First Look at the Montecito Water Tank House

••• Yesterday’s County Board of Supervisors meeting included a request for a zoning change (from public utility to residential) for a project I’m obsessed with: the conversion of an old water tank high above Montecito into a house. The applicant’s presentation included the first renderings we’ve seen.

••• A new endeavor to keep on your radar: Goodland Mercantile. “Our online store was founded by two local moms wanting to bring the community together through the art of handmade goods. At Goodland Mercantile, you’ll find unique gifts and wares to share with family and friends.” As of a week ago, the launch was set to be on February 1.

••• The Well in Summerland says that “our third house is now open with stunning new inventory.”

••• Landscape architecture firm CJM::LA sent out an update about Mattei’s Tavern, the landmark Los Olivos property being enlarged and converted into an Auberge resort: “The new vision for the property includes preserving the original tavern, guest cottages, water tank tower, landscaped grounds and specimen trees—all of which are included in the landmark designation. To the west, the creative team carefully located a number of new luxury guest rooms and cottages, an event barn, pool, and spa.” I hadn’t seen the layout before…. It’ll be interesting to watch how the resort copes with being so close to Highway 154.

••• Press release from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival: “Sacha Baron Cohen will receive the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award […] on Wednesday, April 7.” Perhaps I was the only one who couldn’t make it through Borat Subsequent Moviefilm or The Trial of the Chicago 7. Anyway, the festival “will take place March 31 through April 10. More information as well as Festival passes and tickets, will be available in the coming weeks at”

••• The corner lot at 433 Chapala Street (at W. Haley), currently home to Happy’s Collision Center, just sold for $3.185 million; we can assume someone has plans to develop it.


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