Noteworthy new listings….
Way, way, waaaaaaaay up the hill in Montecito, 1010 Hot Springs Lane ($12 million) was built in 1989 with Asian-inspired design choices that surely seemed cool at the time. And while the house is 7,700 square feet, you’d hardly know it, since it’s spread out over umpteen levels. That said, the views are among the best I have ever seen in this part of the world. And hello to that copper hot tub, with its gorgeous patina. P.S. The house is open this Sunday, 1-4 p.m.—and whenever I mention an open house, please double-check before heading out. Things change.
Or, for the same $12 million price, you could buy the former Rancho San Marcos Golf Course, a.k.a. 4515 Highway 154, at the eastern end of Cachuma Lake. The nearly 300-acre property is being positioned as optimal for “an entrepreneur seeking a family compound, a corporate retreat, and/or an opportunity for the possibility of a return over time through the sale of parcels.” Existing structures include equestrian facilities, barns, a clubhouse, an office, two bunkhouses, and two residences for workers.
Unless you’re into bougie normcore, the 10,823-square-foot Ennisbrook manor at 1885 Jelinda Drive ($9.75 million) needs new everything, down to the door knobs. If size is a main consideration, though, check it out: the rooms are on steroids.
Perhaps this is a reaction to houses like the last one, but something about the unassuming nature of 1831 E. Mountain Drive ($5.25 million), a total fixer, appeals to me. I want to take it back to its midcentury roots.
This might be the oldest house ever featured on the site: 421 E. Figueroa Street ($3.41 million), “the Arrellanes-Kirk Adobe, built in the 1850s.” It was renovated in 2007 in ways that may have traded tastefulness for historical accuracy. Also, can someone explain the lot-line situation?
Located on Argonne Circle, in the center of the San Roque spider web, 3109 Calle Cedro ($1.6 million) is a cutie-patootie two-bedroom, one-bath cottage built in 1932. A bit too much of the period detail has been stripped out.
The seller of 440 Woodley Road ($6.5 million) in Pepper Hill paid $1.85 million in July 2019, and while the 1973 house has clearly been renovated, there’s no mention of increased square footage, a pool, or a guest house—all of which makes that price seem like a typo. (And that roof had better be warrantied.) Bully for the seller, of course, if he/she can get it.
The entrance to 2435 Golden Gate Avenue ($2.295 million), at the end of a Summerland cul de sac, is something else. And for those interested in troll cosplay, there’s even a bridge you can hang out under.
Overlooking San Antonio Canyon Park, 4510 Via Clarice ($3.85 million) has size on its side—4,546 square feet, plus a guest house. Some of the design choices inside could easily enough be undone.
2556 Whitney Avenue ($2.8 million) is on the back side of Summerland, where you also get awesome mountain views. A house is under construction next door, however, which hopefully doesn’t impact the sitch too much. As for that living room…. P.S. It’s open Saturday, 1-3 p.m.
••• 707 Santecito Drive ($2.695 million): Sweet 1962 house but it’s on Camino Viejo Road.
••• 1721 Olive Street ($1.495 million): Upper East mullet house—short in the front and long in the back.
••• 575 Mountain Drive ($2.75 million): Cielito four-bedroom wants updating.
••• 23 E. Padre Street ($2.195 million): Notable for intense wallpapering and a front-yard pool.
••• 1705 Glen Oaks Drive ($2.195 million): The seller paid $975,000 for the vacant lot just two months ago.
••• 106 San Nicolas Avenue ($2.495 million): Mesa teardown with a high price because of proximity to Shoreline Park.
••• 2154 East Valley Road ($2 million): 1948 bungalow close to the road.
••• 831 Windsor Way ($1.799 million): Mission Canyon midcentury that needs updating.
••• 2770 Glendessary Lane ($2.849 million): Great street but the house is uninspired.
••• 970 Monte Drive ($2.596 million): It seems to me that a “contractor’s dream” is a homeowner’s nightmare.
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