The Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The 33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival for 2018 begins January 31st and runs through February 10th. Some of the attendees this year include: Savoirse Ronan, Gary Oldman, William Dafoe, Sam Rockwell, Margot Robbie, and Allison Janney. This year’s poster was created by Barbara Boros.

Coast Village Road ReOpens

Coast Village Road reopened after the Thomas Fire, Flood, and Mudslides on January 24, 2018. On January 22nd, one day ahead of schedule Highway 101 was reopened. Amazingly in less than 2 weeks from the devastating mudslides. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those directly affected by these events. The loss of lives, and properties is overwhelming. Not enough can be said to thank the Firefighters, Police, and First Responders that saved our community. We will prevail.

Although Von’s Supermarket and Pharmacy in Montecito ,and other businesses have opened on Coast Village Road, the restaurants and coffee shops will not open until the “boil water” alert has been lifted.

Rental Help for Montecito Evacuees

We are saddened by the devastating mudslides in Montecito and Carpinteria. Our hearts and deepest condolences go out to those who are suffering unspeakable losses. It’s when we face the toughest times that our true nature reveals itself. We’re all in this together, and we will prevail.

Santa Barbara Hotels Special Rates

Santa Barbara Furnished Rentals  Santa Barbara Association of Realtors

Santa Barbara’s Preferred Rentals Agency Local Rental Agency

Santa Barbara Short Term / Vacation Rental Companies

1.Vacation Rentals of Santa Barbara    805.319.4045   Vacation Rentals of Santa Barbara

2.Santa Barbara Vacation Rentals   805.617.0438    Santa Barbara Vacation Rentals

3.Paradise Retreats  805.275.1851  Paradise Retreats

We hope this information is helpful. If we can be of any assistance in this regard contact us at: HomesOfSanta or 805.845.2888

The Real Estate Concierge

How to Help

The United Way of Santa Barbara County has joined forces with United Way of Ventura County to directly support those individuals and families affected by the Thomas Fire. Nonperishable food, new clothing, toiletries, and monetary donations are being accepted at the agencies listed below. Used clothing, bedding, and toys are not being accepted.

. United Way of Santa Barabra County: Monetary donations are accepted at or text “UWVC” to 41444.

. American Red Cross: Monetary donations are accepted at or by texting “redress” to 90999.

. Foodbank Santa Barbara County: Nonperishable food and fresh produce are accepted in Santa Barbara at 4554 Hollister Ave., 1525 State St., and 490 W. Foster Road in Santa Maria. Santa Barbara Foodbank

Salvation Army: Unopened and canned food monetary donations are accepted at 423 Chapala St., Santa Barabra. Salvation Army Santa Barbara

Unity Shoppe: New clothing, shoes, blankets, toiletries and monetary donations are accepted at 1219 State St.  Unity Shoppe

The firefighters greatly appreciate that the community wants to make donations of food, clothing, and money, but they want the community to know that they are adequately taken care of and ask that you donate to disaster relief organizations such as the American Red Cross, local food bank, etc. United Way of Santa Barbara County is also a lead agency for the region accepting cash donations.

The United Way has assured that 100% of proceeds tot he Thomas Fire Fund go directly to a strategic partnership that will be vital in helping the community recover. Recipients include the residents of the homes and apartment buildings that are destroyed by the fire and the people who are being temporarily housed at local shelters.

If you are wanting to financially support the incident, please be advised that individuals often take advantage of the situation by setting up false GoFundMe websites and other types of fundraising accounts that are not legitimate. If you are interested in donating to help in an incident, call and verify that the beneficiary is authentic.

This information was gathered from the Montecito Journal

Montecito Destruction Map

Image from Montecito Fire Department website

Montecito Mudslides Before and After

After intense rains triggered mudslides in Montecito that swept away buildings and inundated roads, DigitalGlobe, a satellite imagery company, released images showing the extent of the destruction reported the Washington Post. Go to the link provided here for an interactive experience where sliding the vertical bar left or right will create the before and after effect.

Digital Globe Satellite Imagery Montecito Mudslides

Montecito Flood and Mudslides ABC News

Montecito Surf Shack sells for $3,850,000

Mansion Global reported on Twitter that Walt Disney’s great nephew Tim Disney has purchased a Montecito beach property that would look at home in a Pixar movie. The unique surf shack, which sold for $3.85 million, formerly belonged to Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt.

Image LA Times LA Times Article

Real Estate Booming! CBS News

Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Trends

The  Santa Barbara real estate Market Trends from January 2013 to August 2017 for the number of sales for that month. This graph was created by Fidelity Title Company of southern Santa Barbara covering the communities of Carpinteria to Goleta (southern Santa Barbara).

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