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Wine, anyone?

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Lifestyle | Comments Off on Wine, anyone?

Work can wait. You’ve earned some weekend wine time. Wine has a tendency to sneak its way into most festivities. Here, it is taking center stage. Santa Barbara’s embrace of viniculture peaks during the California Wine Festival, now in its eleventh year. Though Santa Barbara is the flagship venue, this event has since grown to accommodate other California locations throughout the year. Because let’s face it, most people have vino on the brain. This is the grand excuse to give in to those indulgences! With a small kickoff the other night, today marks the beginning of wine weekend for most. Like any great festival, the amount of event blocks available will satisfy the tastes of all up-and-coming connoisseurs. Tonight, for example, the wines of Lodi (a designated American Viticulture Area) get their chance at leaving a mark in Santa Barbara at the World of Wine block. Which is not as easy as it may seem. In case you’re relatively new to the wine world, California wine rivals the likes of wine’s homeland in Italy. With many regions already embedded in the wine history books, many other regions are on the rise. Don’t miss out! Individual block info for this entire festival can be found at this very link: http://www.californiawinefestival.com/eventschedule.html#lodiseminar More than just wine, expect food and live music to compliment the drinks. What kind of venue could possibly handle this type of liveliness? The beachside of Santa Barbara! Saturday is all about sunshine, chardonnay, music, and merlot.  So men, set out your Hawaiian shirts and flip flops. Women, bust out the sun hats and shades. And everyone, dedicate this weekend to yourself. A little play is the right balance after this long work...

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Post Fourth Pick-Me-Up

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Blog Posts, Lifestyle | Comments Off on Post Fourth Pick-Me-Up

Post Fourth Pick-Me-Up

Don’t want to come off that Independence Day peak? Looking for the next big rush after the Fourth? We’ve got you covered. Firework confetti and poppers bury the streets. Leftovers pile high in the fridge. Belts might have to loosen up a notch after all those American made sweets. The slump that often follows big holidays, like the Fourth of July, seems to bring about an unshakeable gloom that continues until the next big event. Maybe that’s true elsewhere, but Santa Barbara has a way of avoiding any type of lull. Here’s a few great things stirring in the community this very second: 1.      2014 Semana Nautica: July 7 – July 13 Santa Barbara has played host for this outdoor beach festivity for 77 summer seasons. Anything from ocean swimming tournaments to tennis matches, this party won’t stop for another week all along the beaches and downtown. Walk through to check out art displays or get active in some of the tournaments. You’re guaranteed to get a tan if you do! For more shenanigan info, follow this link: http://semananautica.com/2014-festival-schedule/  2.     Biking Tour Through Wine Country: Thursdays – Sundays In the mood for less beach, but still craving a scenic day? Every weekend there’s the chance to take a stroll through some of the greatest vineyards in the southern California region. If you like pedaling, picnics, and quenching thirst with a full-bodied glass of wine, you are DEFINITELY not alone. Try this biking day tour, and find your new favorite winery! Find out more here: http://www.sbadventureco.com/adventures/bike-tours/#wine-country-tour 3.      2014 Old Spanish Days FIESTA: July 30 – August 3 This is the event that everything else leads up to during the long summer days in Santa Barbara. Fiesta (as it is often shortened to) is a several day festival that engulfs the entire area, and has done so for the past 90 years. In short, it’s a chance to celebrate the rich traditions of the Spanish, Mexican, and American Indians that swayed the history of this city. I mean, it’s hard to miss the mission-style buildings that dot Santa Barbara’s prime real estate. Hispanic influence has built a foundation here, so it only seems right that everyone gets involved for the event that literally translates into PARTY.   Now, you can sigh in relief. The Fourth of July is more or less a kick off to a nonstop summer party that simply is Santa Barbara. Don’t give in to the gloom. Brush off those apple pie crumbs and let’s get going...

