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Kathleen Barnato, Realtor

Fine Homes and Investment Properties

Serving the South Santa Barbara County Since 1988



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.”


Get to Know Your Local Broker

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

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.

Hope Ranch

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.


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