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Spring Soirée!

Spring Soirée!

Calcagno & Hamilton thanks everyone who came out to take part in our Spring Soirée! Our goal was to honor local artist and raise awareness for CASA(Court Appointed Special Advocates) and all-in-all, it was a smashing success! We hope to continue to use our space to benefit the community so please check back in with us for info on our next bash!

Accessory Dwelling Units: What You Need to Know

Accessory Dwelling Units: What You Need to Know

Since January 1, 2017, the planning departments at both the City and County have been hard at work incorporating new state laws into local ordinance language regarding Accessory Dwelling Units (formerly known as secondary residential units). Assembly Bill 2299 and Senate Bill 1069 reduce barriers, streamline the approval process, and expand the capacity to accommodate the development of these “granny units” in order to provide additional rental housing in residential areas throughout California. 

In Business: Keefrider Custom Furniture

In Business: Keefrider Custom Furniture

Three years ago, notable Los Angeles furniture maker Jay Keefrider, along with his wife Sirie, packed their bags and headed to Santa Barbara, where they have quietly been making a name for themselves by building meticulously handcrafted furniture for Montecito and Santa Barbara homes. With a workshop located in the up-and-coming Lagoon District of downtown Santa Barbara, the couple, along with their shop dog Tallulah, pride themselves on building heirloom quality pieces, and they are quickly becoming a fixture in the local business community.

Potential Housing Impacts

Potential Housing Impacts

Two pieces of legislation were recently adopted by the California State legislature and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. Assembly Bill 2299 and Senate Bill 1069 reduce barriers, streamline the approval process, and expand the capacity to accommodate the development of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in order to provide additional rental housing in residential areas. Santa Barbara County is currently amending the local ordinances in order to comply with the new laws, which preempt the County’s existing standards; public hearings on the amendments will take place later this month.

Real Estate Snapshot

Real Estate Snapshot

Despite what felt to many as a softer housing market the last half of 2016, the year-end numbers are in, and we saw the sale of 203 single-family homes, condos, and vacant lots in the 93108. Ranging in price from $525,000 (a studio Adobe on Coyote Road) to $28,850,000 (Seamair Farm’s 23 acres), the sales were across multiple price points, but the majority of sales were under $4MM. Here’s a comprehensive look at what sold, and what it means for Montecito property owners and those looking to buy a piece of paradise.

Happy Holidays from Calcagno & Hamilton!

Happy Holidays from Calcagno & Hamilton!

On December 20 we held our first annual Santa Claus visit, when we invited Santa to come visit from the North Pole. Over 100 clients, friends, business neighbors, and family members came to meet Santa, take photos, and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies from the Honor Market. The event was a huge success, and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who came out to join us! If you attended and would like a digital version of the photos that were taken by our photographer, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

We wish you all a prosperous New Year and happy holidays.

FIESTA EVENTS 2016

FIESTA EVENTS 2016

8/3 thru 8/6 – 11am-11pm @ de la Guerra Marketplace – El Mercado

8/3 thru 8/6 – 11am-11pm @ Mackenzie Park - El Mercado Del Norte

8/3 – 8pm @ The Mission – Fiesta Pequena (Opening Night)

8/4 – 5pm @ Santa Barbara Zoo – Dignatarios (Fiesta Party)

8/5 – 12noon @ State Street – Historical Fiesta Parade

8/6 – 10am @ State Street – Fiesta Children’s Parade

We’re Floored!

We’re Floored!

RMS Flooring, a family-owned and operated boutique flooring company that has been serving homes in Montecito, Santa Barbara, and beyond for over a decade, now has a storefront and showroom on North Milpas Street. Owned by Ryan and Kim Schmitz, the store is the exclusive west coast carrier of several flooring lines, and the Schmitzes source much of their wood flooring directly from wood mills, providing truly custom hardwood flooring.

Breathtaking Aerial Views of Santa Barbara

Breathtaking Aerial Views of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California is best known for its breathtaking views and colorful culture. What better way to experience both than from above? Our aerial views of Santa Barbara are sure to make you fall in love with our beautiful city.