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About Us

About Paradise Retreats

Paradise Retreats offers unsurpassed service to Guests and Owners of the vacation homes we represent. Our properties are beautiful and well-maintained and have all the amenities you would expect in a luxury home. Furthermore, we specialize in satisfying the needs of the discriminating customer, who expects the best in service and quality. Each of our properties offers a unique and special experience. Please contact us with any questions or inquiries. Our office hours are from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

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Meet The Management Team


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Theo Kracke

CEO / REALTOR®

Theo@ParadiseRetreats.com


Theo & Becky Kracke founded Paradise Retreats in 2006. Using the business philosophies of Integrity, Innovation, and Value, Paradise Retreats has grown to become the leader in luxury vacation rental management in Santa Barbara County.

Theo has been a resident of Santa Barbara since 1981. After graduating with an Honors degree in Business Economics from UCSB, he founded Techstyles Sportswear in his garage in Goleta. Techstyles became a leader in the resort apparel industry, consistently shipping 80,000+ garments each month to tourist resort destinations around the country. In 2004, Theo sold Techstyles and began exploring new entrepreneurial opportunities.

By 2006, it became obvious to Theo & Becky that Santa Barbara needed a vacation rental management company that applied proven business principles to their operations. With Theo’s business operations experience, and Becky’s real estate background, they have built a company that achieves that goal. Becky & Theo have recruited a team of competent professionals in every aspect of property management. From New Client Relations, Property Administration, Guest Relations, Property Services, and Accounting, their loyal and hard-working staff strives to maximize the success of every property. This is achieved while providing excellent customer service to their valued Guests, while also protecting neighbors’ rights to the quiet enjoyment of their properties.

Theo, Becky, and their 2 children aim to enjoy the best that Santa Barbara offers. Whether surfing from their parcel on the Hollister Ranch, regularly hiking the mountain trails of Montecito, exploring the Channel Islands on their boat, or just enjoying downtown activities with the kids, a philosophy of “work to live” permeates the Kracke lifestyle.

“I appreciate the beauty, sophistication, and creativity of the Santa Barbara community. Everyone I know is committed to a balanced life of professional work satisfaction, health, and happiness. We strive to create a company that reflects those values"

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Becky Kracke

CFO / REALTOR® - BROKER

Becky@ParadiseRetreats.com


As the Principal Broker of Paradise Retreats Real Estate, Inc., Becky guides the company with her extensive knowledge of real estate practices & regulatory compliance. Her years of experience have directed the growth of our Long-Term Rental property management division. She stays informed of changes in local real estate regulations, and implements policies to ensure compliance with all new rules. Her passion for real estate sales has influenced our Guest Relations Team to be passionate about success & growth in our rental business.

Becky was born in Missoula, Montana, and at age 2 moved with her family to Ventura, CA. She had an early start in the hospitality industry because she lived & worked at the beachside hotel owned by her parents. Becky graduated with a degree in English Literature from Cal State Northridge, and worked in Real Estate during her college years. She became a licensed Realtor in 1993, and has since facilitated hundreds of successful real estate transactions.

“It has been exciting for Theo & me to build this company to its current level of success. We are proud of our reputation for integrity & professionalism. It has been very rewarding to see my commitment & passion for real estate reflected in the culture & attitude of our hard-working staff.”

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Tera Neumann

Director of New Client Relations / REALTOR®

Tera@ParadiseRetreats.com


As Director of New Client Relations with Paradise Retreats, Tera is a perfect fit for this high-energy, fast-moving company. She is thorough and relaxed in the face of competing priorities. Tera also understands the importance of innovation, which makes it easy to implement systems that make her department more efficient and accurate. Most importantly, Tera knows the importance of building relationships and understanding clients’ wants and needs.


Tera has been a proud member of the Paradise Retreats team since March 2013. With a degree in Communication and Public Relations, she has previously worked in the hotel industry, where she specialized in Marketing, Events, and Client

Relations. Her past experience in Client Relations continues to set the foundation for Tera’s commitment to simple, yet effective principles: putting the client first, being on time, and always calling clients back as soon as possible.


