After searching for several years for a property on the beachside of Carpinteria, my client, who is an avid surfer, fell in love with 5576 Calle Ocho. As you approach the property, your eyes are drawn to the end of the road- literally, and the view of the Pacific Ocean at the end of the street. The edge of the continent is just 5 houses down and as an ocean lover, this was an incredible draw.
After living in Carpinteria for multiple years in a smaller home, when this property hit the market I knew it was “the one” for my client. However, there were 5 offers prior to the home officially hitting the open market and we were not in time for the first round. A week or so later, I received an email from the listing agent sharing that the first buyer had decided to pass on the home as they had done all their inspections and decided that they wanted a home with a larger backyard. I immediately called my buyers and we went to see it on the first available opportunity, which was the Wednesday broker’s caravan.
To say that this was a popular listing is a grand understatement. I arrived at the property first and had to practically wait in line to get in the front door with agents coming and going and taking off their shoes due to the recently rainy weather. Upon entering and exploring the house, I knew it was really the one for my clients. Since I had arrived early, I exited and walked down the street and across the train tracks and spent a few moments on the bluffs above the ocean taking it all in and breathing deeply the delicious ocean air.
When I returned to the house, my clients were just pulling up. I explained that it was very crowded inside with multiple agents discussing all the “real” questions with the listing agent that usually lead to offers being written. There was an agent there with their buyer explaining that she had grown up on this street and had been waiting for years to purchase a house here again. I educated my clients that we would have some stiff competition.
The actual house is approximately 1735 square feet according to city records and is comprised of 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom in the main house. In addition, there is a room at the front that might once have been a garage and has been converted into another bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette. It would not take much to connect what could be the “great room” to the rest of the house and greatly expand the living areas. The yard is filled with avocados spilling over from the neighboring tree, mature plants and a tropical lush vibe. Soon, I knew it would be filled with surfboards…
Fast forward to that afternoon…we wrote the offer. It was a solid offer and it was accepted. We went into escrow immediately and conducted our inspections. We learned about the deferred maintenance, the improvements that needed to be made immediately in order to not incur further damage to the structure. We scheduled appointments, filled out form after form, had many long conversations about the process and then talked some more.
We kept the end goal in sight. A house only 5 away from one of the most amazing beaches in all of California. A house in a beach community that has managed to remain quaint and small-town while still existing in Southern California. I am incredibly grateful that past clients of mine introduced me to this buyer and this is the second time he has reached out to me to assist him with purchases in Carpinteria. If you have any interest in joining the Carpinteria community, please reach out to me and I can share more details with you about it.
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