Real Estate Agents Are Now Discouraged From Showing Houses

••• Buried in the recent post about walking Montecito’s Pepper Hill community were a few photos of the fabulous lair being built by Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin at 351 Woodley. Renderings here.

••• The Santa Barbara Association of Realtors has instructed members to cancel any upcoming open houses, as per the governor’s recent stay-at-home order. What’s more, SBAOR president Staci Caplan has this to say: “Should you continue to show property, should you continue to hold open houses? The answer is a resounding NO.”

••• There’s a first time for everything: a Sotheby’s broker is marketing this 116-acre property in Santa Ynez as a hideout from Covid-19: “In an uncertain world, easy access to a secure safe haven is of immeasurable value.” Of course, you still need people to help take care of it.

••• Announcement: “UCSB Arts & Lectures is canceling all 29 remaining events in our 2019-2020 Season in accordance with direction from local, national and international public health authorities regarding slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), and in conjunction with UC Santa Barbara’s directive to limit campus operations through spring quarter.”

••• A rather intense debrief from the Montecito Association included this: “We learned from Lt Butch Arnoldi at our board meeting last night that crime is down right now. Whew. There’s a piece of good news! People are hunkering down. But the Sheriffs expect domestic disturbance calls to go up soon as people get cabin fever from being cooped up indoors.”

••• I always used to like seeing the “Welcome” sign at the parking area at this Riven Rock Road house. I guess too many unwelcome people parked there.