FROM CONDOS TO CASTLES, I CAN HELP YOU WITH ALL OF YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS
Put My Many Years of Experience to Work for You
With hundreds of successfully completed transactions, in my experience as a Realtor since 1988, I have helped many buyers and sellers negotiate the increasingly complex world of real estate.
Working with first-time buyers is an extremely rewarding experience and brings out the “teacher” in me. I have also helped sophisticated Fortune 500 buyers buy and sell estate properties valued in the multi-millions, as well as many other second and third home buyers who love to call Santa Barbara their “home away from home.”
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I have lived and worked in Santa Barbara since 1974 - Legal Secretary and Researcher, Teacher, Founder of Whitcraft Winery, Real Estate Broker, always a mom! I am a good listener and know the market well. I am sure that whatever your need, I can help, and we will have fun doing it!
My Focus Areas
Santa Barbara is known as The American Riviera for good reason – we are a south‑facing city, bordered by the mountains to the north and the sparkling Pacific Ocean to the south. We have miles of beaches, lovely parks, a vibrant downtown corridor with world‑class restaurants, shops, and entertainment. It has been written that Santa Barbara has more restaurants per capita than any other city on the West Coast and several are on the Michelin guide.
Santa Barbara is home to some 90,000 residents and still exudes the warmth and relaxation of a small town, yet has the major attractions of a metropolis. For a city of its size, Santa Barbara enjoys an extraordinary cultural wealth, including many museums, three grand theaters showcasing the performing arts in classical style, and the lectures and other events provided by Arts and Lectures at the University of California, Santa Barbara. (UCSB)
The abundance and beauty of Santa Barbara’s city park system enhance the pleasure of both residents and visitors alike and contributes to the city’s worldwide reputation as one of the most beautiful in the world. With 57 parks totaling nearly 1800 acres and an abundance of 35,000 public trees, the outdoor environment greatly contributes to the quality of life in Santa Barbara.
The late Harold S. Chase advertised his “sun‑kissed, ocean‑washed, mountain‑girded, island‑guarded Hope Ranch” more than a century ago. The members of the Hope Ranch Park Homes Association, which was established in the 1920s, enjoy private beach access with picnic tables, BBQ facilities, summertime lifeguards, palapas, and a raft anchored just a bit offshore. There are also tennis courts, a polo field, private security patrol, and 27 miles of dedicated riding trails.
Hope Ranch has an eclectic blend of homes and estates built primarily in the 1940s through the 1950s, and now its share of new mansions, built in the last decades. The minimum lot size, 1.5 acres, creates a lovely rural feel and there are many estates that are significantly larger and which enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the Channel Islands, and our beautiful Santa Ynez mountains to the north.
Laguna Blanca, a private school is located within the area of Hope Ranch. The prestigious La Cumbre Country Club, complete with pool, 18-hole golf course, and tennis courts is found at the entrance to the Ranch. There is often a long waitlist for membership at the club…well worth the wait.
Montecito, with only eight square miles of hedge-rowed neighborhoods, has been the destination of choice for celebrities and millionaires since the late 19th century. Several high-end hotels lie within the Montecito area – The Four Seasons Biltmore with its Coral Casino, San Ysidro Ranch, and The Rosewood Miramar Hotel, to mention a few.
In the late 1800s, the wealthy folks from back east discovered that Montecito was not only a lovely place to vacation, but also a good spot to recuperate at the local hot springs. Grand estates were built throughout the Montecito area and most have been lovingly maintained over time. Small cottages were built for the “help” and remain today as affordable housing for those who covet the Montecito school districts of Montecito Union (MUS)and Cold Spring Elementary.
Much of Montecito has changed over the years – one can find condos near the beach, small cottages tucked down little lanes, and, of course, mega-mansions built by the new barons who have discovered Montecito. The Upper Village includes a post office, grocery store, library, and many restaurants, and the Lower Village on Coast Village Road, features hotels, restaurants, and shopping.
