Noteworthy new listings….
If you think architect Jeff Shelton can only do one thing, check out 231 W. Mountain Drive ($4.95 million), built in 2020 on 4.76 acres (nearly all of which is unusable buffer). It looks like shipping containers left out to rust, with a bird-shaped hose rack the sole evidence of Shelton’s signature style. While not practical for everyone, the house is inarguably sexy.
The 1962 Peter Edwards house at 1950 Las Tunas Road ($2.875 million) went into escrow immediately, and small wonder: the midcentury architecture has held up beautifully, and while there are no ocean views, 2.47 acres is a lot of land for the Riviera.
The seller of 1640 E. Mountain Drive ($33 million) paid $12 million just over two years ago and doesn’t appear to have done anything substantial to it. The house is still dated as heck, and the guitars hanging on the pool statuary are a funny stab at making the house seem cool. With the right designer and a thorough renovation, however, it could possibly ride the line between ridiculous and fabulous.
595 Picacho Lane ($14.9 million) has some period charm but not the natural elegance you’d hope for from a 1933 house, and 8,354 square feet makes for an awful lot of surfaces that need updating. I suspect someone will buy it for the land—3.09 acres on a prestigious street—and start over.
Someone redid the 1904 grande dame at 1626 Santa Barbara Street ($4.25 million) years ago and made too many idiosyncratic choices. (That toilet!) The bones are there, and the lot is a nice half acre, but it abuts a parking lot.
While the exterior of and entrance to 813 Ashley Road ($3.895 million) are a suburban bummer, things look up once you step inside, as long as you have the stomach for a renovation.
If you brought the kitchen up to date and covered more of the stone floors, you could turn 1325 W. Mountain Drive ($3.65 million) into something very striking. (Love the arched bedroom window and what appears to be a heart-shaped pool.) You pay for those views though; it’s a 17-minute drive to the Granada Theatre.
The “mini estate” lunff;lguy;ug/jv;/ckhn—sorry, I laughed so hard I briefly lost the ability to type. Anyway, 166 Butterfly Lane ($3.495 million) wants updating inside and out, but it’ll probably go fast anyway, considering how hot the Coast Village neighborhood has been.
Someone is trying to flip 925 Chelham Way ($2.695 million), having bought it last month for $2.5 million and made some quirky paint choices.
516 E. Micheltorena Street ($1.995 million) is a cute 1921 house in the Bungalow Haven district. Love the upstairs deck.
And a few others worth checking out:
••• 144 Las Ondas ($2.995 million): Mesa house built in 2007.
••• 216 Ocean View Avenue ($2.495 million): appealing 1931 house on the Carp side of Toro Canyon (below).
••• 2121 Mount Calvary Road ($2.165 million): nice views, needs updating.
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