September 17, 2022
Bright, welcoming 4475 Via Abrigada ($22.5 million)—the twilight photos take it in more of a Gregory Crewdson direction—hit me right in the sweet spot: gracious 1963 architecture, huge (around 6,000 square feet) but nearly entirely single-level, with ocean and mountain views, and on 5.5 acres. The seller paid just $10.5 million in May 2019—an eon ago in Hope Ranch real estate—and we’ll have to see whether someone is willing to plunk down twice that and everything it’ll take to make the property shine (i.e., interiors, pool, guest house, wider driveway…). P.S. The hot tub is the largest I’ve ever seen. I think it would seat at least 16 with no skin contact.
August 23, 2022
"A healthy and habitable planet is the best legacy we can leave for our children." This is how Jessica McLernon sums up a guiding motif in her life. She was first attracted to the Community Environmental Council (CEC) because of our organization's 50-year history of successful programs and actions to protect the environment. What she really loves most, however, is CEC's focus on the future through its unwavering commitment to fighting climate change.
By Community Environmental Council
March 11, 2022
Randy Solakian, Deanna Solakian Williams and Jessica McLernon of the Randy Solakian Estates Group, a team affiliated with the Montecito office of Coldwell Banker Realty, have listed a rare ridgetop contemporary estate on more than two acres with magnificent ocean views in the exclusive Hope Ranch community for $21.5 million.
March 4, 2022
A postmodern home outside Santa Barbara, Calif., is hitting the market for $21.5 million, nearly triple what the owner paid for it in 2018. Atop a hill in the community of Hope Ranch, the estate spans just under 2.5 acres and overlooks the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands, according to Randy Solakian of Coldwell Banker, one of the listing agents.
By Wall Street Journal
January 27, 2022
Publishing heiress Virginia Hearst Randt has made swift work of dispatching her trophy Montecito estate. First offered last November at nearly $9 million, the house sold in mid-January in a cash deal — albeit for a heavily discounted $7.5 million. Still, that sale price rings in at a hefty $2 million more than what Hearst paid for the property nearly a decade ago, way back in March 2012. Records indicate the buyer is veteran Broadway producer and philanthropist Thomas “Tom” Perakos, who is known for being the primary financial backer of “The Band’s Visit,” winner of 2018’s Tony Award for Best Musical.
January 26, 2022
Unique Homes interviewed Randy Solakian to learn about current market trends and buyer demand for waterfront properties.
By Unique Homes
January 2, 2022
Tired of the neutral decor trend? Not only is this mini-estate in the Sycamore Canyon area of Montecito swaddled both inside and out in every shade of the rainbow, but it also carries a colorful past. Once home to the late Santa Barbara artist Standish Backus—probably best known as the official civilian artist on Admiral Byrd’s landmark 1950s expedition to the South Pole—this one-of-a-kind spread was built in 1999 and designed by Tom Meaney, in what the local master architect has referred to as a “tropical plantation” style.
By Robb Report
December 27, 2021
Amid a pandemic-driven rising demand for estates and vineyards in Santa Ynez Valley, a 56-acre ranch has hit the market with an asking price of $16 million, according to agents with Randy Solakian Estates Group, which has the listing. The Lieff Ranch estate, located at 3235 Roblar Ave., is owned by Robert Lieff, founder of the Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein law firm, and wife Susan Lieff, who own several large ranches and describe themselves as “ranchaholics.”
By Santa Ynez Valley News
December 22, 2021
Tired of the neutral decor trend? Not only is this mini-estate in the Sycamore Canyon area of Montecito swaddled both inside and out in every shade of the rainbow, but it also carries a colorful past. Once home to the late Santa Barbara artist Standish Backus — probably best known as the official civilian artist on Admiral Byrd’s landmark 1950s expedition to the South Pole — this one-of-a-kind spread was built in 1999 and designed by Tom Meaney, in what the local master architect has referred to as a “tropical plantation” style.
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