Sorry .... had a little technology difficulty yesterday. Today includes yesterday and today. Posting a little early today while I know the websites I use are working! 

A few words about cameras. In particular, surveillance or what we call today "security" cameras and Ring doorbells. Its just a particular pet peeve of mine. This feeling of being watched via on site cameras has been mentioned by several buyer clients lately. Properties with cameras so homeowners can monitor activity in the home like when they have little kids or they just want to see what their cat does all day is understandable. I totally get that. But, when it comes to showing homes with surveillance cameras ... its kind of off putting. Once the buyer notices the cameras, any chance of a relaxed and candid showing is zero. They don't know if you are watching or listening and neither do I. Its really very disturbing to think about that from a buyers perspective. So, my suggestion? Unless you have some need for super total camera footage of every second of the day, when you know you are going to have a showing, you might consider taking the cameras out ... or hide them better. With Ring doorbells, I have to tell my clients not to say too much when we are standing by the front door though its unavoidable as these devices are permanently installed so not much can be done about them. I get that. I have a Ring door bell myself! Generally the buyer is accompanied by their agent and often the sellers agent too. The chances of the buyer running off with the good silver is pretty much zero as well. Snooping on showing activity is uncool, if you ask me. Not knowing if people are watching is unnerving at best and hastens departures, neither of which is conducive to getting the property sold. Food for thought anyway, just in case you have cameras. If you don't have any but are planning on getting some and are also planning on selling your house anytime soon, give this some thought so you can place your cameras more thoughtfully or stealthily so as not to obstruct showings. 

New Listings (5)

440 St Joseph Street, Los Alamos (4/3 on .16 of an acre) 595K Sharon: This is the leg of St. Joseph on the original side of town near the farm fields and nestled by the foothills. Not in an HOA. This home has been lovingly cared for. Check out the 51 photos ... yes, 51 photos! Great views. Very peaceful. Even has a man cave and RV parking. Listed by my old friend Larry Torres of Pacific Realty. Way back in the day, we were bullish on Los Alamos way before many others were. What we saw on the horizon has come to pass with more good stuff coming for this cute little town.  

331 Dogwood Drive, Buellton (4/3 on .18 of an acre) 812K Sharon: Wow! Saw this one today. It is fantastic. It looks and feels like a model home but it isn't!  A lot of peace of mind comes from buying a home this dialed in. Not just like new but better than new. When you need a lot of square footage and a nice neighborhood but are looking in the affordable ranges, no place on the Central Coast beats Buellton in delivering on this criteria. This floor plan delivers just under 3,000 square feet and even has a detached casita for your guests, older kids, home office or gym. This model also has a small loft above which is perfect for a gym as its used now but I have also seen it used as a library, pool table/kids hang out, homework area and home office. This is the smaller loft so even if you do nothing with it, it won't look awkward.  Nice tidy neighborhood with good schools. The 101 is just down the street for those commuters out there. My husband did that commute from here to Santa Barbara for 13 years. Never complained once. The 101 drive is pretty, hassle free and fast. Check this one out. Its definitely a good one. Listed by Patty Castillo of Sothebys. 

806 Creekside Place, Solvang (3/3 on .56 of an acre) 875K Sharon: This is on the more recently developed side of Creekside (2003 in this case), not to be confused with the across the street Creekside development built in the 70's. These few  homes over here on this side are obviously newer, more semi custom and like in this case, over 3,000 square feet of newer construction with high ceilings, tall windows and a very pretty kitchen with high end cabinetry, awesome island and walk in pantry plus a 3 car garage.  More expensive than the other side of Creekside but for buyers looking for a little more luxury and square footage, a very good fit. Check out the pics as here is a floor plan. Nina and I always do floor plans so we appreciate it when others do too. Listed by Karin Aitken of Berkshire Hathaway and JoAnn R Pomatto-Gomez of Pacific Realty

1675 Kronen Way, Solvang (3/3 on 2.61 acres) $1,149,000 Sharon: Walking distance to town, privacy and big views is not a combination easily found in Solvang or really anywhere here. So this one is unique. Excellent maintenance and move in condition to be sure. Kronen is a great little street too. Entertainers paradise or just enjoy the unobstructed natural setting so much a part of the allure of this location. Nina: Nice clean Kronen view property with terraced gardens on over two and a half acres.   Listed by Dave Salgado and Cathi Russell of SYV RE. 

1575 Cougar Ridge Road, Buellton (3/4 on 20 acres) $1,289,000 Sharon:  In the only gated ranch community in Buellton. Miles of private trails. Cougar Ridge is perfect for those that enjoy nature, privacy and quiet. Nina: Architecturally interesting view home on 20 acres in Buellton. There is a lot of land and square footage here for the price. This is one of the few places left in the valley with riding trails.  Listed by Randy Freed and Joe Ramos of Berkshire Hathaway.

7055 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Alamos (3/4 on 100 acres) $3,975,000 Sharon: The modern farmhouse everyone is clamoring for. Like I always say, if I had 100 modern farmhouses, I could sell them all. Add the cool factor of being off grid and you are looking at one super cool retreat or full time residence. Foxen is a really long road meandering through wine country with gorgeous vistas, hillsides, oak groves, pastures and of course vineyards as a backdrop. This is closer to where it comes out near Los Alamos. A truly special property at an attractive price. Nina: This one is a favorite! It's the ideal situation for self-sustained luxury living off the grid and it's on approximately 100 acres. It's a bit off the beaten path but the home has been thoughtfully designed using the finest of finishes and fixtures. I can imagine sipping iced tea on the oversized porch watching the kids play in the pool. If you are in this price range and are looking for a retreat, it's a good one to see.Listed by Laura Drammer of Berkshire Hathaway

Price Reductions (3)

1417 Aarhus Drive, Solvang (3/2 on .16 of an acre) Sharon: Was 719K with a new price of 705K. I thought the old price was good. Now ever better! Listed by Rodney Smeester and Kris Johnston of Engels and Volkers. 

1130 Ladan Drive, Solvang (3/4 on 6+ acres) Sharon: Was $2,475,000 with a new price of  $2,350,000. Listed by Randy Glick of Berkshire Hathaway

4101 Roblar Avenue, Santa Ynez (main house and multiple guest facilities on 23+ acres)  Sharon: Was $5,300,000 with a new price of $4,995,000. Listed by Jeanne Hollingsworth of Douglas Elliman. 

Under Contract (3)

381 Arden Avenue, Buellton (4/2 on .21 of an acre) 749K Listed by Candice Signa of LO RE

1385 N Refugio Road, Santa Ynez (4/3 on .47 of an acre) $1,695,000 Sharon: One of my personal fav's. Such a cool place and a very good value for those that appreciate a fully functioning and producing vineyard already up and running. Nina: 4 bedroom Mediterranean home in over 2500 square feet, a conveniently located vineyard property on 5 usable acres. This home is clean and ready to move into. Listed by Bob Jennings of BHHS and Mike Richardson of Mike Richardson Realtors

1759 N Refugio Road, Santa Ynez (4/6 on 5+ acres)$2,900,000 Nina: This home is reminiscent of some of the George Washington Smith's that you see around Santa Barbara. I love the open beams and wide plank floors. Listed by Patty Murphy of Sothebys

 

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