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Wed Jun 21, 2017
Susie Kay answered:
I would suggest that you work with a local realtor to assist you.
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Sat May 16, 2015
Alyssa Overeiner answered:
You could expect to make 24,000 off that deal but you need to take into consideration the split with your broker as well as taxes! Do not forget taxes! A more realistic number to expect to net would be about $6,720 which takes into account a 30/70 split with broker (which is standard in my area) as well as about 40% or so set aside for tax purposes. Again, it will vary from brokerage to brokerage and from agent to agent. Good luck! ... more
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Mon Dec 15, 2014
Mark Leach answered:
It is all conditional. I think that Scott gave a really good answer. Some buyers may really appreciate it and may be more willing to buy your home rather than somebody else's home. It all depends on the buyer, however, a custom fence will increase the curb appeal.
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Wed Feb 19, 2014
nrinno answered:
I have lived in Oak Park for 15 years, and as a 50-something year old woman, I have never felt afraid or unsafe. And I used to walk home from work in the dark from downtown State St daily.
No, it's not Mayberry and I wouldn't leave my car unlocked on the street, but compared to other cities Santa Barbara has always seemed safe. I think the crime statistics are mostly petty theft, tagging, stuff like that.
The gang "activity" is mainly harming each other (lol) and that happens mostly on the other side of the freeway (west of the 101), and around Milpas St, if you read the paper.
I have found the cops VERY responsive, when I have called about excessive noise or suspicious activity (like campers in the creek) on occasion. I say, go for it!
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Tue Jan 21, 2014
JoAnn Pomatto-Gomez answered:
In Santa Barbara you're never too far away from the beach no matter where you decide to live. We are nestled between the ocean and the foothills. Plenty of real,estate to choose from and beautiful beaches to visit! ... more
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Mon Sep 23, 2013
Andrew Rose answered:
The nickname American Riviera certainly comes to mind. The area itself was discovered by the Spanish and as such much of the lasting architectural influence stems from that. Spanish Revival style became immensely popular in the late 19th/early 20th centuries through much of California and especially in Santa Barbara.

Nowadays, Santa Barbara is home to a mix of upper, middle, and working class residents. While I wouldn't go so far as to say there are dramatic differences between neighborhoods, they definitely have their own unique feel. Montecito is clearly the upper-echelon of the region, with many if not most of the properties topping well above $1 million. Other neighborhoods like Goleta feel a bit more like your typical middle class working environments, and are still beautiful locations with gorgeous homes.

Downtown State Street, the main boulevard that cuts through the downtown of Santa Barbara, is lined with shops, restaurants, theaters, and more. There is everything from luxury boutique shopping to large mainstream stores like Nordstrom and Macy's to mom-and-pop specialty stores. It is difficult to find a bad meal amongst the multitude of culinary options the area has to offer.

The beaches are of course what is most associated with Santa Barbara. It truly is a beach town, and the weather agrees. Summers are mild in the 70s-80s and the winters are not so bad with the coldest times being nights that drop to the low 50s at worst. The ocean is as warm as you can find in California, certainly not like Hawaii or the Gulf of Mexico, but manageable. Famous surf spots like Rincon where pro surfer Kelly Slater keeps a home are within short drives.

I hope that gives you a better idea. Santa Barbara is one of those places that you get a great feel for in the your first experience, one which is difficult to forget. It truly is a one of a kind place.
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Tue Sep 10, 2013
Andrew Rose answered:
Santa Barbara is home to some great shopping areas: most notable would be the Paseo Nuevo shopping center off of State Street in downtown and if I'm not mistaken is the oldest mall in California.

Coast Village Road in Montecito is more upscale, and home to many small luxury boutiques. The village itself is one of the most expensive in the country and it shows in its inherent shopping nature.

There are plenty of strip malls and other local amenities spread throughout the area.

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Wed Aug 7, 2013
Michael Deluca asked:
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Sat Dec 29, 2012
palamino_ranch answered:
Santa Ynez, is like an old dusty Western town, equine friendly. I rode my first horse there, a beautiful palomino. I went to grade school in Solvang and loved it. My cousins lived in Buellton. Los Olivos is my mom's favorite, my mom, a dancer, loves this artists' town with its wineries, galleries, and quaint stores. Ballard is a a family and historical type of place, but Solvang is a tourist trap. When I was in the Boy Scouts, we were collecting bottles and cans and I missed my ride going back to the BSA I starting walking back to Solvang. Ronald Reagan picked me up in his old pickup truck and took me in to town. I loved him....he was so friendly and liked me. Just me and the" great communicator" just riding down the road to Solvang and chatting. God bless you Ronald!!!

