Real Estate January 29, 2013

Celebrity homes in Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara area is a great place for celebrities to spend their time, away from the hustle and bustle of life in the spotlight. Being only 90 miles away from Hollywood the connection is a quite natural one. Santa Barbara was in fact the movie making hub of the United States alongside Hollywood with the Flying “A” Studios and now hosts the Santa Barbara International Film Festival which is taking place this year from Jan. 24th to Feb. 3rd.

Over the years Santa Barbara has seen its share of celebrities purchase homes in the area. Big stars include Jennifer Aniston, Jeff Bridges, John Cleese, Kevin Costner, Tom Cruise, Ellen DeGeneres, Bo Derek, Kirk Douglas, Robert Duvall, Jane Fonda, Jennifer Lopez, Rob Lowe, Steve Martin, Brad Pit, Whoopi Goldberg, and Oprah Winfrey just to name a few.

Celebrity status does raise the interest level of a home when it goes on the market. Christopher Lloyd’s Montecito estate located at 1050 Coyote Road drew a lot of attention when put on the market, selling for $5.1 million in November. Sometimes celebrity homes don’t even need to be advertised to secure a buyer, as with Rob Lowe’s Carpinteria beach house located at 3555 1/2 Padaro Lane which recently sold through a private sale for $5.9 million.

Celebrity homes currently on the market include: Charles Roven’s 250-acre Los Olivos estate located at 7003 Foxen Canyon Road for $25 million; Whoopi Goldberg’s former 180-acre mountain retreat located at 6284 San Marcos Pass Road for $10.9 million; and Cheryl Ladd’s 22.5-acre Italian-style villa located at 3977 Roblar Avenue in Santa Ynez for $3.995 million.

The rich and famous have recognized for a long time what a great environment Santa Barbara is to reside and own property. All who live here are fortunate to be able to share the same community amenities that some of the most prosperous people in the world have strived for. With affordability at record levels there are now more opportunities than ever. I appreciate your inquiries and look forward to helping you find your place in paradise!