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  • Neighborhood Spotlight

    Neighborhood Spotlight

    November 24th, 2020

    Birnam Wood. Montecito’s beautiful golf course community, renowned for its luxury estates and private, gated premises.  Read More »

  • Meaning of home

    Meaning of home

    November 10th, 2020

    In the past several months, “home” has taken on more meanings than one.  Read More »

  • Gardener's Cottage

    Gardener's Cottage

    October 27th, 2020

    Once home to the original gardener of the Arcady Estates, this upgraded residence is now on the market for the first time ever.  Read More »

  • Q3 2020 Real Estate Market Update - An All Time High

    Q3 2020 Real Estate Market Update - An All Time High

    October 8th, 2020

    Despite all the moving parts in the economy, the upcoming election, and the worldwide pandemic, housing demand for Santa Barbara County is at an all-time high, with no apparent slowdown in sight.  Read More »

  • 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 »

  • 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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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »