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Today's Santa Ynez Valley MLS caravan included four properties in Buellton. Our caravan alternates between the east and west side of the Santa Ynez Valley, with the east being Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Ballard and parts of Solvang. West includes part of Solvang, Buellton, Lompoc and Los Alamos. Two Lovely Townhomes Offered at $225,000-$229,000, 34-40% Below Original Purchase Price These two Burgundy...Continue Reading.
I have recently learned that a 100 acre vineyard estate is expected to be listed shortly. The vineyard involves approximately half the acreage and is producing excellent fruit. The property has a home and other improvements and is located in the greater Santa Ynez Valley. Early indications are that this property will be listed in the $3 million range. Please notify...Continue Reading.
For visitors and locals alike, the Brothers Restaurant at Mattei's Tavern, Los Olivos, is on the must-eat list. Matt and Jeff Nichols are "the Brothers" and are both excellent chefs. Matt came from Wolfgang Puck's Spago and Jeff came from the acclaimed Ocean Seafood in Los Angeles. Their initial Santa Ynez Valley eatery was a tiny restaurant in the Storybook Inn...Continue Reading.
Santa Ynez Valley Real Estate Sales 2010 vs 2011. My analysis of the 2011 (year-to-date) Santa Ynez Valley real estate sales of single family homes indicated that we had total sales of $102.6 million involving 172 properties. Sales prices ranged from $129,900 (condo) to $2,285,000, with a median sales price of $508,500. The numbers for the same period in 2010 showed...Continue Reading.
I can certainly remember the appeal of the Mediterranean/Spanish/Southwestern architecture in the 1990's, and there is ample evidence of this is our inventory today. The clean, high ceilings and large windows continue to have a following. However in recent years I have seen a emerging desire for different architecture: the Farmhouse, with a mix of contemporary and farmhouse charm elements....Continue Reading.
There were two ranchettes in our Santa Ynez Valley realtor caravan today. By the way, I define ranchette as a property under 8 acres that could accommodate horses. Many of these would work for small farms as well, although it is important to understand the source and cost of water. The Ranchettes/Small Farms 1525 Refugio. This 2.6 acre property is on Refugio...Continue Reading.
With the Santa Ynez Valley real estate caravan cancelled last week due to no properties on the list, I waited with some concern about the caravan this week. The caravan list definitely lightens as we head into the holidays, so my expectations were minimal. In fact we had 5 properties on the list this week: two Santa Ynez ranches, two...Continue Reading.
Yesterday's Solvang Farmer's Market was another wonderful bounty, alive with colorful Fall produce. I always try to find something I haven't tried and yesterday it was celery root and chodri kale. Think I will boil and mash the celery root with some butter and garlic...lo carb "mashed potatoes". Chodri kale is both beautiful and sweet, so I think I will...Continue Reading.
My husband and I were weekenders for 5 (me) to 10 (him) years after we bought our wonderful property in the outskirts of Los Olivos. Each Friday we hit the 405 at 3:00 hoping to miss the worst traffic snarl of the week. However, the prospect of going to our beautiful spot in the Santa Ynez Valley actually made the...Continue Reading.