Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration, June 24-26

It is officially summer at The Santa Barbara Lifestyle! As residents of Santa Barbara, our valued clients often feel like it’s summer all year-round. As one of our clients who was originally from the east coast mentioned, “Living in Santa Barbara is like living in paradise in being on vacation all year long.” We feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful city and enjoy all that is has to offer its residents. We wanted to showcase all of the exciting events of the season so we are introducing our first ever SB Summer Guide! This guide will feature fun and informative blog posts on the latest happenings, festivals, and events going on locally. With the annual Summer Solstice Celebration fast approaching, we wanted to promote this famously fun celebration! Read on to find out all of the details and information about the festival and parade below.

Summer celebrations are very special in the Santa Barbara community, from the Solstice Celebration, Concerts in the Parks, to Fiesta & Old Spanish Days, the summer is filled with historical traditions and fun. Kicking the season off is the annual Summer Solstice Celebration. The festival spans three days, beginning on Friday, June 24th at 4pm at Alameda Park, followed by the parade on State Street on Saturday June 25th at 12pm. More fun and live music continue on Sunday June 26th at Alameda Park.

Summer Solstice 2011

Summer Solstice 2011

This festival is loved by the community and surrounding areas and it attracts many visitors each year. In the past, the parade has had as many as 100,000 spectators. This year, with the theme being “Legends” they are expecting an even greater “legendary” turnout. As Noozhawk reports, “Festival Executive Director Robin Elander said the creativity seen so far has been diverse, adding that “the parade will be legendary.” (DeVries, Noozhawk) Some other exciting news is the inaugural Children’s Parade, which will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday near the Kids World part of Alameda park.


Friday June 24, 2016 Festival 4 – 9 pm, Alameda Park

Saturday June 25, 2016 Parade – Noon, State and Cota

Saturday June 25, 2016 Festival – Noon – 8 pm, Alameda Park

Sunday June 26, 2015 Festival – Noon – 6 pm, Alameda Park

The festival has many volunteer positions still available and donations can also be made through the festival’s website. For more detailed information about the Summer Solstice Celebration, including solstice’s history, the festival’s activities, live music lineups, the parade course and more.

For more info about the Santa Barbara community, check out our SB AREAS pages and sign up for our monthly real estate newsletter for more general updates. You can also check out our new SB Open House Guide today for an entire list of open houses in the SB Area. We looking forward to hearing from you soon!


1999 Viborg Rd Solvang, CA 93463

1999 Viborg Rd in Solvang is a 0.64 acre lot on a quiet and private street that is full of potential to become a beautiful single-family residence. This buildable parcel of 0.64 acres is located on the corner of Viborg Rd and Alamo Pintado in Solvang. The permitting process was started by seller with the City of Solvang and building plans are available. The property is surrounded by a variety of mature trees and shrubs and is conveniently located near the hospital as well as shopping and schools. The opportunity awaits a lucky buyer to build his or her custom-built dream home. Build you dream home in beautiful Solvang!



Just a short drive (about 40 minutes) from Santa Barbara, Solvang offers a tranquil and serene way of life. Solvang is in the Santa Ynez area, and has more than 20 wine tasting rooms, as Santa Ynez is regarded as one of the countries best wine districts in the country. Solvang features peaceful, natural surroundings all while being nearby Santa Ynez, Los Olivos and Santa Barbara.

Contact us today to schedule a viewing of this property, or if you have any questions. Stay tuned for updates on open houses and other new listings by following our blog and following us on social media if you haven’t already!

Want to schedule a showing for this gorgeous property? Contact us today regarding 455 Toltec Place and see our blog and sign up for our monthly real estate newsletter for more general updates. You can also check out our new SB Open House Guide today for an entire list of open houses in the SB Area. We looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Thank You,

Randy & Kellie

Three Santa Barbara homes for sale: 455 TOLTEC PLACE, 63 SKYLINE CIRCLE, and 20 Baker Lane!

We are very excited to showcase these three magnificent homes. 455 Toltec place offers an extensive remodel and a flexible living plan. 63 Skyline Circle offers a midcentury style in the sought-after Mesa neighborhood. 20 Baker Lane is a newer custom home. Check out these homes below and their open house times coming up this weekend!


OPEN HOUSE: June 11 &12, 1PM – 4PM 

455 Toltec Place front

Extensively remodeled in 2006 with the seamless addition of an impressive, two-bedroom second floor, this 6 BD/3.5 BA home of nearly 2600 sq. ft offers endless possibilities for comfortable living with its flexible floor plan. Quiet and private location at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, yet enjoys the convenience of shopping, restaurants and a movie theater just minutes away.