Tera moved from Wisconsin to the Santa Barbara area in 2011. While she misses her hometown dearly and visits often, she is proud to now call Santa Barbara home. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her wife and their daughter, and they spend many of their weekends at the beach and exploring the beautiful parks in the surrounding area.


“I am pleased to work with all of our new clients and introduce them to the Paradise Retreats family. I am committed to providing excellent service and accurate information as efficiently as possible. As my clients already know, I am only satisfied when my client is satisfied, and we work together to create lasting and meaningful relationships.”

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Justin Millsaps

Property Services Manager

Justin@ParadiseRetreats.com


Justin joined Paradise Retreats well-equipped for a position in Property Services. In 2017, he moved to California with his son, and began working in Estate Management in Santa Barbara. In May 2018, Justin left his estate management job to become part of the Property Services team at Paradise Retreats


Justin brings a strong commitment to Owner and Guest relations. This is exemplified in his prompt, organized, and efficient management style. He loves being part of the Paradise Retreats team and the family atmosphere that it provides. Justin also has a devotion to help others; he works hard to implement new and innovative ways to help out veterans, and his local community.


Justin served in the US Marine Corps as an Engineer. He then began working in construction in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area, where he was promoted to Construction Management. Shortly after he settled in Santa Barbara, Justin began taking classes at Westmont College in Montecito, CA where he recently earned his degree in Business/Economics. He now looks forward to continuing his education with his pursuit of obtaining his MBA.


“To quote Jim Collins from his book Good to Great: ‘if you have the wrong people, it doesn’t matter whether you discover the right direction; you still won’t have a great company. Great vision without great people is irrelevant.’ I believe Paradise Retreats understands this logic. We are a family that strives to accomplish a high standard and love doing it with one another. This is the foundation that makes Paradise Retreats a great company of which to be a part. I thoroughly enjoy the journey we are sharing with each another.”

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Marissa Mkrdichian

Property Administration Manager

Marissa@ParadiseRetreats.com


Marissa brings a formal education & professional knowledge in Interior Design, Real Estate, and Property Management to her career at Paradise Retreats.


Marissa was raised in real estate & hospitality. Her father is a Realtor & Broker in Chicago, and he also owned a hotel in Michigan where Marissa spent her Summers gaining hospitality skills. In 2017, Marissa moved from Illinois to Santa Barbara to further her education in Interior Design. It was during her studies in Architectural Design that she discovered her own love for Real Estate.


Since January of 2020, Marissa has found a home with the Paradise Retreats family. After just 7 months of exceptional performance as the Property Administration Assistant Manager, she was promoted to her current role as the Property Administration Manager.


With four siblings, Marissa finds time with family very important. She always looks forward to trips to her family home in Illinois. During her free time in Santa Barbara, Marissa enjoys spending time at the beach with her dog. She also enjoys exploring our beautiful local architecture on long walks through downtown neighborhoods .


“I find great pride in being a part of such an elite team! I am committed to helping create lasting relationships with our Property Owners and valued Guests. I look forward to growing with Paradise Retreats, and 'climbing the ladder of success' as this fantastic company continues to grow."

Meet The Property Administration Support Team


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Sheri Mize

Interior Designer and Stager, Sheri Mize Designs

Sheri@StyleOfSB.com


Sheri and her team have been styling and staging Paradise Retreats’ properties since 2007. She enhances the appeal of each property with her impeccable style and attention to detail. Sheri’s talent for creating comfortable, harmonious and beautiful spaces perfectly compliments our approach to providing a world-class vacation experience to our guests.


Sheri has a background in fashion and merchandising, and a degree in Interior and Exterior Design. A native of Southern California, she has had the pleasure of calling Santa Barbara her home since 1983.


Sheri feels blessed to be working alongside the wonderful team at Paradise Retreats.


“It’s a joy to work with such a wonderful, supportive and respectful crew. Despite the long hours spent getting just the right shot, each project ends with gratitude and hugs.”


Jane Harper has been Sheri’s Lead Assistant since 2014. She has a background in Business Administration and Customer Service as well as the experience of years of international travel.


“I never take living in Santa Barbara for granted. To also be surrounded in my work by wonderful people is a gift.”

