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Tucked away at the end of a street off Cathederal Oaks Road is the Knapp Nursery, one of the Goodland’s secret gems.
But new owners Celeste and Patrick Burns hope it’s no longer a secret.
The couple bought the nursery on February 1 and they are already making big changes. They brought the fruit trees back to the front, brought in some vegetables and enlarged the parking lot.
“We really want to encourage people to grow food first,” said Celeste Burns. “That’s what we promote first. All fruit trees and berries – the things you could share with your neighbors.”
Celeste said the purchase of the property was “meant to be”. She worked at the EB Stone Company in Northern California for 20 years before giving her leave last week.
The property, at 909 Carlo Drive in Goleta, graces three acres. In addition to fruit, avocado, citrus and vegetable trees, the nursery includes landscape and ornamental plants, hedges and a variety of trees.
Being a landlord never feels like a job, she said.
“We get to be in nature,” Celeste said. “My joy is teaching people how to grow things and be successful.”
She noted how expensive blueberries are in grocery stores, but that she can teach people how to grow them in their garden and eat them fresh, “so they don’t waste their time and money.”
“I have to teach you the right way,” she said. “It’s really gratifying. There’s something about nature and your hands in the ground. How gratifying to plant a tree and watch it grow.”
A worker waters the garden of the Knapp nursery in Goleta. (Photo by Joshua Molina/Noozhawk)
She plans to have courtyards and a demonstration garden to show people how to grow food and plants in the area, which has lots of thick, clay soil.
The couple bought the nursery from the Caswell family, who owned it for 30 years after buying it from the original owner Doug Knapp.
Patrick Burns is a former journalist who also worked for the Santa Barbara Foresters as a coach, California Collegiate League commissioner, and in the restaurant industry.
“It’s a great local nursery,” said Patrick Burns. “We have a lot of space to do special things.”
A cardiologist announces his retirement
Cardiologist Harris Gelberg will retire on April 30. He has worked in the community for 40 years.
“I came to Santa Barbara from the Cardiovascular Research Institute at UCSF after deciding that academic cardiology, while interesting, was not for my personality,” he said in a statement. “I wanted to have a more hands-on personal relationship with patients and benefit from direct efforts to improve their health.
Gelberg said 1978 was in many ways the dawn of modern cardiology, from imaging to the electrical nature of the heart to pharmacology. Modern science offers many ways to improve heart health.
“Santa Barbara has welcomed technological change with open arms,” he said in a statement. “All good things must come to an end, and that includes my cardiology practice. I feel privileged to have been part of this medical community. Many good doctors and surgeons.
Patients will have many cardiologists to choose from to pursue their care.
“People ask me, why retire now?” Gelberg said. “I have decided to retire due to a confluence of factors. I want to engage in new activities while I am healthy.
House for Sale
The 11,547 square foot “El Fureidis,” also known as the “Scarface House,” is on the market for $39.96 million. (Photo from the San Luis Obispo Tribune)
The Montecito estate popularized by Hollywood and Al Pacino is up for sale.
The 11,547 square foot “El Fureidis” is also known as the “Scarface House” and where “Tony Montana meets his violent end in the 1983 Oliver Stone film,” according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune.
It’s on the market for $39.96 million.
According to Mansion Global, the 10-acre property includes a four-bedroom mansion designed in the early 1900s by architect Bertram Goodhue for wealthy New Yorker James Waldron Gillespie. A dining room has a barrel ceiling painted in 24-karat gold leaf and depicting a scene of Alexander the Great conquering Persepolis, according to Mansion Global.
Hope Ranch Estate on the market
Randy Solakian, Deanna Solakian Williams and Jessica McLernon of the Randy Solakian Estates Group, a team affiliated with the Montecito office of Coldwell Banker Realty, have listed a rare contemporary ridge-top estate on over two acres with magnificent views of the ocean in the exclusive community of Hope Ranch for $21.5 million.
A rare contemporary ridgetop estate at 4045 Cuervo Ave. is listed at $21.5 million. (photo added)
The residence, at 4045 Cuervo Ave., has eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms.
“Offering ultimate privacy and unlimited potential, the home is an architectural statement rarely found in the Santa Barbara area with an open layout and impressive scale,” Solakian said in a press release. “The Hope Ranch community includes a private beach, bridleways and a security patrol.”
The home features panoramic ocean and island views, a bright living room with 20-foot ceilings, huge walls of glass, a full bar and double-sided fireplace, and a newly remodeled kitchen that opens up to opens to a sunken dining area and family room, according to a statement.
On the second floor, the master suite offers a private office, spacious walk-in closets, a gas fireplace, a large bathroom and a terrace with a private view with an integrated spa. On the ground floor, three bedrooms open onto outdoor patios with stunning views. The third bedroom is used as a media room. An adjoining two-bedroom, one-bathroom guest suite sits above the three-car garage with a separate entrance, wet bar, exercise room, and sauna. With its own gated driveway, the private two-bedroom, one-bathroom guesthouse has two charming living rooms with vaulted ceilings and a fireplace, a kitchen, and a terrace with a private view, the press release says.
New partner and associate lawyer at Allen & Kimbell
Allen & Kimbell LLP announced that Joseph Billings is now a partner and Stephanie Porter has joined the firm as an associate attorney.
Billings has practiced law at Allen & Kimbell for six years in the firm’s real estate and commercial departments. He primarily focuses on all aspects of real estate matters, including residential, commercial and agricultural purchases and sales, leases, title valuation, easements, boundary disputes, co-ownership agreements and land use. land, according to Elizabeth Ruehlman, for Allen & Kimbell.
Porter attended law school at Santa Barbara Law Schools. While in law school, she “gained experience in various aspects of estate planning and is looking forward to expanding her expertise.” Porter supports the community and sits on the Santa Barbara Barristers Board of Directors. His practice at Allen & Kimbell will focus on estate planning and trust administration, according to the press release.