Villa del Mare's kitchen featured on California Home. A rich and storied setting on the Gaviota Coast with panoramas of untouched seaside landscape and breathtaking 360-degree views of the mountains, pastoral countryside, Pacific Ocean and the Santa Barbara Channel Islands.

Full Article HERE

Once again Santa Barbara makes Conde' Nast's list of BEST SMALL CITIES

#10: Santa Barbara, You won't be hard pressed to find things to do in Los Angeles's northern neighbor, also known as the American Riviera. Besides the beaches and celeb sightings, factor in a day trip to Los Alamos's wineries (head to Bedford Winery for some Syrah and Cabernet Franc) and stop by the Orchid Estate, which offers five acres of orchid species and hybrids. Stay at the impressive Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara for Sunday brunch and plenty of lounging by the pool.


Full Story HERE

In its 2017 listing of the “Top 30 Public National Universities” in the country, U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Santa Barbara number 8.

Among the “Best National Universities” ranking, which includes both public and private institutions, UCSB placed number 37. Within the University of California system, only UC Berkeley and UCLA ranked above UCSB. Other UC campuses in the Top 30 include Irvine, Davis and San Diego.

In addition, UCSB placed number 13 among public universities in the “Least Debt” section of the magazine’s ranking of student debt load at graduation. UCSB’s College of Engineering is ranked number 18 among public universities on the U.S. News & World Report list of “Best Programs at Engineering Schools Whose Highest Degree is a Doctorate.”

MORE HERE

Santa Barbarans have long been proud of their city's heritage from Spanish founders and from the Spanish, Mexican and North American pioneers who first settled here and built the city. The tradition of colorful music, dance, and song together with a spirit of friendliness, hospitality and tolerance are part of this heritage which the Fiesta "Old Spanish Days," in Santa Barbara, seeks to preserve and perpetuate.



More info HERE

Sophisticated Architectural Art Gallery Residence

Full Article HERE

St.-Tropez, the jewel of the Côte d’Azur in France, is glamorous, sure. But an equally idyllic coastal getaway is tucked between the Pacific and the Santa Ynez Mountains. For decades, Santa Barbara has wooed jetsetters with its Mediterranean climate, rugged coastline and Moorish architecture. So much so that this pocket of Southern California is often referred to as the “American Riviera.”

That the Santa Ynez Valley is surrounded by vineyards begs another comparison to Provence. Here, it’s a great pleasure to not only drink some of the country’s best wine, but also to breathe the region’s orange blossom-scented air. There is an abundance of outdoor recreation, something you won’t find as much of on the French Riviera: beaches (surfing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and sailing), just minutes from most lodgings; and mountainous terrain for hiking and biking.

Standout activity: a day trip to Channel Islands National Park. Go on your own (take Island Packers Cruises ferry from Ventura, about 40 minutes from Santa Barbara) or with an organized outfitter (Santa Barbara Adventure Company and Truth Aquatics do kayaking, diving and snorkeling day trips) to explore windswept peaks and ocean grottos.

Back to the vineyards. On top of being home to 170 tasting rooms, the rolling hills of the Santa Ynez Valley are ideal for bike riding, horseback riding (all available to rent/book) or just kicking back with a farmstand picnic. You can also test-drive the local vino without leaving town. The newly established urban wine trail offers two dozen tasting rooms, all within blocks of downtown and the beach.

Santa Barbara’s microclimate makes eating well effortless. Lucky’s, Barbareño, Trattoria Mollie and the Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch nail the region’s rustic yet elegant cuisine. Two new boutique hotels, the Kimpton Goodland and the Wayfarer (this property also has shared hostel rooms), are well situated and casually chic. But for classic glamour, splurge at the five-star San Ysidro Ranch, where you can stay in a private bungalow and stroll along the lavender-studded foot paths once trod upon by the newlyweds John and Jackie Kennedy.

(New York Times, Pursuits, By AMY TARA KOCH, as view on 

Full Article HERE

More on Santa Barbara from the New York Times HERE

Situated atop a secluded hill on the Gaviota Coast, Villa della Costa—a 106-acre estate with a five-bedroom, eight-bathroom villa—offers striking views of the Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands, and surrounding foothills. A driveway seemingly sculpted into the land leads to the gated property, which is situated near the Santa Ynez Mountains 20 minutes outside of Santa Barbara. Built in 2014, the home is entrenched in contemporary comforts. The quintessential Spanish architecture by Jock Sewall is highlighted by antique roof tiles from Spain and Portugal, prominent wood beams, and groin vault ceilings.

