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About Vanessa

Vanessa Shotwell Realtor

Vanessa Shotwell

Hallmarks of Vanessa Shotwell

  • Years of staging, managing renovations, and market analysis
  • Second generation professional from a prominent real estate investment family
  • Santa Barbara native; Upper East resident (past resident of Montecito, Hope Ranch, and Santa Ynez)
  • Resourceful, creative, tireless, and intuitive
  • An intimate knowledge of the Hope Ranch Trail System and private beach access
  • Vanessa previews homes before showing them to you. Imagine that.
  • Equestrian and ranch property expert (custom barn designs, arena layout, horse purchases, trainers, and stable hands referrals)

What Puts Vanessa In A League Of Her Own?

  • Graduated with honors from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Myers Briggs Type Seven “The Enthusiast”; extroverted, optimistic, vivacious
  • Angels Foster Care event planning committee 2016, 2017
  • Gary’s Place for Kids- Grief recovery facilitator Orange County
  • Safe Families Foster parent- respite foster parent for at-risk youth
  • Numerous equestrian awards (top 5 in the nation and number one on the West Coast for the IHSA Cacchione Cup)
  • Santa Barbara Equine Evacuation Volunteer
  • Hope Ranch Riding and Trails past board member
  • Personal trail tours on horse back with every Hope Ranch property purchase.
  • With every sale or purchase Vanessa will donate part of her commission to save a horse from slaughter.


“Dedicated to helping people, Vanessa brings a caring heart to all her endeavors. Tasks are met with enthusiasm and a willingness to follow through to the smallest detail. She earns trust by always being ready to solve problems with a creative mind. Integrity is an essential part of her character.” B.J. Ellersieck Freelance Writer

“Vanessa is refreshing…When she is faced with a challenge she delivers solutions. Period.” P.S.S.

“There is only one Vanessa. Meet her and you’ll instantly be impressed by her warmth, integrity, genuine nature, and overall knowledge of Santa Barbara, Hope Ranch, and Montecito markets.” P.B.T. Interior designer