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Mountaintop Masterpiece

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Blog Posts, Featured Properties, Lifestyle | Comments Off on Mountaintop Masterpiece

  Perched on top of Sulphur Mountain lays this newly built masterpiece. The panoramic view displays views of the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands and reaches vast ranch lands, as well as the city lights of Ventura and Oxnard.   As you enter the estate grounds, one reaches the entry courtyard through a hand forged iron gateway by renowned blacksmith Robert Lairison. Guests are greeted with 10” hand – split limestone walls, hewn and carved West Coast Douglas fir beams with a double layer clay tile roofing with exquisite detailing and finishes. One then finds themselves amongst a 4 – story campanile bell tower with a domed roof shielded with cobalt glass tile and surrounded by white limestone. The distinctive tower is reachable through the entryway and up three floors to a viewing platform with 360 degree views. A...

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Ojai’s Black Book

Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 in Blog Posts, Featured Properties, Lifestyle | Comments Off on Ojai’s Black Book

While only about 45 minutes from Santa Barbara, the town of Ojai is quite the hidden gem. With its peaceful atmosphere, Ojai is sure to capture the hearts of many. The Ojai calendar is full of festivals throughout the year and its renowned Lavender festival in June. The historic Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, built in 1924, is mesmerizing with Spanish architecture and luscious oak trees. You can begin your day with a yoga session or take one of their classes like custom perfume making or silk scarf painting. It is easy to get taken away into the spa’s serentity, but make sure to make it out to downtown Ojai during your stay. Wine tasting at Casa Barranca is a must, but if margaritas are more your liking, head over to Agave Maria’s. If you are in the mood...

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Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Blog Posts, Lifestyle | Comments Off on Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail

Santa Barbara’s Urban Trail has become a secret find in the heart of Santa Barbara’s Downtown. The tasting rooms include Au Bon Climat, Carr Vineyards, Cottonwood Canyon, Deep Sea Tasting Room, Grassini Family Vineyards, Jaffurs Wine Cellars, Kalyra Winery, Kunin Wines, Margerum Wine Company, Municipal Wine Makers, Oreana Winery, Pali Wine Company, Sanguis, Santa Barbara Winery, Silver, Summerland Winery, and Whitcraft Winery.  With Santa Barbara’s new Urban Trail, wine connoisseurs do not have to travel to the Santa Ynez Valley for an afternoon of wine tasting. Tasting rooms are located just blocks away from downtown shops and restaurants, and of course, the beach! The Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail is hosting its 2nd Annual Passport Weekend. This is event is to take place on Friday, July 26th and continue until Sunday, July 28th. The weekend full of wine, food,...

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Santa Barbara Outdoor Living

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Blog Posts, Featured Properties, Lifestyle | Comments Off on Santa Barbara Outdoor Living

  As the days are growing longer, and the nights warmer, outdoor living is becoming essential to the Santa Barbara lifestyle. Homeowners are customizing outdoor “rooms” for living, entertaining, and for recreation. Functioning as extensions of luxury indoor spaces, outdoor living areas are tranquil yet functional. Outdoor living spaces feature everything from courtyards, terraces, decks or patios, fireplaces and outdoor kitchens, and decorative water elements such as fountains, waterfalls, and ponds. Outdoor living areas make enjoying a Santa Barbara evening a vacation in your own backyard. Our listing on 34 E Padre boasts many outdoor sitting areas as well as impressive rock walls and lush landscaping to build a private setting in the desirable Upper East community of Santa Barbara. The estate includes a vineyard and a tranquil fountain to add to the grounds. The homeowners say outdoor entertaining...

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Palladian Architecture in Hope Ranch

Posted by on Jun 9, 2013 in Featured Properties | Comments Off on Palladian Architecture in Hope Ranch

Palladian architecture is a European style derived from the Venetian architect, Andrea Palladio. The architect’s work was based on the symmetry, perspective and values of the formal classical temple architecture of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. You can find Palladian architecture as it is shown throughout the castles of Europe. This exquisite Hope Ranch estate represents Palladian style and its Old World beauty. The estate rests on approximately 3.64 very private acres and offers truly breathtaking ocean, island and sunset views. From the moment you enter the property through the grand iron gates, and roam by the exquisitely landscaped grounds, you will be taken away by the stunning detail. Wrought iron entry doors open to a foyer embellished with custom plaster crown molding   The entire east wing of the residence is dedicated to a sumptuous master bedroom sanctuary of superb privacy, romantic...

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