Full Article HERE

Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, a global leader in luxury home sales, has enriched its Coldwell Banker Previews International® luxury program by elevating its Previews® agent certification program, expanding global marketing offerings and cultivating growth in its digital and print content. Coldwell Banker®, a leader in global luxury real estate with over 25,000 sales of homes worth $1 million or more last year, is renowned for selling some of the world's most distinguished properties. The new Previews luxury program is designed for the ever-expanding global reach of luxury real estate sales.

Full Article HERE

"The Jills": Jill Eber and Jill Hertzberg, pictured here with Randy Solakian, have been selling luxury real estate with a commitment to excellence for many years. The Jills' particular areas of specialization are in high-end residential properties in exclusive and secure communities, resulting in the sale of many multi-million dollar homes and condominiums. They have numerous record-breaking sales in Fisher Island, Bal Harbour, Gables Estates, Tahiti Beach, Golden Beach and the Miami Beach Islands, including North Bay Road, Venetian Islands, Sunset Islands and La Gorce Island. 


Visit the Jills at: http://www.thejills.com

Santa Barbara continues to intrigue. From our early Paleoindian presence over 13,000 years ago, through our Spanish period in the 1600s and into modern times. We are steeped in antiquity. Everyone must experience our vibrant city first-hand for themselves...


*Image, circa 1898: Gifford, P. E., Los Angeles Lithographic Co., LC Panoramic maps (2nd ed.), 47

The 11-day festival agenda features, among other things, an abundance of movies from the U.S. and around the globe; tributes to actors who took daring roles and so rose above the fray; panels with screenwriters, producers, and women in the business; and a slew of educational events that include family-friendly films, free screenings, and a three-day film-studies symposium.

More info HERE

Villa del Mare's kitchen featured on California Home. A rich and storied setting on the Gaviota Coast with panoramas of untouched seaside landscape and breathtaking 360-degree views of the mountains, pastoral countryside, Pacific Ocean and the Santa Barbara Channel Islands.

Full Article HERE

Once again Santa Barbara makes Conde' Nast's list of BEST SMALL CITIES

#10: Santa Barbara, You won't be hard pressed to find things to do in Los Angeles's northern neighbor, also known as the American Riviera. Besides the beaches and celeb sightings, factor in a day trip to Los Alamos's wineries (head to Bedford Winery for some Syrah and Cabernet Franc) and stop by the Orchid Estate, which offers five acres of orchid species and hybrids. Stay at the impressive Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara for Sunday brunch and plenty of lounging by the pool.


Full Story HERE

In its 2017 listing of the “Top 30 Public National Universities” in the country, U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Santa Barbara number 8.

Among the “Best National Universities” ranking, which includes both public and private institutions, UCSB placed number 37. Within the University of California system, only UC Berkeley and UCLA ranked above UCSB. Other UC campuses in the Top 30 include Irvine, Davis and San Diego.

In addition, UCSB placed number 13 among public universities in the “Least Debt” section of the magazine’s ranking of student debt load at graduation. UCSB’s College of Engineering is ranked number 18 among public universities on the U.S. News & World Report list of “Best Programs at Engineering Schools Whose Highest Degree is a Doctorate.”

MORE HERE

Santa Barbarans have long been proud of their city's heritage from Spanish founders and from the Spanish, Mexican and North American pioneers who first settled here and built the city. The tradition of colorful music, dance, and song together with a spirit of friendliness, hospitality and tolerance are part of this heritage which the Fiesta "Old Spanish Days," in Santa Barbara, seeks to preserve and perpetuate.



More info HERE

Sophisticated Architectural Art Gallery Residence

Full Article HERE

St.-Tropez, the jewel of the Côte d’Azur in France, is glamorous, sure. But an equally idyllic coastal getaway is tucked between the Pacific and the Santa Ynez Mountains. For decades, Santa Barbara has wooed jetsetters with its Mediterranean climate, rugged coastline and Moorish architecture. So much so that this pocket of Southern California is often referred to as the “American Riviera.”

That the Santa Ynez Valley is surrounded by vineyards begs another comparison to Provence. Here, it’s a great pleasure to not only drink some of the country’s best wine, but also to breathe the region’s orange blossom-scented air. There is an abundance of outdoor recreation, something you won’t find as much of on the French Riviera: beaches (surfing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and sailing), just minutes from most lodgings; and mountainous terrain for hiking and biking.

