Numerous home-buyers on the West Coast started to notice the price increase for older and less trendy houses. Kenny Slaught explains that since 2008, prices have been gradually increasing. The Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller home price index shows that in April of this year, the costs for Los Angeles properties were highest since October 2007. Southern California’s larger cities overcame recession and started returning to their previous costs. This happened due to a variety of factors, like interest rates, job increases and supply and demand. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgages stay at about 3.5%, and motivating numbers approaching 3.31% are convincing people to make a purchase. The low rates, along with job growth, like a 2.4% increase in Los Angeles County and a 3.5% growth in Orange County, show why the properties’ value also raised. While the costs for buying a home vary based on state, the inflated prices of fashionable homes are higher than in any other state except Hawaii. Because the demand doesn’t match the supply, many people choose apartments, which are easier to buy and more convenient.
Santa Barbara’s most interesting structures include Old Hotel Virginia, the Old Mission’s towers where celebrations take place and El Pueblo Viejo historic area. The County Courthouse has colorful murals that catch the eye, while the the clock tower and observation deck give a great sight over the region. The Lobero theatre was constructed in 1873, rebuilt by George Washington Smith in the ’20s and still holds celebrations today. The city’s amazing architecture was only possible due the planner’s meticulous eye.
Many therapists at Hospice of Santa Barbara started using EMDR in their counseling sessions, due to how effective it is compared to talk therapy. While EMDR does not replace traditional therapy, it is more helpful for those dealing with grief and trauma. Kenny Slaught invites people who want to know more to visit HospiceOfSantaBarbara.org or contact the facility at (805) 563-8820.
Architect George Washington Smith started the Spanish Colonial revival style nearly a century ago. He left Harvard to work in bond trading, and moved to Santa Barbara later for retirement. But, he was surprised at how much the locals liked the house he built and decided to continue designing for the city. He fused old styles with new ones, and brought authentic materials from Spain for his designs. Smith’s buildings are known for their gorgeous yet simple style. He became one of the Santa Barbara founding fathers, with many new artists following his lead. Kenny Slaught acknowledges the attentive eye that is requires to design such beautiful pieces.
The campaign and renovations will last for 6 years, during which the museum will stay open to visitors. Kenny Slaught says that the 4 main objectives of the project are increasing gallery and community space, providing a better museum experience for guests and focusing on what the building needs most. He says that people can donate cash on the Imagine More website at campaign.sbma.net. Stock and securities, as well as real estate are accepted means of donation. All of these will help the campaign keep going through the restoration process.