Noteworthy new listings….
At first glance, the price of 888 Lilac Drive ($33.5 million) seems ambitious, to say the least, for a house this far from the Golden Quadrangle. It’s 13,599 square feet, though, and “flexible spaces both inside and out make this an intimate home for 2 yet [it] can easily accommodate crowds of over 200.” More important, it’s turnkey—if you don’t mind the floors—at a time when little is, and we’ve seen people willing to pay a huge premium for that.
903 Arbolado Road ($3.25 million) on the Riviera is going to need someone obsessed with Spanish Colonial Revival architecture—and deep pockets. There’s pedigree aplenty: architect Anna Louise Murphy Vhay (of El Caserio) built the house in 1922 as her private residence, and it was subsequently amended by Lutah Maria Riggs. It needs a top-to-bottom-and-everything-in-between renovation, however, and even then, the floor plan is a conundrum, with the dining room and kitchen up a narrow curved stairway and much of the 3,653 square footage eaten up by a ballroom-size living room. Still, the magic is palpable.
1039 Cima Linda Lane ($10.5 million) makes the most of its location, with harbor views from every window—even the kitchen, showers, and so on. With no guest house, no pool, and a dated suburban Tuscan style, however, there’s little justification for the eight-figure price.
The 1927 bones are fabulous at 210 San Ysidro Road ($6.995 million), at the corner of Monte Vista Road; the courtyard is as photogenic as heck. But the kitchen and most baths want a redo, and the noise from San Ysidro Road is inescapable. Still, I bet it goes for near the asking price.
The seller of 4178 Creciente Drive ($6.595 million) in Hope Ranch paid $6.2 million in May. My guess is that it was a placeholder till he/she found something new, as the price this time is just enough to be made whole.
The living room and dining room of 2297 Featherhill Road ($5.5 million), in Romero Canyon, have some old-house appeal; the rest of the property feels very much of year it was built (1989). Two years ago, it would’ve sold in the threes.
And a few others worth checking out:
••• 482 Scenic Drive ($1.625 million): On the western end of the Montecito Club golf course.
••• 801 De La Guerra Terrace ($1.995 million): Lower Riviera three-bedroom wedged between two streets.
••• 270 Rosario Park Road ($899,000): A pair of cottages near Cold Spring Tavern (below).
••• 8 Calle Capistrano ($1.595 million): San Roque three-bedroom. Always happy to see a tire swing.
••• 4005 La Colina Road ($1.495 million): Intriguing midcentury moments out near Bishop Diego High School.
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