13 Jan

Montecito’s beloved and respected luxury real estate maven, Rebecca Riskin, perishes in mudslide

Montecito’s beloved and respected luxury real estate maven, Rebecca Riskin, perishes in mudslide

Sad news from Riskin Partners at Village Properties, Montecito

It is with heavy hearts we share that our dear friend and partner, Rebecca Riskin, has passed away as a result of the tragic flooding and mudslides in Montecito. The confirmation of her loss is incredibly devastating to her friends, family, and our community.

Per her wishes, we intend to carry out her life’s work with the same strength, grace and elegance that wholly defined Rebecca. Rebecca was an exceptional woman, and her legacy will continue to live on and thrive through her children, Robert and Julia, her husband Ken Grand, and her namesake firm, Riskin Partners.

At this time, Rebecca’s family requests privacy as they mourn her loss and celebrate her remarkable life. We too are still processing her passing and appreciate all of your kind messages and concerns. Details on a service and memorial to follow.

Dina Landi, Sarah Hanacek, Jasmine Tennis, Robert Riskin say:

Riskin Partners is devastated to learn of the passing of one Montecito’s most beloved and respected residents, Rebecca Riskin, who tragically perished as a result of the floods and mudslides that occurred in the aftermath of the Thomas Fire.

In her nearly 30 years as a renowned Montecito resident and businesswoman, Rebecca crossed paths with nearly every community member in some capacity. In addition to raising two children, Robert and Julia, in the community, Rebecca was personally involved in more than 470 real estate transactions totaling in excess of $2.17 billion in sales. Many of Rebecca’s clients quickly became close personal friends as her knowledge, strength and work ethic were eclipsed only by her unending grace, warmth and kindness.

“The pinnacle of Rebecca’s life’s work and her lasting legacy lies in Riskin Partners and our enduring commitment to selling Montecito real estate,” said Dina Landi, Managing Partner, Riskin Partners. “We plan to continue Rebecca’s legacy and love for real estate with the same level of excellence, experience, and service that Rebecca so effortlessly
embodied.”

Rebecca grew up in a prominent Hollywood family and retired at a young age from a successful career as a professional ballerina. After moving to Montecito in the mid-1980s she found her true calling as the first lady of luxury real estate. Rebecca quickly rose to prominence and dedicated nearly three decades building her namesake firm, Riskin Partners, an ensemble of five highly-skilled agents who specialize in representing Montecito’s properties of distinction.

Rebecca is survived by her husband, Ken Grand; son, Robert (Fernanda) Riskin; daughter, Julia Riskin; grandson, Lucca; mother, Ruth Drenick; sister, Teresa Drenick; and numerous extended family members.

In this difficult time, Rebecca’s family asks for privacy as they mourn her tragic death and celebrate her remarkable life.

Details and more information about services to follow.