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Village Fourth Festivities Next Week!

(article by Kelly Mahan, Calcagno & Hamilton agent)

It’s that time of year: Montecito’s most popular community event, the Village Fourth, is Monday, July 4, and plans are well underway to accommodate thousands of residents who will take part in the breakfast, parade, and barbecue.

The 21st annual event begins at 7:30 am with the Montecito Fire Protection District’s (MFPD) pancake breakfast at Fire Station #1 on San Ysidro Road. For $8, attendees can enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage, and Green Star coffee, served by Montecito’s finest firefighters. Proceeds from the breakfast, which ends around 10:30 am, benefit the Montecito Firefighters’ Benevolent Fund. There is no parking available on site, however a drop-off location will be available at the base of the Fire District’s driveway.

Around 11:30 am, a patriotic parade of walkers, floats, fire engines, and antique cars will make its way down San Ysidro Road to Santa Rosa Lane, ending at Lower Manning Park. Attendees are encouraged to don their red, white, and blue, and wave American flags, which are distributed by Montecito Association board members. As always, the parade will be led by Montecito school kids.

Following the short parade route, everyone will gather for an old-fashioned barbecue at lower Manning Park, complete with hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and soda, and beer and wine for adults. School-aged kids will take part in the famous Montecito Cup games ­–including a pie-eating contest, tug of war, and sack races. Cold Spring School was the winner of the Cup last year. The usual activities for the younger kids will take place: face painting, bounce houses, and a fishing booth. Newly-designed Village Fourth T-shirts are currently for sale at Vons on Coast Village Road and also in the Upper Village.

Don’t miss one of our community’s most beloved events! See you there!

Newsletter Spotlight: The Mill

We’re so in love with Kirsten and Darrell Becker’s The Mill, the newly opened artisan marketplace that everyone’s been buzzing about. The Beckers, a powerhouse couple specializing in building and design, undertook the renovation of the old Feed Mill a few years back, in an effort to create a truly unique atmosphere where vendors are able to both manufacture and share their products on site.

Some vendors include Potek Winery ¬(stroll through the barrel room and enjoy a tasting or a glass of wine¬); Third Window Brewing (guzzle delicious craft beer in a modern taproom, opening soon); Wildwood Kitchen (out of this world house-smoked upscale BBQ and more, with specialty cocktails that’ll rock your world); Mac Grant Fitness (for those who’d rather burn calories than drink them, owner Macauley Grant will kick your butt via personal training sessions or group fitness classes); and the Beckers’ own Millworks (home goods display and showroom, with a small coffee and pastry shop opening soon) as well as their own workspace, Becker Studios.

The vendors are clustered around a gorgeous patio space, a perfect place to meet, eat, and just chill out. And, Wildwood Kitchen also just launched a daily happy hour menu from 4 pm to 6 pm.
Also on site: The Loft, a two bedroom short term rental with a full kitchen and entertaining area that can be rented overnight or for special events (think weddings, family dinners, corporate events, and more).

For loads of pictures of everything The Mill has to offer, be sure to follow @themillsb on Instagram, or check ‘em out online at themillsb.com.

Real Estate Snapshot - January 2016

C&H team member wrote this recent article about three current listings in Montecito. Originally published in the Santa Barbara Sentinel on January 15, 2016.

Three Montecito Abodes

This week we’re venturing to Montecito, to check out three homes in three different price ranges. While their listing prices vary, all three of these homes are in the coveted Montecito Union School District, making them a great choice for buyers with young children, or those looking ahead for resale value, as the school is expected to further renovate its campus in the coming years.

The other factor these homes have in common: they are all quintessential Montecito. Tastefully appointed, beautifully updated, and ready for new owners to enjoy.

San Leandro Lane

Located at the end cul-de-sac of a private Montecito lane, 1781 San Leandro Lane boasts nearly a half an acre of manicured grounds, with mature trees, garden terraces, mountain views, and expansive back yard. Although located in the MUS district, the property is adjacent to Crane Country Day School, in the popular Hedgerow area of the 93108.

The home, built in 1960, boasts four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, and is newly remodeled to be open, airy, and bright. There is both a formal living and formal dining room, with an open concept kitchen leading to a cozy and spacious family room. The kitchen has white cabinetry, stainless appliances, and Calacatta marble countertops, with a large island offering more counter space.

