Harry Kolb is one of the foremost experts on luxury residential real estate in Montecito, Santa Barbara and Hope Ranch. His past professional involvement in international marketing has served him well in managing the sale of estate properties. He was one of the founding members of the Montecito office of Sotheby's International Realty and his real estate career has spanned more than 30 years. Harry has personally managed several billion dollars in transactions representing over 200 estate property sales. As an authority on Montecito real estate, architecture and history, he has specialized in the marketing and sale of architecturally significant homes and frequently been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, Los Angeles Times and Architectural Digest. Harry has assisted in the publication of several books on famed architects George Washington Smith and Reginald Johnson and on the history and architecture of Montecito.
In a community where so many clients are notable personalities, business or government leaders, confidentiality becomes an important issue. Unfortunately, in the real estate business, many agents have begun to trade in on the notoriety and fame of their clientele. As much as Harry might benefit from the fame of his clients, he also knows that one of the most important reasons his clients have chosen to work with him is that he has practiced strict confidentiality when it comes to their private investments. Even the most obscure buyer or seller should be aware that there are several ways their private real estate business can remain private and not readily available to the general public. Experience has shown Harry how to help his clients retain their confidentiality.
In addition to his busy career, Harry has been honored to serve as a trustee on numerous local boards including The Montecito Association, a volunteer organization charged with the responsibility of managing the land use and development in Montecito; Gana Walska Lotusland, a world-renowned public garden in Montecito; Casa del Herrero, an estate designed by architect George Washington Smith and completed in 1925 and noted as one of the finest examples of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture in America. The property is included on the National Register of Historic Places and a National Historic Landmark. Harry is also the co-creator of the George Washington Smith Society, a group made up of the owners of homes designed by the noted architect who enjoy sharing their experiences living in these special properties.
Harry and his wife, Karen, live in Montecito and are actively involved in numerous local organizations including, Lotusland, Casa del Herrero and the Santa Barbara Yacht Club.