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Montecito/Santa Barbara Estate Market Summary 2nd Qtr 2017

2017 First Quarter Estate Sales Results

Montecito/Santa Barbara Market Analysis Of 2016


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.

Marketing to Buyers Across the Globe is More Important Today Than Ever.



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











‘Solana’ – one of the Top 10 Most Viewed Properties on sothebysrealty.com for 2013

The world class coastal views from The Peabody Estate Solana in Santa Barbara, California.

The world class coastal views from The Peabody Estate Solana in Santa Barbara, California.

View the complete article here:  10 Most Popular Properties of 2013 – sirluxuryrealestate.com

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Solana, one of the most significant homes on the California coast with no compromise in climate, location, or quality of refinements and offering world-class coastal views, is now completely updated to today’s demanding standards. Solana surrounds you and your guests with the finest examples of hand-carved mahogany, European forged bronze hardware, museum quality mosaic tile floors, 18th century wall sconces and 17th century French oak paneling. For those seeking a sanctuary on California’s west coast, Solana’s stunning 360-degree views stretch across the entire Montecito Valley to the foothills, past Santa Barbara’s beaches and the picturesque harbor south to the Channel Islands. Solana is one of the most inspiring and refined properties on California’s West Coast with a magnificent 20,000 plus square-foot newly rebuilt grand estate as its centerpiece. Enjoy the scale and of the numerous public rooms or relax in the attention to detail and creature comforts of the private spaces.

Spanning over 11 knoll-top acres, the property includes a large 2-bedroom guest cottage, swimming pool, reflecting ponds, two staff apartments and two three-car garages. Solana displays the stature of a significant, historic estate but with the features of a modern-day creation.

Why Buy with Harry Kolb and Sotheby’s International Realty?


If you’re considering buying property, your agent’s knowledge of the area and experience in your price range is critical to your making a prudent investment. In special communities like Santa Barbara, Montecito, Carpinteria and Hope Ranch, California – where no two homes are alike, where climatic conditions very dramatically, where values are frequently more subjective than quantifiable and where many available properties are marketed on a quiet, exclusive basis among only the most experienced agents – your choice of an agent and brokerage firm will certainly affect the success of your efforts. With my 30-plus years of experience representing buyers and sellers of our area’s most significant properties, I’m considered an authority on our estate market. After your home is selected and the purchase negotiations begin, it’s often an agent’s experience and reputation that carries the most influence between principals.

If you’re interested in buying in the Santa Barbara area, I will introduce you to our community and make sure that you see all the properties in your category so you can be confident you’re making the correct choice. If you’ve been looking for the perfect home, but have been disappointed with your selection, please give me a call. I maintain exclusive files on the finest properties not currently on the active market, but whose owners might be willing to consider a sale. I can also assist you with a thorough reference source for local lenders, home inspectors, architects, contractors, real estate attorneys, schools and private clubs.

Why List with Harry Kolb and Sotheby’s International Realty


When you give my office the responsibility to market your home, my staff and I literally take it to the world. Sotheby’s International Realty has 660 offices in over 49 countries. We are firmly committed to the belief that the greater exposure we provide your property ensures that we locate the best buyer which translates into the highest possible sales price. We begin by preparing a written tour of your home and all its features and combine that with professional photography to create a color photo brochure and professional web site.



Our Print Media Campaign Extends to Local, National and International Buyers

With over 30 years experience in promoting our community’s most significant homes, we’ve developed strong working relationships with some of the world’s most powerful media organizations providing your property with exposure to a more affluent clientele. These publications include The Montecito Journal, Santa Barbara Magazine, Sotheby’s Reside Magazine, Architectural Digest, Country Life, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Private Air, Robb Report, Wall Street Journal, BBC, The New York Times and Rosewood Hotels & Resorts Magazine, plus many others.



Internet Advertising Attracts a World-Wide Audience

The internet offers an effective way to expose all the special features and photos of your home to the widest and most well qualified audience. In the past decade, online real estate searches have increased dramatically, rising to nearly 89% of all home buyers. One survey by the National Association of Realtors demonstrated that the internet is delivering over ten times the value of traditional print advertising. Our web presence insures that your home is seen by several hundred viewers each week. HarryKolb.com receives an average of 250,000 hits and 5,000 unique visitors per month. SothebysHomes.com and SothebysRealty.com average over 600,000 visitors each month and are the most renowned and comprehensive web sites for buyers and sellers of the world’s finest properties. An additional 60,000,000 annual property viewings are provided by our having all Sotheby’s listings exposed through our exclusive partnerships with the most respected media web sites including Architectural Digest, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Telegraph, The New York Times, and many others where visitors are invited to view the material on your home in any one of 15 foreign languages and 50 different currencies.

The Quiet Approach

What about a client who wants less promotion rather than more? The quiet approach can also be accommodated and, with our world-wide list of well qualified buyers, we can often be very successful representing sellers who would prefer as little public exposure as possible but still reach interested buyers wherever they may be. All of our marketing resources can be selected on a custom basis to suite you and your particular property.

Be Represented by the Best

Your choice of a real estate agent may have a dramatic effect on the results of your efforts. When you’re selling property, your listing agent’s most important responsibility is to market your property to other real estate agents. Many sellers may not realize that this is perhaps more important than any other feature. Another agent will probably be representing the buyer of your home, so the real estate community’s opinion of your listing agent, his professionalism, ethical standards and his marketing ability to thoroughly represent your property, may dramatically affect how your property is received in the market place.

When we discuss the possible selling of your home, I’ll meet with you and answer any of your questions regarding current market values and discuss recent sales in your area. There is no one particular way to market real estate, but rather marketing features which I can combine to suit your needs. I’ll make sure I understand your objectives and then suggest a marketing program that best suits you and your property. Because I specialize in selling homes like yours, you’ll be sure of receiving the most up to date advice regarding your property’s value and you’ll have confidence in knowing your home’s most valuable features in today’s market.

It will be my pleasure to discuss how the unique combination of Sotheby’s International Realty and I can provide the marketing advantage your home deserves. Sotheby’s has a proven track record in representing the most discerning buyers and sellers for over 200 years and I’ve had the privilege of selling over $500 million in residential real estate over the last 30 years and bring a wealth of experience and strong negotiating skills to every transaction. Let us demonstrate why we are the best choice to represent your home. It costs no more to be represented by the best.