Hey, friends and fellow lovers of Santa Barbara. This month, we're bringing you the ultimate SB fall guide including primo pumpkin patches, tasty fall bites, a weather forecast, and a guide to ocean sports We're also serving up the top 3 most expensive neighborhoods in SB and some recently sold properties too
The fast, fun, no frills guide to fall in SB
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First, we must go on record saying that nope, there aren't any bad seasons in Santa Barbara. Yet, there are a few seasons here that mystify the senses to an almost dreamlike intensity. Fall is unquestionably one of them.
On average, in fall months (October to November), the highest temperature will reach 76° and the lowest will fall to 49°. A nearly-perfect fluctuation in climate.
Pumpkin patches anywhere in the country are a must. And there are a handful of immersive, picturesque patches both in Santa Barbara, and only a short drive away. We love Lane Farms which lies on the northern side of town and offers a produce stand and pumpkin patch. With an array of richly-colored pumpkins and a beautiful red barn on the premise, it's the soothing fall aesthetic you need. If you want to head further into the countryside, our pick is Solvang Farmer Pumpkin Patch, a quintessential patch festooned in straw and decorations which also features a rundown relic of a truck that makes for the perfect family photo opportunity.
State Street and downtown Santa Barbara are littered with bakeries, restaurants, bistros, and cafes—many of which take great pride in constructing temporary menus and dishes created with seasonal ingredients. In California, fall brings a medley of ripe produce such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, artichokes, leafy greens, beets, carrots, and celery. The Black Sheep, Barbareño, and Bouchon are all bound to be creating delectable fall dishes, but try calling around to see which menus sound most appetizing to you.
October is the first month delicious spiny lobsters come into season and are caught and sold directly to consumers, or at local restaurants. For fresh fish that you can cook up at home, head down to The Santa Barbara Fish Market. If you want a spiny lobster prepared perfectly with melted butter and sides, try Boathouse at Hendry's Beach.
What many people don't know upon arriving in Santa Barbara, is that the best seasons to surf are winter and fall. The reason is that ocean swells in the North Pacific are primarily caused by storms far out at sea. These storms send swells toward Santa Barbara's coastline.
Fall is the beginning of what eventually turns into peak winter swells that create beautiful, curling waves that are perfect for surfers, stand-up paddleboarders, and boogie boarders alike. As the swell is typically less powerful at the start of the season, fall is an excellent time for beginning surfers to zip up their wetsuits and practice on smaller, more predictable waves before larger swells approach.
Some of the best beaches for surfing include Hendry's Beach, Leadbetter Point, Devereaux, Sands Beach, and Hammond's Reef.
SB's 3 Most Expensive Neighborhoods
In this video, and in under 4 minutes, Joe gives you visuals, history, and highly useful information on Santa Barbara's top 3 most expensive neighborhoods. Montecito comes in at #1, but can you guess what #2 and #3 are?
See for yourself what the most premiere pockets of paradise look and feel like and what it might actually cost to purchase a home there!
This move-in condition 1 bedroom condo is in one of the best locations in town, right across the street from Alameda Park, and a few blocks away from the State St theater district with its many restaurants, activities and shopping. Tucked in the rear of a smaller, well maintained building, this quiet upstairs unit with vaulted ceilings offers great light, gorgeous hardwood flooring, assigned carport parking and assigned private storage.
Set in an ideal location between West Beach and the Mesa, this sophisticated 2 bed/2.5 bath free-standing townhome has been elegantly remodeled, with luxury vinyl plank flooring, new windows, and new plumbing/electrical fixtures throughout. The modern living room features a sleek fireplace, large skylight and private balcony. The fabulous kitchen boasts new shaker cabinets, walnut butcher block counters, new LG appliances and a farmhouse sink. Downstairs, you will find the spacious primary bedroom suite with dual closets and posh bathroom featuring bold vanity and walk-in shower adorned with Chloe tile, second bedroom/bath, and wrap-around patio. This lock-and-go property makes a perfect weekend getaway, investment property or starter home close to the harbor, SBCC and downtown city life.
Tucked away in desirable Hidden Valley neighborhood, this 3 bed , 2 bath home has a sensible floor plan and large backyard with pool. Spacious living and dining room both have cozy fireplaces, this house has potential to create an open concept living space. Primary bedroom has an ensuite. Located conveniently close to Upper State Street, Mesa, Hendry's beach, and just minutes away from Elings park, beaches, and easy freeway access.
As always, feel free to reach out if you're interested in buying, selling, learning more about the housing market in Santa Barbara, or just want to chat and say hello! Any and all are welcome. We are at your service.