  Read More »

  • Montecito’s Most Exclusive Community

    Montecito’s Most Exclusive Community

    June 25th, 2019

    A prestigious gated golf community comprised of 142 single family homes and estates with most parcels hovering just under one acre. The gated community was founded by Robert McLean who purchased the 250+ acre Rancho Las Fuentes in 1964.  Read More »

  • Hiking in Santa Barbara: The Best Hikes in Santa Barbara

    Hiking in Santa Barbara: The Best Hikes in Santa Barbara

    May 20th, 2019

    Those fortunate enough to make Santa Barbara home find everything about the city and its surroundings optimal. A unique geography of mountains, foothills, beaches, and islands creates enormous opportunity for outdoor activities, especially exceptional hiking.  Read More »

  • Historic Summerland

    Historic Summerland

    May 13th, 2019

    Just south of east of Montecito lies the tiny beach community of Summerland. Known for its breathtaking views, vintage antique stores, and welcoming coffee shops, this intimate seaside community is home to approximately 2,000 residents.  Read More »

  • Billings and His Exclusive Estates Meet Santa Barbara

    Billings and His Exclusive Estates Meet Santa Barbara

    April 24th, 2019

    Santa Barbara is known for its amazing architectural history, often represented in the many estates located in the hills. Cornelius Billings, a well known entrepreneur, brought his love of extravagant manors to Santa Barbara where he built his own residence know as Billing’s Estate.  Read More »

  • What's Happening In The Market? Q1 2019

    What's Happening In The Market? Q1 2019

    April 1st, 2019

    While comparing the 1st quarter 2019 statistics to that of the previous year, South Santa Barbara County (Goleta through Carpinteria) experienced more selection, more sales, and stabilizing prices.  Read More »

  • Small Business Highlight

    Small Business Highlight

    February 15th, 2019

    As a fellow small business, we want to take the opportunity and highlight the other wonderful, hard-working, small businesses that are local to Santa Barbara. So every Thursday we will be spotlighting a new local business on our handle. And if you would like to nominate someone, please let us know.  Read More »

  • 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival

    34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival

    January 30th, 2019

    The Santa Barbara International Film Festival celebrates its 34th anniversary in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara. Film enthusiasts can enjoy special panels, award ceremonies and 200+ films at some of the city’s most historic theaters.  Read More »

  • New York Times 52 Places to Go in 2019: #3 SANTA BARBARA

    New York Times 52 Places to Go in 2019: #3 SANTA BARBARA

    January 15th, 2019

    Already a popular vacation destination, Santa Barbara is receiving new accolades from media outlets. The city is ranked third on The New York Times’ ’52 Places to Go in 2019.’ Only Puerto Rico and Hampi, India are listed higher.  Read More »

  • What's Happening in the Market? Q4 2018

    What's Happening in the Market? Q4 2018

    January 14th, 2019

    When comparing the 2018 statistics to the previous year, South Santa Barbara County (Goleta through Carpinteria) saw prices level out and sales activity decline.  Read More »

  • 2018 Local Holiday Shopping Black Book

    2018 Local Holiday Shopping Black Book

    December 11th, 2018

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  • Montecito's Ghost Village Road Oct. 31

    Montecito's Ghost Village Road Oct. 31

    October 30th, 2018

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  • What's happening in the market? Q3 2018

    What's happening in the market? Q3 2018

    October 17th, 2018

    When comparing the 3rd quarter 2018 statistics (July through September) to the previous year, South Santa Barbara County (Goleta through Carpinteria) inventory rose, number of sales declined, and on average, listings sold at 95% of their asking price, the same as last year.  Read More »

  • Opportunity At This Darling Montecito Cottage

    Opportunity At This Darling Montecito Cottage

    September 17th, 2018

    Buying a home and remodeling it, gives you the opportunity to build your dream home exactly as you picture it. 541 Hodges Lane is a quintessential country-style home in one of the most highly desired neighborhoods in Montecito. Located in the Montecito Union School District, and a stone's throw away from the Upper Village's restaurants, boutiques and the San Ysidro Ranch.  Read More »

  • Ultimate Beachfront Compound

    Ultimate Beachfront Compound

    August 24th, 2018

    Located off one of the most popular surf spots in California at Rincon beach, is an extremely rare opportunity to own a beachfront compound totaling just over 80ft of beach frontage. Nestled in the highly desired Seacliff Colony, both homes have been extensively renovated with no expenses being spared.  Read More »

  • Rob Lowe & Ellen DeGeneres Take Over The Montecito Market

    Rob Lowe & Ellen DeGeneres Take Over The Montecito Market

    June 27th, 2018

    Talk of the town is that Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi's home on Hidden Valley sold off market for $34 Million. The property was offered at $38 million and recently sold off market. Ellen isn't the only local celebrity who is handing over the keys to their home, Rob Lowe also just listed his dreamy estate for $47 million early this week.  Read More »

  • The Wall Street Journal

    The Wall Street Journal

    June 20th, 2018

    A Wall Street Journal written by Nancy Keates about the uprising of Hope Ranch after the recent tragedies in Montecito.  Read More »

