New Zia Group Listing | 1224 Diana Road | $895,000

August 25, 2014 Leave a comment

1224 Diana Road, Santa Barbara, CA

This home sits on a coveted street of homes designed by Alex D’Alfonso, in the classic Santa Barbara style.

Daniel Zia has just brought to market this delightful 3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom home. It sits on a coveted circle in the Lower Riviera neighborhood, populated with classic D’Alfonso homes with large picture windows and red-tile roofs. The home consists of over 1,200 SF, with beautiful hardwood floors throughout, an attached 2-car garage, a large, multi-level deck in the private backyard and a surplus of storage under the home. Call Daniel today (805.637.7148) to make an appointment to view the home, or if you have any questions.

1224 Diana Road, Santa Barbara, CA

The living area contains beautiful wood floors, a fireplace, a large picture window with Riviera views and two patios.

Built in 1948 by famed local builder Alex D’Alfonso, on the street named after his daughter, this home sits in a unique enclave of homes with a distinct form, which has become the trademark of “the American Riviera.” The white-washed stucco, green wood window frames and red tile roof are all hallmarks of the style. D’Alfonso’s other buildings, which include the St. Francis Medical Convent and several other local landmarks, are credited with helping influence city leaders to make this the desired style of the town.

1224 Diana Road, Santa Barbara, CA

The formal dining room has an oak wood floor, classic chandelier and arched doorway to the kitchen.

The interior of the home has been well preserved and upgraded over the years with oak hardwood floors throughout much of the home, white plaster walls, arched doorways, and wood casement windows. The kitchen has been updated with newer cabinets and appliances (including a Bosch dishwasher), granite counters and a custom tile backsplash. The private backyard is fully fenced and features mature hedges adding to the intimate feel. A large, multi-level deck provides ample space for al-fresco dining and sunbathing, with both shaded and un-shaded areas. Drought-tolerant landscaping finishes off the authentic Santa Barbara feel of the yard, which also provides pleasant views of the Riviera.

1224 Diana Road, Santa Barbara, CA

The kitchen has been updated with new cabinets, white appliances (including a Bosch dishwasher), granite counters and a custom tile backsplash.

Many of the home’s systems have been updated, including copper plumbing, a newer furnace with built-in air purification, a reverse-osmosis water filtration system and newer water heater. The garage and storage areas under the home add almost 950 SF of unfinished basement area to the home.

With an exemplary mix of old-world style and modern amenities, this is a rare opportunity to purchase the quintessential Santa Barbara abode for an exceptional value!

1224 Diana Road, Santa Barbara, CA

The private backyard has a large, multi-level deck, drought-tolerant landscaping and Riviera views.

The Zia Group Wins News-Press Readers’ Choice Award!

August 20, 2014 Leave a comment

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The Zia Group has won the top honors in the first-ever inclusion of a “Realtor” category in the Santa Barbara News-Press‘s “Readers’ Choice Awards.” This marks the fourth time in the past five years that the Zia Group has won such an honor, voted on by Santa Barbara locals. The Zia Group is a part of Keller Williams Santa Barbara, which won Runner-Up in the “Real Estate Office” category.

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The Zia Group would like to thank all of our clients and supporters for their endorsement of our services. Being voted the best Realtor in a town of great Realtors means a great deal to us–more than just about any industry award we might win. The Zia Group strives to put our clients first in everything we do. We are driven by the idea that each client, deserves only our best. Over the past year, the Zia Group has grown from one very busy agent (Daniel Zia) to include three additional agents (Joan Katz, Jon Gilkeson and Adam Schuette), a Buyer Specialist (Jacob Biever), Director of Operations (Laurie Slavich) and Support Manager (Kyle Gates). This expansion has allowed members of the team to be more fully specialized in their area of the business. Every member of the Zia Group puts an emphasis on integrity and service, serving as a neutral adviser. We aim to form life-long relationships with our clients, so that we can continue adding value, long after we have helped them buy or sell a home.