Standout activity: a day trip to Channel Islands National Park. Go on your own (take Island Packers Cruises ferry from Ventura, about 40 minutes from Santa Barbara) or with an organized outfitter (Santa Barbara Adventure Company and Truth Aquatics do kayaking, diving and snorkeling day trips) to explore windswept peaks and ocean grottos.

Back to the vineyards. On top of being home to 170 tasting rooms, the rolling hills of the Santa Ynez Valley are ideal for bike riding, horseback riding (all available to rent/book) or just kicking back with a farmstand picnic. You can also test-drive the local vino without leaving town. The newly established urban wine trail offers two dozen tasting rooms, all within blocks of downtown and the beach.

Santa Barbara’s microclimate makes eating well effortless. Lucky’s, Barbareño, Trattoria Mollie and the Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch nail the region’s rustic yet elegant cuisine. Two new boutique hotels, the Kimpton Goodland and the Wayfarer (this property also has shared hostel rooms), are well situated and casually chic. But for classic glamour, splurge at the five-star San Ysidro Ranch, where you can stay in a private bungalow and stroll along the lavender-studded foot paths once trod upon by the newlyweds John and Jackie Kennedy.

(New York Times, Pursuits, By AMY TARA KOCH, as view on 

Full Article HERE

More on Santa Barbara from the New York Times HERE

Situated atop a secluded hill on the Gaviota Coast, Villa della Costa—a 106-acre estate with a five-bedroom, eight-bathroom villa—offers striking views of the Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands, and surrounding foothills. A driveway seemingly sculpted into the land leads to the gated property, which is situated near the Santa Ynez Mountains 20 minutes outside of Santa Barbara. Built in 2014, the home is entrenched in contemporary comforts. The quintessential Spanish architecture by Jock Sewall is highlighted by antique roof tiles from Spain and Portugal, prominent wood beams, and groin vault ceilings.

Full Article HERE

Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, a global leader in luxury home sales, has enriched its Coldwell Banker Previews International® luxury program by elevating its Previews® agent certification program, expanding global marketing offerings and cultivating growth in its digital and print content. Coldwell Banker®, a leader in global luxury real estate with over 25,000 sales of homes worth $1 million or more last year, is renowned for selling some of the world's most distinguished properties. The new Previews luxury program is designed for the ever-expanding global reach of luxury real estate sales.

Full Article HERE

"The Jills": Jill Eber and Jill Hertzberg, pictured here with Randy Solakian, have been selling luxury real estate with a commitment to excellence for many years. The Jills' particular areas of specialization are in high-end residential properties in exclusive and secure communities, resulting in the sale of many multi-million dollar homes and condominiums. They have numerous record-breaking sales in Fisher Island, Bal Harbour, Gables Estates, Tahiti Beach, Golden Beach and the Miami Beach Islands, including North Bay Road, Venetian Islands, Sunset Islands and La Gorce Island. 


Visit the Jills at: http://www.thejills.com

Santa Barbara continues to intrigue. From our early Paleoindian presence over 13,000 years ago, through our Spanish period in the 1600s and into modern times. We are steeped in antiquity. Everyone must experience our vibrant city first-hand for themselves...


*Image, circa 1898: Gifford, P. E., Los Angeles Lithographic Co., LC Panoramic maps (2nd ed.), 47

The 11-day festival agenda features, among other things, an abundance of movies from the U.S. and around the globe; tributes to actors who took daring roles and so rose above the fray; panels with screenwriters, producers, and women in the business; and a slew of educational events that include family-friendly films, free screenings, and a three-day film-studies symposium.

More info HERE

3-Day New York Summit Brings Together Luxury Marketing Experts

NEW YORK, N.Y.  11/15/2016 – Randy Solakian of Santa Barbara with Coldwell Banker Previews International® Private Estates Brokerage office in Montecito, recently attended the International Luxury Alliance Network event held at the Peninsula Hotel in New York City. The event was hosted by NRT LLC. NRT, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company, the parent company of Coldwell Banker Previews International.

Representing the Santa Barbara marketplace, Solakian was joined by fellow luxury marketing experts from North America and Europe affiliated with Coldwell Banker and New York’s premier luxury sales professionals from The Corcoran Group, the leading residential real estate brokerage company headquartered in New York City.  In total, the group represents more than $2.5 billion in sales volume in luxury real estate sales and ranks within the top 1 percent of Coldwell Banker and Corcoran agents worldwide.

