Meet the mother-daughter team of Santa Barbara Exclusive Rentals! Starting a business is exciting, challenging & definitely rewarding. I could think of non other than my business partner and husband, Jim to assist me in launching a successful business model. His vast background in law, real estate, and business was a natural blend to begin SBER. A year later our daughter Kelsey was starting a new career and life in Santa Barbara. Our partnership of two naturally grew into a partnership of three. Kelsey and I are a match made in heaven at the office and socially. We've always been the best of friends and now our friendship has evolved into a wonderful partnership.

Together we hope to inspire our readers to discover the numerous faucets of beautiful Santa Barbara and all it offers. Our Blog was created to provide valuable information to travelers and locals on the Santa Barbara vacation home industry, to proudly display our Exclusive Portfolio of homes, and to share exciting offers & local newsworthy events within our community.


Villa Del Sueno | Spanish Colonial Revival

Available in July | Villa Del Sueno

6 Bedrooms + 7 Full Baths, 2 Powder Rooms, Sleeps 8-10, Walk to Montecito Lower Village

July Rate $42,000

Originally built in 1922, this is an exceptional George Washington Smith estate, the name synonymous with Santa Barbara’s Spanish architecture, including the Lobero Theatre, lies a home passionately restored to today’s lifestyle. The estate has been extensively remodeled over a three year period and was completed to its present state of grandeur in 2008. A spacious first floor master suite, five family bedroom suites, a library/office and a project room/office, a bright and expansive center-island kitchen with comfortable great room, stunning period hardware, romantic wrought iron fixtures, seven fireplaces and all the new conveniences we now expect in our finest homes, like Crestron whole house management system, are seamlessly combined in this unique rental. There are many special features including 2 staircases, 2 laundry rooms, solid hand-carved mahogany doors, covered balconies overlooking the rear main lawn and pool area with stunning mountain views.

Welcome Home:

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Beautiful courtyard filled with classic Santa Barbara charm:

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An impressively designed foyer

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Formal dining with incredible 1920′s history

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Be sure to hire a private chef for this fully modernized kitchen

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Sitting room with one of seven fireplaces on this estate

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Be inspired in this modern office / study with a classic feel

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A bedroom fit for a King

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Bathroom, one of seven full-sized Bathrooms

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One of six bedrooms

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Children’s Bedroom

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Second Children’s Bedroom

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Play Room

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Outside Gardens

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Private Pool, Gardens, back-view of Estate

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The outdoor space is just as inviting with numerous gardens, fountains, outdoor dining and entertaining, 33′ x 18′ pool with hand-painted coping tiles and built-in Jacuzzi. An expansive lawn behind the homes leads to a brick barbecue with spit and decor tile inset, adjacent to the pool and fountain areas. The property is fully enclosed around the perimeter for child/pet security. The best of the new has been gracefully integrated into what is surely a home for the ages.

Provence Farmhouse | Visit France in Montecito

Featured New Property: Provence Farmhouse

3 Bedroom, Sleeps 4-6, Montecito Home, Spa, Wine Cellar + Guest House

Starting at $7,500 weekly

Your stay at Provence Farmhouse will make you feel as if you took a trip to Southern France rather than Santa Barbara. Surrounded by lush landscape, hundred year old oak trees, olive trees, hydrangeas and expansive patios, this lovely home offers peace and privacy seated well off the road.  The artistic and thoughtful details create a comfortable and warm environment perfect for rest and relaxation. The beautiful beamed ceilings and numerous French doors throughout the home bring the outdoors in!

An entry where you are instantly taken into a world of peace, rest, and relaxation.  Bienvenue!

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The picturesque backyard of the Provence Farmhouse — the perfect outdoor retreat!

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Beautiful storybook gardens surround the cobblestone entrance of the “perfect vacation” one bedroom guesthouse

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A gourmet kitchen full of French accents and modern appliances designed to blend flawlessly into the classic decor

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“Life is Beauty Full” in this romantic living room

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The Great Room

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Swing in this hammock under the star-studded skies among the verdant landscape

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This Montecito home is reminiscent of a European country home, similar to those found in Provence or Tuscany.  It is located in a neighborhood long coveted for its privacy while also convenient to the heart of Montecito¹s “Upper Village”, “The Ranch”, the San Ysidro hiking trails and only five minutes from the beach!

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The Knappe Estate | Montecito, Lotusland, Views!!

Featured New Property: The Knappe Estate

3 Bedroom + 3 Baths, Sleeps 6, Montecito, Hillside above Lotusland, 180-degree Views!!

Starting at $3,800 weekly

The Knappe Estate was once part of the historical estate of George Owen Knappe, this property gets you away from it all situation high on a hill in a gorgeous part of Montecito with spectacular 180-degree views of both the mountains and the ocean.  This large estate sleeps 6 comfortably with classic decor bringing in breath of pure relaxation and quiet. It’s located just above the historical estate of Madame Ganna Walska’s Lotusland.

