The Truth About the NAR Settlement Agreement
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by Princeton North
3w ago
The national conversation around real estate commissions reached a crescendo since the National Association of REALTORS® announced a settlement agreement that would resolve litigation brought on behalf of home sellers related to broker commissions. Brokers and agents have their own questions about what comes next for their businesses, while at the same time trying to answer consumer inquiries. And many headlines aren’t separating fact from fiction, feeding misinformation to you and your clients. Let’s clear the air: There’s no doubt the litigation—including copycat lawsuits that were filed a ..read more
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Josh Brolin's Purchases Stunning Montecito Estate for $6 Million+
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by Princeton North
3w ago
Take a glimpse into the luxurious world of Hollywood actor Josh Brolin, known for his roles in "Avengers: Endgame" and beyond. Brolin recently acquired an elegant Montecito estate, offering a serene retreat nestled in the foothills of the San Ysidro mountains. This 2.8-acre compound, purchased by Josh Brolin for $6,750,000 million, exudes understated elegance and sophistication. The property harbors a charming East Coast traditional-style house, originally built in the 1930s, complemented by enchanting outdoor amenities. The sprawling single-story residence spans nearly 6,000 square feet ..read more
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The Hidden Hill house
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by Josh Ramirez
3w ago
Architect Robin Donaldson once remarked, "This isn’t the only Hill House out there," and indeed, he was onto something. From the Scottish Highlands to the deserts of Arizona, the title has graced historic homes, most famously in Shirley Jackson's Gothic masterpiece, The Haunting of Hill House. But fear not, for the Hill House nestled in Montecito, California, crafted by the renowned Southern California-based Donaldson + Partners, is far from eerie. Instead, it's a 10,720-square-foot marvel, brimming with whimsical secrets waiting to be uncovered. Designed for art collectors Bruce Heavin and ..read more
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Samarkand neighborhood history
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by Princeton North
1M ago
by Walker A. Tompkins Samarkand meant “the land of heart’s desire” in the archaic Persian tongue. It identified the fabulous Asian city where a Mythical Queen Scheherazade spent her 1001 Arabian nights. In Santa Barbara, the melodic oriental name was first-applied in 1920 to a deluxe Persian style hotel, formerly a boy’s school. As the dominating landmark of a hilly elevated neighborhood. The Samarkand gave its name to an area bounded on the east by Oak Park, on the north by Hollister Avenue (now De la Vina Street), on the west by a ranch boundary fence centered on modern Las Positas road, an ..read more
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Santa Barbra HOLIDAY EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
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by Princeton North
1M ago
Consider your holiday calendar booked, Santa Barbara has endless holiday events and activities that are guaranteed to fill you with glee. With new events added daily, be sure to check back so you don’t miss a single jovial moment. ZooLights at Santa Barbara Zoo, Now through Jan. 14, 2024 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. To ring in the holidays, Santa Barbara Zoo debuts its brand-new walk-through light show, ZooLights. Here, guests will experience a glowing display of handcrafted, silk-adorned animal- and nature-themed lanterns with interactive zones, photo opportunities with Santa Claus (select dates) an ..read more
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Unveiling the Charms of Santa Barbara's Riviera: A Fusion of Elegance and Breathtaking Views
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by Princeton North
1M ago
Step into a haven of sophistication with a touch of European allure right in Santa Barbara. Nestled gracefully between the embracing arms of Mission and Sycamore Canyons, the Riviera community stands as a testament to refined living, drawing inspiration from the enchanting landscapes of the French Riviera. Its picturesque scenery, reminiscent of the Mediterranean coasts of France and Italy, is adorned with sprawling estates, meandering streets, and views that are nothing short of priceless. A Glimpse into Riviera Living Life in this prestigious neighborhood mirrors the grandeur of Mediterran ..read more
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Santa Barbara Architect Jeff Shelton: masterfully using the city as his canvas
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by Princeton North
1M ago
Jeff Shelton's upbringing in the artistic hills of Santa Barbara, immersed in a family of musicians and artists, laid the foundation for his unconventional approach to architecture. The improvisational spirit of his father's jazz music permeated Shelton's perspective on creativity, instilling in him a deep appreciation for the unique and the idiosyncratic. Remaining rooted in Santa Barbara for his career, Shelton found inspiration in the city's architectural heritage, particularly its Spanish revival design. However, he didn't merely replicate historical styles; instead, he embraced the essen ..read more
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Kitty Litter Heiress's California Compound Listed at $88 Million
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by Princeton North
1M ago
For the first time in over half a century, the ocean-view compound of John and Betty Stephens in the Santa Barbara area is hitting the market. Sold by their daughter Joi Stephens, this iconic property carries a rich history of familial legacy and community prominence. Following the passing of her husband in 1996, Betty Jo Stephens solidified her presence in the Santa Barbara community as CEO of Excel Mineral, renowned for the creation of the Jonny Cat litter brand. A fixture in local political and philanthropic circles, she hosted esteemed guests such as President Jimmy Carter and Texas Gov ..read more
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Ellen DeGeneres' Former $32 Million Estate Sold to Billionaire Mining Magnate!
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by Princeton North
1M ago
Robert Friedland, the chairman of Ivanhoe Mines and known mentor of the late Steve Jobs, continues to make waves in Santa Barbara's ultra-high-end real estate market. After purchasing an oceanfront estate on Carpinteria’s prestigious Padaro Lane for about $47 million just five months ago, Friedland has now acquired Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi's spectacular Montecito compound for a lofty $32 million. Situated just four miles northwest of Friedland’s new Carpinteria pad, this exquisite property boasts an illustrious history dating back to 1919. Known as Pompeiian Court, the residence is ..read more
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The Creator of ‘CSI’ Drops $14 Million on a Hilltop Santa Barbara Estate
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by Princeton North
1M ago
Dive into the lavish world of acclaimed television producer Anthony Zuiker, best known for creating the iconic series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Recently, Zuiker made headlines once again as the mystery buyer behind the acquisition of a stunning hilltop estate in Santa Barbara County, a deal totaling over $14 million. Nestled on a sprawling 5-acre parcel, this meticulously crafted estate offers a glimpse into the epitome of luxury living. Situated in the picturesque town of Summerland, just a stone's throw away from the renowned neighborhood of Montecito, this property boasts unparallele ..read more
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