We have stayed in many different areas of Santa Barbara over the years, but have come to prefer Bel Aire Knolls for its quiet retreat from the crowds and yet proximity to beaches, restaurants and grocery stores. We were delighted both with the house and with Hilary's attention to our needs. Bringing our children and grandchildren from Maine and North Carolina to see their 96 year old grandfather just before he passed away was a dream that was made possible by the commodious and comfortable house. The pool and hot tub were a treat and the ability to erect a safety fence around the whole area made for peace of mind. The number of different living areas, both inside and outside, meant ease in gathering for meals and yet separate areas available for adults and kids. The 5 bedrooms were very quiet, well insulated from each other and the noise of the downstairs gatherings. Altogether, this home was a wonderful spot for the 8 of us to spend the week and have other family members over for dinners. The only flaw we could find was that Hilary was not willing to sell the house to us!