“Solakian and the real estate professionals who were invited to this exclusive event, have distinguished themselves in affluent markets around the globe,” said Bruce Zipf, president and CEO of NRT LLC. “This gathering was an opportunity for them to strengthen their relationships and collectively harness their competitive edge, which ultimately advantageously benefits their clients who rely on them to market their estates domestically and internationally.” 

As part of the three-day networking event, Randy and his colleagues participated in strategic business sessions launched by Zipf. Ginette Wright, vice president of luxury marketing for NRT, hosted panel discussions that provided insight into the wealthiest markets around the world.

The event included a tour of premiere New York luxury development properties led by Pamela Liebman, Corcoran president and CEO and local co-host of the event.  The new development properties on the tour included 30 Park Place Four Seasons Private Residences, the highest residential tower in Downtown Manhattan, 70 Vestry, the collection of Tribeca waterfront homes designed by Robert A.M. Stern with unobstructed views of the Hudson River and 53 West 53rd Street, the mid-town residential tower which rises above the Museum of Modern Art and Central Park.  

The tour of exceptional New York luxury residences concluded with a presentation on Hudson Yards, the largest private real estate development in the history of the U.S. and a tour of 15 Hudson Yards, the first residential property of Hudson Yards to enter the market.  That evening, as well as the other evenings of the three-day summit, closed with a cocktail reception and VIP dinner party.

The assembly of real estate industry luminaries included, in addition to Pamela Liebman of The Corcoran Group, Laurent Demeure, president and CEO of Coldwell Banker France and Monaco, and real estate icons affiliated with Coldwell Banker and The Corcoran Group representing such key markets as Los Angeles and Malibu, Aspen, Greenwich, CT., Miami and Palm Beach, FL, New York City, the Hamptons, Westchester County, N.Y. and more.

Randy has earned prominence here in Montecito and Santa Barbara area communities reaching unprecedented heights of success in the marketing and sale of the areas most legendary estates, and representing many of the area’s most notable residents. He can be reached at his Montecito office at 805-565-2208 or email at Randy@MontecitoEstates.com.

Overlooking Santa Barbara’s Gaviota Coast and its vast panorama of spectacular untouched seaside landscape with breathtaking 360 degree views of the mountains, pastoral countryside, Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands.

Full Article HERE:

This gorgeous ocean and mountain view estate, dubbed “The Polo Estate of Montecito,” boasts nearly 12,000 sqft. of living space, grand formal reception area, 7 bedrooms / 9 bathrooms, a detached guest suite with living room, state of the art gym, 128 foot pool, 2 outdoor spas, pool house with kitchen, service bar and entertaining area as well as a rooftop entertainment area with a hot tub, BBQ and observation deck


Full article HERE

The very first automobile in Santa Barbara, September 20, 1900. 

"Although the first automobile ever sighted in Santa Barbara may have been the one appearing in the 1899 circus parade, W.S. Sherman was said to have owned the first automobile in town, taking delivery on Thursday evening, September 20, 1900. Townspeople watched in fascination the next day when he took it out for all to see. His sensational new purchase was a locomobile steamer, made by Stanley. The model was called a 'Locosurrey.' This truly horseless carriage was priced at $1,200 and was operated as a rental machine with headquarters at Short's Bike Shop, two doors south of Caesar's Alley, leading to De la Guerra Plaza and the city hall. For a half dollar, Sherman would give a customer a ride around two city blocks." --Walker Tompkins

Always on the cutting edge of the industry. Coldwell Banker recently won an Emmy and took home the award for the best designed mobile app from the Best Mobile App Awards.

We also recently received three of the highest honors for extraordinary public relations campaigns, being named a finalist for a Silver Anvil award and winning a PRSA Award of Excellence and a gold SABRE.

We are independently owned and operate franchised broker offices in 47 countries and territories with a network of almost 85,000 affiliated sales professionals worldwide. 

Leading the way, from our office to yours...

FULL ARTICLE HERE

HOME OF THE WEEK

May 25, 2016

Reminiscent of Italy’s Mediterranean villages and majestic green hills, Montecito is the jewel in California’s coastal crown. The region’s beachside beauty and intimate small-town feel eloquently combine to exude an effortlessly chic vibe...

