Category Archives: Montecito & Santa Barbara Best Buys

Determining real estate market values in areas like Montecito, Santa Barbara, Hope Ranch and Carpinteria is sometimes even difficult for those of us with years of experience. Here micro climates can change within a few blocks, views run the gamut from non-existent to hold-on-to-the-railing spectacular, and building quality and architectural styling have a wide range of application. The size of a property is frequently one of the least important criteria and it’s often ignored in the pursuit of either location or quality of construction. It tends to be a very subjective science. But with all that said, I frequently go through our inventory and try to bring to your attention homes that I feel demonstrate better than typical value regardless of which broker or agent may be representing them. Below are the current examples:

New Exclusive Birnam Wood Home Available


One of the most sophisticated homes in the club where you’ll enjoy panoramic fairway views stretching to ocean glimpses and grounds designed by landscape designer, Mark Rios, and featuring sculptures by Robert Holmes, cut-stone terraces and a reflecting lap-pool. Interior spaces are as rewarding, designed by Bruce Gregga with a generous master suite, two relaxing guest suites and den accented by stone fireplaces, vaulted ceilings and walls of glass to private terraces and manicured grounds. A unique combination of expansive views and yet offering complete privacy. The perfect home for entertaining. Everything about this property speaks volumes about quality and attention to detail.

NEWLY LISTED! Montecito Birnam Wood Lakefront Estate



Montecito, California Birnam Wood Lakefront home recently sold by Harry Kolb is back on the market and newly remodeled.

Montecito, California Birnam Wood Lakefront home recently sold by Harry Kolb is back on the market and newly remodeled.

MONTECITO, CALIFORNIA – Set on what may be the most dramatic and premier location within the prestigious Birnam Wood Golf Club, this highly refined and newly remodeled home offers spectacular mountain and lake views from its expansive rooms along with the finest examples of superior construction and design. The three-bedroom plus den home offers high ceilings, handsome moldings, stone fireplaces, warm parquet oak floors and generous marble baths. One of the most inspiring homes in the club.

Offered at $6,450,000
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For more information please contact Harry Kolb at 805-452-2500







Through the gated entry to Luminosa

Through the gated entry to Luminosa newly offered at $5,995,000


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SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA – ‘Luminosa’ is a unique Hope Ranch estate with an eclectic fusion of grand Italianate-style with historic antiques. The 6,278 sq.ft. home sits on approx. 1.5 acres adjacent to More Mesa Nature Preserve with ocean and mountain views. Unique amenities include a dramatic entry with a curved stairway, expansive entertaining areas, cinema room, formal dining room, and great room open to the gourmet kitchen. The five luxurious bedroom suites overlook the duck pond, pool, gardens and terrace with vintage Nicaraguan tiles and outdoor fireplace. The adjacent 250 acre More Mesa Nature Preserve provides hiking trails and steps to a private beach.

Rear Gardens and pool area

Rear Gardens and pool area

Living Room

Living Room

Great Room and Kitchen

Great Room and Kitchen

Formal Dining Room

Formal Dining Room

Theater Room

Theater Room

Ocean View Master Bedroom

Ocean View Master Bedroom
















Style: Monterey Spanish Revival
Year Built: 1931
Lot Size: 3.175± Acres
Square Feet: Approximately 6,3014±
Main Home: 8 bedrooms / 5 full baths, 1 powder
APN#: 007-040-039/038 (2 legal parcels)
Architect: Edwards & Plunkett
Montecito Union School District

If you’d like make an appointment to see the property please call 1.805.452.2500
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Outstanding views of the Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands and scenic mountains coupled with the architecture of one of the most respected firms responsible for some of the most romantic and cherished structures, including the Arlington Theater and many classic homes, make this a special Montecito estate. William Albert Edwards and Joseph Plunkett designed this charming Monterey Spanish home in 1931 and named it “Blessed Little Ranch.” The Edwards Duque Estate sits today on approximately 3.175 acres on two legal parcels in the Montecito foothills on a promontory that affords it a panoramic coastal view along with rare privacy.

The commanding two-story home was built in an era of quality, craftsmanship and attention to architectural details. Principal rooms include the two-story living room with its massive beamed ceiling and surrounding wrought-iron balcony, formal dining room, sun room, butler’s pantry, kitchen, and breakfast room. in addition, there is a master suite, five family bedrooms, plus a two-bedroom staff wing with a shared bath off the kitchen. There’s also a separate approximately 900 sq.ft. 1-bedroom, 1-bath guest cottage. Three wrought-iron balconies and first-floor terraces all provide breathtaking views of the mountains and ocean. The property also benefits from a long, private approach and by being within the very highly respected Montecito Union School District. It’s a rarity today to find this combination of period architecture and quality construction still benefiting from panoramic and uninterrupted coastal views.







MONTECITO | Traditional-Style | 4BD/4BA + Vacant Lot | $4,000,000

MONTECITO | Traditional-Style | 4BD/4BA + Vacant Lot | $4,000,000


MONTECITO, CALIFORNIA: A rare opportunity to renovate a home within the grounds of Birnam Wood Golf Club and build a second home or guest house on an adjacent lot.  This traditional-style 4-bd/4-ba home was built in 1982 by Ketzel & Goodman and set on an 0.86± acre parcel. Featuring a wonderful floor plan with high ceilings and filtered ocean views through the trees bordering the par 3 12th fairway.  Also included is an adjacent 0.91± acre vacant lot with its own Montecito water meter.  The grounds offer an opportunity to build a second home or add a pool and/or large guest house to the existing home.

Call Harry Kolb today for more details 1.805.452.2500





Our Exclusive Listing Rancho San Carlos in Montecito, CA for $125 Million

Rancho San Carlos Estate in Montecito, CA just listed for $125 Million

The Rancho San Carlos Estate listed by Harry Kolb & Suzanne Perkins of Sotheby’s International Realty in Montecito is offered at $125 Million. Photography by Jim Bartsch

The magnificent Rancho San Carlos, a 237 acre estate property that for nearly 100 years has been under the ownership of one family. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a unique property of unprecedented grand scale, exceptional architecture, and prestigious historical significance. The sprawling hilltop Monterey Colonial manor was designed by noted architect Reginald Johnson in 1931 with an approx. 29,483 sq. ft. exquisite main residence comprised of over thirty rooms. Infused with an atmosphere of sophistication and refinement, the grand home is astutely sited on two natural terraces, and by planning the formal living rooms around a central courtyard and placing the Master and family bedroom wings on the upper terrace, he effectively created a spatial separation that afforded privacy, calm and exceptional views.  Additional features include 10 residential cottages, an office, producing orchards, and extensive equestrian facilities.

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