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Santa Barbara Real Estate – It’s a Process

Santa Barbara, California is a quintessential seaside village nestled between the Pacific coastline and the Santa Ynez mountains. Similar to the French Riviera for its beauty and temperate climate, it is often referred to as the American Riviera.
Santa Barbara is a tight-knit, family oriented community that offers a full range of outdoor activities from sailing, surfing, and swimming in the Pacific to cycling, running, and hiking in our local mountains and canyons. 
We also have a world class wine region, dozens of 5 star restaurants, international shopping, and numerous cultural activities including a world-renowned film festival.
As a Realtor, out of town folks often ask me where they should live in Santa Barbara. There is never a simple answer to this multi-variate “problem”. I want to first understand the motivation for moving, as well as the items that are most and least important. Then there is the “you don’t know what you don’t know” conundrum (which frankly can apply to just about anything in life). How do you know what you don’t know? Well, It is all part of a process to ultimately match my clients with their perfect home. I often show properties to spur one’s thinking and imagination that may not have all of the requested features and even some features that a client stated they did not want. 
The buying process is an emotional one and it takes time to discover what is right for the individual client. Most buyers do not buy the first home they see and I purposely never try and “sell” someone on a home. I will actively point out negatives based on my experience and knowledge. I want my clients to find the home that is just right for them. My approach is a consultative one and I have never really thought of myself as a sales person. I am an expert in my local market who does everything possible for their clients, putting their own needs high above my own. A client-focused approach and being extremely responsive have helped build my one-time hobby as an investor into a successful real estate practice.
Now what neighborhoods are right for you? That is a long, but ultimately fruitful, conversation. Not to overwhelm you but below I have listed 22 distinct neighborhoods, all with their respective pros and cons. Please call, text, or email with any questions and let’s begin the process of finding your Santa Barbara home!
Jim Callahan, MBA
Epstein Partners – Keller Williams Realty
805.456.9147 | [email protected]
BRE Lic#1997946
  • North Goleta
  • South Goleta
  • San Roque
  • Hope Ranch
  • Campanil
  • East Mesa
  • West Mesa
  • Bel Air
  • Westside
  • Samarkand
  • Oak Park
  • Upper East
  • Mission Canyon
  • Downtown
  • Cielito
  • Riviera
  • Lower Riviera
  • Eastside
  • Eucalyptus Hill
  • Montecito
  • Summerland
  • Carpinteria