1980s Glamour in Birnam Wood

Noteworthy new listings…. Here’s hoping more comes online next week!

Thanks to the French Regency architecture—love the mansard roof—and courtyard pool, 2125 Birnam Wood Drive ($7.75 million) has innate glamour; it makes me want to buy a Nolan Miller gown and spritz some Giorgio Beverly Hills. I haven’t seen the property, but judging from the photos, I have concerns about long, narrow rooms, and I feel safe wagering that it all needs to be renovated. Opening up the yard could be worth investigating, too.


The good news about the 1978 house at 1511 Alameda Padre Serra ($3.995 million) is that it’s big (3,720 square feet), with the primary bedroom on the main entry level, which has jaw-dropping views, and down below, there’s both a swell pool and a yard. It wants a pretty thorough redo, though—including popping the flat ceilings upstairs wherever possible.


I doubt 1024 E. Canon Perdido Street ($2.35 million) will be on the market long. A freestanding condo in the six-unit Agave Court compound at the east end of Canon Perdido, it just feels easy—although that’s thanks in part to the minimal outdoor space. All three bedrooms are upstairs, which could be an issue for some buyers.


335 Hot Springs Road ($2.995 million) is a one-acre lot on Hot Springs, with other vacant lots to the west and north; in a perfect world, you could combine the three. The property to the south, meanwhile, illustrates the potential: the spec house there sold for $8.2 million in the spring of 2022.


2901 Paseo Tranquillo ($1.395 million) is just 776 square feet, with the two bedrooms sharing a bath—and it’s not even finished.


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Those mansard roofs always give me the creeps. Haunted mansion style. Why anyone considered them for Santa Barbara is beyond me. I guess like the song, “it was acceptable in the ‘80s”