  • Santa Barbara's Summer Solstice Celebration

    Santa Barbara's Summer Solstice Celebration

    June 20th, 2018

    ​The Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration has been a tradition in Santa Barbara since 1974, and is something that the Marsha Kotlyar Real Estate Group team looks forward to all year. One of our favorite events from the celebration is the parade, with live music, dancers, giant puppets, and floats, some of us have even participated in the parade ourselves. After the parade you can still continue to celebrate at Alameda Park where there is more live music, dancing, arts and crafts vendors, food, drinks, and more! Summer Solstice has grown to become the largest single-day event in Santa Barbara County and is the perfect way to kick off a start to summer.  Read More »

  • Spend Memorial Weekend At the Beach!

    Spend Memorial Weekend At the Beach!

    May 22nd, 2018

    Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching and what better way to spend the holiday than out in the Southern California sun on one of Santa Barbara’s beautiful beaches.Hammonds Beach in Montecito is a local’s spot hidden away amongst several beachfront homes and is popular for surfing & swimming, gathering with friends or simply relaxing and enjoying the picturesque view and weather.  Read More »

  • ​Architect spotlight: Chester Carjola (1901-1985)

    ​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 »

  • Q1 2018 Properties Sold

    Q1 2018 Properties Sold

    April 1st, 2018

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  • Architect Spotlight: The Historic Moody Sisters

    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 »

  • Thomas Fire & Mudflow: January 9th, 2018

    Thomas Fire & Mudflow: January 9th, 2018

    January 21st, 2018

    Having survived the Thomas Fire to then endure a terrible tragedy, this is a story of a community coming together in times of devastation and loss to rebuild and restore.  Read More »

  • $82 Million SOLD in 2017!

    $82 Million SOLD in 2017!

    January 1st, 2018

    WOW, what a year nationally, locally, and for Marsha Kotlyar Real Estate Group! We reached an all time high in sold volume at $82 million, with 22 successful sales! We started the year off strong and proudly sold 9 properties totaling to $26 million in one month. To honor our favorite properties, celebrate our client's success stories, and envy those lucky buyers....we have compiled a walk through memory lane. Below are a few of our sold properties and stories from 2017!  Read More »

  • 2017 - A Year In Review

    2017 - A Year In Review

    December 31st, 2017

    Curious how Santa Barbara's and Montecito's real estate market performed in 2017? Nationally, a relentless inventory shortage, a booming stock market, and attractive interest rates fueled strong home buying demand. In South Santa Barbara County, housing supply remained limited, sold volume grew, and days on market grew.  Read More »

  • Thomas Fire: Looking For A Way To Help? Here's How You Can Donate

    Thomas Fire: Looking For A Way To Help? Here's How You Can Donate

    December 28th, 2017

    United Way of Santa Barbara County has joined forces with United Way of Ventura County to directly support those individuals and families affected by the Thomas Fire. Nonperishable food, new clothing, toiletries, and monetary donations are being accepted at the agencies listed below. Used clothing, bedding, and toys are not being accepted.  Read More »

  • Third Quarter 2017 - Real Estate Market Update

    Third Quarter 2017 - Real Estate Market Update

    October 25th, 2017

    ​When comparing the 3rd quarter 2017 statistics to the same time last year, the local real estate market experienced an overall decline in selection, bump in sales, thereby driving prices up.  Read More »

  • Montecito, Hope Ranch, & Riviera Third Quarter 2017 Sales

    Montecito, Hope Ranch, & Riviera Third Quarter 2017 Sales

    October 1st, 2017

    When comparing the 3rd quarter 2017 statistics to the same time last year, the local real estate market experienced an overall decline in selection, bump in sales, thereby driving prices up.  Read More »

  • Surprising Benefits Of Buying Or Selling Your Home In The Fall

    Surprising Benefits Of Buying Or Selling Your Home In The Fall

    September 28th, 2017

    Seeing fewer for-sale signs now that summer is over? That can be great news for buyers who are looking to score a new home and buyers who want to get rid of their place and buy a new one. If you think you missed the boat on making your move this year, we're here to tell you why buying and selling in the fall can work for you.  Read More »

  • Santa Barbara's Annual Old Spanish Days Fiesta!

    Santa Barbara's Annual Old Spanish Days Fiesta!

