Click here for mid week rates from Guy Rivera at Gurantee Mortgage. Did you know you can apply online with  local lenders? Its not just those TV companies that do that. Why anyone would choose a random online company over a local lender who actually cares is a question. And while I'm at it, what is all this complaining about rates? Many of you, like me, remember long stretches of time when rates were double or triple (or more) what they are now. As with all things ... keep it in perspective. 

Bells of the Ball (caravan yesterday)

1686 Eucalyptus #B, Solvang (2/3 condo) 449K Seriously, you gotta see this condo. It is a knock out. Like I said before, best in class by a long shot. I gives the term "move in ready condo" a whole new meaning. We rarely if ever see condos this nice. The quality throughout is top knotch. The design elements expertly done. So many upgrades, it would take all night to talk about them. The kitchen is huge for a condo and gorgeous, the living room so cozy and classy, downstairs powder bath very pretty. Upstairs are two generous bedrooms, both ensuite with their own private upgraded bath. Who has that in a condo? Even has a large back yard, attached one car garage and dedicated additional parking space. Trust me. This one is a must see and exceptional value. If I were in the market for a condo, I would buy it. 

778 N. Refugio, Santa Ynez (main house, art studio, office, guest house on .82 of an acre) $1,388,888 I missed this one when it was on carvan last so seeing it now after being on the market for a bit. If you are someone that tunes into the energy in a property, you are going to be smiling from the time you get here until the moment you leave. Really a lovely, gentle happy energy here coming from a home that is full of charm and light. Meticulously cared for, every inch, every structure, every plant and stone is beautifully curated while maintaining an atmoshphere of fun and laughter. Really, you can't be grumpy here. It isn't even possible. The main house is simple, classy cozy elegance. Not overly complicated but feels rich and quality centric.The art studio and attached expansive office space is beautifully appointed and useful for so many purposes. The guest house is no slouch in the quality and design department either. Super cute. There is a lot under roof here on this parcel but somehow it feels spacious and private with plenty of room for gardens or furry friends. On the less traveled end of Refugio but literally walking distance to El Rancho. Super convenient to everything but not traffic instrusive. Best of both worlds. Its a good one. See it especially if you are seeking a family compound or just something ultra special that nobody else has. 

1240 Cougar Ridge, Buellton (main house, guest house and office over garage on 20 acres) $3,548,200 Let me preface this with I actually had to wait for a peacock to move away from the front door before I could enter. Not kidding. He and his girlfriend apparently call this place home and let me tell you, they are simply delightful in addition to beautiful and spellbinding. There is something magical about peacocks. I can't even make this stuff up. The valley experiences are as varied as they are unique. Ok. So I went inside and then, after I picked my jaw up off the floor, went on to explore this visual feast. Greeted by an uber large foyer complete with custom bar, the entertaining options here are incredible. I enjoyed a glass of the private label Hawkeye Syrah which was delicious (I am a Syrah fan ... this stuff is good). Wandering through this palatial home, I noted the consistent use of quality. Sometimes we see luxury homes with all the money spent in the front part and not the other areas but this one has been thoughtfully appointed throughout. With masculine dark wood theme, the home feels strong and a place of refuge from the world. Even so, the views from this site are without compare. I thought I had seen some amazing views in my time, and I have, but these views are exceptional, panoramic and spell binding. I really enjoyed the entry, the living spaces and the screening room is just just wow! The kitchen is very generous with a friendly efficient design that takes absolute advantage of the breathtaking views. Guest rooms are all downstairs and en suite. The upstairs is soley dedicated to the master suite which is bigger than big, completely open to the views, has a sitting room area and two mammoth bathroom and closet areas for his and her. Different from each other in design and here again, thoughtfully designed. The huge office over the garage is simply scrumptious. The guest house, down the hilll and near the front gate, is designed like a managers quarters and in as much, 1200 square feet providing 2 bedrooms in a fully self contained home set up with a very high level of quality as well. Horse facilities, pool, tennis court and private producing vineyard under the Hawkeye label complete the full experience. One could easily carve in some excercise trails, create more gardens or find ways to thoroughly enjoy the generous parcel beyond what is already here. What I loved about this property: No doubt, its large at over 7,000 square feet but honestly, it feels so comfortable. Maybe its the dark wood, the beautiful hand trowling on the walls, the honest and warm kitchen, the good energy or perhaps the overall security and protection this hilltop fortress provides. I don't really know but I can say this is one example of where big doesn't feel big. It feels like strength, and utility and the ability to live here comfortably together or apart. There is no redundancy here. It all matters. In a gated community where this property is well hidden from the general passer by, it is also literally 5 minutes to a major grocery store and the 101 freeway in both directions. There are something like 15 deeded hiking and riding trails in this protected community. If you are shopping in this price range and demand a lot for your money, really, see it. Its a show stopper. 

New Listing

4301 Tims, Santa Ynez (3/3 on 19.36 acres) $1,495,000 This one has certainly had some love since we saw it for sale last in 2012 (click here for old link which I hope will work). More like a large cabin at that time and before, we can easily see a ton of work and redesign has been done here and now it looks super cute. Tennis court and plenty of room for horses or other hobbies makes it fun and enjoyable. Suitable for full time or part time, this just under 1500 square foot home is located in a very private location with, for the area, a lot of flat and usable. Even so, the views are incredible from almost anywhere on this parcel including the house site. I like this parcel due to its abundance of varying topography, tree canopy, flat and usable in addition to unique privacy. Enjoy it as is, build a bigger main house, add a pool or whatever. At this price, doing all those things makes sense. Then again, bigger is not always better. Sometimes living the simple life amongst so much natural beauty is all you really need. Woodstock Ranch offers natural surroundings with most parcels being around 20 acres, miles of trails, little traveled roads and a kind of peace and quiet that is hard to find, even here. 

Price Change

705 Mesa Drive, Solvang (4/4 on 3.7 acres)  Great just got even better. Was $1,695,000 with a new price of $1,595,000. I like 100K price reductions. This home is in mint condition with real design flair and quality. Coming in at just under 3,700 square feet, it is big, bold and beautiful. The kitchen is gorgeous and easily accessible from the living areas for an open feel. Tremendous views are enjoyed from the second floor master. Very close to town and all conveniences yet in a well kept rural environment, the parcel size is manageable at just under 4 usable acres while still providing plenty of elbow room. Not everybody needs or wants 20 acres so this size is very desirable to a lot of folks. Easy access to shopping, services, medical care, schools, neighbors for increased security and everything else should not be underrated. There is a lot of wow factor here and a must see for those that are not feeling the love with the more common ranch style, heavy Mediterranean homes or fixers we see at this price point. More house, less land. Works for a lot of today's buyers. Full time or part time, the location and easy maintenance of home and land works well for either. 

Under Contract

2219 Hill Haven, Solvang (5.08 acres, land only) 400K


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