The home page | splashes in the sun


This edition of The Home Page was originally emailed to subscribers on September 11, 2022. To get Sarah Sinclair’s real estate newsletter delivered to your inbox every Sunday, sign up at

Good Sunday to all ! There were shenanigans brewing at the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices office in Santa Barbara last week. An end-of-summer party – complete with taco truck, DJ, photo booth and dunk tank! – was held to raise funds for the company’s officer-run nonprofit, The Charitable Foundation, which awards funds to local nonprofits to support the good works they do in our community. It was a super splashy good time on a hot September afternoon…for a good cause. Above, mortgage consultant Traci Ruelas looked pretty as a picture until the third pitch hit squarely on target to send her splashing into the tank. As the crowd cheered her on, she gracefully stood up dripping, ready for more action. All for charity!

Credit: Sarah Sinclair

Last week we visited a home in Bel Air Knolls. This week, two different homes in the San Roque area caught my eye: one on the market right now (shown above) and another that has recently been renovated to become a must-have. I rushed from a meeting to our Independent downtown office on Thursday afternoon, with just 15 minutes to spare to catch The Hall Team’s new roster. There was a palpable change in atmosphere as I left bustling State Street for Alamar, then back again as I drove down peaceful Verde Vista Drive. Lesley Hall warned me that this pretty house was worth the detour, and she was right. This one is adorable. A quintessential two-bedroom, one-bath California cottage with a wood-beamed ceiling in the living room, a lovely bay window in the dining room, and a huge oak tree that towers over the back yard. Didn’t take many pictures, but you can see for yourself from 1-3pm today at 2721 Verde Vista.

Credit: Jim Bartsch

The other house in San Roque that made me look twice is the San Roque Tudor house above. Keith Hamm describes the story behind the renovation of this home: “The owners of this 1,600 square foot three-bedroom, two-bathroom wanted to add their own flair while bringing back the original style of the mid-1930s home. Details included new lighting, doors, refurbished window frames and bathroom hardware.

Credit: Jim Bartsch

Keith continues: “The Giffin & Crane team also restored the original brick fireplace and installed a new hearth, as well as the exposed Douglas fir beams and gables in the living room. Outside, Toni Heren Garden Designs led the landscaping. See more photos with detailed captions here.

Credit: Sarah Sinclair

SBAOR President Bob Walsmith Jr. published a timely article this week on the damage weather can have on our landscaping. I’m sure we’ve all noticed that our plants wilt a bit in this heat, much like us. While Bob’s article may not save today’s wilted daisies, the information it contains can help us plan for the future.

Stay cool and enjoy this week’s issue while you do it!

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