Real Estate March 18, 2014

What Buyers are looking for

In the most recent National Community Preference Survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors real estate buyers were asked what features they consider important when selecting a neighborhood to purchase a home. Following are the most popular responses along with the percentage of participants who agreed.

Privacy from neighbors – 86%
Sidewalks and places to take walks – 80%
High quality public schools – 74%
Walking distance to places such as schools and shops – 69%
Easy access to the highway – 68%
Established neighborhood with older homes and mature trees – 66%
Living in a community with people at all stages of life – 66%
Public transportation within walking distance of your home – 65%
Short commute to work – 65%
Living in a place that’s away from it all – 55%

Santa Barbara is fortunate to have a wide diversity of topography and neighborhoods within its city and surrounding areas. Each feature that buyers have stated are important in the survey can be found in one or more neighborhoods of Santa Barbara. For instance, privacy from neighbors is synonymous with Montecito, Hope Ranch, and the Goleta, Carpinteria and Santa Barbara foothills. Established neighborhoods with older homes and mature trees are prevalent in the Upper East, San Roque and many of the downtown areas. Sidewalks, bike paths and places to take walks are abundant near the beach and on the Mesa.

To be walking distance from places such as schools and shops and to be in an area of high quality public schools is important to many buyers. Two websites that are popular in rating these features are and A great website that shares insightful information on walking in Santa Barbara is This site notes that Santa Barbara is designated as a Gold-Level Community by Walk Friendly Communities. Trail hiking is another great and widely enjoyed activity in Santa Barbara. A wealth of information on the subject can be found at Two preferred websites for school information in the Santa Barbara area are and

It’s my pleasure to assist you with the different features that Santa Barbara and its diverse real estate has to offer. I appreciate your inquiries and look forward to hearing from you.