Montecito has definitely become a desirable second and third home location for many international residents. Whether in the entertainment industry looking for a short commute to Los Angeles or someone looking for a relaxed lifestyle in one of the prettiest places in California, you’ll find Montecito to be just what you are looking for.
The Carpinteria Valley is located in the southeast corner of Santa Barbara County. A once sleepy town, full of flower fields and large agricultural tracts, it is now home to many who were attracted to its location close to Santa Barbara and the oceanfront locations of Padaro Lane and Sandyland Cove, now highly sought after real estate!
Carpinteria’s beautiful natural setting and small-town charm remain arguably undiscovered. Enjoy the small-town pleasures, where tree-shaded streets, parades, and craft shows are a big part of its draw. Dozens of antique stores, small shops, and restaurants are situated along the main streets of Carpinteria and nearby Summerland, making the area a window shopper’s paradise.
Carpinteria is also home to the world-renowned surfing area off Rincon Point, and a protected sea lion rookery. Downtown Carpinteria is now known as Baja Montecito…home to many former Montecito residents, looking for a location with an easier commuting distance to the Los Angeles area.
“In all our years of buying and selling homes, Kathleen Barnato is the most gracious, affable, and meticulous agent we’ve ever worked with. The truth is we wish we had a professional of her quality in all aspects of our lives. She constantly anticipated our needs, guiding us and making calls and contacts well before we realized the obligation. From the initial viewings to our transition through home inspection and securing a mortgage she has provided us with specific and active support, shepherded us to the right craftsmen, did numerous extra visits and appointments for us when we were busy, and always with a bright conviviality and charm. We can’t recommend her highly enough!”
Mark and Kim
Thank you very much for your August 15 letter and the enclosed data…I have been buying and selling homes for the past 25 years and have never had a realtor put together such a well-orchestrated program.
Jack D. Waggoner
“Kathleen represented my wife and I in purchasing a house in San Roque. I have worked with at least 5 agents in Santa Barbara (both buying and selling), and I can honestly say that Kathleen is the most competent and knowledgeable of them all. I have nothing but good things to say about her. Any agent can handle a purchase where everything goes smoothly, but you can’t know in advance when the other side is going to get difficult, and that is when it really makes a difference. Our purchase ended up having some tough issues with the sellers; through it all, Kathleen was professional, responsive, knowledgeable, a good negotiator, and pushed hard to make sure our interests were represented well. I couldn’t recommend her more highly. You’re in very good hands if she’s your agent/broker.”
zillow user20150603170548716 Randy
Kathleen was our buyer’s agent for our home purchase in 2018. She is hands down the best, most competent real estate agent I have encountered through many home purchases. Our buying process took a long time as inventory was low and our criteria was strict. She was extremely patient, never pressured us, and often got us in early to properties before they hit the market. When we finally found a home we wanted, the escrow process turned out to be difficult for reasons beyond our control. Kathleen has a combination of excellent communication, integrity, and skillful negotiation. Her extensive detailed knowledge from everything from sewer lines, water heaters, foundation issues, contract legality, etc helped us tremendously through all the issues we encountered. If she didn’t have the answer, she worked quickly to get us in contact with the right person. My husband and I turned to each other several times during the escrow process and said we never would have been able to close without Kathleen. She is top notch in every respect. I wouldn’t want to buy another house without her.
Kathleen was a privilege to work with! I grew up in Santa Barbara, but have not lived there in 50 years. My mother still did, and when it came time to sell her home, I am her executrix. Understand, I have also a real estate broker for 40 years. Being in the same field but out of the area I was rather picky as to the service I was to be provided. First I pulled up a few names from the CRS register (Certified Residential Specialist), highly professional, experienced agents with extra education and training in our field. Then I went into a local branch of a Title/Escrow Company and ran 3 names by them. Kathleen stood out above the rest. They were right – She always responded to me, returned my calls and provided the information requested. She stuck with us while we cleared the house, disburse heirlooms and had a garage sale. Even after helping us obtain an offer $50,000 over asking price, when our Buyers ran into lender problems (the house needed work) and she was on vacation, she had it covered, and made it happen. Choose Kathleen – you will be in good hands – she is the best.