Santa Barbara…What Better Place to Call Home?

It’s hard to beat the Santa Barbara area for incredible weather, beautiful views, and upbeat, friendly people. It’s why we want to live here and why I love my work as a real estate professional. This blog is my fun place, where I put up posts about local events, favorite restaurants, community information, occasional real estate tips and links to my monthly Santa Barbara real estate newsletter. I hope you like it! For in-depth real estate information, visit my site at or you can reach me at 805-705-6973 or email Thanks – I would love to hear from you! – Sue Irwin

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About Sue Irwin, Realtor

14 Unique Garden Water Features

From whimsical fountains to quiet pools, now’s the time to quench your thirst for the hottest garden water feature around.

Ambiance and Reflection

This pond adds tranquility, reflection and ambiance to its landscape. A partially above-ground water feature, it was created with stone-and-mortar walls, then finished with a butyl liner.

Double Duty

This stacked-stone water feature functions as an art piece that’s visible from the patio, deck and even indoors.

Stacked Vase

It looks like a vase, but in reality this stacked-stone work of art is a courtyard patio fountain.

Watered Intricacies

An intricate water feature wraps the entire back end of this dream house; water spills over a brick wall, encircles the patio, flows underneath the breezeway and empties into a fish pond. A raised pond at the head of the feature provides the drop needed for water to flow well and create more waterfall sound. The feature uses a careful mix of large boulders, medium rocks and small pebbles for a natural appearance. Selecting extra-large plant material makes the brand-new house and landscape look already well established and will soon provide privacy from the neighbors. 

Classic Whimsy

A classical European-style fountain is paired with whimsical seating.

Remote Waterfall

This urban backyard makeover manages to fit in places for play, cooking and a small water feature with a remote-control waterfall.

Asian Garden Design

This garden takes advantage of the natural landscape, and combines it with the simplicity of garden design.

Boulder on Boulder

The path in this narrow urban backyard passes the simplest of water features (center) — one boulder resting on another, with copper tubing in between.

Light Play

The crystal falls of this water feature wall sparkle with light, thanks to an underwater light hidden in the basin. Light play can be an important part of any landscape and add a whole new dimension to a yard. Reflections also play off the stacked-glass edge of the stone wall.

Rain Chain

A simple but beautiful fountain: Water cascades down a rain chain into a pot.

Modern Bather

In a private woodland glade, a modern “bather” presides over a small pool.

Hitting the Low Notes

Want an indoor water feature? It’s easy to create a tabletop fountain. 

Making a Big Splash

This combo waterfall and pond is a stunning focal point in the garden.

Prominent Placement

The walkway to this home is a “causeway” over a pond.