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What's Driving People to Move?

It's no secret that the pandemic sparked a moving frenzy like none other. Over the past year we have experienced this phenomenon with buyers flooding to Santa Barbara and Montecito, as well as locals moving to different homes in the area for a variety of reasons. This health crisis has reshaped our lives and made many of us reconsider what we value in a home.

“For customers who cited COVID-19 as an influence on their move in 2020, the top reasons associated with COVID-19 were concerns for personal and family health and wellbeing (60%); desires to be closer to family (59%); 57% moved due to changes in employment status or work arrangement (including the ability to work remotely); and 53% desired a lifestyle change or improvement of quality of life.”

Here are a few of the top reasons people are looking to make a move...

1. Working from Home

The work place has shifted and now many of us reside at home instead of in the office. Many in the workforce today are discovering they don’t need to live so close to the office anymore and they can get more for their money if they move a little further outside the city limits. Apartment List notes:

“The COVID pandemic has sparked a rebound in residential migration: survey data suggest that 16 percent of American workers moved between April 2020 and April 2021, up from 14 percent in 2019 and the first increase in migration in over a decade… One of the major drivers in this trend is remote work, which expanded greatly in response to COVID and will remain prevalent even after the pandemic wanes. No longer tethered to a physical job site, remote workers were 53 percent more likely to move this past year than on-site workers.”

1. Room for Fitness & Activities

Staying healthy and active is a top priority for many Americans, and dreams of having space for a home gym are growing stronger. A recent survey of 4,538 active adults from 122 countries noted the three fastest-growing fitness trends amongst active adults:

  • At-home fitness equipment (up 50%)

  • Personal trainers/nutritionists (up 48%)

  • Online fitness courses, classes, and subscriptions (up 17%)

Having room to maintain a healthy lifestyle at homephysically and mentally – is prompting many to consider a new place to live that includes space for at-home workouts, hobbies, and activities for your household.

3. Outdoor Space

Better Homes & Gardens recently released the outdoor living trends for this year, and three of them are:

  • Outdoor Kitchens: 60% of homeowners are looking to add outdoor kitchens.

  • Edible Garden: Millions of people began gardening during the pandemic . . . to supplement pantries with homegrown fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

  • Secluded Spaces: As outdoor activity increases, so does the need for privacy.

Outdoor space is no longer an after-thought, but a main consideration for moving.

Extraordinary Exteriors

A swimming pond, overlooking a bocce court, pickle-ball court, fire-pit, lush lawns, an outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven and an olive orchard all invite you to live, entertain, relax and enjoy at 848 Hot Springs Road.


Offering your very own farm to table experience - 513 Crocker Sperry Drive enjoys a serene orchard surrounded by exotic plants.

A working pesticide-free farm, the Primoya Farms vineyard yields approximately 400-600 bottles of Pinot Noir & Chardonnay each year. In addition, Primoya has approximately 1,600 fully mature Cherimoya trees and a smattering of avocado trees.

With an outdoor kitchen, sparkling ocean-view pool and a premier tennis court, 296 Las Entradas Drive offers all the amenities of your very own everyday resort.

No matter the reason, it may be the right time to make the move you have been dreaming of. Read the full article here.

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