Santa Barbara Voted Top Cycling City in California!

Participants in the “Two-Wheel Town Hall Bike Ride” get ready to pedal in Solvang on Wednesday.

According to an article written by Nick Welsh of the Santa Barbara Independent “The City of Santa Barbara ranked first in all California cities when it comes to bicycle ridership for both commuting and recreation, bicycle safety, demographic breadth of ridership, and infrastructure improvements on the way.”

“The ranking was issued by PeopleForBikes, a bicycle advocacy organization made up of major players in the bicycle industry. Santa Barbara got an overall score of 3.1 for the year 2019, up from 1.9 the year before. Typically, the City of Davis has long dominated most surveys on bicycle-accessible cities, but ranking ahead of Davis this year were Ventura, Lompoc, Goleta, Santa Maria, Carpinteria, and Buellton.”

Click Here to read the full article to learn more about the recent summit and newly proposed bike paths! 

Posted on May 13, 2019 at 11:37 pm
Marcy Dolle Bazzani | Category: Activities, Local News | Tagged , , , ,

Another Accolade for Santa Barbara Foodies!

Dishes from the Santa Barbara Inn’s Convivo restaurant. Joe Schmelzer for The New York Times

The New York Times just announced its Top 52 places to travel in 2019, and it’s no surprise that Santa Barbara made the list at No. 3. With its many restaurants, shops, theaters, museums, and clean beaches, it is known as the American Riviera. Mentioned are restaurants like Bibi Ji, The Monarch, and Chaplin’s Martini Bar, as well as Convivo, Tyger Tyger, and Monkeyshine. Also mentioned are a few wine tasting rooms like Frequency, and Melville. Check out the article yourself and visit the fabulous places listed and let us know if you agree!

Posted on February 22, 2019 at 8:13 pm
Marcy Dolle Bazzani | Category: Culture, Food, Local News | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Have you explored Santa Barbara’s incredible bike trails?

Image from MTBProject.com

Santa Barbara is an absolute paradise with a combination of world-class scenery and some of the best weather climates in the world, so why not spend your days outdoors viewing the city from your bicycle seat?

These trails and paths are definitely something to check out if you are visiting. Click Here

Cycling Santa Barbara

Cycle into a Santa Barbara summer with this iconic bicycle route, right along Cabrillo Boulevard.

Posted by Visit Santa Barbara on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Posted on February 16, 2019 at 10:12 pm
Marcy Dolle Bazzani | Category: Activities, Local News | Tagged , ,

Need Help With Your Down Payment?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good day all! I wanted to inform my budding buyers of a wonderful article I read, written by Mr. David Kim, President of the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors for Noozhawk. In this article I learned of a new program I’d like to share with you all, called the South Coast Workforce Homebuyer program from the Housing Trust Fund of Santa Barbara County valued at $2.5 million. If you can come up with 3.5% of the purchase price of your new home the program will help you with another 16.5% (Up to $100,000) to come up with a total of 20% down! That is great! For more information check out Mr. Kim’s full article below.

“In response to the housing crisis, the Housing Trust Fund of Santa Barbara County has announced the start of a $2.5 million South Coast Workforce Homebuyer program.

The program will provide low-cost down payment loans up to $100,000 to qualified working families and individuals in south Santa Barbara County.

The idea is to keep high-quality local employees in town by aiding them in the purchase of their first home. Local businesses have acknowledged that homeownership is an important economic and social need for a vibrant community.

The Housing Trust Fund will provide qualified first-time homebuyers with a low-cost down payment loan up to 16.5 percent of the home purchase price, or a maximum loan of $100,000. he homebuyer must contribute 3.5 percent or more of the home purchase price.

The Housing Trust Fund secondary loan combined with the homebuyer’s resources will achieve a 20 percent down payment and enable the homebuyer to purchase an entry-level, single-family home or condominium with conventional financing, thus avoiding expensive FHA mortgage insurance.

The down payment loans are interest-only and repaid by the homebuyer at the end of 10 years by refinancing or taking out a home equity loan, based on the pay down of their first mortgage and increased equity in their home.

The Housing Trust Fund loan makes homeownership more accessible and affordable to local working families and individuals.

The Housing Trust Fund held its launch event Sept. 27 at the Yardi headquarters in Goleta. Capital for the program was provided by a consortium of lenders, including American Riviera Bank, Community West Bank, Montecito Bank & Trust, Rabobank, and the Housing Trust Fund.