Full Article HERE

"Today’s affluent buyers are mobile, and aren’t limited by geography. Many of them own numerous properties all over the world. They’re choosing to own homes in places like London, Paris, New York, Aspen, Honolulu. What’s “home” to them? They’re proving over and over again that it’s not so much about WHERE you live — it’s HOW you live...."

Full Article HERE

Take a look at our Southern California residence that pays homage to Richard Neutra's mid-century design. Overlooking Butterfly Beach on California’s most desirable coastline in Montecito, this three-bedroom, two-bath residence was built in 1962 and designed by architect Gary Hahn, an apprentice of Neutra.

Full Article HERE

Property Video HERE

Santa Barbara Ranks #1

Residents of Santa Barbara seem to have discovered the fountain of youth, living to an average 84.4 years, according to government data analyzed in a recent Journal of the American Medical Association paper on life expectancy.

Santa Barbara's focus on healthier lifestyles, with an abundance of fresh and organic foods, likely plays a part.

“The keys to longevity are keeping your mind and body active, staying very socialized and engaged with community and work,” says longevity expert Alexis Abramson, who has a doctorate in gerontology. 

Full Article HERE

#6 STATE STREET, SANTA BARBARA

State Street is the quintessential Southern California main drag. Lined with restaurants, bars and posh boutiques, it’s a favorite among tourists and university students alike. You’ll also find perfectly preserved examples of Spanish Revival architecture that’ll leave you questioning why you haven’t moved west.

Full Article HERE

The biggest names in luxury real estate, like Randy Solakian, came together for Haute Residence’s third annual Los Angeles Luxury Real Estate Summit, which took place March 16, in the Kensington Ballroom at The London West Hollywood, where they discussed the current trends in luxury real estate, personal success stories, and what’s next for Califonia’s booming real estate market.

Moderated by Seth Semilof, co-founder and publisher of luxury publications Haute Living, Haute Residence, and Haute Time, and Timothy Lappen, Esq., founder and chairman of Luxury Home Group, the event featured the panel “$100 Million Club,” and where Randy unvieled secrets to his success.


Video Recap HERE

Full Aticle HERE

Once again, we have been recognized with the World's Most Ethical Company award.

“We are once again honored to be recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as being among a select group of world-class companies focused on ethical leadership,” said Richard A. Smith, Realogy’s chairman, chief executive officer and president. “We take great pride in creating a company culture that places a premium on ethics and integrity. We believe that sustainable and trustworthy companies can only be built upon a strong ethical foundation.”

“Our leadership position in our industry is based on the quality of our people and their commitment to our core values, which include acting with integrity, delivering on promises and making a positive difference in our communities,” said Elisabeth Gehringer, Realogy’s chief ethics and compliance officer. “Our employees understand that they play a key role in ensuring that our company culture is infused with ethical values.”

The World’s Most Ethical Companies designation recognizes those companies who align principle with action, work tirelessly to make trust part of their corporate DNA, and, in doing so, shape future industry standards by introducing tomorrow’s best practices today. Realogy is one of just 131 companies in the world honored this year and is the only residential real estate company on the list.

The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient™ (EQ) framework developed over years of research to provide a means to assess an organization’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. Ethisphere assesses companies based on their scores in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20%), culture of ethics (20%), governance (15%) and leadership, innovation and reputation (10%). 

Full Article HERE

"DAVID SEDARIS'S SANTA BARBARA" 

(as seen on Conde Nast Traveller)

"Most everyone I passed was engaged in some sort of exercise. Their skin was lightly bronzed and their hair was either blonde or silver, for gray does not exist in Santa Barbara: not on heads and most certainly not in the sky. Every day is perfect: meaning sunny with a high in the mid sixties to low seventies. At night it cools down, just so you can wear cashmere.

There are other such towns in California...but none seem as satisfied with themselves." 

Read Full Article HERE

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), running February 3rd to 13th, is an eleven day event held in the seaside city of Santa Barbara, California. SBIFF is proud to present a diverse slate of more than 200 films to over 90,000 film enthusiasts.

In addition to showcasing a diverse spectrum of films, tributes and galas, SBIFF also offers seminars with industry professionals including Directors, Screenwriters, Producers and Women's Panels, as well as provocative Q&A sessions with a diverse selection of filmmakers. 

