AJ is a fifth-generation member of the Cavaletto family, possessing a deep-seated, local sense of Santa Barbara pride, which carries through his life and real estate career. Steeped in the agricultural industry in Santa Barbara County, AJ owns and operates his own farming and ranching business, growing strawberries and consulting with avocado and citrus growers. As a natural progression, he brings the same passion, knowledge, and commitment to real estate.
AJ has handled various aspects of farm and ranch management, tending to avocado orchards, berry fields, hiring and managing the labor force, and assisting ranch owners in day-to-day operations. His varied background brings a unique perspective and expertise to his real estate collaborations. He has a firm grasp of leasing, cost analysis, and investment opportunities as they relate to a wide range of real estate objectives.
Whether seeking to build a dream home from the ground up in Montecito, enter the wine industry boon in the Santa Ynez Valley, or procure land in Carpinteria to grow and sell agricultural commodities, AJ will tackle even the most complicated transactions from a land-use perspective. He is a well-schooled expert and a strong negotiator, with an innate work ethic earned through tenacity, honesty, and hard work.
AJ’s business partner, and wife, Candace Melgoza Cavaletto, is another well-respected agent in the Village Properties family, and fellow Santa Barbara native. As a powerful team, each brings something different to the negotiating table, with a wide array of services they provide a varied client base.
Both Candace and AJ are devoted to their families, feeling blessed to live and work in a town with a strong and abiding legacy of which they can both be proud. As a native Californian, AJ is drawn to having fun in the sun outdoors, stays involved in sports and athletics locally, and spends quality time at the lake with friends and family. It is, however, his strong connection to his wife, family, and community that grounds AJ.