Happy Birthday Rebecca!

Sarah Kelly and Rebecca Riskin at Via Vai

Sarah Kelly and Rebecca Riskin at Via Vai.

The Riskin Associates team would like wish Rebecca a very happy birthday! Yesterday the team, Sarah Kelly, Dina Landi, Phoenix Smith and Sara Freberg treated Rebecca to an early celebration lunch at one of our regular lunch spots, Via Vai in Montecito’s Upper Village. Happy Birthday Rebecca! 



Christie’s Fine Estates & Fine Wine: A Perfect Pairing

A Santa Ynez Valley vineyard

Riskin Associates is a proud affiliate of luxury real estate giant, Christie’s International Real Estate.  With our office in such close proximity to one of the world’s finest wine regions, the Santa Ynez Valley, we are excited to announce the newest branch of the Christie’s empire: Vineyards by Christie’s. The new program will pair leading wine experts and first-class luxury real estate specialists with participants to provide the knowledge of industry authorities to assist in the accession of wine and wine-producing estates. Other services included with the program are in line with the five-star service Christie’s and Christie’s affiliates provide, and include personalized travel arrangements and language translation services. The Riskin Associates team is excited for Christie’s newest endeavor and supports the ideal pairing of luxury real estate with fine wines! Cheers!

Santa Barbara Art & Wine Tour – Thursday, May 23rd!

Wine service

The Santa Barbara Downtown Organization’s fantastic Art & Wine Tour is back! Enjoy an evening of local wine and art from Santa Barbara’s acclaimed artists. The tour, which features venues south of Carrillo Street, will benefit the annual Santa Barbara Holiday Parade. The event kicks off at 5:30pm on Thursday at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. From there, patrons will explore the area and venues while sampling fine wines and delicious food from Santa Barbara’s incredible, epicurean area. The tour concludes with a fabulous soiree back at the Historical Museum with live music, a silent auction and a raffle, and of course, more wine and hors d’oeurves. Tickets are available online and can also be purchased in person at the Downtown Organization office, the Arlington Theater box office, and the Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center’s Guest Services office. Riskin Associates is once again reminded of what wonderful places Montecito and Santa Barbara are to live, with something fun (and often delicious!) happening in the community every week!

Village Properties Celebrates 17 Years!


village properties at the canary hotel in santa barbara

Village Properties celebrates 17 fulfilling years in the residential real estate industry!

This month marks the 17th anniversary of Riskin Associates parent company, Village Properties! Co-founded by agents Renee Grubb and Ed Edick, the company has grown to over 150 agents across three offices, Montecito, Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez. Village Properties is proudly affiliated with Christie’s International Real Estate and Luxury Portfolio, which extends the outreach of marketing efforts for the area’s most distinctive properties and provides an elaborate network of agents who represent affluent buyers all over the world. To celebrate the incredible accomplishments and strides Village Properties has made in the industry, a fantastic soiree at Santa Barbara’s elegant Canary Hotel was thrown. Agents and staff were invited to enjoy the beautiful Spring evening atop the Canary’s beautiful rooftop terrace overlooking the sea and mountains while honoring their efforts over the past 17 years. After an incredibly successful year in 2012 and an energetic first few months of 2013, the Riskin Associates team was excited to attend and mingle with fellow agents and staff!


Riskin Associates at the Races!

2013 Amgen Tour Stage 4 Montecito

Rebecca Riskin with Georgia, Sara Freberg and Dina Landi

Every day we feel fortunate to work in Montecito…enjoying the beautiful weather, famer’s markets, restaurants and overall lifestyle of the area. But yesterday we were very fortunate to work on Coast Village Road, as the Amgen Tour of California cycled right through our area! The Riskin Associates team walked down to experience the excitement of the bike race during Stage 4 of the tour. Congrats to USA’s Tyler Farrar for winning Stage 4! The race is just underway this morning as the cyclists leave Santa Barbara, headed for Avila Beach.

2013 Amgen Tour Stage 4 Montecito

The Amgen Tour rolls through Montecito

Montecito $4-5M Open House Weekend

This weekend we are highlighting a very active price range in Montecito real estate. At least seven estates listed between $4 and $5 Million will be open to the public. For most of these estates, this is the first (and possibly only) public open house. With a variety of options available on the market currently at this price point, these estates range in style from Contemporary to Mediterranean. Below are several of the listings scheduled to be open this weekend. We hope you have a moment to spare this Saturday or Sunday to explore some of the finest residences currently available in beautiful Montecito!

Mediterranean Estate Montecito Mountain Views Guesthouse

115 Oak Tree Pl – Open Saturday 2-4; Sunday 2-5

Contemporary Home Montecito Pool Mountain Views

2110 Alisos Drive – Open Sunday 2-5

Montecito Estate 2 Acres Moutain View Guesthouse Picacho Lane

565 Picacho Lane – Open Sunday 1-4

Charming Montecito Home Pool Mountain Views

461 Live Oaks Rd – Open Sunday 1-4

Montecito Welcomes the Amgen Tour of California!

Amgen Tour of California

The 8th annual Amgen Tour of California is coming to Montecito and Santa Barbara! The eight day tour, in which sixteen of the top professional cycling teams will race, runs for 750 miles beginning in Escondido and finishing in San Francisco. The Tour benefits Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer, a nonprofit which aims to increase awareness about the resources available for cancer patients, from education and prevention to advocacy and financial support. Today the race will enter Montecito from Foothill, up to Toro Canyon Road and onto East Valley Road. It continues down to East Beach and through Santa Barbara up to Highway 154, where it will continue through Avila Beach and on through northern California.