I dropped by Hofmann Architecture this weekend while I was in Santa Barbara to meet Wally who I’d been emailing with while I was in search mode for our Airstream. They have quite a restoration project going on with roughly 9 different vintage Airstreams in their yard in various stages of repair with more on the way.
Wally and Matthew, the owners, could not have been nicer and their crew were all busy at work while I was there. It’s quite a production. Hofmann Architecture’s approach with clean lines, durable fabrics and modern living features updates these classics quite nicely. They have a wide variety of clients looking for a travel trailer to take on the road, provide an out-of-house office or extend their living space for visiting guests. Some want all three!
I also checked out their other project, Santa Barbara Auto Camp, which contains 5 vintage Airstreams all restored, remodeled and updated to today’s lifestyle, and each named for the Channel Islands that sit just off the coast. Each trailer is unique and offers a different living experience. Each are nicely landscaped with a deck, seating area, and has an outdoor bar-b-que.
They are available for nightly rentals and each one comes with a couple of cruiser bikes to ride around town or head to the beach.
The location is uptown and boasts easy shopping at Trader Joe’s just a couple blocks away, world famous McConnell’s Ice Cream down the street, and many coffee shops to choose from. The historic Santa Barbara Mission is an easy bike ride away, as are the beautiful beaches that the central coast is known for.
Each vintage Airstream is clean, comfortable and extremely efficient. If you want to experience what it would be like to live in one for a weekend before actually purchasing a trailer, this is a great place to discover the excitement and comfort of ‘streaming before you’ll end up wanting to buy your own!
While I was there, Wally Hofmann had me give a copy of my book to one of his clients who were there inspecting their vintage model that was found in Alabama. It was just starting on its journey to being renewed.