The city of Goleta and other local funders provided key operational support over the past several years, which enabled the nonprofit Housing Trust Fund to develop this program.

I work closely with many friends and clients who are first-time buyers, and I am thrilled to know there are programs in our local community designed to help people who are making the biggest purchase of their lives.”

— David Kim, Santa Barbara Association of Realtors President for 2017

Posted on February 16, 2019 at 9:53 pm
Marcy Dolle Bazzani | Category: Home Ownership, Local News, Real Estate | Tagged , ,

Farmers Market 6 Days a Week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good day to you all,

As a reminder I wanted to let you all know about the wonderful local Farmers Market we have here in Santa Barbara six days a week! Wherever you find yourself in town there is usually one nearby. Just take a look below for the schedule.

Saturday: 8:30am-1:00pm

Corner of Santa Barbara Street and Cota Streets in Santa Barbara

Sunday: 10am-2:00pm

In Goleta – corner of Storke and Hollister; 7004 Marketplace Dr., inside the Camino Real Shopping Center

Tuesday: 4:00pm-7:30pm

Santa Barbara between 500 and 600 blocks of State Street

Wednesday: 2:30pm-6:30pm

In Solvang – Copenhagen Drive and First Street

Thursday: 3:00pm-6:30pm

In Carpinteria – 800 block of Linden Ave.

Friday: 8:00am-11:15am

In Montecito – 1100 & 1200 blocks of Coast Village Road

For more information you can visit the local market website at www.sbfarmersmarket.org

#farmersmarket #santabarbara #goleta #montecito #carpinteria #solvang

Posted on February 16, 2019 at 9:45 pm
Marcy Dolle Bazzani | Category: Activities, Events, Food, Local News | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Amazon Coming to Downtown Santa Barbara!?


So… wonderful news! Well speculated news as of now, but it seems highly probable that Amazon.com has leased the recently vacated Saks Fifth Avenue building here in Downtown Santa Barbara. How exciting! It is, again, speculated the super tech/retail company will be offering its employees a wealth of office space for there R&D team on the second and third floors and a possible Amazon Go cashierless retail store on the main floor. Oh goodness, what news this is! #growth !

I obtained this information from a wonderful article on NoozHawk.com. You can read for yourself if you click here, and seems to be “unofficially” verified in that Amazon has also posted a few jobs on their own website found here for the Santa Barbara area relative to its popular Alexa device.

Posted on February 11, 2019 at 11:44 pm
Marcy Dolle Bazzani | Category: Local News | Tagged , , , , ,

Affordable Growth in Santa Maria

An article written by Mathew Burciaga of the Santa Maria Times caught my eye this week so I thought I would share it with you. It talks about the growth of the northern county of Santa Barbara, and how people who might not be able to afford living in the southern Santa Barbara cities like Santa Barbara and Goleta are flocking to Santa Maria and it’s more palatable prices. If you are reading this and thinking you may like to take a look in the area, please let me know and I can assist you in your search.

Here are a few excerpts from Matthews article:

“Fueled by residential, commercial and retail developments, Santa Maria has grown roughly 40.1 percent over 19 years, surpassing Santa Barbara as the County’s largest city, according to the California Department of Finance and U.S. Census Bureau.

Its rapid growth is mirrored by population increases in other North County cities: Buellton and Guadalupe experienced a more than 30 percent jump in population, Solvang grew by 8.23 percent, and Lompoc saw a 6.07 percent increase.

Chuen Ng, Santa Maria’s community development director, said new housing developments after a six-year slump in building will help support Santa Maria’s continued growth.

“We’re growing at a slightly faster pace than some other coastal cities,” he said. “Some areas in California are very vulnerable to market forces, [but] I think the growth we’re seeing in the city is a healthy growth.”

As more residents relocate to North County cities for their relatively lower cost of living, the demand for housing is growing…”

You can also read the full article here as well as this article about the revamp they are doing of Downtown Santa Maria by Nathalie Vera of KEYT as well. Very good things happening there if you are finding Santa Barbara is not in your budget.

Posted on January 24, 2019 at 8:04 pm
Marcy Dolle Bazzani | Category: Local News, Real Estate | Tagged , , , ,