 

New Zia Group Listing | 5933 Village Terrace Drive | $599,000

August 4, 2014 Leave a comment

5933 Village Terrace Drive

The home sits on a corner in a quiet, well-maintained community.

This incredible move-in ready home is in an idyllic community setting with resort-style amenities including a pool, tennis court, playground and picnic area. This 2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom PUD has been tastefully updated and the quality finishes, open layout and cathedral ceilings make for a spacious and luxurious feel. The excellent location offers easy access to Trader Joe’s and a host of shops and restaurants. It is listed with Daniel Zia. Call Daniel for more information, or to schedule your showing (805.637.7148).

5933 Village Terrace Drive

This patio provides privacy and can be accessed from the front porch or the master bedroom.

A large front patio makes an inviting welcome to this attractive unit on a corner lot. The spacious living room features a wood-burning fireplace with gas starter and is capped by a soaring cathedral ceiling, with high windows, giving the room a bright and airy feel. The kitchen has been remodeled with custom maple cabinets with full-extension drawers and easy to care for Ceasarstone counter tops. A 5-burner Samsung professional gas stove and Bosch dishwasher are sure to delight any chef. The kitchen, living room and dining room all feature newer maple flooring. A laundry room links the home to the attached 2-car garage and offers additional storage.

5933 Village Terrace Drive

The living room, dining room and kitchen all share maple flooring,

5933 Village Terrace Drive

The remodeled kitchen features maple cabinets, Caesarstone counters and stainless steel appliances.

Both bedrooms in the home boast the same vaulted ceilings, providing both a greater sense of space, as well as more actual storage space, over the closets. A sliding glass door leads from the master bedroom to the peaceful, fenced patio. The master bathroom has been beautifully remodeled, including a newer shaker style vanity and black granite countertop and walk-in shower.

5933 Village Terrace Drive

The master bedroom includes a vaulted ceiling, remodeled bathroom and a sliding door to the patio.

The Village Terrace community is a wonderful neighborhood setting offering resort-style amenities including a fenced pool with large sun deck and changing rooms, a tennis court, playground, picnic area with BBQ, and other great open green space and paths. The quiet neighborhood is in the coveted Kellogg School District and is less than a mile from the Fairview Shopping Center and the shops and restaurants along Calle Real, including Trader Joe’s. The last property to sell in this desirable development sold for $760,000 two months ago, so this home is priced aggressively to sell quickly!

5933 Village Terrace Drive

The community pool has a large sun deck and changing rooms.

5933 Village Terrace Drive

The community grounds feature a picnic area, tennis court, playground and pool.

New Zia Group Listing | 2234 Chapala Street | $925,000

July 22, 2014 Leave a comment

This picturesque cottage offers the charm and privacy of an English garden with the convenience of being close to the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. With all of the size and space of its original 3 Bedroom design, this now enlarged 2 Bed/1 Bath home has been extensively renovated to blend its old world charm with energy efficient upgrades, modern conveniences and Pottery Barn style finishes. The property is listed with Daniel Zia. Call Daniel (805.637.7148) to ask any questions, or schedule a showing.

2234 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA

This charming cottage features a private garden of fruit trees and drought-tolerant landscaping.

Sitting on a corner lot, raised above the street for privacy, this delightful home checks all the boxes of a quintessential Santa Barbara cottage: from the sandstone walls and mature hedges surrounding the property, to the low-maintenance garden, filled with a variety of coloring plants and fruit trees.

2234 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA

Raised off the street and set behind a hedge of Eugenia, this home has excellent curb appeal.

The interior features oak wood floors throughout much of the home, a large formal dining room and a cozy fireplace in the living room. Vaulted ceilings in the living room and bedrooms make these already ample rooms feel even larger. The newer dual-paned windows adhere to the original style of the home, while saving on energy costs. Five Sola Tubes, well placed throughout the property, bring in even more natural light. The large bathroom has been artfully remodeled with luxury appointments, including a tumbled marble tiled shower and tub, a custom vanity with his and her sinks and a Carerra marble top and quality oil rubbed bronze fixtures.

