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May 27, 2014

Vacation Homes: Protecting Your Property and Yourself

Courtesy of Riskin Associates If you simply do not have the good fortune of calling Montecito or Santa Barbara “home” year-round, purchasing a vacation property to lure you to this casually luxurious, coastal paradise as often as possible is the next best thing. Recently, Zillow released an article detailing a number of ways to protect your second home when you are not there to enjoy it. Below, Riskin Associates tailors these steps to the Montecito/Santa Barbara area for a quick and informative read.

May 1, 2014

Synopsis: Luxury Consumers

Courtesy of Riskin Associates In Montecito, luxury lifestyle is built right in. has released the results of their most recent survey of luxury home buyers, reporting on purchase motivations, amenity priorities and expectations. The numbers are encouraging, with 13% of home buyers looking to buy a luxury home and 26% considering a high-end luxury home. In the niche markets of Santa Barbara and Montecito, properties priced over $1M are considered luxury properties. The report also states that with such a large portion of homebuyers searching for high-end homes, trends in the entire market are being driven by the luxury sector.

August 27, 2012

Santa Barbara’s Lobero Theatre

Courtesy of Staci Caplan and Michael Humphrey of Sterling Properties & Estates - Santa Barbara Luxury Homes and Real Estate The Santa Barbara lifestyle evokes thoughts of all the finer things in life – incredible luxury homes in exclusive neighborhoods such as Hope Ranch and Montecito, the best in wining and dining, pristine beaches and high end resorts, strolls along the waterfront, world class golf and country clubs, and so much more. Another major part of the Santa Barbara lifestyle is our community’s love of and support of arts and entertainment. From the annual star-studded Santa Barbara International Film Festival to our monthly “1st Thursday” celebrations, it is abundantly clear that Santa Barbara is a city that values and encourages community-driven creativity and artistry.

August 14, 2012

Summer Weekends on the Santa Barbara Waterfront

Courtesy of Staci Caplan and Michael Humphrey of Sterling Properties & Estates - Santa Barbara Luxury Homes and Real Estate Santa Barbara is beautiful in so many ways. For one, our city on the coast is home to some of the finest luxury real estate in the world, with homes in exclusive neighborhoods such as Hope Ranch and Montecito that show truly inspired design and architecture. However, Santa Barbara possesses great natural beauty independent of these stunning luxury homes. Nestled in between the towering, verdant mountains which slope into gentle foothills and the sparkling Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara has earned the nickname of “the American Riviera.” In addition, Santa Barbara’s ideal Mediterranean climate makes it easy to enjoy the outdoors any time of year. This summer, we have hosted a variety of outdoor events and extravagant festivals such as the Summer Solstice celebration and Old Spanish Days Fiesta. We also enjoy a number of smaller scale events that occur throughout the season to bring the community together and make it easy to take advantage of the wonderful weather and fantastic vistas.

April 2, 2012

Spring Break in Santa Barbara – The Perfect Destination!

Courtesy of Staci Caplan and Michael Humphrey of Sterling Properties It’s that time of year again – Spring Break! Many vacationers take off to exotic locations, only to find themselves in the middle of a bustling crowd of tourists who all had the same idea. Santa Barbara, on the other hand, offers all the amenities, sights, and opportunities for enjoying the luxury lifestyle in a relaxed, refined environment. Here are some of the top reasons Santa Barbara is the ideal Spring Break destination…

February 21, 2012

Santa Barbara Getaway Destination - Butterfly Beach & the Four Seasons Biltmore

Courtesy of Staci Caplan and Michael Humphrey Although there are many beaches sprinkled along the Santa Barbara coast, Montecito’s stunning Butterfly Beach stands out among the rest. This local treasure is nestled in Montecito, an exclusive community of incredible luxury real estate and beachfront properties. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Santa Barbara, this beach is a favorite among locals. One of the reasons it is so special, is witnessing the annual mating of the Monarch butterfly. Taking place every spring, the sole existence of the butterfly is to mate. Then, they fade to dust seven to ten days later. It is said that the clusters of buzzing butterflies are so robust, that they appear as thick as tree trunks. Butterfly Beach is one of the few west facing beaches in the Santa Barbara area, making it an ideal place to relax on the warm sand, watch surfers work the break or enjoy a colorful sunset. From the beachfront, you can see Stearn’s Wharf in the distance, which marks the end of State Street. Miles of coastline stretches out along the horizon, offering Santa Barbara’s unique Riviera views with spectacular, purple colored mountains and the Pacific Ocean in one sweeping, dramatic landscape.

February 13, 2012

Sterling Properties Celebrates Arts & Entertainment at the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Courtesy of Sterling Properties & Estates Over the past few weeks, many of us at Sterling Properties have had the pleasure of enjoying the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 26th through February 5th, 2012). This annual gala celebrates and honors the best films of the year as well as the actors, writers, and scores of other professionals involved in the process. With a unique combination of high profile celebrity guests alongside the strong local presence, the festival draws a crowd of over 70,000 each year.