The house is divided into two floors. Upstairs you will find 3 ample bedrooms: a master king suite with a balcony, spacious rain shower, and separate oversized tub with a view of the mountains; a queen-size bedroom with peaceful treetop and ocean views; and a second queen-size bedroom with cozy window seat overlooking the beautiful garden. Downstairs, enjoy the quiet of our study (with fireplace) that exits out onto a floral patio and stone terrace. In addition to the master bathroom, there are two other full baths throughout the property and a well-appointed kitchen with limestone counter tops, Spanish tile floors, and Viking/ Kitchen Aide/ Bosch appliances.

Enter into the historical Knappe Estate

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Beautiful mountain view from the garden

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Enjoy the expansive outdoor decks with comfortable seating and dining options.

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Views from all the windows!

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Elegance and views from your own personal spa

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A living room with charm and elegance

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Come experience the historical charm and incredible views of The Knappe Estate in a premier Montecito location

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Charmant Ranch | Montecito Ranch Pool Escape

Featured New Property: Charmant Ranch

4 Bedroom + 3 Baths, Sleeps 7, Montecito Home, Pool, 3500 sq. ft + Guest House

Starting at $7,000 weekly

Charmant Ranch is just that “charming”.  A gorgeous ranch style Montecito home with sprawling rooms and great natural light, perfect for up to seven guests. In this spacious home enjoy a fabulous gourmet kitchen, piano/reading room, formal living room, superb dining spaces both inside and out with an inviting year-round pool.  Includes a spacious one bedroom guest house!

Escape to Charmant Ranch’s well-maintained beautiful and peaceful backyard with heated pool, BBQ grill, outdoor fireplace, and enjoy the gardens with the birds and the butterflies.

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Come inside to relax in the simplicity of Charmant Ranch’s living room with a cozy fireplace and comfortable seating.

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Charmant Ranch’s family room is perfect for playing the piano or reading a book while still enjoying the outdoors from inside.

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This Master Bedroom offers a King Bed en suite with amazing natural light throughout.

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A separate and spacious one bedroom guest house with full access to the beautiful gardens and heated pool.

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Relax by the heated pool with Mr. Frog!

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Come enjoy the well-maintained gorgeous Charmant Ranch in full bloom this Spring!

SPECIAL OFFER:  

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Pacific Oaks | Montecito “Casual” Pool Retreat

Featured New Property: Pacific Oaks

5 Bedroom + 4 Bath (one in Pool Cabana), Montecito, 3500 sq. ft.

Starting at $5,250 Weekly

Come experience the newly remodeled luxury of Pacific Oaks, a Montecito home offering casual elegance that invites you to sit back, relax and escape the outside world. Suitable for up to 8 guests and ideal for children, families, and couples.

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Relax by the cozy fireplace in the bright and colorful family room with wet bar, 55″ flat screen TV, DVDs and WiFi.

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The rear french doors open onto the back patio living space which includes lounging and dining areas, a relaxing grass area, and the backyard pool and cabana. Open both the rear and front french doors to create a nice flow for entertaining. Enjoy 6 lounges on the outside deck area by the cabana along with a generous covered dining area for 8 guests below a gorgeous chandelier.

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Live outside at Pacific Oak’s private sunny heated pool and hot tub including outside cabana with a full-size bathroom.

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Come inside to relax in this light and bright master bedroom with king size bed, small sitting area, 48″ flat screen TV with DVDs, great closet space, and private bathroom with a newly renovated 3 piece ensuite.

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Come enjoy the rest of winter poolside in this fabulous Montecito home!

 

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El Amarre “Santa Barbara Perfection”

Featured New Property: El Amarre

3 Bedroom + 4 Bath, West Beach, Walk to Beach & Downtown, 3400 sq. ft.

Starting at $8,500 weekly

“Oh My Gosh!!!” are the words most often spoken when you enter through El Amarre’s foyer overlooking the beautiful West Beach ocean.

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Recently built by renowned architect Henry Lenny, this classic Santa Barbara Spanish Colonial architecture home leaves no detail overlooked with sumptuous interiors beckoning you to relax and enjoy the tranquil space with breathtaking ocean views from all the rooms and the sound of the romantic sea in your ears.

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elamarre-kitchen This house is fully equipped with a Sonos sound system. The family and media room are a cozy spot to watch movies on the system specially designed by Chris Pelonis of Sony Studios including 70” screen, DVD player, cable and Apple TV.

