A Spanish Tower in Sycamore Canyon

Noteworthy new listings….

The entrance to 1493 Sycamore Canyon Road ($5.9 million) makes a strong case that someone with the initial H should buy the property, which despite its 1990s stylings was actually built in 2006. The house is big (5,909 square feet) and so is the lot (1.43 acres), but the interiors could use updating. P.S. A catwalk leads to the Juliet balcony above the front door, so you can go full Eva Perón on arriving guests.


Dulzura Drive is a Montecito street with a relatively suburban vibe—i.e., houses, not estates—so it’s a bit of a shock to see 1155 Dulzura Drive ($6.049 million) priced in the sixes. (The similar 1154 Dulzura, across the street, sold for $4.6 million in August 2021, and it has a pool.) Moreover, once you start making changes—combining the kitchen and family room, rethinking the landscaping, switching out the carpet and some of the floors—you could be in for $7 million. The new normal?


Located on a corner in the San Roque spiderweb, 203 Calle Manzanita ($2.749 million) is a 1930 house with renovated interiors—I would swear it’s a spec flip and staged, but there are personal effects in the closets and bathrooms. While the architecture and neighborhood have charm, the house looks out at a row of Peabody Elementary School modular buildings.


224 King Daniel Lane ($1.995 million), a 4,318-square-footer in Goleta’s Crown Collection enclave, has been nicely staged and—just guessing here—slathered in white paint. Don’t trip over that bathtub.


And a few others worth checking out:
••• 845 Woodland Drive ($2.85 million): Eucalyptus Hill redo.
••• 407 Paseo del Descanso ($2.375 million): East San Roque flip; the seller paid $1.75 million in July 2021.
••• 1015 Calle Malaga ($2.395 million): Three-bedroom on an Alta Mesa corner lot.
••• 1417 Bath Street: I wouldn’t normally include multifamily properties but look at that 1905 house (below)…. It’s part of a portfolio of three listings offered for $12.19 million.


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One Comment

Denice Adams

I benefit reading your comments on various properties and pricing. I’d love for you to analyze my home which I am preparing to sell or lease. http://calleelegante93108.us/ It seems pricing is based on visuals and staging rather than structural integrity. I’m starting the process to sell or lease paying close attention to local real estate. In my 42 years here I’ve observed buyers customize homes to their liking replacing most everything from kitchens, baths, flooring, paint and landscaping. My contemporary home and furniture were all white, gray and black until a 2010-12 facelift when I added color. Now the trend is back to white, gray, and black. Both looks dramatically different. . What’s constant for me is I like my guests outside of the kitchen enjoying views, social spaces, and gardens. Im not a great room fan.