Location Report: Walkable Neighborhoods Top Wish-Lists

Recently Riskin Associates reported on estate features that topped luxury home buyers’ wish-lists. Home gyms, outdoor dining rooms and wine cellars all made the the list, but according to the National Association of Realtors, many home buyers will sacrifice those perks in favor of a location that is within walking distance to shops, restaurants or activities. Montecito has two luxury shopping centers in the heart of town and several lavish hotels with award winning restaurants.

The first, the Lower Village along Coast Village Road is comprised of fine dining restaurants, luxury clothing shops, health food retailers,  salons and more. This sophisticated contemporary compound is located just a five minute walk from the luxuries of the Lower Village. With serene ocean vistas, multiple guest structures and two pools, this estate was designed to take full advantage of Montecito’s plethora of desirable offerings.

A chic Montecito estate near shops and restaurants

This chic contemporary compound is located just a few steps from Montecito’s Lower Village

If you are too tired from a day at the beach to get dressed up for dinner, enjoy a meal under the stars in the home romantic outdoor dining room.

If you are too tired from a day at the beach to get dressed up for dinner, enjoy a meal under the stars in the home romantic outdoor dining room.

The sun sets over the Pacific ocean, while you look on from your private retreat.

The sun sets over the Pacific ocean, while you enjoy the view from your private retreat.

The Upper Village, conveniently located along East Valley Road, also supplies Montecito residents with multiple luxurious culinary and retails offerings, a book store, day spas and multiple banks. Hot Springs Road also intersects the Upper Village, providing convenient access to Hwy 101. With a private walking path leading directly to the Upper Village, this sprawling Picacho Lane estate boasts one of the most coveted locations in Montecito.

A lavish montecito estate

Nine lavish acres include a lake, tennis court, green house, lawns and citrus groves. All overlook serene ocean and mountain view.

Serene ocean views are an idyllic backdrop to gardens and lawns.

Serene ocean views are an idyllic backdrop to manicured gardens and lawns.

Park-like grounds at a Montecito estate

Enjoy a stroll through park-like grounds on your way to the Upper Village for a lovely meal or shopping trip.

Montecito is home to the world-renowned, award winning hotel, the San Ysidro Ranch. Breathtaking gardens, majestic mountain views, and five-star service make what locals refer to as “The Ranch” a top destination for visitors and residents of Montecito alike. A short distance from The Ranch are trailheads to Montecito’s extensive hiking trails. This completely renovated modern hacienda is walking distance to both San Ysidro Ranch’s dining and accommodations and the hiking trails.

A spanish hacienda in Montecito

Warm up with a morning hike, then return to your hacienda to cool off in the pool.

The rich interior is adorned in maintenance finishes. Created a  sumptuous yet low-key atmosphere.

The rich interior is adorned in maintenance finishes. Created a sumptuous yet low-key atmosphere.

A quiet location allows for relaxing soaks in the master bath's outdoor tub.

A quiet location allows for relaxing soaks in the master bath’s outdoor tub.

When shopping for your next luxury home, be sure to find out the distance between the property and the nearest shops and restaurants. Being within walking distance to these amenities is not only convenient, but will improve your quality of life and allow you to enjoy your new home to the fullest. Should you be interested in these, or any other Montecito properties, please feel free to contact us.

 

 

 

 

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