2234 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA

A remodeled bathroom is just one of the many updates to this stylish home.

The updated kitchen is bright and open, with custom maple cabinets, granite counters and a large window filling the space with natural light. The expansive master bedroom was created by combining two of the three original bedrooms and features vaulted ceilings, good closet space, and beautiful french doors to the back patio. The master bedroom also provides enough room that, should one want to, an en-suite bathroom could be added without expanding the footprint of the home.

2234 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA

The Master Bedroom was created from 2 smaller rooms, features french doors to the patio and could be remodeled to feature a 2nd bathroom.

The main systems of the property have been updated with a newer composition roof, an energy efficient tankless water heater, and updated electrical, heating and plumbing systems. The fully-fenced back yard provides options for relaxation, with a spacious deck, made of synthetic material for easy maintenance, as well as a flag stone patio and hot tub. There is additional yard space tucked behind the garage with a variety of fruit trees, including Fig, Peach, Pear, and Avocado. Like many Santa Barbara homes, the detached garage (accessed from Pueblo St) has been created into a versatile space with finished walls, vaulted ceiling, side by side laundry facilities, and two carriage style garage doors. This wonderful California cottage sits just a block off of State St, less than a mile from Trader Joe’s, 2 miles from both Paseo Nuevo and La Cumbre shopping centers and 2.5 miles from Stearn’s Wharf and the beach. The home is located in the desirable Peabody School District and is just a short distance away. With a WalkScore of 74, this home is close to everything Santa Barbara has to offer, while providing a feeling of privacy, tranquility and natural beauty.

New Zia Group Listing | 4333 Cuna Drive | $1,295,000

June 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Reduced to $1,249,500!

This newly remodeled four bedroom / four bathroom Hope Ranch Annex home sits on over 1/3rd an acre down a quiet street just blocks from the coveted Vieja Valley school and the UCSB bike path, and a short distance to the beach. Features of the nearly 2,600 square foot home include: distressed wood floors, a beautifully remodeled kitchen and baths, detailed mouldings throughout, dual paned windows and a 720 square foot 4-car tandem garage. This property is listed with Daniel Zia and the Zia Group. Read on for more information, or contact Daniel to to set up an appointment for viewing: 805.637.7148.

4333 Cuna Drive, Santa Barbara

This gorgeous ranch-style home sits on a quiet dead-end street and has been tastefully remodeled.

During the recent extensive remodel, this home received a new roof, updates to the systems–including a new furnace and miscellaneous plumbing/electrical updates–fresh paint inside and out, 7” wide distressed maple flooring in the living spaces, new carpet in the bedrooms, and new tile floors in the bathrooms. The all-new kitchen includes shaker-style maple cabinets with soft-close hardware and plenty of pull-outs for thoughtful storage options, granite countertops and new stainless steel Professional series Frigidaire appliances. Enjoy a view of the mountains while doing dishes, or relaxing in the living room. There are numerous dining options with the home’s versatile floor plan, including a breakfast nook in the kitchen, a formal dining overlooking the backyard, a breakfast bar in the living room, and scenic al fresco dining on the back patio.

4333 Cuna Drive, Santa Barbara

Shaker-style cabinets with granite counters and stainless steel appliances grace the all new kitchen.

The large living room features vaulted ceilings, rich paneling, and a fireplace with a gas starter. Recessed lighting and large windows provide lots of light, while also adding to the spacious feel of the room. Towards the back of the home, a wall of windows creates a sun room feel, the perfect place for reading a book, or watching children play in the large, fenced backyard. Each of the four bathrooms has been beautifully remodeled with either luxurious wood floors or wood-look tile, new shower tile, new hardware and light fixtures, granite counters and new shaker style vanities in three of the four bathrooms.

4333 Cuna Drive, Santa Barbara

The bright living room features a fireplace, vaulted ceiling, new wood flooring and a flowing open floor plan.

