Noteworthy new listings….
Steps from the Inspiration Point trailhead, newly constructed 2805 Spyglass Ridge Road ($8.75 million) is on 2.76 acres, almost all of which is buffer—the better to savor the widescreen views in every direction. The style is assertively modern, with exposed pipes and concrete floors and walls; while the interior glass wall in the primary bedroom is a huh? moment, the guest house is so cush that guests may never leave.
The $14.795 million price of 260 Oak Road reflects how the property checks nearly* all the boxes: newly built, big (6,146 square feet), walkable to Coast Village Road, and in the Montecito Union School district; moreover, the traditional style—calling to mind a certain Picacho Lane estate—is likely to have wide appeal. (*No view, no architectural prestige.)
4520 Via Esperanza ($9.25 million) is yet another 1990s Mediterranean, with the typical merits (size, pool) and problem areas (Saltillo floors, tired kitchen and baths). How bad were the draperies that they needed to go?
“Currently a specialty palm tree nursery,” the 17.36-acre oceanfront lot at 1396 Anderson Lane ($9.999 million), west of More Mesa, is “zoned for agriculture with the possibility for residential”—which sounds great if you don’t mind being surrounded by nurseries and farms.
Up the street from former Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s compound, 207 Eucalyptus Hill Drive ($7.975 million) has size (5,577 square feet) and location on its side. I can’t shake the feeling that this would’ve gone for $2 million more a year ago, even if the interiors could use updating. Glass brick, begone!
Same goes for the Oprah-adjacent 262 Santa Rosa Lane ($7.995 million), which has the added benefit of being walkable to three schools. It’s hard to imagine, though, how food gracefully gets from the kitchen to the dining room.
“In the heart of Santa Barbara”—not!—281 Schulte Lane ($4.995 million) is a lot of house (5,386 square feet), but when it came time to decorate, the owners’ enthusiasm never flagged. To wit: the stained-glass windows, the river-stone fireplace, the tin ceiling, the world map that hurts my neck just thinking about it, the kids’ tropical retreat, the elevator that looks like a pneumatic tube….
And a few others worth checking out:
••• 1092 Toro Canyon Road ($1.695 million): I wouldn’t feed the house to my dog, but hey, 42 acres (above).
••• 2734 Williams Way ($2.35 million): Mission Canyon three-bedroom in nice shape.
••• 1322 E. Cota Street ($2.55 million): Flip attempt of a renovated duplex; the top level gets the views, the lower level gets the outdoor space. The seller paid $1.75 million in November 2020.
••• 585 Las Palmas Drive ($2.75 million): Hope Ranch teardown on an acre.
••• 1231 Ferrelo Road ($2.395 million): Lower Riviera three-bedroom with a lot of interior stonework.
••• 2406 Foothill Lane ($3.299 million): Between Mission Canyon and Cielito, and in need of a total redo.
••• 626 E. Micheltorena Street ($2.795 million): 1910 house that’s large (3,184 square feet) for the Bungalow Haven district.
••• 440 Stanley Drive ($2.375 million): 1951 Samarkand three-bedroom with appealing outdoor space (below).
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