Mission: Kristiann's mission is to serve clients by:
- Making make an otherwise tedious process an easy one through conscientious, uncompromising and professional consultative service.
- Holding high standards of professionalism, integrity and consistent service by communicating with clients to keep them up to date, giving them the satisfaction that their interests are a priority.
- Providing clients with monetary benefits, exceptional negotiation and strategic problem solving, as well as commitment to excellence during their transaction.
- Seeking education and tools that enable the company to better serve clients.
- Sharing our success gained from assisting satisfied clients by contributing back to the community in hopes to create a better future for those in need and the community as a whole.
Kristiann is grounded in traditional business practices as well as 'out of the box' creative thinking and differentiates itself through its stylized, personal approach to client service. Understanding her clients' needs and keeping them informed during their real estate transaction is top priority. Going above and beyond to ensure her clients are receiving excellent service is imperative.
Working with a Kristiann Wightman, you will observe professionalism, attention to detail and genuine care and diligence in helping you achieve your goals. You can be confident she is knowledgeable and up to date with current real estate news, regulations, market trends and financing through various resources to give you an accurate picture of the real estate market. Whether you are a first-time home buyer searching for a quaint cottage or other fine property, an investor, seasoned relocation buyers or sellers or would like to find your dream home, Kristiann dedicates her expert service to clients in the Santa Barbara and Montecito areas as well as Carmel-by-the-Sea. Kristiann would be honored to represent you in such a meaningful, long-established and valued investment. . . your home.
History of Santa Barbara & Monterey El Presidios:
Presidio Properties' name was derived from the historical landmarks in California called "presidios" or "royal forts", some of which are located in the cities of Santa Barbara and Monterey near Carmel. The name was chosen for the historical significance as it pertains to the history of the original Spanish colonies in California. The presidio was a fortress or guard built by the Spanish in the early to late 1700's. They protected the missions and settlers against foreign invasion and attacks, and provided a cultural and social center.
Founded on April 21, 1782, the Santa Barbara Royal Presidio, also referred to by the El Presidio de Santa Barbara Historic Park as "Santa Barbara's Birthplace," was the last in a chain of four military fortresses built by the Spanish along the coast of Alta California. Now a California State Park, El Presidio is the only reconstructed Presidio in the state. It serves as a living history site and offers a wide range of programs interpreting the Spanish, Mexican, and Native American heritage of Santa Barbara.
Spotted by the Spanish Explorer Juan Cabrillo in 1542, the City of Monterey located approximately 5 miles from Carmel-by-the-Sea, was named after the Count of Monte Rey by merchant-explorer Sebastian Vizcaino in 1602. The City of Monterey was claimed for Spain in 1770 when Gaspar de Portola and Father Junipero Serra began to settle the area via the establishment of El Presidio Real de San Carlos de Monterey. The fort's original mission, Royal Presidio Chapel, has remained in constant use since its founding in 1770 by Junipero Serra. On a hill overlooking Monterey's harbor is a cannon emplacement defending the harbor that serves as the only lingering connection between the original site and the present site of the Presidio.
The presidios served as primary residences for the early California settlers in Santa Barbara and near Carmel-by-the-Sea before the establishment and expansion of more structured pueblos, or small cities. The Presidio soldiers and their families became vital in the colonization of California. By 1800, the majority of settlers on the Monterey Peninsula lived either in the presidio or mission in Carmel until a turn of events took place, including the collapse of the Spanish empire. In 1806 and 1812, El Presidio de Santa Barbara encountered extensive damage due to earthquakes. After Mexico took possession of Alta California in 1821, the Presidio fell into further disrepair after most Spaniards who did not pledge loyalty to the new government were barred from remaining there.
Similar to a presidio, a home is a place that guards those who reside there, their family and valuable articles and possessions. Just as presidios are a deep-rooted part of California history, Presidio Properties strives to create long-lasting relationships by providing continued excellent service to its clients before, during and after their real estate transactions.