By the Architect of the Biltmore, Bellosguardo, and Lotusland

The 1920 estate at 1684 San Leandro Lane is big—especially for the Hedgerow (unless you count Oprah Winfrey’s 70-acre compound), and especially for a house that’s almost entirely single-level. Midwood, as it’s known, was designed by Reginald Davis Johnson, the architect responsible for many important Montecito buildings—the Biltmore, Bellosguardo, and the properties now known and Lotusland and the Music Academy of the West.


Bedrooms: Four.
Bathrooms: Four full, two half.
Size/Acreage: 7,552 square feet / 1.66 acres.
Price: $7.995 million.
Last sold: In January 2015 for $6.3 million.
Listing agents:
 Riskin Partners.


According to the listing, Midwood was “significantly renovated” in 2015, which would be right after the current owners bought it for $6.3 million. (And before the January 2018 debris flow, which appears to have impacted the property to some degree.) Factoring in renovations, repairs, and decorating—the house is done to the nines—the owners don’t seem to be trying to make a ton of money off the current sale.

If you like this style—and the color green—you could save a bundle on window treatments and wall coverings.

Two favorite moments: the butler’s pantry (above) and the hand-painted mural in the powder room (third photo below).

The style calms down a bit in the bedrooms, which are mainly gathered in one wing of the house. (The exception being the bedroom above the garage.)

One of the guest rooms is currently being used as an office, but there’s an actual office, too.

The gardens were originally designed by Lockwood de Forest.

Remarkable for a flat 1.66-acre lot in Montecito, there’s neither a guest house nor a pool. A rendering on the Riskin Partners website shows how a pool would look—quite nice!—where the lawn is now. But here’s hoping the next stewards of Midwood don’t touch the superb treehouse.

Contact Riskin Partners for a showing—and be sure to tell them Siteline sent you.