Noteworthy new listings….
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi bought 1530 Willina Lane ($5.995 million), on one of the cutest Hedgerow streets, a month and a half ago for $5.4 million. (Maybe they needed a place to store furniture?) Built in 1915, the two-bedroom house is pretty lovable, even if the kitchen wants attention, as is the guest cottage in the tight backyard. P.S. What’s the point of that barrier next to the toilet? We can see you.
Once owned by John Travolta, 13800 US Highway 101 ($45 million) is a 3,100-acre property on the Gaviota Coast; the Hacienda Residence, as the main house is called, was designed by George Washington Smith and subsequently tweaked by Cliff May. Feast on the numbers: “The Hacienda sits prominently among over 970 acres of rangeland, 585 acres of agricultural operations, 100 acres of riparian area, and 1,600 acres of open spaces/wildlands. Property is supported by 15 wells, 6 reservoirs and creek diversion weirs, 2 cottages, manager’s home, and 14 employee homes.” Note that the three underlying parcels between the 101 and the Pacific (of 25 total) are not buildable.
On what I (alone) call the golden slope of Eucalyptus Hill, 129 Rametto Road ($9.975 million) has superb views. The house doesn’t quite live up to the grandeur of the setting—it reminded me of a Coronada Circle property—but the floor plan works. Down at pool level, an intricate water feature helps drown out the inevitable freeway buzz, and there’s a cozy guest room off to the side.
I’m not sure the 1948 house at 3400 Los Pinos Drive ($3.65 million) really qualifies as “the crown jewel of San Roque,” but it sure is a sweet throwback and wouldn’t be out of place in the Hedgerow. Surfaces want updating, but otherwise it’s likely to prove irresistible. (The backyard fireplace/chimney is a real hubba-hubba moment.) Will it crest the $4 million mark?
Built in 2011, 900 Las Alturas Road ($3.8 million) sits between the road and the edge of the hillside, with negligible yard, but the views are killer. If it were mine, I’d hire Jeff Shelton to have his way with it.
2901 Puesta Del Sol ($2.35 million) is a 1948 cottage in San Roque that’s been stylishly redone with many large glass doors. What you can’t quite tell from the photos is that the entrance is on the side of the house; that terrace off the living room and dining area is actually the front yard, with the sidewalk on the other side of the hedge. The garage has been converted into an office/gym, but you could change it back.
The Moorish arches are enough to make 1215 E. Cota Street ($1.495 million) a winner. The question is how to put the long backyard to work—you could add another unit there, but cars can’t reach it unless you lop off one side of the house.
And a few others worth checking out:
••• 1700 La Coronilla Drive ($2.85 million): A.k.a. one with the fabulous garage door (above).
••• 740 Arcady Road ($3.375 million): Three-bedroom that could use updating; the .5-acre property abuts the .69-acre vacant lot at 3140 Eucalyptus Hill Road ($2.675 million).
••• 501 E. Micheltorena Street ($1.899 million): Cute duplex in the Bungalow Haven District.
••• 230 Alameda Padre Serra ($2.35 million): Sweeping views but it needs attention inside and out.
••• 233 La Marina ($2.5 million): Mesa four-bedroom; already in escrow.
••• 5692 Encina Road ($1.399 million): Goleta three-bedroom cute from the front.
••• 514 Pintura Drive ($1.895 million): Every time I look at that entrance, I see the Home Alone poster.
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