Newcomers in Paradise: A Southern Couple Finds Their Perfect Retirement Home in Santa Barbara


By Bob Fulmer

Publisher : ECI

ABOUT Bob Fulmer

Bob Fulmer
Bob Fulmer is author or co-author of over 150 published articles and almost 40 business books, monographs and editions.. As an academic, he has held endowed chairs at Trinity, William & Mary, and Pepperdine, taught management and leadership at Columbia and Emory Universities and was a  More...



Are you looking for a perfect retirement venue or interested in visiting (or living in) paradise?

"This story of a southern couple’s search for and discovery of an ideal place for the final third of their lives provides charming and useful insights about the quest for perfection."

“The odyssey of searching for the perfect place to retire will interest baby boomers and others thinking about the ideal place for their “third age” when pressures for learning and earning no longer dominate decision making. In the tradition of Peter Mayle (A Year in Provence), Frances Mayes (Under the Tuscan Sun),and Barry Golson (Gringos in Paradise), Bob and Pat spent the next two years getting to know “almost 600 new best friends”, adjusting to life on “America’s Riviera,” and trying to restore Casa de Alegría without it becoming Hoyo de Dinero (the pit of money).”

-Steve Cushman, President Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce, “Newcomers In Paradise, captures the quirky essence of Santa Barbara; a town of billionaires and beach boys, philanthropists and artists, students and retirees…Bob perfectly expresses the feelings we all have for this wonderful place."


-Marty Blum, Santa Barbara Mayor, 2002-2010,Newcomers in Paradiseis a great read…We can all relate to the elation of finding paradise and the concerns about…making friends and getting involved in the community.”


-Dan Burnham, CEO, Raytheon Corporation, 1998-2003, “Love the book. You captured perfectly the quest for paradise that so many of have gone through, but only you can put it into such memorable prose."


-Dori Carter, Author, We Are Rich and Beautiful Wasps Having Sex (LA Times Best Seller)…“read your book in two settings and found it delightful…The Chamber of Commerce couldn’t do a better job of portraying Santa Barbara as paradise.”


-Paul Orfalea, Founder of Kinko’s and Author, Copy This"Bob and Pat’s adventures in Newcomers in Paradise chronicle their quest for exploration, comfort and aesthetic virtue in their post retirement life together. From the jaw dropping sunsets over the pacific to the idyllic mountain views, perhaps no place in the world embodies these qualities more so than Santa Barbara, a place the Fulmers’ and I proudly call home."