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Where The Wildcats Are

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Lifestyle | Comments Off on Where The Wildcats Are

It’s easy to take a thing like education for granted; a single marker can make all the difference for kids searching for creative and literary inspiration. This is their story:   A new novel is sweeping through Santa Barbara, a must-read from the unlikeliest group of collaborating authors: Fifth graders at the Washington School. In a classroom run by veteran teacher Barry Nitikman, student’s were given the opportunity to let their creativity run wild in the form of a book. This effort culminated in It’s Not Our World, a story weaved together with a chapter from each student. Collaborative projects such as this seem like a must in every elementary school curriculum, but that’s not nearly the case. Faced with budget cuts and dwindling supply stocks, creative projects in the same vein as a class novel are becoming rarities. For that reason alone, this book stands as a triumph in giving children the chance to physically see the fruits of their imaginative labor. Behind the scenes during this project has been Village Properties through The Teacher’s Fund non-profit, a backer of arts at the Washington School and others in the area. Since 2002, Village Properties has given back to the community that built them up initially. Through the Teacher’s Fund, the crayons and markers that many take for granted are finally put in the hands of the student artists. The simple gestures in life go a long way, a philosophy Village Properties has exemplified since its early years. This is the first published work for (most of) these fifth grade students, and they went the extra mile to thank Village for its continued support of education. Shown above is the personal copy Village received in light of its contribution! Concern with education here and now is the only way to make a future difference. Who knows, these very fifth graders might become the backbone of Village’s...

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A Transatlantic Team-up

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Lifestyle | Comments Off on A Transatlantic Team-up

Santa Barbara’s most reputable, independent real estate brokerage, Village Properties, goes international with its new partnership. Everyone dreams of the perfect getaway home. Where stress melts away as fast as the ice in your drink on a hot summer day. THIS is Santa Barbara. Summertime in Santa Barbara is an unmatched marvel; ocean breezes breathing life into a relaxing community. The beach is mere minutes away. And whether you’re a local or not, Village Properties will find you that getaway home as if you’d grown up here all along. Village Properties’ latest venture includes now a partnership with Mayfair International Realty, the United Kingdom’s premier network of independent brokers dealing in luxury real estate. As the UK-based company spreads abroad, local Village Properties seized the opportunity to spread its reach even further than before. In light of the new affiliation, Santa Barbara estates will now receive wider attention in the European market, with Mayfair handling key media exposure to promote the properties handled by Village. In a nutshell, Europeans now have a fair shot at a slice of the Santa Barbara real estate pie. Village partnering with Mayfair specifically is a no-brainer. With an established network since 1750 in the UK, Mayfair’s time in the real estate market speaks to its continued endurance. The world is interconnected now in a way that was unimaginable before, so embracing the global market is Village’s first step to bring international investors local. Mayfair and Village together are streamlining the process for Europeans seeking California sun, whether a summer home or even the beginning of a new life in this slice of...

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Celebrating Service: Renee Grubb

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in Lifestyle | Comments Off on Celebrating Service: Renee Grubb

Renee Grubb, co-founder of Village Properties, received honors last month from her colleagues at United Ways for an exceptional past year as community campaign chair.   An organization dedicated to promoting positive community initiatives, United Ways of Santa Barbara celebrated Renee and others at this year’s 91st annual awards dinner. In recognition of Grubb’s contributions to the Santa Barbara community, United Ways highlighted her strong leadership and communal support when presenting the award.   A co-founder of Village Properties, Renee Grubb has become a well-known name among locals. With an effective outreach all over the county, her impact resonates with most. One initiative of particular note is the Teacher’s Fund: A non-profit started by Village that works with local schools to get the supplies teachers need. In light of diminishing supply budgets, local schools have been at a disadvantage for quite some time; however, since 2002, Renee’s work for the Teacher’s Fund has helped bridge that gap significantly.   With a firm root in the community, Grubb and Village Properties have built personal connections with countless residents. Chances are, Renee helped you find the very home you’re in now! Her continual passion as part of the United Ways Board of Directors only promises greater things to come in the city of Santa...

