Most importantly, where will the Saturday farmers market be moved to!?
I am so in love with the E. De La Guerra project on the south side of the street and have been looking forward to seeing it come to life since it passed ABR. I think it's a real win and we should consider more beautiful and simple projects like this. I love our Spanish colonial heritage and this Monterey-esque style is minimal and elegant. I'm getting tired of the Spain-via-Morocco-via-Disneyland projects and, I could be wrong, but construction costs on clean lines like this project seem like they would be lower than the "poetic" demands of sweeping curved staircases, and juliet balconies, and whimsical porticos, and so on and so forth. Love this and can't wait to see it finished.
Resort fees are tacky. It's too bad our consumer protection laws aren't more similar to Europe - the price you see on TripAdvisor, etc. is the price you pay. Which is great. Keep up the snark (I hope you're not insulted or disappointed that I'm calling it that), because I love it. It's charming and refreshing, and nice to see honest reporting.
Pricing has gone from very expensive (understandably, we're a gorgeous and historic beach town, after all) to downright demoralizing. It's doubtful Garden can fetch that price, or even close, but to even ask is insulting. That's where we're at. Hermosa is a beautiful little home I know well. But the thought of having to pay nearly 2 million just to land a smallish 3/2 in a nice neighborhood is depressing. Low-ish interest rates don't make that affordable. I grew up here and I'm glad I got it when I did. We've now far surpassed prices at the height of 2007/2008 and I don't see it going down. Even if there is an economic collapse nationally (of which I'm somewhat doubtful), all real estate is local. There is enough money - freed up now by remote work, too - to keep prices afloat here for as far as I can see. I predicted this exact surge at the beginning of COVID, yet I can't help but feel a bit sad about it. We truly have lost any claim to being even remotely within reach even for many people even in upper income levels. It wasn't that way even a few years ago.
Bruce is correct. Windy ;-) is not a responsible journalist, far from it, and she has spent many millions trying to delegitimize responsible journalism. Hence, the once award-winning SB News Press (pre-Windy) has become a few skinny pages of birdcage liner.
Megan dear, You lost all credibility the moment you declared Wendy Mc Caw a responsible journalist.
Re: your comment about Santa Barbara news not calling biden as president - you do realize that the media has no authority to do so? The states have to certify votes- the process is laid out in the Constitution. Before you dismiss my comment as "she must be Republican" - I am not a Republican, have always been independent but see this kind of misinformation being posted, shared etc. I am shocked that such misinformation about the voting process keeps getting shared by so called media/journalists. Either you are misinformed (in which case you really need to read the Constitution!) or you are purposely not covering the facts. In either case its irresponsible! Furthermore, you are showing your bias that the owner of the Santa Barbara News isn't reporting biden as winning because you believe she is conservative. She is doing what ALL responsible journalists should be doing, she is waiting for the states to certify votes!
An announcement is coming this Friday.
Does anyone know what Dennis and Carrie from Low Pigeon are up to?
Yes- it was La Paloma for about 50 years and multiple generations. Much longer than it was the Paradise. Cool history!
I believe, years before it was Paradise Cafe it was called La Paloma
Sad that they purchased it without notifying the staff that they would not be retained. 17 people were left without a job and notified hotel would be shutting down, after purchase of Hotel. Very arrogant designers and owners. Wish them the best
The Hansen Center is a very interesting property. If I only had the moolah.
The old Koi place that is on E montecito St near Gray Avenue. I remember it being moved here when the freeway was being built
Santa Barbara Koi! Montecito street
Thank you for posting this. I came upon this article by looking at ads online for 363 Woodley Rd., where you can't help but notice a hideous, overdone monstrosity in the background. I feel sorry for the people trying to sell that home. Second, you have to love the narrative description given to the Department of Planning and Development -- quoted in this article -- of this being a 10,000-square-foot home that, altogether, is actually 20,000 square feet. Heaven forbid they directly state that. I cannot believe the city approved a home that looks like this.
Some gorgeous looking designs for State St. promenade! Exciting stuff. But please for the love of god can we not have bad Banksy-esque murals on the side of buildings in our town? I knew it was time to leave Williamsburg and return home to Santa Barbara when “street art walking tours” starting passing our condo on the daily. Some murals are cool, but grungy graffito does not suit our town at all. Speaking of great murals - they’ve saved the Paradise Cafe mural and painted the building a pretty, creamy white instead of grey. I’ll never get over the loss of that neon sign, though. I can’t wait for the day the HLC and ABR get some new blood on the rosters who can roll back the misguided (and historically inaccurate) prohibition on new neon signs. Neon is beautiful! Ok, that’s enough of my opinions for the day.
La Cima is Michael Imperioli's house and they just dressed it down significantly for new pics. Check out his previous home on the east side / very bottom of the Riviera and it will all make sense.
A coffee shop is opening a restaurant? During the pandemic? Sounds disastrous.
This salon is beautiful! What a lovely idea! I want to stop by!
Low Pigeon signed a lease with Miramar group last week! Yes for more coffee and a restaurant concept!
Being a fan of the Palihouse concept, this space is perfect for this hotel. This is exciting.
I’m really sad to hear this. It’s an architectural loss above all. We cannot have new neon signs due to misguided local rules, and I can only assume this means a complete exterior renovation (with the grey paint that is so ill-fitting for the location) and loss of that, as well as the mural. The takeover didn’t succeed because the food and drinks were objectively bad. I went 3 times after Acme took over and was looking forward to an icon being reinvented, especially as I am such a fan of Loquita. The food was awful, as were the drinks. It wasn’t just the kitchen doing a poor job (though they were); the menu was objectively bad. Everything was rich and overwhelming, there was no nuance to flavors, and everything tasted like greasy, over-salty bar food or TGIFridays. I wasn’t sentimental about the old food - but I heard numerous locals asking where classics had gone. I actually welcomed the sale to Acme because I thought we’d get something better than what we had before. There are a zillion empty retail spots. I’m sorry they had to take this one and destroy it. That corner with its neon sign, white walls, and its huge bird of paradise will always be among one of the most iconic downtown scenes for me. Here’s to hoping somehow it’s eventually returned to what it was. Acme is a wonderful company and a local asset. I’m appreciative of what they’ve done. But their properties sometimes already feel dated when debuted, like someone hatched the idea in Brooklyn in 2009. I was sorry to see the excellent Les Marchands become a corny millennial pink bar for bachelorette parties of out-of-towners, and even The Lark itself and its menu feel dated in 2020 and have for several years. I’m brutal, I know, but I call it like I see it. I’m all for reinvention and reinvigoration, but this is a step too far and it doesn’t bode well that Acme thought its problems with the Paradise came from its white walls - which they’ll be painting grey apparently - and its eternally cool name and branding. The old menu with the watercolor on it and the delicate typeface remains light years ahead in “cool” of any graphic design and branding Acme is churning out. Goodbye, Paradise. I’ve really loved you, and I will certainly miss seeing you and your beautiful glowing neon sign.
The grey for Paradise is awful. Hope they change their minds. Grey is a drab and trendy color that doesn’t fit the building or the area. Abused and banal, greys are the ‘70s browns of the 2010s. It’s 2020. Let’s leave them in the past.