The week’s notable new listings….
The land at 4121 Creciente Drive ($11 million) is special: 2.5 acres in Hope Ranch with 170 feet of ocean frontage. The house, built in 1941, is just waiting for one of those life-size chess sets—or, more likely, a wrecking ball.
El Caserio is a magical little enclave downtown—if you’ve never walked through it, I highly recommend a visit. What the nine houses—including the two-bedroom, two-bath 924 Garden Street ($2.4 million)—appear to lack in light and space they more than make up for in charm. And this one appears to be in excellent shape.
1770 Jelinda Drive ($5.3 million), on 1.71 acres in Ennisbrook, was last on the market in mid-2017 for $3.65 million. Judging from the handful of listing photos, I’m going to guess not much has been done to it since. And as the floor plan shows, there are a lot of funky angles to contend with.
Way out in the boonies past Goleta, 1400 Farren Road ($3.5 million) is a 3,500-square-foot house on 38 acres, with around 2,400 avocado trees and relentlessly woodsy interiors.
The 1928 Carleton Winslow house at 820 Cima Linda Lane ($6.795 million) has also been on the market before—for $4.9 million in April 2016—and the kitchen and pool are telling me that little has changed. It all looks fabulous, but I’d brace for work under the hood.
The HOA vibe of Coronada Circle isn’t my bag, but if it were, I could be tempted by 141 Coronada Circle ($3.999 million), on one of the largest lots in the compound.
309 Vista de la Cumbre ($3.295 million) in San Roque has been newly renovated and is decidedly on trend. The price is high for that part of town, though, and there’s no garage.
Someone bought two houses on Hot Springs Road, just above East Valley Road, demolished them, and decided to sell rather than pull the trigger on the permitted plans for a 6,000-square-foot house. In its favor, 537 Hot Springs Road ($5.75 million) is two flat acres in a convenient part of Montecito; the two acres, however, will need a lot of landscaping.
A stronger case could be made for the price of 2300 Wellington Avenue ($1.8 million) if it weren’t on Pueblo Street and if the finishes downstairs had also been updated.
With three bedrooms and one bathroom, the project at 31 Las Alturas Road ($1.8 million) will need more than new surfaces. Swell deck, though.
1125 Orchid Drive ($1.3 million), on the far side of More Mesa, is spectacularly depressing. I’m tempted to create a contest seeing who can come up with the best brokerbabble to describe it.
And a few others worth checking out:
••• 3018 Paseo Tranquillo ($2.895 million): “Newly constructed in 2009” in San Roque; already in escrow.
••• 915 Camino Viejo Road ($2.385 million): In nice shape and with potential to make even nicer; already in escrow.
••• 2393 Emerson Street ($2.289 million): Cape Cod in Summerland; already in escrow (below).
••• 511 Alston Road ($2.695 million): Unassuming three-bedroom; already in escrow.
••• 403 Conejo Road ($2.1 million): 1,590 square feet and wants updating.
••• 1986 Arriba Street ($2.675 million): On three acres in the Carp foothills.
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A friend of mine lived in El Caserio many moons ago. Absolutely LOVE those little casitas.
Work under the hood is an understatement for the Cima Linda property. Beautiful old home, but a lot needs updating and renovating, especially the “vintage” bathrooms that probably haven’t ever seen an update. A 6.7 million dollar fixer-upper.