To say she’s been in the trenches is an understatement. After buying, rehabilitating, and selling more than 40 properties from California to Colorado, Ann Abernethy understands, first-hand, the emotions, challenges and excitement that people experience when buying and selling property.
Ann’s design eye has led her to re-imagine residential, commercial properties, and ranch developments both large and small from Los Angeles, Montecito, and the Santa Ynez Valley. Her transaction-rich background makes her no stranger to risk, which uniquely equips her to empathize with both buyers and sellers through the highs and lows that can accompany real estate transactions.
Ann started her career as a broadcaster on live television, and has continued her passion for advertising and media throughout the evolution of advanced marketing and communication techniques, including all digital and social media platforms, targeting, and electronic messaging. Ann believes that even though we now have multiple channels and options for marketing, promoting a property is still all about telling the story, creating emotion, and capturing the imagination of the viewer.
Married, with two grown children, Ann is an outdoor lover and avid hiker. After a successful television career in New York City, L.A. and other markets, Ann employed her on-air skills in the hosting and auctioneer capacity for numerous non-profit events throughout Santa Barbara.
Ann and her husband share their time in Santa Barbara and Aspen, Colorado. The natural beauty of both California, and the Rocky Mountains, continue to inspire her interest in real estate. Ann is a connector and the host of “Women & Wine,” a quarterly networking forum for outstanding Aspen women. See video >
“Working with Ann on finding your dream property/home is like working with that person in your life who knows exactly what you want! She found our dream home when nobody else saw it for us. She has such a vast amount of experience, it helps with not only the purchase, but the whole picture of turning your dreams in to reality. I wish I was buying something today so I could work with Ann again…it’s a homerun!”
Julie and Jon Williams
“Ann is a wizard of sorts. She has the uncanny ability to take plain, weird or even disastrous properties and turn them into hip, beautiful, functional spaces that would make even Pintrest cry. She sees the potential in properties nobody else sees. That results in value as a buyer.
She has a particular talent for color and tone, as it relates to emotion. This creates an air of calm in your space. Not to mention her brain for function. Each inch is thought through with practical every-day living in mind. The most amazing part is, she does this with a budget in mind. She is able to find unique and wonderful things that do not have to break the bank.
I would simply be lost without her. Her properties are fantastic and the photos tell it all! I love my home, mostly because of Ann’s incredible eye and generous spirit. She is always willing to help and a joy to work with! You are nuts if you don’t call this amazing and kind lady–right now!”
Tippy Top Ranch
$7,250,000 • 3.3 acres
California Country Estate with Garden, Orchards, Lush Oaks and Stunning Home
With a coveted Park Lane address, this timeless and exquisitely updated English Tudor revival is a 3.3-acre wonderland unto itself. Expansive and picturesque, this inimitable estate takes the best of classic English architecture, and pairs it with the modern luxuries of Montecito, nestled in one of the California’s most private and exclusive neighborhoods.
This stately and enduring treasure is a signature of California’s famed architect, Chester Carjola. Built in 1932, it is considered to be one of Carjola’s most important designs. Updated to today’s standards, it remains the setting where only a few fortunate families have created lasting memories.
Comprising seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms, this estate is approximately 7,170 square feet. The property invokes the serenity of the European countryside, while offering the unique advantage of both ocean and mountain views.
Lush and beautiful old oaks surround the residence. Natural stone pathways meander through a wonderland of color and landscaped grounds filled with fragrant roses, stone walls, a fruit orchard and vegetable garden (all fed by the onsite well). A playground and two-story studio and guest quarters complete this storybook setting.
• Grand entry hall
• Large living room with stone fireplace
• Floor-to-ceiling windows with leaded glass and French doors
• Overlooking the gorgeous lawns and gardens
• Light-flooded, stately dining room with ocean views
• Remodeled kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances
• Family room, butler’s pantry and separate laundry room
• Pine-paneled library with speakeasy bar plus main floor guest suite
• Master suite with ocean views and adjacent office
• Bedroom wing with playroom or additional bedroom
• Secret hideaway upstairs suite with gym area
• Detached 2-story guest quarters and studio
• Multiple outdoor entertaining spaces
• Minutes from Montecito Union School
$12,500,000 • 65 acres
Privately nestled in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, just 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara, Great Oaks Vineyard estate is a timeless destination resort. Romantic, vibrant and serene only begin to describe this stunning playground.
Activities and sporting interests abound in an environment of rooted viticulture, creative winemaking, equestrian pursuits and other athletic interests.
At Great Oaks, unplug from life and to plug in to what really matters.
From the deep roots of magnificent ancient oaks to the canopies that shade bridle paths, vineyard vines and lush lavender fields, a sense of permanence and legacy penetrates all.
This is where memories are made. Where life happens.
A new foal is born, young grapes ripen, riding skills develop, fish are caught, tennis and golf are practiced all within eyeshot of breathtaking vistas, and colors of every season and sunset.
Private jets land five minutes away; commercial flights within 40 minutes make this producing vineyard and ranch easily accessible. Los Angeles is 2 hours away.
The estate includes a redone four-bedroom main residence with guest quarters and gym. A separate office and guest quarters and caretaker’s home accommodate any number of weekend guests.
Guests gather around an imported outdoor pizza oven and stunning 270-foot pool and tennis compound surrounded by numerous hand-cut Santa Barbara sandstone patios and pathways punctuated by subdued lighting and professional landscaping.
Spectacular wines are created from 21 acres of Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay grapes.
Great Oaks stands ready to embrace its next owners. Who will be the next curator of the memories made there? If you would like to be the one, please contact us for more information.
Seller will consider lease.
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