Noteworthy new listings….
837 Arbolado Road ($3.58 million) came on the market in September, but I missed it. The house is for sale by owner, which explains the photos and listing text (“One might use the words- Ambience, Romantic, Private, French Riviera, Soul, and Oh my goodness!”). The stone house, built in 1925, certainly has abundant character and classic Riviera views.
Presumably inspired by the recent $19.5 million sale of a nearby property and the hot market in general, someone is ready to part with an 11.3-acre parcel (0 Vista Oceano Lane, $11.95 million) currently used to grow lemons. (It’s a new twist on the make-lemonade adage.) With its large lots, this part of Summerland would seem ripe for Montecitofication, but the conceptual plan takes things to Newport Beach levels.
The owner of 210 Las Alturas Road ($4 million) is attempting to flip the property a year after it was bought for $2.1 million. While the new design is definitely an improvement, are approved plans worth $1.9 million?
The listing says 1779 San Leandro Lane ($2.875 million)—a 1956 Hedgerow house with a one-bedroom guest house—is ripe for a remodel, but I smell a teardown. Either way, take a moment to admire the bathroom’s built-in paper-towel holder.
Same goes for 1091 E. Mountain Drive ($3.596 million), at the corner of Ashley Road: Teardown City.
The 1984 house at 2422 Stanwood Drive ($3.65 million) has some nice moments, more so if some of the floors get replaced. I wish the house were pushed back farther away from the road—the lot is two acres—but the “free-form boulder pool” is fabulous, calling to (my dirty) mind the Playboy Mansion’s famous grotto. And there’s also a “unique stone cave” with its own electric outlet. (Click the link above to see photos.)
A three-bedroom Mediterranean with a guest house, 7796 Goldfield Court ($3.2 million) was built as the model home for the Bluffs gated community located between Sandpiper Golf Club and Santa Barbara Shoes Park. It’s going to seem like a better deal if you’re into the many Tuscan-suburb surfaces.
The 1971 house at 1045 Tisha Court ($1.995 million) has been jazzed up with all manner of contemporary stylings. The price is right for five bedrooms with a big backyard, even if the lot abuts Patterson Road. P.S. That reading-nook ledge looks like a fall waiting to happen.
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