Get to Know Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley Communities

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Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez are gems located on the south central coast of California. Santa Barbara is known for it’s well-thought out architecture and expansive beaches with a breathtaking mountain backdrop. Those who live here will tell you that the city’s beauty is more than just skin deep. Community-minded residents have shaped Santa Barbara into a well-rounded multifaceted gem of a place for those who reside here. Santa Barbara also offers fine dining, quality shopping, and top educational institutions, Read more »

Scenic Hikes in Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara County has numerous trails with a variety of terrains where you can enjoy so many view options: amazing ocean, mountain, and/or city views. Here are some of our favorite, scenic, and most popular hiking trails in Santa Barbara! Inspiration Point Inspiration Point is a 3.4-mile trail, popular for not just hiking, but also mountain biking, and trail running with beautiful ocean and mountain views. The peak of Inspiration Point is also accessible through the Jesusita Trail. Arroyo Burro Read more »

Village Properties Marks 25th Anniversary as Santa Barbara’s Leading Locally-Owned Independent Brokerage

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At Knight Real Estate Group, we are proud to be affiliated with a locally owned and operated independent brokerage that is committed to the people of Santa Barbara, and to the future of our community. In September 2021, Village Properties celebrated its 25th Anniversary as Santa Barbara’s leading locally-owned independent brokerage . In Forbes’ article, Village Properties Marks Its 25th Anniversary As The Top Independent Brokerage In Santa Barbara’s Luxury Market, they share that “Village Properties was recognized  by  Real Estate Almanac’s T3 Mega 1000 report in the “Highest Average Sales Price By Brokerage” top-five national rankings with an average 2020 sales price of $2.2 million.” Read more »

The Best Camping Spots in Santa Barbara

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As summer continues to give us long days and warm nights, it’s a great reason to step outdoors. In this post, we share some of the best camping spots in the Santa Barbara area for day trips, weekends, and more. Enjoy! The Best Camping Spots in Santa Barbara Santa Barbara is world-famous for its wining, dining, and reclining, but that’s just the start. Santa Barbara County boasts some of the best nature on the California coastline, and it’s not just Read more »

Santa Barbara #1 on WSJ/Realtor.com Luxury Emerging Housing Markets Index List

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California Coastal towns continue to grow in interest as buyers expand out from urban hubs like Los Angeles, San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Mansion Global’s article “Coastal California Towns Steal Top Spots on Luxury Segment of WSJ/Realtor.com Index” shows that Santa Barbara slid into the Number 1 spot. “The city of Santa Barbara not only has properties with plenty of room for work, school, entertainment and exercise, but it offers high-end shopping and dining, outdoor activities such as hiking and biking, and, of course, beaches.” -Mansion Global Santa Barbara is known for Read more »

Seven Secret (and Not So Secret) Santa Barbara Swimming Spots

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Summer is here, and there’s no question that Santa Barbara is the place to be! There is nothing better on a hot summer day than exploring nature and finding a secluded swimming hole to cool off. To help you celebrate summer in Santa Barbara, we’ve featured seven secret (or not so secret) local swimming holes to help you have fun in the sun. Butterfly Beach This beach is a local hot spot, where celebs and the uber good-looking are found Read more »

Expansion of Property Tax Basis Transfer Rules as a Result of Proposition 19

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Santa Barbara Estate Planning and Trust Attorney April Lavigne created a Law Alert regarding the expansion of the Property Tax Basis Transfer Rules as a result of Proposition 19. The expanded basis transfer rules could help Californians save a significant amount of property taxes each year. On November 3, 2020, California voters passed the Home Protection for Seniors, Severely Disabled, Families, and Victims of Wildfire or Natural Disasters Act (Prop. 19). Among other changes, Prop. 19 expanded existing property basis transfer rules Read more »

Santa Barbara is One of the Best Places to Visit in April, According to Travel + Leisure

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Travel + Leisure shared the six best places to travel in April and you guessed it….Santa Barbara made the list. “If you’re ready to enjoy fresh air and outdoors with a hike or bike ride, consider a visit to Santa Barbara — when the day is done, restaurants and wine tastings await.” -Travel + Leisure In Spring, Santa Barbara boasts temperatures in the low 70’s, ideal weather for hiking, bicycling, dining outdoors, and taking road trips. T+L suggested renting an electric bicycle from Santa Barbara BCycle and shared some of Read more »

Summerland – A Santa Barbara County Gem

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Summerland, California, is one of Santa Barbara County’s secret gems. This quaint location is a perfect spot for beachcombing, antiquing, shopping, dining and enjoying the scenery of the Pacific Coast. Whether you are a Santa Barbara local, or you are vacationing or coming to look at Santa Barbara real estate , make sure to visit Summerland, a quintessential California beach town. What to Do In Summerland When you arrive in Summerland, find a spot to park on Lillie Avenue. Enjoy a walk on this Read more »

Happy Holidays from Knight Real Estate Group

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Seasons greetings to our clients, colleagues, collaborators, and friends! 2020 has been a year unlike any other, and a time when our personal and professional connections have been more important than ever. We are grateful for our Santa Barbara community, each of you, and your continued support of Knight Real Estate Group. Best wishes for an exciting New Year to come!