Three bedrooms are located downstairs, with one of those attached to a redone bathroom. The two others share a bath, and both have French doors leading to the backyard. Upstairs, a master suite overlooks the backyard via a private balcony, and the master has its own sitting room, fireplace, large walk-in closet, and bathroom, appointed in marble.

The entire home features dark hardwood floors, neutral toned walls, and quality finishes. Priced at $2,895,000 and newly staged, the home is ready to see and ready to buy. The home is co-listed by Charlie Petersen and Susan Conger of Coldwell Banker.

 A private, newly remodeled home at the end of a private lane near Crane Country Day School is on the market in Montecito

 A private, newly remodeled home at the end of a private lane near Crane Country Day School is on the market in Montecito

Pomar Lane

Not far away from the San Leandro property, a colonial-style home on 1.23 acres is for sale at 167 Pomar Lane, which is on the corner of Jacaranda Lane. Built in 1900, it’s been extensively renovated, and was dropped in price in December, from $4,950,000 to $4,675,000. 

The charming main house, with its covered porches and trellised patios, has a traditional layout, with the dining, living, and sitting rooms, a powder room, and a kitchen with a breakfast area, located on the first floor. Upstairs you’ll find four bedrooms, two of which have access to multiple balconies, and a large master, which has an attached bath and walk in closet. There are two other full bathrooms, done in marble and subway tiles, on the second floor. The home features refinished hardwood floors, multiple fireplaces, crown-molded windows, and lots of built-ins, a nod to its age. 

Adjacent to one end of the home is the first guesthouse, originally believed to be used as maid quarters, which includes a bedroom, living room, and bathroom. That’s adjacent to three separate garage spaces, which can hold four cars. Next to the garages is guesthouse #2, a two-story home with three bedrooms, a living area, and a full kitchen, updated with modern amenities including stainless appliances and marble counters. 

The home and its two guesthouses come in at around 5388 square feet. The home is designed for indoor and outdoor living, with English-style gardens, oak trees, and walking paths. 

The home is listed with Andy Alexander with Santa Barbara Brokers.

 A Monterey Colonial-style home on Pomar Lane, with two guesthouses, has recently dropped in price

 A Monterey Colonial-style home on Pomar Lane, with two guesthouses, has recently dropped in price

Featherhill Road

For those looking for a large family home, this newly built New England-style home at 2225 Featherhill Road boasts six bedrooms in the main house, plus a two-bedroom guesthouse on the 1.62-acre parcel. Located near the junction of Romero Canyon and East Valley, the property is accessed via a tree-lined driveway, situated privately behind gates. 

Built in 2012, the home has not been lived in full time, although it has traditional, charming features, which, along with the 100-year old oaks on the property, give it an old world feel.  A covered porch leads to a front entry flanked by living and dining rooms, followed by a kitchen and family room, and then two bedrooms, all of which have access to the expansive back porch and yard. The kitchen, decked in white marble, features a large island with breakfast seating. 

The second level is accessed via a main staircase near the entry of the home, or a smaller staircase in back. Four bedrooms are located upstairs, all of which boast their own bathrooms, all tastefully done with wood floors, grand bathtubs, and farmhouse-style architectural details (think claw foot tubs, chandeliers, wainscoting, and more). The master bedroom suite has two separate bathrooms and two walk-in closets, as well as access to a balcony.

In addition to a pool, gazebo, outdoor kitchen, bocce court, and freestanding garage, a two-bedroom guest home sits on the property with its own living room and bathroom. This home is the most expansive of the three listings but also the largest, coming in at nearly 6500 square feet. It’s listed at $6,995,000 by Ron Brand and Bob Lamborn with Sotheby’s International Realty.

 A New England-style home sits behind a tree-lined drive and gates on Featherhill Road in Montecito

 A New England-style home sits behind a tree-lined drive and gates on Featherhill Road in Montecito

Surf's Up Santa Barbara

This Winter has been fantastic in Santa Barbara.  While other parts of the country are scraping ice from their windshields and shoveling snow out of their driveways we have been enjoying amazing weather and unbelievable surf!  The last few days have been in the high 70′s with overhead swells all along the coast.  This is what California living is all about.