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Summer Solstice in Style

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Lifestyle | Comments Off on Summer Solstice in Style

A Santa Barbara staple for over thirty years, this annual festival is the area’s largest art showcase of the year; a colorful way to kickoff the Summer Solstice!     Parade: Noon – Saturday June 21st Where: State Street & Cota Festival: Begins Friday June 20th -22nd Where: Alameda Park Festival-goers at this celebration of the summer solstice take pride in standing out. Vibrant colors decorate performers and attendees alike, seemingly modeled after the vibrancies of Santa Barbara. Putting on an art showcase in honor of the seasonal solstice, Santa Barbara plays host to this invitation of color for the clear reason that the city embodies color. Everyone has that artistic side to them, hidden or not, and this is the opportunity to contribute that flare in the community! Every day this week, members of the Santa Barbara community are encouraged to get involved at the parade workshops, bringing creative touches to the floats, costumes and masks that are the core of the festivities. Local artisans are also present to mold any and all ideas to life. To be a part of this experience just visit www.solsticeparade.com to register and get going! The festival, occurring at the peak of the solstice, draws inspiration from the natural phenomenon to illustrate the natural beauty that is Santa Barbara. With the aim of bringing together the community under the common appreciation of local beauty, how could anyone pass up this chance to let out their inner artist? For info on workshop and parade festivities, contact (805) 884-1151 or visit www....

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Santa Barbara ~ Food and Wine Weekend

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Lifestyle | Comments Off on Santa Barbara ~ Food and Wine Weekend

This three-day event will showcase all things culinary inspired by the legacy of resident Julia Child. When: Begins Friday, June 6th – Ends Sunday, June 8th Where: Bacara Resort & Spa, 8301 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara Cost: Free – $250 Three- day event to showcase all things culinary in Santa Barbara inspired by the legacy of local resident Julia Child With miles of rolling vineyards, dozens of farmers and fishermen, nationally-acclaimed artisans and trendy new restaurants, Santa Barbara County is growing into one of the nation’s top up-and-coming culinary destinations. But much about what makes this region so unique remains a well-kept secret; until now. In partnership with Edible Santa Barbara and The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, Bacara Resort & Spa is pleased to introduce the Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend. Set within the luxurious surroundings of Bacara Resort, the three-day event will take guests on a culinary tour of Santa Barbara County from sea to Santa Ynez. Highlights of the Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend at Bacara include: -Santa Barbara Sea Urchin education by fisherwoman Stephanie Mutz followed by a cooking demonstration -Tribute to Santa Barbara County’s most talked about culinary neighborhoods, including The Funk Zone, Los Alamos and Arts District -Tour of Good Land Organics, the only farm in the continental United States to grow coffee as a commercial crop -Panel discussion on the ins and outs of starting a cookbook – Screening of Le Chef in the resort’s 211-seat movie theater paired with local tastings -Local wine reception and tastings by Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association and Santa Barbara’s only Master Sommelier Brian McClintic At the heart of the weekend is a special tribute to Julia Child who spent her final years in Santa Barbara, a city she described as a “bit of heaven.” The weekend is inspired by Julia’s lifelong passion for learning, love of eating well and mission to further gastronomy. A portion of event proceeds will benefit The Julia Child Foundation. For more information, please call (805)...

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Real Estate Report – May 2014

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Real Estate Market | Comments Off on Real Estate Report – May 2014

  Entering the Spring Season of Santa Barbara Real Estate There are still multiple offers at all price points.   For single family residences and Planned Unit Developments (referred to as houses), the year to date median continues to rise.  The current median is in line with the medians during the height of the market six to nine years ago as noted on the graph.  Our current median is over 21% higher than last year at this time. On the graph regarding number of sales, there are far less sales than the last two years and during the last Up market.  During the down time of the market, we actually had as many as 33% of our house sales being distressed properties on a monthly basis.  Distressed properties are those that were either selling short (less than what was owed to the lender) or foreclosed and taken over by the lender.   In 2012 and 2013 the market was quickly selling off so many properties that had lost value or were distressed.  Those were high volume years.  In April, only 5% of the sales were distressed properties. Last April, overall we had about the same number of available properties (Active Listings) as this April but there were 25% more listings in escrow than what we have currently.   Even with that, we have only 2.4 months of inventory which can be considered a fairly robust market.  The “months of inventory” is the time that it is assumed that it would take to sell the current housing inventory. Of the 302 house sales this year, here is a breakdown by sales price: Price Range        % of Sales    Under $1.0M             47 $1.0M-$2.0M           30 $2.0M-$4.0M           16 $4.0M and over         7 Looking at the listings currently in escrow, 42% of them are under $1,000,000.  What is interesting is that of the current Active Listings, only 11% are under $1,000,000. In regards to condos, the median is at $550,000 which is up around 18% compared to last year at this time.  There is only 1.9 months of inventory for condos. The number of sales of condos is about 10% less than last year.  The inventory for condos has been keeping up with last year’s figures.  During this year, we have had 19 more new condo listings than we did in 2013. Overall, inventory is not a problem for condos. Overall, based on low months of inventory, we have a strong seller’s market in most of our areas.  Carpinteria is currently showing a 5.0 months of inventory but it was just 2.1 months for March.  This is a fluctuating area for sales. Even though the market appears to be favoring the sellers, sellers should still have their properties in tip-top shape for showings.  This could assist in a higher sale price and faster sale. As a final note, Village Properties continues to outshine the large corporation competition in both number of properties sold and total dollar volume.  Village is over $60,000,000 higher than the next highest real estate company.* Please give us a call if you should have any questions about our evolving...

