Hendry’s Beach and the BoatHouse in Santa Barbara byChris Potter
Hendry’s Beach aka Arroyo Burro Beach in Santa Barbara enjoys a rich history. Located between Hope Ranch and the Douglas Family Preserve, this section of coastline belonged to William N. Hendry who farmed this area with his family in the late 1800s through the early 1900s. In 1884 William N. Hendry leased 360 acres at Arroyo Burro, which included a sizable portion of Hope Ranch, and grew hay, oats, and barley selling much of his yield to stables in Santa Barbara. The Hendrys had 12 children and often invited friends to swim off the beach. Over time the locals came to know the beach as Hendrys. Hendry retired in 1914 and in 1918 sold the farm for $80,000.
In 1947, for $15,000, Santa Barbara County purchase five and a half acres with 500 feet of oceanfront at the mouth of Arroyo Burrow Creek for a park. An additional 100 feet was deeded over as a gift. Today, Arroyo Burro County Park, aka Hendry’s Beach, is one of the most popular beaches on the Central California Coast.
An increasing number of the world’s wealthiest people are buying non traditional homes outside of where that usually live and the vast majority own two or more homes, new research shows. Ultra-high net worth individuals (UHNW) are classed as those with assets above $30 million and are discerning about what they buy, says the research report from Wealth-X and Sotheby’s International Realty. UHNW buyers look for residences that are environmentally sustainable, technologically sophisticated, or that fit better with their personal and family needs. The average buyer in this sector is 63 years old, married and has a net worth of US$165 million. The top place to buy a second home is the United States followed by the UK and then Switzerland.
A breakdown of the research shows that five years ago international homes accounted for 11% of non-primary UHNW residences, whereas they now account for 16%. Nearly 80% of UHNW individuals own at least two homes and over half own at least three homes.While many of these residences are purchased as holiday homes, UHNW individuals are buying additional homes for a variety of reasons and are spending more time away from their primary residence.
As they spend more time in their additional residences, many UHNW individuals are buying homes based on lifestyle considerations that go beyond finding a holiday home. Home buyers are increasingly looking for properties that are environmentally sustainable, technologically sophisticated, or better fit their personal and family needs.One chief lifestyle consideration is the desire to have an environmentally friendly residence. In recent years, the rising demand for eco-friendly luxury home building has fuelled a green transformation. The spread of energy efficient building techniques has led to a variety of new homes that maintain the standards an UHNW would expect but in a more environmentally sustainable way.
Interest in tech savvy homes among UHNW buyers has also risen, driven by the availability of new home technologies and expectations of younger UHNW individuals. These younger buyers want their homes to reflect the level of technological innovation and integration they experience elsewhere in their lives.Signature statement homes have also become a popular trend. In a market where making a splash has become harder, buying an island is one way to stand out. Owning a private island not only affords the ultimate opportunity for privacy and personal luxury, but also provides a legacy that can be enjoyed for generations, and is truly a one of a kind asset.
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Retirees in Santa Barbara, Calif., pay a high price for beautiful scenery, beaches and spectacular weather, but boy, it’s worth it. Home prices are well above the national average, which is typical in California, but most other costs, such as health-related expenses and groceries, fall in line with the rest of the nation. What makes Santa Barbara one of the best places to retire is the city’s large population of residents over age 60; a high concentration of parks and outdoor activities like golfing, swimming and fishing; and an assortment of entertainment options like restaurants, museums, art galleries and performance venues.
More than 10 retirement communities and assisted living centers in Santa Barbara provide older adults with a variety of housing accommodations and activities. The idea of waking up each day to views of rolling green hills, the high-reaching Santa Ynez Mountains and the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean appeal to many retirees, which make up a large and growing segment of Santa Barbara’s population. An abundance of Spanish Mission-style adobe architecture gives Santa Barbara a European feel, which is why it’s often called the American Riviera. Mostly sunny days and mild temperatures offer the perfect conditions for retirees to spend time outdoors.
The wide array of amenities found in Santa Barbara can help you save money when it comes to staying entertained. Trails connect neighborhoods to beaches, shopping centers and hiking destinations, making it easy to get around on foot or on a bike. Across the Santa Barbara Channel is the Channel Islands National Park, a chain of five uninhabited islands that provide a home to unique animals and plants. Rarely is there a day in Santa Barbara that isn’t perfect for kayaking, snorkeling or strolling the coastline while looking for sea lions, dolphins and whales.
Saturday November 7, 2015 – Sunday November 8, 2015
Saturday: Half Marathon: 7:15am: Starts on the ocean front campus of the University of California Santa Barbara. This one of a kind beach to beach course will take runners on Route 217 to Leadbetter Beach. Veteran’s Mile: 8:30am – 12 noon: Cheer the runners! Line the final mile of the race, dedicated to all veterans. The Veteran’s Mile will be decorated with flags, military vehicles and a special flyover of a vintage aircraft around 9:30am at Leadbetter Beach. Military Ball: 5pm to 10pm: Join Pierre Claeyssens Veteran Foundation for a formal evening, and to meet the members of the armed forces as well as many veterans in a social setting. The evening will include a cocktail hour, host and no host bars, a three course dinner and dancing. The Fess Parker, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday: Parade: Starts at noon. More than 20 different vintage WWII military vehicles, local veteran’s groups, the Sea Cadets, UCSB ROTC Surfrider Battalion, floats from the local bases, WWII re-enactors, and the Primetime Band will get the red, white, and blue flying in music and spirit. Plus watch for the special flyover of a vintage aircraft. (see video below)
Concert: Starts at 2pm: 75 minute concert of patriotic classics and classical pieces from the Westmont Orchestra led by Dr. Michael Shasberger. The Fess Parker, Plaza del Sol, Outdoor Pavillion – Free! 805.259.4394 www.pcvf.org Pierre Claeyssen’s Veterans Foundation