Classic 1949 Adobe With Stairs to the Beach

Noteworthy new listings….

The 1949 adobe at 3139 Cliff Drive ($10.995 million), just past Hendry’s Beach, is a very Santa Barbara house in a very Santa Barbara location. It was built much closer to the bluff’s edge than you would ever be allowed to now—as a result, the water feels like it’s right outside the back door. And in a sense, it is, because a private shared path leads down to the beach. The interiors want to be updated, although exhibitionists will delight in the window between the primary shower and the main back terrace.

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Here’s something you don’t see every day: 6790 Rincon Road ($6.5 million), a 7.17-acre agricultural property in eastern Carpinteria with a striking one-bedroom, one-bath house and a pair of 250-square-foot outbuildings, all built in 2013. I wish the photos were scratch-and-sniff so we could really get a sense of the situation.

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I hoped 4675 Via Huerto ($7.75 million) in Hope Ranch would be open for brokers yesterday because the property is hard to get one’s head around. There’s the 1948 main house; a “pool house with interesting wooden curved walls”; “a curious building both inside and out […] built in reminiscence of a Japanese tea room”; and a little building, both interesting and curious, that goes unmentioned in the listing. Without seeing the place in person, I couldn’t say for sure, but I suspect the price is mainly for the 4.23 acres of land.

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If you’re the kind of person who counts your steps, especially the amount you climb, you’ll be right at home at 713 Via Airosa ($4.95 million), also in Hope Ranch. Stairs are everywhere: from the driveway down to the front door, down into the bathtubs, down to the guest rooms. And ladders, too, to reach the high shelves and racks in the library and primary closet. For all that, the architecture has a sexy dignity and the 80s stylings could be updated to feel current—and the views offer a substantial payoff for all that legwork.

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There’s a swaggy glamour in the midcentury lines of 1527 Crestline Drive ($2.395 million), but I think it wants a total redo, despite it having been “extensively re-imagined,” according to the listing. (The kitchen, dining nook, and laundry are dying to be merged.) The lot is bigger than it looks: beyond the pool, a set of stairs leads down the hill to a flat area ripe for something—vegetable garden, bocce court, whatever. N.B. The seller paid $2.1 million in June.

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And a few others worth checking out:
••• 981 Coyote Road ($795,000): One-acre lot with conceptual design by Jeff Shelton (above).
••• 1396 Danielson Road ($2.5 million): Mostly renovated three-bedroom on the freeway; likely to end up as a vacation rental.
••• If you were curious about 491 Pimiento Lane ($10.75 million), which I wrote about two weeks ago, there are now a lot more photos, including interiors.
••• 819 Ashley Road ($14 million): The 1.92-acre vacant lot has languished on the market for years at $4 million to $5 million. Now you can pay $14 million and fund the construction of the house (below), which was designed by William Hefner.

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