The Chumash have made alot of money for me so I don't bad-mouth them. This is a beautiful valley with oak-studded trees and crystal clear streams.

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Fri Feb 17, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
Perhaps your question was cut off--what information are you looking for...
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Wed Dec 3, 2008
Steve answered:
i live on the riviera and our cars have been broken into 3 times in as many weeks. eastside gangs i'm sure. tough punks making money for their habits.
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Fri May 9, 2008
Linda Ginex answered:
To be realistic, unlike Ruthless who expects you to be a Top Producer your 2nd year in which is absolutely next to impossible, figure to come in with 6 months reserves as well as $10,000 for starting out your business. Get a mentor for the first 3 months after you've completed your license. Go to the CAR Expo and read Sell with Soul.

Remember, your not working in a low end market in Santa Barbara. Out there your only as succesful as your shere of influence - so hobnob up the ying yang. Good Luck!
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Mon Apr 21, 2008
Nicole answered:
I would recommend hiring an experienced land use agent or architect who has processed a number of projects in Montecito specifically. If the agent/architect has an overly emotional or negative view of the planning department it means they lack the knowledge necessary to get your project through efficiently. You can also go to the zoning counter before even starting your project and get free information regarding your property and any constraints it may have. If they are busy on a particular day, go back when there is more time and you can get a lot of good information. Also, submit for architectural review early and beware of changing your project mid-process because it will require much more $ and time. If a zoning requirement seems unfair, ask to see the ordinance language stating the requirement. Also remember that being persistent, polite and responsive will never hurt you. ... more
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Sun Feb 24, 2008
Catherine JM Harvey answered:
it is very expensive. You should make at least $80k-100k to stay afloat. You could rent a house cheaper than buying one. There are drugs and weapons available to kids in this area.
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Thu Feb 7, 2008
Kevin Schmidtchen answered:

The downtown area of Santa Barbara is very friendly for people without their own car. Many people do live downtown and walk to their work or take buses. It is a small enough town to accompany this lifestyle. As far as subways, we don't have any in the Santa Barbara area. Most people also don't use taxis until later in the evening or to get out to the airport.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me.
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Tue Dec 11, 2007
Frank Hotchkiss answered:
Tax records indicate this home belongs to CANFIELD, MILTON G & PEARL H. Are you interested in this neighborhood?
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Fri Oct 26, 2007
Kevin Schmidtchen answered:

We do have some traffic but it really depends on your definition of traffic. On Friday Saturday and Sunday towards the afternoon we have a bunch of people coming up from the Ventura and Los Angeles areas for the day and/or weekend. Because of this we see traffic build up on these days from the Castillo area until Carpinteria. This is then most prominent in summer or on holidays.

As far as other freeway traffic it is still hit and miss in our town. Most of the time we are OK but you can for sure hit traffic on the one freeway that passes through town for 10-15 minutes.

In town our streets are relatively free and you would never count on any traffice just driving around town.

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Fri Oct 26, 2007
Kevin Schmidtchen answered:
As far as rentals go there are a few very direct ways to do this.

The Blue Book if you will is simply the Santa Barbara News Press. The best time to check this is on Sundays.
The second resource would be to go onto Craigslist for Santa Barbara. This is very active everyday.
The Have's and Need's is another resource which you can look at online.

Most of these resources are for the price point of $600 to $3500. If you are looking for highend then the best would be to talk with a realtor. Many of these homes are not listed since the owners do not want a bunch of people who might not really be looking to go to their home or drive-by etc.

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Fri Oct 26, 2007
Kevin Schmidtchen answered:
The simple answer is lifestyle. That really is all it is. Santa Barbara is a little enclave here on the coastline that offers incredible weather, restaurants, architecture, culture, outdoor activity and a safe healthy place to raise children.

As far as the cost to live, I imagine you are speaking about the cost to buy a home. This is high for sure and simply is a matter of economics (supply v. demand). Many people want to live here and we are restricted by size....SB is pretty much built out with no room to sprawl (which is also another great factor in why people choose to live here). Since there is no room to sprawl, the prices are driven up with more demand than supply.

The most recent stats I have heard are that upwards of 70% of the population rents. This simply states that people choose to live here regardless of the cost to purchase a home. Outside of the home purchase, I think most people feel that everything else is similar in costs to other towns (maybe a little higher but not too much).

Please let me know if you have any other questions. I would be happy to be of help. You can contact me directly at 805-689-6877 or my website at
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Fri May 18, 2007
Daniel Zia and The Zia Group answered:
For a great list of Santa Barbara area attractions, including beaches, outdoor activities, and golf courses, visit the link below to our website.
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