A Sweet Little House in the Hedgerow

Noteworthy new listings….

The sweet 1948 house at 279 Santa Rosa Lane ($4.2 million), on a .87-acre flag lot, has quintessential Hedgerow charm. It’s low-ceilinged and a bit dim inside, and it needs updating throughout, but there’s a ton of potential, particularly if you’re willing to embrace the quirks (like that marvelous green bathroom).


While some of the postmodern flourishes are a bit flashy, 2463 Whitney Avenue ($3.995 million) in Summerland feels mostly turnkey inside, with an airy living room, an appealing kitchen, and a nice guest apartment over the garage. The seller bought the 1991 house for $2.18 million a year ago and definitely improved it, although perhaps not to the tune of $1.8 million (not that this market is likely to care).


4210 Llano Avenue ($5.95 million) is another Hope Ranch fixer—or more likely, a teardown—on a 3.5-acre lot. It’s also proof that not all green bathrooms are keepers.


Just off the upper, residential, part of Milpas Street, 909 E. Carrillo Road ($1.695 million) is a 1928 Spanish bungalow with period details and contemporary finishes. It’s a shame someone couldn’t find a way to squeeze in a second bathroom for the three bedrooms.


Some of the redwood-clad interiors at 1443 Orange Grove Avenue ($1.595 million), a pair of structures way up Mission Canyon, have low-key cool, but I imagine the draw here will be building something new on the .85 acre. The listing is notable for its personal info, which we rarely see: “The current owner raised his two children here as ‘free range’ kids, allowing them to pursue their natural interests spotting wildlife on the many trails and playing in the swimming holes and waterfalls of Mission Creek, while he pursued his career in ceramics in the lower studio building, creating award-winning works that continue to appear in galleries throughout the world.”


And a few others worth checking out:
••• 505 Mountain Drive ($2.3 million): Four-bedroom house that needs updating.
••• 2460 Golden Gate Avenue ($2.59 million): Mid-renovation house in Summerland.
••• 844 Meigs Road ($2.795 million): 1957 Mediterranean.
••• 5 Saint Francis Way ($1.595 million): Two-bedroom board-and-batten house in San Roque with a “classy carport” (below).


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So tired of the cheap flips. I’ve been waiting to see what’s happening with Carrillo since it sold. It deserved more than cheap vinyl windows and a Home-Depot-special bathroom vanity. It’s a gorgeous little house in a charming slice of town and it deserves better. Darling little houses like this used to abound here, so it’s even more of a shame that in the rare instance we see one finally come up for sale in a total housing drought, it’s been cheapified and disrespected. I hope the new buyer has money for some casement windows and a better bathroom after they shell out 900k more than the buyer did a few months ago. What’s the profit margin on that thing? Too much.