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Beyond Sideways, the Santa Ynez Valley "Rhone Rangers". While many people are aware from the movie Sideways that Santa Barbara County is famous for its pinot noir, when you visit this area and travel inland from the Sta. Rita Hills AVA you will not only find much warmer weather but you will also find many wineries devoted to the grape...Continue Reading.
Santa Ynez Valley MLS caravan covered three properties in the west valley. I will review two of these today, as they are new listings. The third has been on for three months and was covered elsewhere. 2141 Creekside Dr, Solvang. This is a turnkey, delightful property in a lovely neighborhood and a great location. This home seems to be exceptionally well cared...Continue Reading.
Two new Santa Ynez Valley foreclosures have come to market over the past weekend. While we have not previewed these properties, I wanted to bring them to your attention, as foreclosed properties have a short shelf life these days. One of these is a very private one acre property with a newer home in the beautiful, bucolic Fredensborg area of Solvang....Continue Reading.
This past week has been more active than the prior three or four, with 12 new listings, 7 into escrow and 5 sold final. Of the 7 that went into escrow, 4 were distressed sales (short sales and foreclosures). Sold Final Of the 5 properties that closed this past week, 4 were distressed sales. The average days on the market was only...Continue Reading.
Just Hit the Santa Ynez Valley Real Estate Market 2549 Elk Grove. This very cool property just came to market today, and if you are looking for a charming 1+ acre property with pool, room for horses or 4-H projects in the coveted Ballard School District, you should definitely see this one. Elk Grove is a lovely street off or Quail...Continue Reading.
Sotheby's Intenational Realty of Los Olivos has a terrific new listing for Buyers who want to live on a property while building. This is a great property for people who want to enjoy a property today and retire to it in the future. It offers ample land for farming and/or for horses, cattle and the like. 950 Alamo Pintado is a lovely...Continue Reading.
We had seven properties on our east Santa Ynez Valley real estate (MLS) caravan today. For my followers, you know that this is a full schedule, although I have heard that two of my very successful Realtor buddies in West Los Angeles find this hilarious. Los Angeles' caravan list is issued in a book each week! I say that this...Continue Reading.
Santa Ynez Valley Real Estate Price Reduction Analysis. My analysis of the the past 12 months of the Santa Ynez Valley real estate market indicates that there are on average, three price reductions per listing! While this analysis required some extrapolation of data, this finding does not come as a surprise. In the past month alone there were 46 price...Continue Reading.
Most of today's real estate Buyers do seem like they are out for blood, at least according to many Sellers. We have seen Buyers pay for a short sale what they wouldn't pay for the same property bought as a regular sale....why you ask?....because a "short sale" says "distressed" and suggests a discount to the market. We have seen Buyers...Continue Reading.
THE HISTORIC GENERAL STORE. Sotheby's International Realty in Los Olivos just listed a treasure in the now trendy town of Los Alamos (15 min drive from Los Olivos, Santa Ynez Valley). This property includes the historic "General Store", which currently houses a 2,500 sq ft fine art and antique gallery, a 1,500 sq ft full restaurant, currently the fabulous "Cafe Quackenbush", and...Continue Reading.