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Santa Barbara Polo Season Has Begun!

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Lifestyle | Comments Off on Santa Barbara Polo Season Has Begun!

Santa Barbara Polo Season Has Begun!

Santa Barbara Polo Season is in full effect! We love the Polo Club, because it is such a fun place to be and is for both friends and families. Natalie and Renee Grubb enjoyed a match this past weekend to celebrate Mother’s Day! Established in 1911, the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club is the third oldest polo facility in the United States and is world renowned for its four lush polo fields and international outdoor competition. In addition to the playing fields and historic Polo Clubhouse, SBP&RC also offers Stabling, Stick & Ball, Polo School, as well as a beautiful Tennis Clubhouse and facility including eight pristine championship hard court tennis courts, swimming and fitness centers. For more information on the Polo Fields and for this season’s match schedule, please visit the following link: http:...

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Sold Santa Barbara Listings From Last Week

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Real Estate Market | Comments Off on Sold Santa Barbara Listings From Last Week

We are happy to bring you the following sold properties in Santa Barbara from last week: • 202 Eucalyptus Hill Drive – Sold for $2,215,000 • 253 Santa Rosa Lane – Sold for $2,665,000 • 130 W Alamar Ave 3 – Sold for $539,000 • 3056 Foothill Road – Sold for $810,000 • 1010 Crestwood Place – Sold for $849,000 • 208 Santa Barbara Street A – Sold for $1,047,000 • 1561 Alameda Padre Serra – Sold for $1,380,000 • 1622 Loma Street – Sold for $1,550,000 • 1759 Grand Avenue – Sold for $1,650,000 • 1912 Mission Ridge Road – Sold for $2,195,000 • 1111 Mission Ridge Road – Sold for $4,850,000 • 3435 Richland Drive 18 – Sold for $325,000 • 26 W Constance Ave 2 – Sold for $425,000 • 631 W Ortega Street F – Sold for $520,000 • 1410 Chino Street – Sold for $643,500 • 1050 Vista Del Pueblo 10 – Sold for $649,000 • 1322 San Andres Street – Sold for $975,000 • 843 Veronica Springs Road – Sold for $992,000 • 534 W Junipero Street – Sold for $960,000 • 745 Casiano Drive – Sold for $1,090,000 • 3904 Via Laguna – Sold for $2,360,000 • 4167 Cresta Ave – Sold for $3,250,000 • 4005 Cuervo Ave – Sold for $3,700,000 • 945 Ward Drive 191 – Sold for $392,000 • 336 Magna Vista Street – Sold for $649,000 • 488 Daytona Drive – Sold for $885,000 • 4647 Puente Plz – Sold for $1,159,700 • 333 Old Mill Road 136 – Sold for $149,000 • 340 Old Mill Road 2 – Sold for $209,000 • 320 N Fairview Ave 5 – Sold for $392,750 • 7904 Winchester Circle – Sold for $880,000 For further information on any of these properties or any other properties in Santa Barbara County, please contact us at Grubb Campbell Real Estate...

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