Tag archives: Pat Nesbitt

A Force To Be Reckoned With
By Richard Mineards   |   October 12, 2021

A sea of blue swept over Bella Vista, the sprawling Summerland estate of hotelier Pat Nesbitt and his wife, Ursula, when they hosted the seventh annual Fun with the Force, with a record 1,000 guests raising a record $2 million for the 12-year-old Santa Barbara Police Foundation. The popular organization provides financial support for injured […]

Warning: Follow the Rules, Please!
By Leslie Westbrook   |   December 3, 2020

Even movie stars and the rich and famous need to play by the rules, so it should seem simple for the rest of us mere mortals. At a Summerland Architectural Board of Review meeting a few years back, the board approved a 26,000-square-foot house (by virtue of a variance on the 25-acre beachfront property) for […]

Board of Supervisors Denies Helipad Appeal
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   July 9, 2020

At a hearing on Tuesday, July 7, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors denied Summerland resident Pat Nesbitt’s appeal to obtain a Conditional Use Permit for a private helicopter pad on his 20-acre property located on Via Real. The appeal was denied with a 3-2 vote. Over a dozen nearby residents and neighbors spoke […]

Helipad Appeal at Board of Supervisors
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   July 2, 2020

Next week, on July 7, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors will hear from Summerland resident Pat Nesbitt, who is appealing a November 7 decision by the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission to deny a permit for a private helicopter pad on his nearly 20-acre property known as Carpinteria Valley Farms. Nesbitt, who admitted […]

Noël at the Nesbitts’
By Richard Mineards   |   January 2, 2020

Summerland was turned into a winter wonderland with real snow when polo playing hotel magnate Pat Nesbitt and his wife, Ursula, threw a spectacular holiday bash for 200 guests at Bella Vista, their sprawling polo ranch. The bustling beano, catered once again by the Biltmore, featured ballerinas from Los Angeles dancing to the Nutcracker, eight […]

Montecito Association Sees San Ysidro Roundabout
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   November 14, 2019

Santa Barbara County’s Deputy Director of Transportation Chris Sneddon was in front of the Montecito Association on Tuesday, giving a presentation on the roundabout slated for San Ysidro Road.  The current intersection includes traffic from North Jameson, San Ysidro, and the northbound entrance and exit of Highway 101. The new roundabout ties each flow of […]

Endless Summer
By Richard Mineards   |   October 17, 2019

A record $570,000 was raised when more than 300 guests turned out for the Dream Foundation’s 5th annual Endless Summer Dream at Bella Vista, the sprawling Summerland estate of polo-playing hotel magnate Pat Nesbitt and his wife, Ursula. The charity’s coffers were helped immeasurably by former board member J. Paul Gignac and Robert Curtis, who […]

Fun with the Force
By Richard Mineards   |   October 10, 2019

A sea of blue swept over, Bella Vista, the Summerland estate of hotelier Pat Nesbitt and his wife, Ursula, when they hosted the fifth annual Fun with the Force with a record 900 guests raising around $300,000 for the ten-year-old Santa Barbara Police Foundation. The popular organization provides financial support for injured and ill police […]

Channel Drive Path Complete
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   October 3, 2019

Last month work was completed on the walking path on Channel Drive, making it safer and more traversable. Paid for by Measure A funds, the path was cleaned up, resealed, and filled with decomposed granite; the work was contracted by the County, according to Deputy Director of Transportation Chris Sneddon.  Helistop Update  Carpinteria Valley Farms […]

Notable Commercial Sale
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   September 5, 2019

In August, the Old Firehouse building at 1486 East Valley Road in Montecito was purchased by an unnamed investor with ties to the Santa Barbara area. The property was listed for $16 million, and closed for $13,000,000. Francois DeJohn, Kristopher Roth, and Caitlin McCahill Hensel of Hayes Commercial Group represented all parties in the transaction.  The 6,357 square-foot […]

Letters to the Editor
By Montecito Journal   |   August 29, 2019

No Fly Zones With recent helicopter traffic that has increased in our neighborhood over the last few years, the application for a private helicopter pad by Pat Nesbitt will open the door and set a precedent for more. If granted, the impact will compromise the integrity of our communities, disrupt our environment, safety, privacy, wildlife, […]

Get to the Choppa…
By J'Amy Brown   |   July 4, 2019

Q. What’s the buzz on privately-owned helicopters landing on private pads inside our community – legal or not?  That high-flying question got grounded! On June 26, the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission was set to hear a permit application for a proposed private property helistop at Carpinteria Valley Farms on Lambert Road – and it […]

Life in the Fast Lane
By Tim Buckley   |   May 2, 2019

Records galore were broken at the White on the Green Party at Bella Vista, the sprawling Summerland estate of polo playing hotel magnate Pat Nesbitt and his wife, Ursula, to mark the culmination of the United Boys & Girls Club Rally 4 Kids – a 150-mile plus trip with a record 74 cars, including Aston […]

Vroom, Vroom
By James Buckley   |   April 11, 2019

This is the Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Club’s sixth Rally4Kids – a one-and-a-half day celebration of all things vehicular – and it’s the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year. It has also been a roaring success and lots of fun. This event begins the night before (Friday evening, April 26) at a private “drivers” […]

Letters to the Editor
By Montecito Journal   |   March 21, 2019

Unlike a Rolling Stone By the way, the drought is over. I don’t care what the experts say, look at the moss on the 100-year-old wall at the Santa Barbara cemetery. Plants don’t have an agenda. Dan SeibertSanta Barbara Money Laundering Explained As always, I appreciate MJ publishing my letters and anytime you may comment […]

Bella Vista Bash
By Richard Mineards   |   January 10, 2019

Social gridlock reigned when tony twosome, Pat and Ursula Nesbitt, threw a heaving holiday bash at Bella Vista, their sprawling Summerland polo ranch. More than 150 guests were welcomed to the bustling beano, catered by the Biltmore, by ballerinas from the Luminario company in Los Angeles, while the Lois Mahalia Choir entertained with gospel and […]

Dream Weavers
By Richard Mineards   |   September 27, 2018

A record 450 guests turned out for the Dream Foundation’s 4th annual Endless Summer Dream party at Bella Vista, the sprawling Summerland estate of polo-playing hotel magnate Pat Nesbitt and his wife, Ursula, raising around $300,000 for the popular charity that just celebrated its 30,000th dream. The fun fashion fete, co-chaired by Ursula and Arlene […]

Hot Wheels
By Richard Mineards   |   July 19, 2018

Records galore were broken at the White on the Green Party at Bella Vista, the sprawling Summerland estate of hotel magnate Pat Nesbitt and his wife, Ursula, to mark the culmination of the United Boys & Girls Club Rally 4 Kids – a two-day, 271-mile trip with a record 60 cars, including Aston Martins, Ferraris, […]

Pat on the Back
By Richard Mineards   |   June 14, 2018

The Kick Ash Bash, thrown at polo-playing hotel magnate Pat Nesbitt‘s sprawling Summerland estate in February, certainly lived up to its name as checks totaling more than $1.3 million to first responder organizations, including the City and County fire departments, the Montecito Fire Protection District, SB City Police, Direct Relief, and SB County sheriff, were […]

Bill the Thrill
By Richard Mineards   |   May 10, 2018

Sheriff Bill Brown was lauded at a sunset soirée hosted by polo playing hotelier Pat Nesbitt and entrepreneur Eric Phillips at Bella Vista, the sprawling Summerland estate of Pat and his wife, Ursula. More than 120 guests turned up to acclaim Bill’s sterling work during the Thomas Fire and the subsequent mudslides that devastated our […]