4333 Cuna Drive, Santa Barbara

The sitting area adjacent to the living room offers a bright spot for reading or relaxed conversation, with views of the large back yard.

This great home offers plenty of outdoor space with large front and back yards.  The landscaping has been thoughtfully designed to provide color year-round and is set up on an automated sprinkler and drip system for easy maintenance. There are two large raised planters with an automatic drip system for the perfect veggie garden, plus a number of fruit trees including a peach, apple, and a few citrus trees.

The 4-car tandem garage provides lots of options and space for a workshop, possible creation of a bonus room, or extra storage. A separate space on the opposite side of the house allows for still more off street parking, including room for a boat and/or RV.

With a convenient location just outside of Hope Ranch, this Santa Barbara home is close to everything, while being tucked out of the way, on a dead-end street. The award-winning Vieja Valley Elementary School is nearby, as is the bike path that can take you as far as UCSB. Come discover this hidden gem that is close to everything and offers luxurious living at an incredible value!

Santa Barbara Ocean Front Luxury| 3219 Cliff Drive | $7,995,000

June 19, 2014 Leave a comment

3219 Cliff Drive: Live the Santa Barbara Luxury Lifestyle

Set on 1.3 acres with 100’ of bluff-top frontage, this one-of-a-kind oceanfront estate provides the coveted Santa Barbara lifestyle, along with dramatic, unobstructed ocean and island views. The 6 bedroom, 6.5 bathroom private and gated Mediterranean home offers nearly 6,700 square feet of  luxury appointments and artisan craftsmanship, as well as numerous balconies and patios capturing both ocean and mountain views throughout most of the home.

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This property is listed with Daniel Zia and the Zia Group. Read on for more information, or contact Daniel to to set up a private appointment for viewing: 805.637.7148.

3219 Cliff Drive

A large oceanfront patio provides dramatic views of the ocean and islands.

Built in 1999 and then customized through an extensive remodel, this Mediterranean estate exhibits timeless design, blending the best traditional architectural elements with the casual living and entertaining that comes with the California beach lifestyle. Unlike most of Santa Barbara’s ocean front homes—where location is offset by both noise and a lack of privacy—this incredible property is set far off the street. It rests down a shared driveway but has its own private entrance and motor court.  From the incredible outdoor areas you not only enjoy the calming sound of the ocean, but the incredible panoramic views of one of Santa Barbara’s most desirable beaches.

3219 Cliff Drive

The entry courtyard enhances the Mediterranean feel of this incredible estate.

A courtyard outfitted with manicured gardens of roses and boxwood hedges along with a bubbling fountain welcomes you to the property. This ushers you in through stately double oak doors into the grand, two-story entry foyer, topped with a 900-piece parquet coffered ceiling and dramatic chandelier.

3219 Cliff Drive

The formal living room features a fireplace, built-in bookcases, and french doors of glass to let in the view.

Inside the entry is the formal living room, with a massive hand-carved oak mantel and granite surround. Matching oak bookcases flank the fireplace, while french doors lead out to the patio and provide the majestic ocean views visible from so much of this property. Other living spaces include a family room with its own fireplace and also an “entertainment room” on the second level, the perfect casual complement to the formal living spaces, with plenty of space for table tennis, billiards, or a large entertainment system.

3219 Cliff Drive

The chef’s kitchen features top-end appliances, plenty of prep and storage space, including a nearby butler’s pantry.

The gourmet chef’s kitchen is laid out to accommodate both large-scale food prep for entertaining, or a more intimate inviting place to prepare meals for friends and family. Custom oak cabinets and granite counters line the kitchen, while a large island with a wine rack and its own prep sink occupy the center of the room, under a pot-rack chandelier. The top-tier appliances include a Thermador 6-burner professional range with grill and double oven, a Bosch dishwasher and built-in Sub-Zero fridge and freezer. The nearby butler’s pantry offers yet more storage space, and a more quick and casual snack prep area with a second microwave and a third sink. Meals can be enjoyed either in the bright and sunny breakfast nook, with stunning ocean views, the formal dining room, with its large, arched entry and pair of built-in china hutches, or outside along the bluff, where the ambience and “al fresco” dining is second to none.

