February 2024 Santa Barbara Real Estate Market

February 2024 Market Update

Welcome to our February 2024 Market Update, providing an insightful overview of the prevailing real estate dynamics. Join us as we delve into the crucial trends molding the current landscape, offering a detailed review of the Santa Barbara and Montecito real estate market.

Market Trends

  • The market experienced a notable surge with 89 new listings, marking a substantial 25% increase. This influx signals a vibrant and dynamic marketplace, providing ample opportunities for potential buyers.
  • Despite a modest 2% decrease, the number of sold listings reflects a resilient market where transactions continue to take place. This delicate balance between supply and demand guides both buyers and sellers in navigating the current landscape.
  • In the exclusive neighborhoods of Montecito & Hope Ranch, the market showed unique dynamics with a 5% decrease in new listings, but a notable 18% increase in sold listings. This suggests a nuanced and active luxury real estate sector.


  • The inventory landscape has undergone a substantial shift, presenting both a challenge and opportunity. With a 30% increase, there are now 212 homes available for potential buyers, offering a diverse range of choices to suit varying preferences and needs.
  • In the luxury market of Montecito & Hope Ranch, the homes available for sale experienced a significant 24% increase, providing an array of options for those seeking the epitome of Santa Barbara living.
  • With a 69% increase, the months of inventory now stand at 2.03. This metric reflects a balance between active listings and the rate at which properties are being sold, indicating a market more favorable to buyers.


  • The average sales price has experienced an 8% decrease, settling at $3,044,045. This shift in pricing reflects the market’s adaptability to evolving trends, prompting buyers and sellers to align their expectations accordingly.
  • In the luxury market of Montecito & Hope Ranch, the average sales price witnessed a 23% decrease, settling at $4,943,515. This underscores the nuances of pricing in exclusive locales.
  • Despite an 8% decrease in the average sales price, the median sales price showcases a robust 36% increase, reaching $2,425,000. This diversity in pricing indicates varied options for potential buyers.

Sales Activity

  • Condo sales year-to-date witnessed a significant 37% increase in sold volume, reaching a total volume of $22,240,000. This indicates a robust and active condominium market.
  • Despite a 10% decrease in sold volume, the single-family home market year-to-date recorded a substantial total volume of $149,158,224. This showcases the overall scale of transactions in the market.
  • In the luxury market of Montecito & Hope Ranch, the number of sold listings experienced an 18% increase. This reflects a vibrant market where luxury transactions continue to thrive.

Looking Ahead

  • Despite fluctuations, the market remains resilient. Looking ahead, the expectation is for the market to continue experiencing slight price adjustments, providing opportunities for both buyers and sellers.
  • Home values, despite a decrease, remain higher than both 2021 and pre-2021 levels, indicating relatively stable conditions. This stability creates a favorable environment for individuals considering real estate transactions.
  • As the market evolves, strategic planning is crucial. Whether buying or selling, understanding the current landscape and anticipating future shifts will be key to successful real estate transactions.

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South Santa Barbara County Single Family Homes for February 2024

Including annual change | See definition of terms

89 new listings

25% Increase

49 sold listings

2% Decrease

212 homes for sale

30% Increase

$3,044,045 median sales price

8% Decrease

55 avg days on market

162% Increase

2.03 months of inventory

69% Increase

South Santa Barbara County Condos for February 2024

Including annual change | See definition of terms

38 new listings

28% Increase

23 sold listings

44% Increase

63 condos for sale

37% Increase

$966,956 median sales price

5% Decrease

22 avg days on market

35% Decrease

2.03 months of inventory

69% Increase

Montecito & Hope Ranch for February 2024

Including annual change | See definition of terms

18 new listings

5% Decrease

13 sold listings

18% Increase

67 homes for sale

24% Increase

$4,943,515 median sales price

23% Decrease

63 avg days on market

97% Increase

4.11 months of inventory

54% Increase

Single Family Home Sales Year-to-date

Including annual change | See definition of terms

$3,044,045 mean sales price

8% Decrease

$2,425,000 median sales price

36% Increase

$149,158,224 sold volume

10% Decrease

Condo Sales Year-to-date

Including annual change | See definition of terms

$966,956 mean sales price

5% Decrease

$890,000 median sales price

2% Increase

$22,240,000 sold volume

37% Increase

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