    July 27th, 2017

    A comprehensive itinerary for 2017's Old Spanish Days Fiesta activities and events! August 2-6, 2017  Read More »

  • Los Angeles Times: Summer Vacation Alternatives

    Los Angeles Times: Summer Vacation Alternatives

    July 25th, 2017

    Amy Tara Koch at the New York Times got it right when she wrote about vacation hot spots. "Positano. Vail. St.-Tropez. Yellowstone. There’s one big problem with these vacation hot spots. Everyone knows about them." Evidently vacationing in Santa Barbara is a great substitute to many vacation hot spots, such as St. Tropez!  Read More »

  • Montecito & Hope Ranch Second Quarter Sales 2017

    Montecito & Hope Ranch Second Quarter Sales 2017

    July 1st, 2017

    What a difference a quarter can make! It seems that the post-election hangover has passed because the 2nd quarter local real estate market showed significant improvement over the disappointing 1st quarter 2017 statistics. When comparing the 2nd quarter 2017 statistics to the same time last year, the local real estate market showed a drop in supply, coupled with rising demand, thereby pushing sales activity and prices up.  Read More »

  • ​How to Choose a Property Manager for Your Rental Home

    ​How to Choose a Property Manager for Your Rental Home

    June 6th, 2017

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  • Fannie Mae will ease financial standards for mortgage applicants next month

    Fannie Mae will ease financial standards for mortgage applicants next month

    June 6th, 2017

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  • LA Times

    LA Times "Home of The Day" 5/10/2017

    May 10th, 2017

    Our chic Hope Ranch hacienda listing, 4066 Sonriente Road, was featured as the "home of the day" in LA Times today, on May 10th 2017! Lauren Beale, the writer for "Hot Property" describes Sonriente as "pouring on the charm"!  Read More »

  • 15 BEAUTIFUL CALIFORNIA BEACHES TO PUT ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET LIST

    15 BEAUTIFUL CALIFORNIA BEACHES TO PUT ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET LIST

    April 18th, 2017

    Santa Barbara's very own Leadbetter & Arroyo Burro Beach as well as Carpinteria's State Beach, are featured as some of the top 15 beached to put on your bucket list.  Read More »

  • Local Market Update - First Quarter 2017

    Local Market Update - First Quarter 2017

    April 1st, 2017

    ​Nationally, the 1st quarter real estate market was generally spirited. The South Santa Barbara County & Hope Ranch market activity experienced a rise in inventory and sales but at reduced prices. The first quarter Montecito statistics were somewhat disappointing. Even though potential wildcards like changes in tax policies and interest rate hikes lurk over any market forecast, most national economists are predicting 2017 will be another strong year and even experience improvements.  Read More »

  • Information From Past Pandemics, And What We Can Learn: A Literature Review

    Information From Past Pandemics, And What We Can Learn: A Literature Review

    March 24th, 2017

    The United States has officially entered a bear market, with major financial indices falling by more than 20% since the beginning of the year. The market has fallen in response to a mix of information, including global community spread of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19, a travel ban for Europeans into the US, and general uncertainty about a fiscal response to the virus.  Read More »

  • How Will the Next Recession Affect the Housing Market?

    How Will the Next Recession Affect the Housing Market?

    March 24th, 2017

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  • Find the Pot O' Gold at the End of the Rainbow - St. Patrick's Day in Santa Barbara

    Find the Pot O' Gold at the End of the Rainbow - St. Patrick's Day in Santa Barbara

    March 15th, 2017

    March 17 in Santa Barbara always means a plethora of fun ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The following are a few shamrock themed events to help you find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!  Read More »

  • Opportunity for an Elegant Ranch Estate!

    Opportunity for an Elegant Ranch Estate!

    March 9th, 2017

    We have been so inspired by the modern farmhouse homes that extend the interiors to the outdoors, and see the growing market for this style of architecture. Safe to say, when we realized our listing at 2255 Featherhill Road has all the hallmarks and potential to transform into this style home, we got excited!  Read More »

  • Santa Barbara County Offices of BHHS California Properties Rank No. 1 in 2016 Home Sales vs. All Competitors!

    Santa Barbara County Offices of BHHS California Properties Rank No. 1 in 2016 Home Sales vs. All Competitors!

    March 8th, 2017

    Santa Barbara County Offices of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties Rank No. 1 in 2016 Home Sales vs. All Competitors!  Read More »

  • Important New California Ordinance That Could Affect You!

    Important New California Ordinance That Could Affect You!

    March 7th, 2017

    New California Ordinance That Could Affect You! Your granny could now be legal?! We wanted to make you aware that there is a new California state ordinance that will allow homeowners in California to legally have an additional dwelling unit on their property. Basically, California lawmakers felt that the housing situation wasn't adequate and new building production hasn't kept up with demand. The state passed AB 2299; the new ordinance that encourages homeowners to legally build an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on their property (regardless of what their local jurisdictions allow).  Read More »

  • ​Why May Is the Magic Month for Home Sellers

    ​Why May Is the Magic Month for Home Sellers

    March 3rd, 2017

    List your home at the right time, and it could sell faster and at a higher price.  Read More »

  • New Montecito Listing! 2255 Featherhill

    New Montecito Listing! 2255 Featherhill

    January 6th, 2017

    New Montecito Listing! 2255 Featherhill Road  Read More »

  • Hope Ranch 2016 Sales

    Hope Ranch 2016 Sales

    January 1st, 2017

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  • Montecito Market Update 4th Quarter 2016

    Montecito Market Update 4th Quarter 2016

    January 1st, 2017

    Montecito Sales for the 4th quarter in 2016!  Read More »