First Look Inside a Jeff Shelton Farmhouse

••• Architect Jeff Shelton posted photos of a project, Sweet Shade Farm, that was completed a few years ago but only recently photographed. As always, it’s worth a look (and there are many more photos if you click that link).

••• The Montecito Trails Foundation, a force for good if ever there was one, has replaced the bridge in the Casa Dorinda Open Space: “The bridge has been missing since 1/9. There was no ownership history, so it was left without FEMA funding, etc. Because it leads to the open space, and the community often uses that system to walk to the village and MUS, it seemed obvious to us that replacing would greatly benefit the community. We saw the project through from start to finish under our volunteer board, and hired Peter Lapidus, who placed the bridge at the San Ysidro Trailhead to oversee installation for us.”

••• Caffe Luxxe in the Montecito Country Mart was the victim of a smash-and-grab burglary. (The thieves broke the window to the left of the door, grabbed the safe, and left.) I’m not sure what businesses can do to protect themselves other than keep minimal cash and other valuables on site.

••• Commercial real estate agent Caitlin Hensel reports that Anacapa Architecture has bought 1023 State Street (Figueroa/Carrillo) for a new headquarters.

••• Robin Donaldson of ShubinDonaldson posted renderings of a sexy Brutalist house in Carp. No clue if it’s just conceptual or actually getting built.

••• The agenda of the December 13 meeting of the city’s Architectural Board of Review includes the former Avis office at 36 E. Montecito Street: “The project includes renovations to the building, reconfiguration of the parking lot, new landscaping, and new outdoor patio area.”  Patio area? Dare we hope for a restaurant?


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