SBIFF has established itself as one of the premiere international film festivals. In addition to expanding the slate each year to highlight emerging genres, styles and regions, SBIFF is growing their free children's educational and community outreach programs with the "10-10-10 student screenwriting and filmmaking competition," "Mike's Field Trip to the Movies" and "Applebox" which cumulatively served over 16,000 students and families during our last festival.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will open with the U.S. premiere of Paramount Pictures’ “THE LITTLE PRINCE” at the Arlington Theatre on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016. Directed by Mark Osborne and featuring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, James Franco, Mackenzie Foy, and Benicio Del Toro, “THE LITTLE PRINCE” is based on the classic tale of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Opening Night Film + Gala is co-sponsored by Bella Vista Designs.

For More Information and Ticketing please visit Santa Barbara International Film Festival link HERE

Quick link to Event ScheduleHERE

The roughly 12½-acre property first went on the market in January for $19.95 million, then was reduced to $16.9 million in July. The buyers were Dean and Darcy Christal, founders of the California hair care products company Olaplex. They were represented by Randy Solakian of Coldwell Banker Previews International.

The Mediterranean-style house was built in 2003, with an addition a few years later, Mr. Christal said. Located on a hillside in the Hope Ranch area, the eight-bedroom house measures about 13,000 square feet.

Wall Street Journal Article HERE

Randy Solakian and Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage supporter building strong foundations and they believe every child should have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. Randy has acknowledged the need for funding extra-curricular programs to help ensure kids and local schools have the support they require to succeed. He is happy to announce thay have raised a combined $20,000 for local schools. Schools receiving support include, Santa Barbara High School, Dos Pueblos High School, Carpinteria High School and San Marcos High School. 

Commonly referred to as the “American Riviera” thanks to its beautiful beaches, high mountains and cultural treasures, Santa Barbara is located about two hours north of Los Angeles. Several wineries can be found nearby, as well as many opportunities to hike, swim and go boating. With many resorts and hotels on its coastline, Santa Barbara’s economy hinges on tourism, but also has a strong service sector with top employers in industries ranging from manufacturing to technology and education.

Full Article HERE

Most Ethical Company

September 24, 2015

Did you know we have been recognized as the World's Most Ethical Company for four consecutive years?

“The World’s Most Ethical Companies embrace the correlation between ethical business practice and improved company performance,” said Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. “These companies use ethics as a means to further define their industry leadership and understand that creating an ethical culture and earning the World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition involves more than just an outward facing message or a handful of senior executives saying the right thing. Earning this recognition involves the collective action of a global workforce from the top down. We congratulate everyone at Realogy for this extraordinary achievement.”

The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient™ (EQ) framework developed over years of research to provide a means to assess an organization’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. Ethisphere assesses companies based on their scores in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20%), culture of ethics (20%), governance (15%) and leadership, innovation and reputation (10%). 

Full Article HERE

Old Spanish Days Fiesta is about the heart of Santa Barbara’s residents and their passion for life. We invite you and the special people in your life to experience the color, passion, charm and – yes, romance! - of Fiesta. Come together to enjoy the magic of song and dance at our Mission, Courthouse and plazas, enjoy the savory traditional foods at the mercados, the thrills at the rodeo, and the dancing under the moonlight at the parties throughout the city. 

Live Camera - Event Streaming HERE

Link to Santa Barbara's Independent "Comprehensive Guide to Old Spanish Days" HERE

Year over year sales are up about 12% and the numbers of escrows are up almost 19%. With escrows and sales up for both segments of the market the third quarter of 2015 looks to be strong.

Search for Properties HERE

*Based on Santa Barbara Multiple Listing Service Data 1/1/15 to 6/30/15

Santa Barbara is the original home of the California Wine Festival -- a spectacular gathering of wine, food, music and fun at the beach and various venues over the course of three days! A true world-class resort city, Santa Barbara attracts sophisticated locals and visitors from around the world. Now in its 12th year in Santa Barbara, this is one of the most desirable consumer wine events around!

Full Article HERE

List of Vintners HERE

Year-round sunshine, ocean views and laid-back luxury set the stage for an abundance of festivals, concerts and special events. And Independence Day is no exception.

Link to 4th of July Events HERE

Link to ALL Events HERE

July to August sees Santa Barbara flourish with heaps of things to do -- Solstice and Old Spanish Days, to name two biggies, but there is also a nice pastiche of arts happenings.

Full Article HERE

Solstice Info HERE

Fiesta Info HERE

Randy Solakian's Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Listing is "California Home's" Extraordinary Home of the Week.