3219 Cliff Drive

A covered pergola provides the perfect place for outdoor dining.

The master suite includes a spacious bedroom, as well as an adjoining sitting room or office. The sitting room has built-in bookshelves, a cozy fireplace and french doors to the patio. The luxurious master bathroom contains a walk-in shower with imported Italian tile, jacuzzi soaking tub, and his and hers vanities and walk-in closets.

3219 Cliff Drive

The sitting room in the master suite features a wall of built-in bookcases opposite a fireplace, with french doors out to the patio.

A second bedroom is on the entry level, with its own en-suite bathroom, walk-in closet and french doors to a private patio. There are two separate wings upstairs, including the west wing, which could serve as a great option for an in-law quarters or guest suite with its own private staircase. The east wing features three bedrooms, the entertainment room, and a separate office, with nearly every room having its own private balcony or patio to enjoy either mountain or ocean views.

3219 Cliff Drive

Multiple living spaces include the formal living room, upstairs entertainment room and this relaxed family room.

The backyard and outdoor entertaining areas are undoubtedly the highlight of this incredible estate. The large open space consists of several distinct patio areas, all of which are surrounded by lush tropical plants and palms and of course, incredible views. The flagstone covering the outdoor surfaces offers a more rustic feel that compliments the natural beauty of the coastline.

3219 Cliff Drive

Various distinct patio areas provide endless options for entertaining oceanside.

In addition to the luxury finishes and amenities, this home features a thoughtful layout with storage and functionality in mind, including a nearly 1,000 square-foot 3-car garage, a spacious laundry room and separate storage room, and a finished wine room. The home offers dual-zone air conditioning, three separate instant water heaters, water softening system, and a back-up generator.

3219 Cliff Drive

The patio overlooks the beach, with views down to Hendry’s Beach, a favorite of locals.

Undoubtedly one of the crown jewels of the entire California Coastline, this fine estate presents a rare opportunity to capture and truly live the idyllic Santa Barbara Luxury Lifestyle.

 

 

Seminar for First Time Home Buyers

June 6, 2014 Leave a comment

Jon Gilkeson | The Zia Group | Keller Williams Santa Barbara

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Hosting: Jon Gilkeson – Keller Williams Santa Barbara
When: June 24 & June 26 at 6pm
Where: 420 Carrillo St. Santa Barbara, CA

RSVP Here

After Hurricane Katrina destroyed their beloved New Orleans, many former residents were asked the following question: ‘Besides “Love” what do you identify as the most important four letter word?’ The unanimous answer was simply… “Home.” What would it mean to you, to own your first home? A place to come home to your family or significant other. A place of security, stability and cherished memories. As the saying goes, there’s nothing more comforting than “home sweet home.”

According to the U.S Federal Reserve Board of Consumer Finance, in 2009 the average net worth of renters = $4,000. The Average net worth of home owners = $184,000. A home is the largest financial asset most people have due to equity and appreciation over time. Since 1977 the average annual appreciation rate nationally is 4-6% although local appreciation rates can vary greatly. For example in Santa Barbara the median home price of a single family home from Jan 14’ – Apr. 14’ has increased 20% compared to that same time frame in 2013. This market is moving!

2014 Median Condo Price in Santa Barbara = $550,000
$550,000 @ 5% Annual Appreciation x 30 years = $2,377,068
30 Year Home Appreciation = 332.2%

Cost of Renting vs. Cost of Owning

 

Attention First-Time Home Buyers!

Our panel of experts can help you take the next step. Learn how to build your credit, save for a down payment, qualify for a loan and know what to expect in the home buying process. If you plan to purchase a home in the next 1 to 5 years, you will not want to miss this complimentary seminar.

For more information about the seminar, contact Jon Gilkeson at 805.335.4749 or jon@ziagroup.com.

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