Meet Our Guest Relations Support Team


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Claudia Pascua

Guest Relations / Sales & Marketing

Claudia@ParadiseRetreats.com


Claudia has brought experience & passion to her job at Paradise Retreats since she started in 2019. She is an avid traveler who has lived in London, Zanzibar, and has worked on several cruise ships. Originally from East Germany, her world travels took a pause when she was awarded a U.S. Green Card. It was her ticket to the United States, and the gateway to developing her professional career in the travel industry.


After a few more months of travel & soul-searching in Thailand & Australia, she finally arrived at her "forever home" in Santa Barbara, and began working as a luxury travel advisor. Claudia has always had a special affinity for sales & marketing, and those skills are valued at our company. As a member of our Guest Relations team, Claudia loves it when she finds a guest the perfect getaway in Santa Barbara; providing a special experience in a place like no other!


Claudia loves the people & cultures from all over the world that come together in our beautiful town. In her free time, she enjoys a fulfilling coastal lifestyle with her wife & their cute little dog, Scaia.


"Santa Barbara is a special place. We are so lucky to welcome our repeat guests year after year, and to work with our fantastic homeowners. I am extremely proud to be part of the great team at Paradise Retreats"

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Dulce Rodriguez

Guest Relations

As the Guest Relations staff who occupies the front desk of our office, Dulce is the “face” of Paradise Retreats. Her friendly demeanor & helpful attitude make her a valuable member of our Guest Relations Team.

Dulce has been a resident of Carpinteria since 2004. She loves the beautiful beaches and amazing views of her hometown. Dulce also enjoys traveling, and especially enjoys urban cities such as Chicago, with it’s vibrant urban energy, and abundance of public art pieces in the Downtown area.

Dulce enjoys spending quality time with her friends & family, exploring the outdoors, going to the beach & watching the sunset, visiting historical monuments, and especially enjoys taking road trips on the California coast.

"Working at Paradise Retreats has been a delightful experience. Everybody here is so amiable & welcoming. I am grateful to work with such an amazing team."

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Jean Sargeant

Reservation Specialist

Reservations@ParadiseRetreats.com


Jean has been working with Paradise Retreats since 2006, and has played an integral part in building Paradise Retreats to what it is today.


Jean presently works as a Reservation Specialist, which she enjoys very much. With prior careers in Interior Design and Real Estate, Jean understands fine quality and the importance of impeccable service. Her strong work ethic makes her a valuable part of the Paradise Retreat team. Jean’s effectiveness is based on her kind demeanor, which she successfully combines with “no-nonsense” business skills.


Jean enjoys hiking, golf, music and theater performances. She and her husband participate in the many wonderful cultural and artistic events in their community.


“It is with a feeling of great pride and pleasure that I have the opportunity to work with the professional staff of Paradise Retreats. I am happy to be an integral part of the growth of this truly ‘World Class’ company.”

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Carol Broderick

Reservation Specialist

Reservations@ParadiseRetreats.com


Carol, or ‘CG’ (as she is known to friends and co-workers), has contributed to the success of Paradise Retreats since 2011. Supporting the company with her role as a Reservation Specialist, she manages bookings, answers inquiries and questions with enthusiasm.


Born and educated in England, she now resides in Sonoma County, California where she spends her spare time entertaining guests at her home, tending to her garden, planning her next trip with her husband, or relaxing with the latest book-club pick.


Prior to Paradise Retreats she worked in advertising for 22 years as a media buyer in Los Angeles and San Francisco while raising her two daughters. She appreciates working in the hospitality industry making arrangements for guests looking to relax and cherish their stay in beautiful Santa Barbara County.


“Santa Barbara County is a place of style, romance and family serenity. It is a destination that offers something for everyone. What I love about the area is the interesting architecture, sandy beaches, the choice of local restaurants to enjoy, as well as the small-town feel. I am proud to assist in arranging properties that ensure an unforgettable stay, and make our Guests excited to return soon”.

Meet Our Property Services Support Team


Property Services Coordinators

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Eric Sanacore

Property Services Coordinator

PropertyServices@ParadiseRetreats.com


Born and raised in New York, Eric came to Santa Barbara for what was meant to be a quick visit. Instead, he fell in love with the Central Coast, and in 2013 he drove across the country to start living the California lifestyle.

