I'm happy to be going into the long weekend with another success story. Of the furry kind. It gives me great joy to note that the last two goats you have been seeing on my site found a new and perfect home. My daughter and I picked them up in our horse trailer and took them to their new paradise. Actually their prior paradise wasn't so bad either. These are some darn lucky goats, I'll tell you that. So Buckwheat and Josie are living their happily ever after right here in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. Thanks to all of you who wrote to me about them.
All of the brokerages are closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day so I will be back here on Tuesday with all the news. Until then, you can see I have provided here below (scroll all the way down) a list of homes that are in some way special, good values or just interesting. If you are here this weekend, take a drive. Check them out. Tell me what you think. I will be here this weekend if you need me. Don't hesitate to reach out if you do.
2424 Baseline, Ballard (2/1 on almost 1.5 acres) 979K This one is a bit of a sleeper. And you can't see it from the road so a drive by is futile. You might remember it from 2010 when it was on the market prior (did not sell at that time). This is a vintage property that has had some nice reworking. From the pics, it looks to be in even better condition than the last time I saw it yet has some preserved charm that only the passage of time will deliver. One of the really cool things about this property is its actually two parcels. The front parcel is zoned commercial and the back parcel is residential. Because this property is adjacent to the Ballard Inn, some people's brains might be spinning a thousand miles a minute wondering what they could do with that front parcel from an income producing standpoint. See aerial pic above. Or maybe the cuteness factor is so great, the long private driveway entrance over the commercial zoned portion is just what the doctor ordered in terms of security and a buffer zone from the street. Interesting, to say the least.
265 Meadowlark, Santa Ynez (2/3 on 5 acres) Listed at $1,395,000 and sold final for $1,280,000. I showed this property a bunch of times because I really liked it and believed in the potential. Whereas I would consider the house a fixer, the original build had enough future thought expressed that the structure will totally support a trendy remodel and look fabulous. Land is all flat and usable which for us horsey people is like gold. Fantastic location with horizon views and end of the land privacy. A good buy.
620 Foxen, Los Alamos (4/3 on .93 of an acre) Listed at 649K and sold final for 620K. This is a "high end" price in Los Alamos where most homes sell for under 500K. Take note this home was on the market in 2010 and didn't sell after 90 days. This time around went under contract in 14 days. More evidence of the Los Alamos renaissance.
340 Shaw, Los Alamos (two units on .17 of an acre) Listed at 225K and sold final for 235K. Resilient buyers waited a long time for approval on this short sale. In the end it was all worth it because prices shot up since this offer was written but it got approved anyway. Bought today at last year's prices. Nicely done!
395 Rancho Alisal, Solvang (main house and guest house on 1 acre) Listed at 749K and sold final for 676K. One of the rare Alisal Ranch properties that has a guest house. Also has a professional size gym and infinity pool. These homes are on leased land with annual land lease payments.
1547 Alamo Pintado, Solvang (main house and guest house on almost 5 acres) Listed at 995K and sold final for 925K. Came on the market back in 2010 at $1,295,000. House vintage but in a good way. Right out of an old movie. Love the super adorable and historic barn. I am a total sucker for an old barn. I wonder what would be said if "these walls could talk". An oldie but a goodie from 1917 and surrounded by successful vineyards such as Rideau and Buttonwood.
Some of My Favorite Available Properties to Consider
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