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Sterling Properties Significant Sale – Masterpiece Atop The Mesa

Sterling Properties congratulates Michael Humphrey and Staci Caplan on their recent sale of 652 Ricardo Avenue, a spectacular Santa Barbara home offered at $2,775,000. 

652 Ricardo Ave. is situated in Santa Barbara’s Alta Mesa neighborhood, a beautiful area elevated above the rest of the city with breathtaking panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands to the south and mountain vistas to the north.  This area presents many fantastic real estate opportunities for those seeking luxury homes located mere moments away from downtown Santa Barbara and the waterfront.

Beginning with 56 Helical piers in the foundation, the builder of this home has spared no expense to create a solid masterpiece. From lightly distressed Maple plank flooring to solid knotty Alder doors, this property features four bedroom en-suites, vaulted ceilings, superb recessed lighting, Kohler plumbing fixtures, and Baldwin hardware. The gourmet kitchen boasts Wolf, SubZero and Miele appliances, granite countertops, a separate island with built in convection oven and a glass tile backsplash. With state of the art tankless, re-circulating water heaters and Icynene insulation for sound proofing and temperature control, this property truly has it all!

Congratulations Michael and Staci!

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Halloween in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara boasts some of the most stunning mountain and ocean vistas in the world, a wealth of historic architecture throughout town (we recommend the Red Tile Walking Tour), a premier selection of beaches and resorts, and of course plenty of gorgeous luxury real estate properties.  In addition to all this, owners of Santa Barbara homes enjoy a wonderful selection of local events year-round.  With Halloween approaching in less than a week, Sterling Properties in Santa Barbara is excited to share our favorite ways to celebrate this haunted holiday with you!

This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, visit the Santa Barbara Zoo for the 2012 Boo at the Zoo festivities.  Hailed as one of the most beautiful zoos in the world, the Santa Barbara Zoo is home to more than 400 animals from 160 species.  Each year during the Halloween season, the Santa Barbara Zoo transforms into a trick or treater’s paradise.  This year’s theme, “Land of Adventure”, promises khaki-clad explorers and adventurers in addition to the usual cast of pirates, faeries, mermaids, and other volunteers who help make Boo at the Zoo a truly special experience.  With over 20 treat stations throughout the zoo featuring sustainable goodies, a Trick or Treat Trail, Boo Choo Choo train rides, Creepy Crawly encounters, Spooky Storytelling, Goblin Games, Costume Parades each night, and no worrying about traffic, Boo at the Zoo is a fantastic choice for celebrating a safe Halloween and remains one of the most popular Halloween events in the area.

Santa Barbara enjoys a rich Spanish and Mexican history, and as such our local Halloween season festivities include celebrations of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.  On Sunday, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art will be hosting a Día de los Muertos Free Family Day, to share the Mexican tradition of remembering and honoring the dead.  Attendees can look forward to a colorful celebration featuring music, dance performances, bilingual storytelling, displays of altars created by local school and community groups, and opportunities to make your own art.  Historic Casa De La Guerra will also be hosting a Día de los Muertos Craft Day on Sunday, where visitors can participate in making traditional holiday crafts such as skeleton masks, sugar skulls, tissue paper marigolds, and prints while enjoying pan de muerto (a sweet bread) and Mexican hot chocolate.

Sterling Properties in Santa Barbara wishes you a safe and spooky Halloween!