As a child, Eric always loved to tinker with everything; toys, electronics, appliances and anything else he could get his hands on - to learn how it worked and to see if he could put it back together...luckily this was usually the case! This habit helped Eric to become the technical, detail-oriented person he is today.

Experienced in Customer Service in multiple industries, Eric understands how issues like a malfunctioning appliance, a poor Internet connection, need for further instruction, etc. can impact a vacation experience. He is dedicated to helping as much as he can to provide Paradise Retreats guests with an excellent experience.

As an aspiring Civil Engineering student, Eric enjoys learning and doing what he can to make the world a better place. In his spare time, Eric loves to play video games and enjoys the outdoors with his friends and his dog, Kobe.

“Working at Paradise Retreats has been such a rewarding experience for me. Ensuring our guests enjoy their time in our beautiful city, and taking care of the amazing properties we manage, truly brings me joy".

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Stephanie Denier

Property Services Coordinator / REALTOR®

PropertyServices@ParadiseRetreats.com


Stephanie joined Paradise Retreats in 2020, and brings a variety of skills to her job as Property Services Coordinator.


She began her career in 1999 as an Interior Designer. She first earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the prestigious Design Institute of San Diego, and she has also achieved NCIDQ & CCIDC Certifications. Stephanie then gained experience creating exceptional interiors throughout the U.S.. Stephanie eventually developed a successful local luxury interior design firm that served clients throughout Santa Barbara County.


Her current goals are to expand her knowledge & experience in Real Estate and Property Management. She recently became a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in California, and she is proud to hang her license with Paradise Retreats. Her understanding of luxury properties, as well as her passion for property management & real estate, make her a perfect fit for our company.


In her free time, Stephanie enjoys her passions of tennis and bowling. She also enjoys spending time with her family, friends, pets, and supporting the local community.


"It is a pleasure to work for Paradise Retreats and to help our guests and owners. The opportunity to expand my property management & real estate knowledge has been very rewarding. Helping to maintain all the beautiful Paradise Retreats homes has been an incredible experience"

Property Inspectors / Meet & Greet Staff

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Beth Evick

Property Inspector / Meet & Greet Staff

Beth has been a member of the Paradise Retreats team since 2013. With a degree in Hotel Management & Convention Planning from Bowling Green University, Beth brings professional hospitality training to her job. She has excellent attention to detail, and the willingness to accept any task. Beth’s easygoing personality and quick-wit make her a pleasure to work with.


Beth and her husband met in college, and have lived in Santa Barbara since 1990. Together they have two happy and busy children. As a part-time Property Inspector / Meet & Greet Staff, and full-time mom, she is also passionate about Interior Design.


“Inspecting the beautiful homes Paradise Retreats manages is a distinct pleasure. It feels satisfying to help our property owners maintain their homes, and to ensure that our guests have a flawless experience. I often get great design ideas too!”

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Jenny Thomas

Property Inspector / Meet & Greet Staff

Jenny joined the Paradise Retreats team in 2013, and quickly discovered that her job was an ideal fit for this Santa Barbara native.


Jenny inspects properties, and greets our guests upon arrival at their vacation home. She also helps manage the property supplies that are provided for all Paradise Retreats guests.


Jenny brings a friendly smile and positive attitude to everything she does. Her loyalty and dedication to her job are always evident.


When not working, Jenny stays busy with her husband, their six children, four grandchildren, and wonderful In-laws. Even with her busy work & family schedule, Jenny still manages to enjoy cooking, exercising, and spending time with friends. She also loves the family pets (her “furry friends”)!


“I love people, and have always been interested in Real Estate. Being a team player, I feel like this job is the perfect fit. After raising my children (and now enjoying our “empty nest) this interesting & enjoyable job has been a great transition for me”.

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Carol Bellandi

Property Inspector / Meet & Greet Staff

Carol has been part of the Paradise Retreats Property Services team since 2018. Originally from the Bay Area, she earned her BA degree in Fine Arts from San Jose State University with an emphasis in sculpture/bronze casting, and a minor degree in Italian, which she speaks fluently.


For over 25 years Carol worked as a brand consultant for global consumer products companies such as Coca Cola, Kraft, Nestle and Unilever. Based in the US and Europe, she set up & managed international operations as Managing Director/CEO for Landor Associates, EnterpriseIG, and Addison Design.


