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I’ve done multiple articles now on single-family homes in the Santa Barbara area, but I’ve never focused on some of the great deals we have on condominiums and planned unit developments (PUDs) in the area. While many people shun condos as a consequence of their Home Owners Association (HOA) dues, what most people don’t factor in is tax credits they get for the HOAs and that most of them cover what most home owners have to pay anyway without associated write offs. Some of these items include insurance, exterior maintenance, water, etc. In short, condos and PUDs can actually have greater tax benefits than their single-family home brethren (on a pro rata basis, of course). Take a look at the following with that fact in mind.


984 Miramonte Drive, Unit 2


This 2-story, 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom unit is approximately 1,100 square feet, in good condition, and located on the north side of the complex with a nice private setting. The bedrooms are light and bright and have vaulted ceilings and picturesque views. There is a private back patio area perfect for entertaining or storage. This condo is centrally located with easy access to downtown, the beach and all Mesa shopping.


1050 Vista Del Pueblo, Unit 6


See great views of Santa Barbara from this lovely 2-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom townhome with approximately 1,100 square feet of living space. Conveniently located in the Vista Del Pueblo complex, the property offers updated flooring and carpet, a fireplace in the living room and an attached one-car garage with an additional parking space. HOA dues include trash, landscape, exterior maintenance and insurance.


400 East Pedregosa Street, Unit C


A downtown single-level condo with approximately 1655 square feet, this unit has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and an oversized two-car garage with a generous floor plan. The property has a living room with a large fireplace and cathedral ceilings that opens to a dining room. The kitchen has been redone with granite counters and Viking appliances. The home also offers wood floors, plaster walls, a huge amount of storage, stereo throughout, air conditioning, remodeled baths, and sliding doors that lead to a private patio with a spa, as well as a pool and clubhouse.

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