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“I can’t say enough good things about this property. El Amarre is Santa Barbara perfection and may very well occupy the best plot of land in town. The ocean views from the bluff are unsurpassed and beach access is easy and convenient. The house was impeccably clean and the owner had included so many thoughtful amenities. The house has everything you need and more including a fabulous Aga range, dual washer and dryer, great media room, steam shower and fire pit to name a few.  There is even a lovely garden you can enjoy the produce and herbs from (but be careful, the peppers are hot!). The bedrooms  have spectacular views and are wonderfully luxurious and comfortable. Each one has a private bath. The decor is out of this world!  Gorgeous and comfortable at the same time. The rental agency was a breeze to work with and very responsive to issues. There was a problem with the coffee maker (gasp!) and they had a new one delivered pronto!  The owner even called personally to make sure all was well. We would definitely rent El Amarre again as well as use SB Exclusive rentals again without hesitation. Thank you for an absolutely perfect family vacation.” ~ Jacqueline B. – Sacramento (December 2013)

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Downtown Holiday Parade

One of Santa Barbara Exclusive Rentals FAVORITE events! Come Join Us… Friday, December 6th @ 6:30 beginning at State & Sola Street and Ending at Cota Street with Santa Claus! Bring your chairs and set up early!!

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christmas-photos-(10-of-10)For Christmas time, Santa Barbara turns into a charming town with Christmas trees and a lot of decoration throughout the streets and the stores. At dark, it is a new Santa Barbara that you will discover. Indeed, all the light garlands give a new face to the city!

The famous event for this period is the Holiday Parade. Through this article we will help you discover the history of this tradition.  In the early 1950’s, a tradition began to decorate State Street with 40-foot tall Douglas fir Christmas trees during the holidays. These trees actually lined the center divider lines of what used to be a four lanes street. Sponsored then by the Retail Merchants Association, the Chamber of Commerce and the Parks and Recreation Department, the trees were officially dedicated and lit during the Children’s Christmas Parade by the Christmas Fairy. The Children’s Christmas Parade is now known as the Downtown Holiday Parade and is held annually, one week after Thanksgiving.

The parade, in its 61st year, has since evolved into Santa Barbara’s only nighttime street parade. After 31 years of Saturday morning debuts, the parade returned to the Friday evening tradition in 1998.  Santa Barbara Exclusive Rentals hopes to see you and your Holiday Cheer on December 6th beginning at 6:30.  It will be a fantastic event full of beauty of the spirit of the Season.

Everyone is expected to cheer on a colossal contingent of high-stepping marching bands, fabulous holiday floats, spectacular performance groups, local personalities, and of course, the most anticipated appearance of the evening…the annual arrival of Santa Claus, dispensing holiday cheer from atop his festive sleigh!

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Thanksgiving Dinner

 

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To have an excellent Thanksgiving evening, we recommend the below restaurants, which offer a good value for a fantastic and memorable Thanksgiving dinner in Santa Barbara.

 

 

Bouchon

 

It is the best French restaurant in Santa Barbara. The friendly and attentive staff will take care of you and will help you choose the best for you by a perfect knowledge of wines and food. The Chef Greg Murphy knows how to bring the flavors from France in a plate that will satisfy your taste buds!

 If you want to spend a good evening in a charming place with great food and wine, we suggest choosing Bouchon!

 9 West Victoria Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 – 805-730-1160

 http://www.bouchonsantabarbara.com/homepage.php

 

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 Bella Vista at the Biltmore

 

To make this evening a special event, we invite you to diner at Bella Vista at the beautiful Four Seasons Biltmore. The restaurant has a privileged position facing the pacific ocean and offers breathtaking views. The servers are very attentive and there is a wide selection of entrees, main courses and desserts.  You will not be disappointed going at Bella Vista for Thanksgiving!

 1260 Channel Drive, Montecito, CA 93108 – 805-969-2261

 http://www.fourseasons.com/content/fourseasons/en/properties/santabarbara/dining.html

 

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Bistro at the Bacara Resort

 

Bistro offers a great atmosphere and the restaurant located in front of the ocean allowing you to enjoy the gorgeous view. If you like Californian and Mediterranean food, this restaurant will suit you perfectly. A high quality cuisine and a friendly staff associated to a superb place will make your Thanksgiving Holiday an unforgettable evening!

 8301 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA 93118 – 805-968-0100

http://www.bacararesort.com/best-santa-barbara-dining/holidays-bacara/

Celebrate the 89th year of Old Spanish Days Fiesta in Santa Barbara

 

One of the most popular events in Santa Barbara is the Old Spanish Days Fiesta. This year, it will take place July 31 to August 4, 2013 through the town and the theme is Vaqueros y Vaqueras!

