The week’s noteworthy new listings….
Built in 1955, with the midcentury zest you might expect (if not exactly the kind you might hope for), 1508 E. Mountain Drive ($6.4 million) came on the market at $4.6 million, and then a day later switched it to $6.4 million, presumably reversing the typo. The property is for sale by owner, and while it looks like it’s been in the same hands for decades, the current owner bought it in February 2019 for $4.8 million and the listing says it’s “recently remodeled.”
2984 Arriba Way ($3.259 million), on the fringe of Mission Canyon, appears to be a spec renovation, someone having purchased it in March 2019 for $1.71 million. The 1957 house has been given a more contemporary gloss on midcentury style, with a dash of kitsch that oversalts the soup.
Two weeks ago, the 1929 Monterey Colonial at 205 E. Islay Street ($2.995 million) came on the market as for sale by owner, with the traditional crappy photos. Now Zillow has exterior shots and only exterior shots, which is normally a concern, but the listing agent posted many interiors on his site. Many of the paint choices are bold, although we’ve certainly seen bolder.
1491 Bonnymede Drive ($5.495 million) has a pleasing contemporary style, not always the case at the Sea Meadow development. On the downside, it’s close to the beach parking lot and turnaround, not to mention the train tracks.
In normal times, the price of 170 Butterfly Lane ($3.895 million)—2.325 square feet on .4 acre—would be an eye-popper, but it reflects the strong desire for turnkey Montecito (blah carpet aside), especially when walkable to Coast Village Road.
How cute is 884 Cheltenham Road ($1.275 million), “built [in 1902] during the advent of the film industry as an art studio”? Of course, cuteness does not always equal livability. It’s 886 square feet, with two bedrooms, one bath, and a half a living room.
There’s more cuteness—and quite a bit more space—at 623 Romero Canyon Road ($1.95 million). Best to do some due diligence on the neighbors, however; you’re practically living with them.
And a few others worth checking out:
••• 2211 Calle Culebra ($2.25 million, above): bright, airy beach house in Summerland.
••• 2623 Caspia Lane ($3.38 million): a much bigger Summerland house, although closer to the freeway.
••• 3758 Lincolnwood Drive ($2.389 million): a big house (3,605 square feet) for San Roque.
••• 29 El Arco Drive ($1.293 million, below): suddenly that blah carpet on Butterfly Lane doesn’t look so bad.
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