Noteworthy new listings….
One of four Ennisbrook houses that isn’t part of the HOA—so you pay no dues, but you get no use of the facilities—1922 Jelinda Drive ($7.25 million) was built by architect John Kelsey in 1984 and sold a year later to the current owners. It has some of the sturdy lines and appealing proportions of 812 Romero Canyon Road, another Kelsey property that sold last month. While that house needed new surfaces, this one has bigger issues—in particular, the baffling sunken kitchen. That said, there’s more potential upside here; the one-acre lot includes a sloped lawn, facing the golf course and mountains, that could be put to much better use. I can see someone taking the property and going 1850 Jelinda on it. P.S. Love the square pool, and the preppy tile in the bathrooms makes me want to spritz on the Polo and pop my collar.
The price of the 2008 house at 4660 Via Huerto ($20 million) in Hope Ranch seems to indicate someone thinks it’s turnkey, but from what I can tell, the recent wave of high-end buyers is not enthralled by the Suburban Tuscan aesthetic. They are fond of size, though, and this is a nice spread (six bedrooms in the 7,588-square-foot main house and another two in the guest house) at the edge of a knoll. Plus, it has been kitted out: “infinity pool/spa, custom skateboard track, playing field, energy efficient systems, solar, Tesla Power Walls, Super charger, and solar hot water heating for the infinity pool.” Not to mention a pool slide!
Even bigger—but presumably even more of a project, if the (unphotographed) interiors are on par with the landscaping—is 4621 Via Roblada ($16.95 million), a 10-acre lot with a 13,467-square-foot house. The listing says the house has eight bedrooms and only two full baths, which one hopes is an error.
The interiors at Riven Rock’s 840 Ivy Lane ($7.6 million) want updating, but the backyard pool area is plush. Don’t be surprised if this goes for north of $8 million.
Without a doubt, the flip attempt of the week is 4343 Marina Drive ($14.995 million), an oceanfront Hope Ranch property that sold for $7.675 million in September 2020. The listing has renderings rather than interior photos, so we can assume nothing about the house has changed, and there’s no mention of permits or plans.
15550 Highway 101 ($4.75 million) is Endless Summer filmmaker Bruce Brown’s 42-acre ranch west of the Arroyo Honda Preserve. The four-bedroom house is pretty funky, and the thought of getting insurance gives me hives, but there’s not a whole lot else like it, outside of Hollister Ranch.
Another flip attempt is happening at 502 Picacho Lane ($7.995 million), which sold for $4.495 million in February 2021. The 1947 house has charm and livability—and it’s in the Montecito Union schoolshed—which may be enough to forgive the proximity of East Valley Road. The property is also available for rent for $45,000 a month.
I suspected 1714 Las Tunas Road ($3.75 million), on the back of the Riviera, is a teardown, but one of the listing agents made a compelling case for expanding up—at which point you’d get the ocean view—and out to the side. Either way, of course, it’s a project.
350 Conejo Road ($2.85 million) makes you wonder how someone who clearly adores white would also allow anything but white towels on the premises. The slick floors and corrugated metal are a hard sell, but the terrace and balcony have appeal.
Recently renovated, the three-bedroom 2242 Banner Avenue ($2.149 million) may lack the classic Summerland ocean view—at least from inside—but it has a handy location, close to the underpass to the beach and not so far up the hill as to be painful. And the lot extends up behind the house, where a flat patch of land could be turned into a nice terrace or used for an ADU.
Built in 1920 and in excellent shape, the two-bedroom house at 523 Santa Barbara Street ($1.495 million), next to Jeff Shelton’s Vera Cruz house, comes across bigger than the photos indicate. That sleeping loft, however, should come with a warning about claustrophobia….
And a few others worth checking out:
••• 1284 Spring Road ($2.95 million): Cute two-bedroom bungalow in good shape and walkable to Butterfly Beach—and right on the 101.
••• 3622 Capri Drive ($2.495 million): There must’ve been a sale at the paint store.
••• 225 Lindberg Lane ($5.995 million): Attempted flip of a 40-acre Rancho Monte Alegre lot; the seller paid $5 million six months ago.
••• 5309 Plunkett Lane ($3.195 million): 2017 three-bedroom in the Knolls community off N. Patterson Avenue; no interior photos, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
••• 1403 Alameda Padre Serra ($4.795 million): 1976 Spanish-ish house with great views but it abuts Santa Barbara Middle School.
••• 1040 Veronica Springs Road ($2.495 million): One-acre “ranchette” with a three-bedroom house, one-bedroom guest house, and a two-horse stable.
••• 4156 Vista Clara Road ($3.1 million): For sale by owner; “a mini ranch with horse corral and ride trails across the street to the beach. In the hope ranch Area […] 3 separate private independent units, possibly 4.”
••• 2306 Cliff Drive ($1.295 million): Behind the wooden gate is a koi pond with a wooden bridge, but even better is the grotto shower in the bathroom—with a stair in the middle…?
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