My Home Inspector Blog: San Diego Home Inspector Goes North

San Diego Home Inspector Goes North

San Diego Home Inspector Goes North- My wife and I just celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary, so she convinced me to take a mini-break from home inspections by going north to Santa Barbara for a few days. It was actually my first visit to Santa Barbara, and I was impressed with it's scenic beauty and small-town charm. Santa Barbara sits between the Pacific Ocean and a coastal mountain range giving it a near-perfect climate. The temperatures ranged from the mid to upper 60's every day. Plush vegetation abounds, and we found the people to be very friendly. And Santa Barbaran's certainly do love their dogs! Being dog lovers ourselves, we enjoyed meeting a large variety of them every day.

 

 

 

We love to bike, so we loaded our mountain bikes for the trip. We found some great riding trails right along the coastline. My video will give you an idea of what the coastal terrain is like in the region. We also enjoyed riding by the countless ocean-view homes that litter the hillsides on the coast. Santa Barbara real estate values are high, and with good reason! Home buyers are willing to pay a premium to wake up to those panoramic ocean views every morning!

 

 

One thing we were a little surprised to see was the high number of homeless people. We were told by a resident that the city council takes a soft stance on the homeless, so they tend to congregate. One day, we were enjoying a relaxing meal at a beach restaurant near the marina and our meal was interrupted by the Harbor Police who had to quell a dispute between a homeless man and woman. The woman had to seek shelter from him in the restaurant's rest room. One can only think that, unless ordinances regarding the homeless are more strictly enforced, the situation may continue to escalate and put a damper on tourism.

 

 

San Diego Home Inspector Goes North- Santa Barbara offers lots of good shopping, abundant outdoor activities, and many historic landmarks to visit. I would recommend giving it a try the next time you're in the region! Steve Stenros is a San Diego home inspector and the owner of First Choice Inspections. He is a CREIA MCI inspector and can be reached for appointment at 888-335-3040. Clients receive a FREE lifetime appliance RecallChek with every standard home inspection.

 


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Comment balloon 10 commentsSteve Stenros • June 26 2011 09:25PM

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Steve:  I love Santa Barbara!  My husband and I went there a couple of years ago and had a great time, and I hope you and your wife do also!

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula, Realty Works Temecula (Realty Works Temecula) almost 7 years ago

Dear Steve -
Travel always makes us really glad and getting home akes us even happier!
Have a happy day -
Lynn

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) almost 7 years ago

Good evening Steve, enjoy the time off and Santa Barbara. If you want a great place to ride a mountain bike, come up to the Redwoods some time, they will overwhelm you.

Posted by Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips) almost 7 years ago

Hey,Steve, so glad that you had a great vacation in SB..... my son, Andy moved there right out of high school and never left. He is one of the  managers of  The Harbor View Inn, right  across from "The Dolphin" statue...  and the wharf!  I Love that place......esp. Farmer's Market on State St.!

 Very "cool" spot..... 4 star!

Posted by TERI LINDSAY, STAGELIGHT HOME STAGING CO. almost 7 years ago

Jane: A good time was had by all! It's beautiful there. Thanks!

Thats true, Lynn, a battery recharge is sometimes needed, but it's always good to be back home!

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) almost 7 years ago

Those redwoods are absolutely amazing, Dan! You are very fortunate to have them so close!

I remember the Harbor View Inn, Teri. It looks like a happnin' kind of place! I'll bet your son loves it there!

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) almost 7 years ago

We used to live in LA and Santa Barbara was one of our favorite get-away places. Great presentation, Steve.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 7 years ago

Wow, Toni, from CA to Florida! I'll bet it took a while to get used to the humidity difference!

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) almost 7 years ago

what humidity, Steve? :)

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 7 years ago

Great to see a fellow <a href="http://sandiegohomeinspector.com/"> San Diego Home Inspector</a> enjoying some well deserved time off!

Posted by Betsey over 5 years ago

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