Noteworthy new listings….
In April of 2020, fashion-and-home designer Jenni Kayne bought the four-bedroom 3226 Live Oak Road ($5.995 million) on 19 acres west of Los Olivos for $950,000; she subsequently used it to promote her brand by bringing in influencers and the like. Now she’s trying to flip it for what has to be a juicy profit. While the architecture is pure 1977, the interiors are spare in the way people like today—the better to pose in front of, perhaps. (Cue the livestock!) According to a Hollywood Reporter article on the listing, Kayne “sees the property renovation as her ‘first big step’ into the hospitality sector, with plans for a similar project in New Zealand in 2023.” Her husband, wouldn’t you know, is a real estate agent.
At the other end of the style spectrum is 1855 San Leandro Lane ($6.8 million) in the Hedgerow; one can imagine its owner going full Auntie Mame—or maybe Kay Thompson—on Jenni Kayne devotees. Obviously, the taste isn’t going to work for everyone, and I’d imagine updating is required, but the bones of the 1923 house (with guesthouse in back) are marvelous.
I love the funky roofline at 1539 Cliff Drive ($3.295 million) on the Mesa just as much now as I did in December 2020, when it sold for $2.595 million. I don’t think anything has been done to the house, and the floor plan is a little kooky, but the big issue is that $3.3 million seems high for fake wood flooring.
The seller of 315 Stanley Drive ($2.475 million) in Samarkand bought the three-bedroom, 1955 house for $1.325 million last December and redid it to nice effect. The grounds are the real star, however, with appealing areas both behind the house and to the side, where the mountain views really open up. And there’s a little freestanding studio, to boot.
On one hand, 1231 East Valley Road ($2.9 million) is newly built. On the other hand, it looks like a mobile home, the kitchen is blink-and-you’ll-miss-it small (for a four-bedroom house!), it has no garage, the largest bedroom faces the busy street, and it’s not in the Montecito Union School District. Maybe someone can use it for staff quarters.
806 Orange Avenue ($1.88 million) is a supercute 1880s cottage with an ADU in the back. The mulch yard—er, “room for your garden”—is a bummer, but given the proximity to the 101, you’d likely spend your alfresco time on the front porch.
And a few others worth checking out:
••• 622 Via Trepadora ($4.2 million): 1986 Hope Ranch house that needs updating, but there’s a small area for horses.
••• 7390 Shepard Mesa Road ($3.495 million): Four-bedroom in outer Carp with a lovely view of a house under construction.
••• 778 Mission Canyon Road ($2 million): Ever seen “Justified”?
••• 204 Adair Drive ($1.995 million): Solid three-bedroom, three-bath in San Roque.
••• 4599 Camino Del Mirasol ($2.795 million): Is moving the pile of towels really too much to ask?
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