Article Link HERE

On this day, May 29, 1955, James Dean in his Porsche Speedster, took part in The Santa Barbara Road Races. Held on and around the Santa Barbara Airport, The Santa Barbara Road Races were the premier West Coast motorsport events during the 1950s. The event’s proximity to Hollywood drew celebrities like Steve McQueen while this Memorial Day event was James Dean’s last race.

Read more about Santa Barbara and our early race history HERE 

Randy Solakian has joined the prestigious Haute Living Real Estate Network (HLRN) of Hauteresidence.com is proud to recognize Randy Solakian as a prominent real estate professional and the network’s newest partner.

HLRN unites a distinguished collective of leading real estate agents and brokers, highlighting the most extravagant properties in leading markets around the globe for affluent buyers, sellers and real estate enthusiasts.

HLRN of Hauteresidence.com offers readers the most prominent directory of experienced realtors, brokers and luxury listings, and HLRN has grown to be the number one source for real estate news, residential developments, celebrity real estate news and more. 

Link to Partner Profile Here

“When you have those relationships with the other agents and with the principles, you’re not so deathly dependent on the public marketing and the publicity and the big splashy ads and things.”

--Randy Solakian

Full Article Here 

Full Video Here (Randy at 03:42 min.) 


This is an analysis of the Santa Barbara Real Estate market including Carpinteria/Summerland, Montecito, Hope Ranch, downtown Santa Barbara and Goleta through the month of March 2015. For the Home Estate/PUD market sales went way up for the month with about 117 closings from the 58 we saw in February. The Median Sales Price also rose to about $1.2 million up from $1,035,000 at the end of February while the days on the market for sold properties went down to around 54 from the 71 we saw in the previous month.  The opened escrows stayed at about the same level from 121 in February to about 118 in March. The median list price on those escrows went up however to about $1.249 million from $1,050,000 in February. There were approximately 160 new listings that came on the market in March with a median list price of roughly $1.45 million and an average list price of about $2.5 million with the overall inventory rising from about 260 units for sale at the end of February to around 280 at the end of March.

Year over year sales are up about 22% with the median sales price up to roughly $1.15 million for a 12% rise. The average sales price is also up going from just over $1.585 million in 2014 to approximately $2 million in 2015 while the numbers of escrows are up about 29% with the median list price on those escrows up over 11% to $1,175,000.

Looking at the Districts, Carpinteria/Summerland sales are up from 11 to 24 and the median sales price is up from $845,000 to $895,500. The numbers of escrows are also up from 23 to 29 with the median list price on those escrows falling from $865,000 last year to $829,000 this year.

For Montecito, sales are up going from 38 to 46 with the median sales price rising from $2,112,500 to $2.86 million. Escrows are also up going from 41 to 53 and the median list price on those escrows is up from $2.795 million to $2.95 million.

East of State St sales are up going from 59 in ‘14 to 68 in ‘15 and the median sales price is up from $1,225,000 to $1.25 million. The escrows are also up going from 61 to 75 with the median list price on those escrows rising from $1,295,000 last year to $1,349,000 this year.

West of State St sales are up from 48 to 50 but the median sales price is down from $950,000 to $845,000. The numbers of escrows are also up with 49 in ‘14 compared to 69 in ‘15 and the median list price on those escrows is up from $895,000 last year to $1,055,000 this year.

Hope Ranch sales are up from 7 to 12 but the median sales price is down from $5.105 million to $2.86 million. The numbers of escrows are also up with 8 last year compared to 12 this year. But, the median list price on those escrows is down from $3.85 million in ‘14 to $2.89 million in ‘15.

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Statistics Based on Santa Barbara Multiple Listing Service Data



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"The first distinguished panel featured Million Dollar Listing stars Matthew Altman of Hilton & Hyland and Josh Flagg of Rodeo Realty, along with Aaron Kirman, president of the Estates division of the John Aaroe Group, and Randy Solakian of Coldwell Banker Previews International."

Montecito, California

The Mediterranean climate of Montecito, nine square miles squeezed between the Pacific Ocean and mountains just east of Santa Barbara, long has been a bug light for affluent retirees. Those 65 and up comprise 22% of the 9,000 residents. Average home price is $1.7 million; median household income is $110,000. South-facing beaches mean the sun rises and sets over the water. It’s sometimes hard to distinguish between residents and those who simply have a second home there. The town has come a long way since the 19th century when it was known more for highway robbers

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