Curious about all things real estate?

Curious about all things real estate?


As a veteran Realtor here in Santa Barbara, with more than 3 decades of experience, I am curious about all things real estate — from selling and buying to design and function, and everything in-between. In light of my tremendous curiosity, I find it very interesting that scientific research centers all around the world feature some of the most unique architecture — from glassy, tech-driven buildings, to authentic historic buildings.

I recently learned about this from an article in Curbed National , featuring what they say are 11 extraordinary buildings where people do science. Here are my 5 favorites:

The Austrian Academy of Sciences

1)    Established in 1847, The Austrian Academy of Sciences is a drop-dead gorgeous frescoed building. Besides physical beauty, it has been home to 4 Nobel Prize winners.

The Russian Academy of Sciences

2)    Founded in 1724 by Peter the Great, The Russian Academy of Sciences, called the “building with the golden brain” by Muscovites, has remained controversial for its tower topped with glistening copper pipes.

New York Hall of Science

3. New York Hall of Science, designed by Wallace Harrison, celebrated its 50th birthday this year. It was built as a permanent fixture for the 1964 World’s Fair.

Science Hills Komatsu

4. Japan’s new science museum, Science Hills Komatsu, may look strange with its Hobbit-esque rolling garden on its roof, but the 4-story complex is really ahead of its time.

Spain’s City of Arts and Science

5) Spain’s City of Arts and Science is composed of 8 major buildings, including the L’Heisfèric Planetarium, pictured above. Built as a gift from native son Santiago Calatrava, it ended up costing $1.2B instead of the $300M that had originally been set-aside for it.

If you are curious about all things real estate in Montecito, Hope Ranch and Santa Barbara, call me, John, at (805) 455-1420 or my brother Bill at (805) 455-3030. We have the experience and knowledge to help both sellers and buyers in our community. Meantime, please check out our comprehensive website to see what’s on the market today.