We are passionate about our clients’ peace of mind

AB Estate Management counts many of Santa Barbara’s and Montecito’s finest estates and most discerning property owners among its clientele. A majority of our clients are high-profile absentee owners who depend on us to keep their property safe while they are away.

Our prompt response at any hour of day or night to deal with unexpected situations, failures or emergencies has saved our clients thousands of dollars in repairs and the aggravation of finding the right person for the job in a time of crisis.

“I have used Arnaud’s A Best Management service for over four years and can unequivocally recommend him. He is reliable, honest, competent, on time and very hard-working.”
Derk H., Carpinteria Homeowner

About Arnaud Barbieux, Owner

AB Estate Management’s owner, Arnaud Barbieux, launched his estate management career in 1996, when he was tapped to oversee the Montecito residence of corporate executive Ed Snider. Eight years later, Arnaud acquired the assets of a larger property management company, and AB Estate Management was born.

Today, Arnaud manages several high-end estates throughout Montecito, Santa Barbara and along Carpinteria’s beachfront Padaro Lane. As a licensed general contractor, certified arborist and trained horticulturalist, he is highly qualified to oversee a wide variety of landscaping, maintenance and construction projects. With fluency in both French and Spanish, he can hire, communicate with and supervise the best vendors in town.

Arnaud previously operated a landscape contracting and tree surgeon business, and prior to that, was on staff with the City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department. As a young adult, he also traveled around Europe, where he gained valuable experience at various small organic farms and family craftsman enterprises, and taught English in Taiwan.

Currently living in Carpinteria, Arnaud is able to respond quickly to any emergency situation on his clients’ properties. A San Francisco native, he was raised in California, France and the French West Indies, and has made his home in Santa Barbara since 1994.

Additional Staff

As our clientele continues to grow, so does our staff. Besides a standard background check, each employee is carefully screened for their emotional and intellectual stability, their commitment level and their ability to do the job with grace, poise and integrity.


The strictest adherence to your policies, accompanied by regular service reviews.



We are on call 24/7, and handle all details of all situations on your behalf.



Vendor scheduling, supervision and negotiation. We manage everything for you.