Yay! I’m back! A big shout out thank you to Rhoda Johnson for covering for me last week. A chip off the old block. One of my brightest students, Rhoda has done an excellent job in her first couple of years in this business. Next time you see her at an open house, please let Rhoda know how much you appreciated her blogging.

** A couple of these below are repeats from last week as I had additional comments.

New Rental Listing

210 Menlo, Buellton (3/3 on .25 of an acre) $3,500 per month

New Listings

723 Shaw St. Los Alamos (3/3 condo) 459K This model has just under 1500 square feet and is a perimeter end unit which means more natural light than some other units. Attached two car garage is a real plus as condos usually have a one car if you are lucky. This unit has been upgraded with today’s trendy finishes and surfaces including a stacked stone fireplace. Covered porch and upper deck provide outdoor space in addition to the well maintained community open space in front. HOA here is $320 per month.

**13 Chamiso, Los Alamos (4/3 on .15 of an acre) 600K One of the largest models in over 2,700 square feet with the added bonus of one bedroom and bath suite on the ground floor. But that’s not all. This one also enjoys a coveted location on the perimeter backing up to the gorgeous huge producing vineyard behind this development. Easy care surfaces and flooring with a family and gathering friendly open floor plan and loads of natural light in this model. New paint and carpet brings freshness to what is already newer style construction from 2005. This is a gated community with kiddie park and a small HOA of $185 per month.

**373 Kendale, Buellton (3/3 on .27 of an acre) 659K You may remember this one from earlier in the year when it was priced higher at 679K. We see it back now at a 20K better price. You might also remember the interior updates, nice pool plus the unexpected garage expansion with the standard 2 car attached to the house and the additional 6 car garage in back for a total of 8 under roof parking spaces. This level of garage accommodation is hard to find at any price point. Even if you don’t need that much parking, a space like this is great for shop, hobbies or generous storage.  

310 Cedar, Buellton (main house plus full detached guest house) 879K Sycamore Ranch has very few of these properties with a full guest house and they are rarely available so this is unique. Here you have over 2800 square feet in the main house alone plus I’m guessing something like 800 square feet in the guest house. Main house is 4 bedroom plus office (could be 5th bedroom) and a loft space. Guest house is a 1/1 with a full kitchen. That is a lot of house under roof for the price. Even has a pool! Buellton does it again in maximizing your housing dollar. If you need a guest house but can’t get into the mil plus +++ range, I’d be sure to check this one out.

1711 Ballard Canyon, Solvang (4/2 on 5.36 acres) $1,300,000 I had a heads up on this one and have been excited to see it. Why? Well, there are a variety of reasons but this property checks the #1 and #2 and #3 boxes on my list of must have characteristics – value, quality and location. Each of you should have your own wants and needs lists and may hold other things in higher esteem like views, a fancy kitchen, trendy neighborhood, huge garage, room for the baby grand or whatever. However, just keep in mind that if you pay too much, have inferior amenities or suffer with traffic, noise or privacy issues, you just aren’t going to be happy long term. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Make a list. Really. Do it. If you are a couple, make two lists (not in the same room – do it separately and compare). You’ll be surprised that surfaces in the top 5 slots. Ok so anyway, I got off topic. Value – this property is priced perfectly. In recent times we have sold properties in this price range on even larger parcels but with less usable and the house not as nice. This property has been lovingly maintained over time and it shows. Not a junker that you immediately have to remodel. It is fresh and clean with a happy vibe. The private well and owned solar panels keep utilities super low. This is perfect pricing on a very well presented property. Quality – note the real wood floors, wood cabinetry, wood baseboards, updated kitchen and master bath. I love the river rock and funky wood exterior which gives character and charm. Further note the sculpted oaks, park like venue, nicely paved driveway and super cool entry gate. Everything beautifully maintained. You may want to change things to suit your tastes later but it’s immensely livable as is. Location – this is in the area of BC out near the Walking M Ranch plus Stolpman and Rusack vineyards. Very open, green, pastoral and rural area with this home being set far back from the main road on a private drive and then even further set back from that road for ultimate privacy. Ballard Canyon in this section is very easy to travel. Very little traffic, wide open spaces and among other similar or larger parcels for the kind of elbow room we don’t often see at this price point and yes, for those of you with “Views” as your #1 box – it has those too. I’ll be surprised to see this one last long. See it.

Under Contract

165 Den St., Los Alamos (2/1 on .24 of an acre) 459K

539 Alisal, Solvang (.33 of an acre high density zoned land) 569K

1678 Laurel, Solvang (3/3 on .21 of an acre) 639K

596 Ranch Rd., Solvang (4/3 on 2.47 acres) 749K

670 Alamo Pintado, Solvang (1.06 acres high density zoned land) $1,349,000

2450 Long Canyon, Santa Ynez (3/3 on 11.83 acres) $1,950,000

4101 Roblar, Santa Ynez (main house and other dwellings on 33+ acres) $4,995,000


1272 Petersen, Solvang (3/3 on .27 of an acre) This is a listing in my own inventory. Original price was $1,079,000 with no price reductions needed to find a buyer for this fantastic home with only 28 days on market. Sold final for $1,050,000. It’s rare when I go into a property and find nothing to pick on. Literally, this home has zero to complain about. It is quite simply perfect and better then new. A former model home, the builder threw every upgrade at this beauty and it shows. The grounds are marvelous. This is a shining example of Phase 1 Skytt Mesa at its finest. A huge thank you to my sellers who made this oh so easy with their excellent taste, confidence in what they had to sell and appreciation for the special touches I brought to the marketing program of this home. It was truly a pleasure to be a part of this sale.

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