In 2006, she started her own consulting practice to help small businesses with sales, marketing, new business development strategies, and coaching. In 2015, she moved to Panama to manage several vacation rental apartment buildings in Panama City. Given her appreciation for art & architecture, her management experience, and also having stayed at spectacular private estates throughout Europe, Carol immensely enjoys assisting our homeowners with the care of their beautiful properties.


“Working at Paradise Retreats and living in Santa Barbara are two truly wonderful experiences. We have a great team at the office where everyone is caring, supportive and working hard to do our best for our clients and guests. As a recent resident of Santa Barbara, I am enjoying the beauty, the weather and most of all, the proximity to my family and friends.”

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Benjamin Boggs

Property Inspector / Meet & Greet Staff

Ben joined the Paradise Retreats team in 2019, and has loved every minute of his time here! He brings a wide range of skills to Paradise Retreats, but his favorite job is meeting arriving Guests, introducing them to their property, and then sharing with them tips on how to enjoy the best of our local area.

Ben, a veteran, met our Property Services Manager while attending Westmont College. Together they started a Veterans Club to bring the veteran community closer in the city of Santa Barbara.

Ben is pursuing a BA in Kinesiology where he studies the optimization of movement, and in particular how it applies to surfing. Not only is it Ben’s academic goal, but surfing is also his ultimate joy in life! He loves the feeing of being alone in the ocean, where he can take a break from everyday technology, and instead work on bettering himself. In turn, Ben can then become a positive influence on all those around him.

“I am blessed to be part of Paradise Retreats’ amazing company & family. I’ve struggled for a long time finding work that really makes me happy, and I have finally found a “home” that gives me that feeling. I look forward to the opportunity to work side-by-side with, amazing coworkers. I give 100% every time I ‘Meet & Greet’ our Guests, and also when I am doing my detailed inspections of our beautiful properties. Even though I was raised in Washington State, I now call Santa Barbara my “second home”, and I don’t plan on leaving anytime soon!”

Property Services Technicians

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Enrique Garcia

Property Services Technician

As a Property Services Technician, Enrique’s job is to assess & repair property issues reported by our Guests. Enrique brings vast experience, and an excellent work ethic, to every repair project. In addition to his technical skills, Enrique’s enthusiastic & positive attitude brings fun & laughter to our company’s culture.


Enrique has been a resident of Santa Barbara since 1989. He appreciates the beauty and fantastic weather of our area. Enrique, his wife, and three daughters take every opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. They often go biking or skateboarding at the beach, and they also enjoy taking drives to the mountains for family picnics.


“It is satisfying to be able to solve problems at our properties to ensure that our Guests’ vacations go smoothly. It is also great to be part of a company that values teamwork. I especially enjoy traveling to our properties, because it gives me an opportunity enjoy the beauty of our area every day!”

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Joey Neal

Property Services Technician

Joey possesses job skills that are perfectly suited for a position in Property Services. With over 20 years experience in HVAC and other technical service industries, Joey is an experienced troubleshooter & problem solver. He also brings a positive “can-do” attitude that results in most property issues being resolved quickly & efficiently.

Joey has been a resident of the Santa Barbara area since 1975, and for over 40 years he has enjoyed our area and community. His favorite activities are hiking, biking, surfing, fishing and camping. Over the years, Joey has watched our little town grow to what it is today; the beautiful & tranquil destination cherished by so many travelers.

"I feel blessed to be with a company that is so connected and grounded in our history, and that provides a way to share our area with traveling families. I cannot express my gratitude enough for the opportunity to be part of Paradise Retreats. I am committed to serving our Guests with the best service I can provide”

Our Charities

Paradise Retreats cares about community, both locally and globally. The organizations below were hand-picked by members of our Management Team. Each one benefits directly from monthly donations made by Paradise Retreats.


Sponsored By
Theo Kracke

Sponsored By
Becky Kracke
Armenian Relief Society
Sponsored By
Marissa Mkrdichian

Sponsored By
Justin Millsaps

Sponsored By
Justin Millsaps

Sponsored By
Tera Neumann