Home Rental Suggestions

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We're coming to the area for a wedding in August 2020 at the Montecito Club and want to rent a house closeby. What is the best area that readers recommend?

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a-1571048930 Jul 08, 2019 12:12 PM
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So glad the negative posts got removed. We really are friendly here and like tourists. I hope you find a wonderful place and enjoy your joyous event!

tagdes Jul 08, 2019 10:35 AM
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Shouldn't have to down vote obvious trolls, Ed's staff should just remove them.

Flicka Jul 08, 2019 10:01 AM
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Recently one of my granddaughters got married in Paso Robles. The groom's parents rented a very nice Airbnb and held the rehearsal dinner there. There were a lot of people but well behaved guests and did nothing to mess up the home. I often entertain on our front yard, big family reunions, and no neighbor has ever complained.

PitMix Jul 08, 2019 11:42 AM
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If you are a good neighbor, why would anyone have a problem with that?

a-1571048930 Jul 08, 2019 09:59 AM
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There are several fabulous legal home rentals within a mile of Montecito Club off Alston Rd, Barker Pass Rd, Hot Spring Rd. A plus is the area has both City Home Rentals; and Montecito unincorporated rentals— different rules. Also Padaro homes under Coastal Commission rules. Montecito Rules are irrational nonsense designed to be flexible. For example, in unincorporated Montecito there’s a $500 annual fee approximately for a permit to rent a “home stay” property with perhaps one or more guest houses. How many people do you need to accommodate? Montecito only allows “3-bedrooms” to be rented but most Montecito homes also have adjoining libraries, music, Rec, or other rooms with hide-a-bed sofas or Murphy beds. As you know, the advantage is privacy, silence, and free parking on a 1-2 acre property for much less money. Call the rental owner. After my staying at the Miramar Rosewood (aka Grand Floridian Disney World) and Hotel California (Los Angeles North) to try them out, with wait lines for seating, you definitely want to pursue a private exclusive residence for peace, calm, and sanity to enjoy being with family and friends.

420722 Jul 07, 2019 07:06 PM
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As you can tell OP, people in SB are not the friendliest and are mostly opposed to “short term rentals”. There is a lot of crime here FYI despite what the “luxury” tourist videos will show you. You’ll be “safe” though at the MCC & my best advise is just do an Airbnb or VRBO you will might be instructed to not have parties and act like you aren’t a short term guest because the house you end up with is probably illegally operating. It’s happened to me before.

d8vanilla Jul 07, 2019 02:49 PM
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oooopsie !! Didn't read the post correctly !!! I thought they were looking for a house for their wedding. oh well. ~~~~~ That being said, do your due diligence and careful NOT to get scammed. I met a college kid recently that got scammed out of a bunch of money for a rental. Turned out he sent money to a stranger that had nothing to do with the rental property.....

d8vanilla Jul 07, 2019 02:42 PM
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Years ago, a really good friend booked a private house for their sons wedding.... .... Luckily, a couple months before the wedding, they somehow found out the house was up for sale , and if it had sold before the wedding, they would have been screwed !!! My point, do your due diligence and make sure everything is on the up & up and get a good contract.

Shasta Guy Jul 07, 2019 01:55 PM
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We did a home exchange with a couple who wanted to come here for a wedding. What started out as a couple staying at our house turned into our home becoming party central for many unexpected wedding guests. Dirty sheets and pet hair everywhere along with a full case of of empty alcohol bottles. Take the time to rent in one of the legal short rentals, the locations are mapped out on the STR section of the city of SB website, or go to a HOTEL.

Shasta Guy Jul 08, 2019 10:06 PM
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MNTDRIVER: first of all thanks for using you handle name. Our wedding party home exchanger wasn’t as outrageous as yours. It was one of our first home exchanges and we were a little naive. Seeing a case of empty champagne and hard liquor bottles in our recycling bin was more than we bargained for. None have been like that since. We now vet people more carefully before we exchange home and things have gone smoothly. We don’t want to irritate our neighbors. Hopefully this couple finds the right situation and doesn’t become an obnoxious party house in a quiet neighborhood.

mtndriver Jul 08, 2019 08:03 AM
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Shasta guy, we did a house exchange years ago with a woman coming to town for her daughter’s wedding. Turned out she had the catered rehearsal dinner in the front yard at our place, 40 people, rented tables and all the rest, complete with valet parking. Neighbors, who are also friends, were not pleased! Neither were we, when we heard about it after we got home. Done many exchanges, that was the only time our guests ever were anything but great.

a-1571048930 Jul 08, 2019 10:12 AM
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My contract prohibits smoking, absolutely no pets, and limits occupancy. I only have off-street parking for 10 cars. Catered Brunch, lunch and dinner parties allowed for an additional fee. No outside music after 8p even though each house is on 1-acre. Neighbor relations are top priority! I ask neighbors on a regular basis of any concerns. Most reply never knew I was renting. Obviously guests are highly respectful of both neighbors, Contract and my property.

a-1571048930 Jul 08, 2019 10:13 AM
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My contract prohibits smoking, absolutely no pets, and limits occupancy. I only have off-street parking for 10 cars. Catered Brunch, lunch and dinner parties allowed for an additional fee. No outside music after 8p even though each house is on 1-acre. Neighbor relations are top priority! I ask neighbors on a regular basis of any concerns. Most reply never knew I was renting. Obviously guests are highly respectful of both neighbors, our Contractal Agreement, and my property.

a-1571048930 Jul 08, 2019 10:13 AM
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My contract prohibits smoking, absolutely no pets, and limits occupancy. I only have off-street parking for 10 cars. Catered Brunch, lunch and dinner parties allowed for an additional fee. No outside music after 8p even though each house is on 1-acre. Neighbor relations are top priority! I ask neighbors on a regular basis of any concerns. Most reply never knew I was renting. Obviously guests are highly respectful of both neighbors, our Contractal Agreement, and my property.

a-1571048930 Jul 07, 2019 01:01 PM
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You forgot about the advantage of free parking. Hotels are supposed to provide parking for the use. Many now charge $48 per night to park at the hotel.

a-1571048930 Jul 07, 2019 12:30 PM
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The hotel route might be fine for some, but a rental home often allows you to smoke whatever you want, make as much noise as you want as late as you want. I can't imagine staying anywhere that did not allow me to have my cigars or medical MJ (helps with anxiety and feelings of helplessness). Rental homes are also more likely to allow service animals. The BIG plus is that it will be a lot cheaper to rent out a nice house (we always get rentals with a pool and/or spa). That being said, there are several rentals by the new Miramar hotel in Montecito....but be warned, you will be close to the RR tracks and train HOOOOOOOOOORNNNNNNNNNNNNNSSSSSSSSS. (LOL!!!)

a-1571048930 Jul 07, 2019 11:24 AM
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Make sure you rent a legal one. Get familiar with the areas where they are legal. Short term rentals are not allowed in unincorporated Montecito. They are legal in some of the commercial areas of SB and Goleta. Illegal in unincorporated Noleta, etc. Check out Paradise Rentals but make sure Mr. Kracke rents you a legal one. I think they are legal on Padaro lane where a few rentals are grandfathered in.

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