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April 7th, 2015 · No Comments · Mark Lomas and Kirsten Wolfe, Miramar Hotel, Montecito Real Estate, Santa Barbara Homes For Sale

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April 2015:  It’s been 7 years since Santa Barbara approved the project, but bulldozers are now making way for “The Knoll” a subdivision on North Patterson Avenue that will include 12 new homes and an existing historic mansion on about 5 acres.  The builder is the Oak Creek Company, a Carrillo Street development outfit.  The Oak Creek Company will also start two other Goleta Valley projects in the next six months which include “The Boulders” that include 16 homes on 15 acres along San Antonio Creek Road, and the “Tree Farm” project on the Calvaletto property nearly adjacent to “The Knoll”, where 134 homes of diverse types – including 24 affordable units – will be spread across 26 acres.  The latter project was the most controversial, taking 12 years of planning until being approved in 2012.

On April 14, 2015 the Board of Supervisors will hear two more challenges to the Miramar Hotel project.  It never ends – sorry Rick. Miramar neighbors are arguing the hotel will eat up the residents on street parking, and have hired a Pasadena based lawyer Robert Silverstein. Further delays may have a spiraling impact  on the constructions schedule, and could sink the project.  The final decision could mean an appeal to the California Coastal Commission.  No day on the beach….

Thinking green and how technology is shaping your dwelling? Virtually every new home has an energy agenda.  For new homes to stand out on the market that has to be factored in. If you’re going for a “Zero House” (which produces as much energy as it uses) you have to build the most energy efficient structure you can.  If this perks your interest check out Boyce Thompson’s book The New New Home.

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