You will feel right at home in the gorgeous gourmet kitchen, which features granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and a subway tile backsplash. Boasts loads of upgrades including vaulted ceilings, dual pane windows, custom travertine tile floors, and bullnosed walls with intricate painted motifs in the authentic Spanish style. Access through French doors the private wraparound paver patio with fire pit, detached workshop, and lush landscaping including mature loquat and olive trees, a 40ft Chinese elm, and petite blackberry plants. In addition to the downstairs master bedroom, the added upstairs offers a spacious second master suite with soaring ceilings and French doors that open to an encompassing balcony, and a master bath with double sinks and spa tub. Excellent condition with extraordinary attention to detail. As mentioned above, there is an open house this weekend on Saturday and Sunday between 1PM and 4PM. Join us to experience this beautiful home for yourself!

Listed At: $1,165,000


63 Skyline Circle

Beautiful Mid-Century Modern 2 bedroom 1 bath home on the Mesa provides Santa Barbara living at its best where indoor/outdoor living seamlessly blend together. Located on a hilltop with fencing wrapped around the entire property that allows for optimal privacy. Minutes away from downtown SB, the beach, and shopping. This mid-century gem has a skylight and glass panels throughout throughout. Turquoise stained floors create a serene foundation that brings the feeling of the lush landscaping inside. Entertain friends and family on the wrap around paver patio with outdoor dining area and gas fire pit. This is a truly magical home.

Listed At: $899,000

3. 20 Baker Ln, GOLETA CA, 93117


20 Baker Ln, Goleta

Newly built in 2005, this custom home of nearly 2400 sqft offers 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and a separate studio/office with its own private entry. Superior craftsmanship with gorgeous vaulted ceilings, wood floors, and custom wood plantation shutters throughout. Beautiful, open kitchen with marble center island, granite counters, pull-out drawers and top of the line appliances and fixtures.

Listed At: $849,000

Here at The Santa Barbara Lifestyle we value our clients and our community. Please keep updated on our current listings as we always make sure to stay updated on the real estate scene here in Santa Barbara. We work together with our clients to make sure that they find a home according to their needs and preferences. Don’t hesitate to contact Randy and Kellie for a closer view of these houses TODAY!


Kellie & Randy


Appreciation Continues to Rise Affecting Affordability for the Average Buyer

may2016 Real Estate UpdateComparing sales year to date this year (2016) versus 2015 reflects while the market has gone up in appreciation, there have been less overall sales in both residential and condo properties. It shows how amazing the appreciation is and continues to be in the Santa Barbara area. While the market has has seen a continued rise in appreciation, it has had an effect on affordability and has been hurting the average buyer. Take an in-depth look at some of our latest market stats charts below to see this supply and demand in effect in Santa Barbara real estate. For more market updates, sign up for our monthly newsletter which highlights market trends, new listings, and Santa Barbara happenings.

Residential Sales April 2016 vs 2015

# Of Sales Average List Price Median List Price Average Sold Price Median Sold Price
April 2016 104 $1,592,940 $1,197,000 $1,538,594 $1,174,500
April 2015 94 $1,551,742 $997,500 $1,482,599 $975,000

Residential March Comps 2016 vs 2015

# Of Sales Average List Price Median List Price Average Sold Price Median Sold Price
March 2016 85 $1,752,501 $1,199,000 $1,675,354 $1,225,000
March 2015 117 $2,000,054 $1,295,000 $1,916,432 $1,205,000

Yearly Sales To Date 2016 vs 2015

2015 2016 % Up or Down
# Of Sold Properties 903 724 Down -19%
Median Sales Price $1,050,750 $1,250,000 Up +18.9%
Median Sales Price (w/o Hope Ranch & Montecito) $910,000 $1,201,655 Up +10.16%
Average Sales Price $1,898,046 $1,795,820 Down -5.4%
Average Sales Price (w/o Hope Ranch & Montecito) $1,351,354 $1,201,655 Down -11%

Condo Sales April 2016 vs April 2015

# Of Sales Average List Price Median List Price Average Sold Price Median Sold Price
April 2016 36 $807,000 $699,000 $788,046 $700,000
April 2015 64 $658,214 $564,500 $660,038 $565,500

Condo Sales Year to Date 2016 vs 2015

2015 2016 % Up or Down
# Of Sold Properties 171 115 Down -32.7%
Median List Price $570,000 $690,000 Up +21%
Median Sales Price w/out Montecito $550,000 $630,000 Up +14.5%
Average List Price $709,022 $883,315 Up +24.5%
Average Sales Price w/out Montecito $645,497 $710,415 Up +10%
We would like to thank the SBAOR and Coldwell Banker for providing us with our information. As always, if you are thinking of buying or selling, or know someone who is, please think of us and make sure you check out our current listings, our SB Open House Guide, which is updated daily, and more from our blog and facebook.
Thank you!
Kellie & Randy