 

 

 

- Santa Barbara Mission Docent Tours: Explore the Queen of the Missions during special docent led tours. Tours are Mon and Tues at 11:00am & 1:30pm; Wed, Thurs, Fri at 11:00am, 1:30pm & 3:00pm. Saturday tours are at 10:30pm & 1:30pm. This beautiful landmark is located at 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

 

 

 

- Courthouse Fiesta Tours: Guided tours (every half hour) of this beautiful Moorish-Spanish building. Meet in the Mural Room at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

 

- Fiesta Stock Horse Show and Rodeo: Junior Tri-Counties riders compete in Breakaway Roping, Tie-down Roping, Team Roping and Barrel Racing. Riders compete in the Non-Pro Stock Horse Class and Buckaroo Class plus eliminations for the Open Stock Horse and Hackamore Classes. This event is held at Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. This activity occurs at 7:00am and noon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

- El Desfile Historico (Historical PArade): The Fiesta Historical Parade is one of the largest equestrian parades in the United States. The parade starts at the west end of Cabrillo Boulevard, proceeds east along the beach, to State Street, then up State Street to Sola Street. This parade will occur on Friday at noon.

 

 

 

 

- 83rd Annual El Desfile De Los Niños (Children’s Parade): The charming Children’s Parade is organized by the City Parks and Recreation Department. Young people of Santa Barbara, their parents, and other parade participants don traditional costumes and celebrate the rich culture of the area. Parade proceeds down State Street, from Victoria Street to Ortega Street. It will occur on Saturday at 10:00am.

 

 

 

Throughout 4 days and all day long, you can discover and enjoy many other activities in Santa Barbara.

 

Celebrate 4th of July in Sunny Santa Barbara!

There are many reasons to visit Santa Barbara in the summer…beautiful weather, beaches, boating, hiking, family activities-the list goes on! One of the best time to stay in Santa Barbara over the summer would definitely have to be over 4th of July. Here are just some fun things going on in Santa Barbara to celebrate Independence Day:

Spirit of 76 Parade:

This event occurs in downtown Santa Barbara. The annual Independence Day parade is presented by the Spirit of ’76 Association. The parade begins at 1pm at Micheltorena and State Streets and travels down State to Cota Street. Following the parade are festive celebrations in “Old Town” Santa Barbara in the 400-500 blocks of State Street. The celebration continues with a patriotic rally at Chase Palm Park at 3:30pm. Below are some amazing pictures of this fun and exciting event.

4th of July Arts & Crafts Show:

This event occurs in downtown Santa Barbara. 10am-5pm July 4th. There will be talented local artists and a fine selection of unique jewelry, hats, clothing, handbags, weavings, paintings: oils, water colours, pastels acrylics, photography, glass, pottery, sculpture and more! This very popular show was held on the grounds of the Old Mission for many years. They have an alternative site, and now located at 2227 Garden Street and the corner of Pueblo. About 1.5 blocks from the Old Mission. Directions: If you are coming from the 101, either north or south, take the Mission Street exit and turn towards the mountains. If from the north, then turn right or south, then turn left. Continue about 7 blocks (fairly short) until Garden Street. Turn left on Garden and about 1.5 blocks you arrive at 2227 Garden and Pueblo. Let the balloons and signs direct you!

The Village Fourth Parade:

This event occurs in Montecito, CA, minutes south of Santa Barbara. Starting at Upper Manning Park, the annual Village Fourth Parade is a celebration of community and patriotism. The festivities continue, following the parade, at Lower Manning Park. There is plenty of food & music. To participate in the parade, call by July 1st. Parade starts at 11:30am and the Lower Manning Park festivities begin immediately after. At 7:30am, on the morning of the fourth, there is a pancake breakfast at the San Ysidro Firehouse. Tickets available at the door. For more information, call 805-969-2026

Goleta Fireworks Festival:

This event occurs in the city of Goleta, CA, minutes north of Santa Barbara. This annual event is held in Girsh Park, 7050 Phelps Rd, behind Camino Real Marketplace in the city of Goleta. The festival runs 4pm-9:30pm and includes live musical entertainment. Activities for kids include inflatable jumpers, face painting and much more. Great food & beverages are a prelude to a spectacular fireworks display at 9pm. Tickets are available at the gate of the event. The festival is a family-friendly, alcohol-free event. For more information, see goletafireworks.org

Santa Barbara Fireworks:

This event occurs in downtown Santa Barbara, along the waterfront. Co-sponsored by SPARKLE and the city of Santa Barbara, the festivities begin at noon at West Beach on Cabrillo Blvd and include food & beverage vendors and musical entertainment. Fireworks begin at 9pm. This is a magical event and a must see for everyone!

We have many spectacular homes for rent during the summer in Santa Barbara. Take advantage of our amazing homes for 4th of July and make your vacation that much more memorable! Visit www.sbexclusiverentals.com or call 805-845-1919 for more information. Happy 4th of July!!!