"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." — Jacques Cousteau, Oceanographer
On my website I have a list of the various neighborhoods in Santa Barbara, all of which have their own unique charm. The one neighborhood that I don’t list is the largest, most spectacular and most diverse – The Pacific Ocean. It houses the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary which harbors an incredible assortment of whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, sea anemones, octopi, birds, reptiles and more.
You don’t have to be a tourist to enjoy a stroll along Palm or Shoreline Parks, out on the pier or breakwater, or dine with a view. Properties with an ocean view almost always command a premium. I was recently honored to represent a family that was selling their Mesa bluff top property. Every time that I visited, I was able to relish the fabulous view. When the buyers wanted to make certain that this property was really worth the price, I hosted them for an afternoon. They were not disappointed as eight whales, twenty-seven dolphins, flocks of pelicans and sea lions came to welcome them to the neighborhood. (It sealed the deal!).
The Blue Whales (largest living mammals) are running in the Channel this summer and there are always dolphins, pelicans, and California Gray and Humpback whales hanging out or traveling by.
However you enjoy our special neighborhood from boat or shore, it is one of the many reasons that Santa Barbara is such an incredible place to make home. Naturally, if you or someone you know needs a home with or without that view, let me know. I’d love to help.