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There were six single family property listings that had price reductions this past week. Here they are (photos in gallery at bottom): 1. 1633 N Refugio, Santa Ynez. This neat 6 acre property is in the very cool, rural feeling Rolling Hills area. The home has limited space but is nicely finished and would make for a warm, cottage retreat. The...Continue Reading.
Santa Ynez Valley Properties Continue to Sell at Significant Discounts to Listing Prices In a review of the 33 Santa Ynez Valley (Los Olivos, Ballard, Solvang, Santa Ynez and Buellton) single family property sales thus far in 2012, I found the following: In Regular (non distressed) Sales: the sales price on average came off 25.3% from the original listing price and 13.6%...Continue Reading.
Where Do I Shop in the Santa Ynez Valley? I will begin a weekly series of posts on this and other Santa Ynez Valley lifestyle subjects, with one of my favorite food and wine shops: El Rancho Marketplace. In the 22 years that I have lived in the Santa Ynez Valley, I have marveled at the agility of El Rancho Market's...Continue Reading.
This Fabulous Santa Ynez Valley Designer Farmhouse is Scheduled to be Listed Next Week This very special property is definitely one of the Santa Ynez Valley standouts and speaks to great taste and privilege. The 4,100+/- sq ft Mark Hemming home was built to exacting detail, modeled after a circa 1930s-1940s luxury farmhouse. With quarter sawn oak flooring, transom windows, custom...Continue Reading.
The Santa Ynez Valley Realtors' Caravan in Brief Today's caravan was just that..very brief, with only two properties on the schedule including a townhome in Solvang and a recently reduced, very appealing, private property in Buellton. Here they are: 1584 Oak Street. "A townhome for the investor or one starting out or starting over. Attractively priced at $225,000. "Nice 1100+ sq ft...Continue Reading.
The Number One Desire or "Must Have" Among Santa Ynez Buyers is a Great Kitchen I understand this completely as a real foodie. With the Santa Ynez Valley culture being so focused on wine & food, this is no surprise. One of the most common ways to spend a weekend evening here is in a relaxed great dinner party, often involving...Continue Reading.
Brothers Last Service at Mattei's Tavern. Well, the sadly anticipated final service for The Brothers, Matt and Jeff Nichols, at Mattei's Tavern happened last night. The Brothers are certainly considered among the best chef's in the Santa Ynez Valley, and put together a wonderful restaurant at Mattei's. This restaurant, with a bustling bar, attracted a mix of locals and visitors. It...Continue Reading.
The Big Beautiful Mountains, the acres of vineyards, the horses, cattle and the majestic oaks create the Magic of the Santa Ynez Valley. And it is this magic that makes its lucky residents and guests feel so special. Here is a photo taken by my husband last Sunday after the storm. Another face of our mountains looming over the vines that...Continue Reading.
The Succulent Cafe and Trading Company. I actually heard of this latest Solvang eatery from a client of mine, whose house guests were over the moon about it. And now I get it. In fact, the Succulent Cafe is to Solvang as Bell Street Farm is to Los Alamos. Really great food, all prepared in house, in a cool, rustic elegant...Continue Reading.
My post yesterday, Self Guided Real Estate Tours of the Santa Ynez Valley, had some technical problems, which did not allow for access to the four tours. I have skillfully :) worked around this and the maps are now in that post. I am sorry for any frustration on your part; believe me, I had a great deal of it...Continue Reading.