Noteworthy new listings….
Designed by Francis T. Underhill in 1917, 670 Hot Springs Road ($74 million) is a wow and a half: a seven-bedroom, 20,000-square-foot mansion on 10.5 acres of primest Montecito. While many surfaces need updating, they seem pretty fixable. That said, the closest comp I can think of sold for $32 million. Then again, that was back in October….
While the exterior of 805 Picacho Lane ($20 million) screams “I won the lottery!”, the interiors call to mind a Bavarian inn redone in the 1990s. The prestigious address and off-street location (on 1.65 acres) may be enough to get close to the asking price.
The 2005 house at 995 Lilac Drive ($10.9 million) is more of the faux-Italian style you see all over Montecito. And it’s at the corner of Romero Canyon Road. And there’s no guest house.
Far more elegant than any of the above, but in a lesser location, is the dreamy 1936 Spanish compound on four acres at 460 El Cielito Road ($7.9 million). Wrap it up—I’ll take it.
One thing is for sure about 1175 E. Mountain Drive ($3.995 million), at the corner of Riven Rock Road: you don’t have to worry about parking at the Hot Springs trailhead. Your own car, that is; other hikers are another matter. I suspect it’ll end up getting torn down. Maybe the neighbors should buy it and convert it to a parking lot.
Owen Road is that street that dangles off of Cima Vista Lane on Eucalyptus Hill, affording the houses wonderful ocean views, and 504 Owen Road ($3.3 million) is no exception. It’s a total redo, but there’s innate style.
There’s a reason the exterior shots of 611 Holmcrest Road ($2.175 million) show up last: the building is a drab box. But inside is a nice surprise, with classic Riviera views—that is, if you don’t mind the ratio of three bedrooms to one-and-a-half bathrooms. (It’s possible there was no way to round that half-bath up in the renovation; nonetheless, it reminds me to remind you that before you embark on a renovation, have a real estate agent over to see how it might affect resale value.)
1371 Danielson Road ($5.495 million) is a 1925 Monterey Colonial with an appealing demeanor, although I’m a bit concerned about construction on the vacant lots to the east, one of which just sold for $5.5 million.
If the 1919 carriage house at 1829 Loma Street ($2.2 million) on the Lower Riviera had cheeks, we’d be lining up to pinch them. I remain unconvinced that it’s a functional three-bedroom, though.
564 Santa Angela Lane ($3.595 million) looks intriguing till you realize that it abuts a parking lot with more than 50 spaces. And there are no interior shots yet…. The location and floor plan—with two shared baths—point this one toward the family demo.
And a couple others worth checking out:
••• 2541 Whitney Avenue ($2.995 million): Nice Summerland views.
••• 2025 Creekside Road ($2.585 million): Vacant lot in the U formed by Sheffield Drive and Ortega Hill Road.
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