27th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival

At the end of January, Santa Barbara bustles with excitement as the film festival takes over. When Santa Barbarans and Montecitians look up at the night sky from January 26th until February 4th, they will see the Arlington theater‘s light beams darting around, old Hollywood style. State Street lights up with red carpets that beckon the year’s Oscar nominees. The whole week has a very special tinge in the air.

2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

While Hollywood usually sits in the film culture spotlight, the attention turns about 100 miles northward for just 11 days out of the year. This year’s festival promises lots of fun and excitement, as always. We wish everyone involved a fantastic time and the festival continuing success!

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rebecca riskin & associates ranked top agent in santa barbara

We are incredibly thrilled to announce that the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) has ranked Rebecca Riskin & Associates¬† Santa Barbara’s top selling agent in 2011.

This honor is such an inspiration to us, and one for which we can thank our exceptional clients and colleagues.

Here are some gorgeous listings whose sales allowed our success:

Edgecliff Beach Cottage

Edgecliff Montecito Deck

edgecliff montecito bedroom

edgecliff montecito beach house

Italian Villa on the Prestigious Picacho Lane

Picacho Lane Montecito

picacho lane living dining room

picacho lane pool

Butterfly Beach Home

butterfly beach montecito real estate

butterfly beach montecito home

Sophisticated Santa Barbara Riviera Jewel

santa barbara riviera home

living room

ocean view

European Country Estate in Montecito

east valley road

family room

montecito courtyard

Parra Grande Creekside Home

montecito creek home

parra grande dining room

patio

Again, we can’t thank the community enough for its support this past year. We wish a very prosperous 2012 to all!

a very special property

One of our most recent Montecito real estate listings on Ashley Road has an incredible history. We love working with properties that have an enticing past and truly believe one of the best things about Montecito is its rich history– something unique to come by in California.

Not surprisingly, we weren’t the first ones to recognize our area’s paradisial beauty!

Original Oglivy House

The original Oglivy house

The original Oglivy house was built in the early 1900s by Scottish immigrant Arthur T. Oglivy as a farmhouse surrounded by lemon groves. Famous architect J.L Curletti designed the distinctive craftsman style home. Arthur T., wife Jessie Alexander, and their only son, Arthur Edward, lived in the barn while they constructed the shingled, two-story home.

Oglivy Family

The Oglivy family and the original Oglivy house in the early 1900s

Arthur T. was a popular resident of Montecito, and the Oglivy house was known for its hospitality and casual social gatherings. The family regularly participated in community events and entertained visitors often. San Ysidro Ranch has records of Arthur T. taking advantage of its “low summer rates” in 1893– the famous resort’s first year in business.

Arthur T. and Arthur E. Oglivy

Arthur T. and Arthur E. Oglivy and a photo of one of the property's wells

The property enjoyed a few wells, one of which produced enough water for the Oglivys to start a drinking water business called Oglivy Artesian Water Company. For almost 30 years until 1947, people would bring jars to the Oglivy well to quench their thirst.

Son Arthur E. attended Cold Spring School before heading off to Yale. After graduating, he returned to Montecito and began working at his uncle’s insurance firm, Oglivy-Hill insurance, which is still in practice today. In 1927, he hired architect George Washington Smith to build him a home on the south end of the property, now 650 Ashley Road.¬† Like his father, Arthur E. became a well-loved local figure in Montecito.

Mrs. Oglivy died at age 90 in 1955, with Arthur E. following shortly after in 1960 at age 71. Their deaths marked the end of the Oglivy presence in Montecito.

The historic Oglivy house in Montecito circa 1952

The house circa 1952

In 1959, Donald and Ellen Armour of the Armour Meatpacking Empire bought the Oglivy house. According to neighborhood chatter, Donald’s penchant for mismanaging money forced the couple to abandon the home with all furniture in tact, vanishing forever.

The following year, Todd and Gail Campbell purchased the home, where they raised four children and several grandchildren. Recently, one of the Campbell children returned the home’s original brass doorbell cover, which is now back in its original place.

Oglivy house montecito circa 1976

The Oglivy house circa 1976

Julia Emerson bought and restored the home in 1984. She worked hard to get the house back to its original state, re-painting walls white and stripping linoleum away to reveal the original Douglas Fir floors beneath. She updated the kitchen and carefully restored the original pantry. Julia hired landscape architect Nancy Goslee Powers (who designed the driveway around the Norfolk Island Pine that was planted when the home was built), and updated the home’s electricity and plumbing to match modern standards.

The Oglivy house Montecito 1991

The Oglivy house circa 1991

In the spirit of the Oglivy family, Julia Emerson frequently hosted worldly guests at the home, including the Dalai Lama and a team of monks who meditated at the home for weeks to bless the property before his arrival. As a gift, one of the monks carved a Tibetan prayer into a piece of sandstone, which is now embedded within the front porch.

All of the home’s residents who came after the Emersons likewise became beloved members of the community, with the home carrying on its reputation as a lively social gathering spot; the home has traditionally hosted Easter egg hunts, intergenerational bocce tournaments, and summer concert series.

Residents have continued to restore the home over the years, with exquisite care to maintaining original details, while updating its features to the highest end of standards.

The home is truly a treasure trove of community joy nestled in the heart of Montecito.

The Oglivy home today:

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