A lineup of all of this weekend’s open houses can be found at sbopenhouses.com, courtesy the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. Here are five of the most intriguing ones:
The conundrum of 618 Hot Springs Road remains unsolved. As I wrote back in September, “Parts of the house have obvious midcentury appeal, while others are lacking. That’s all probably fixable, but the question is, what do you do with the lower acre? (You can’t build on it.) You could fill in the pool that’s currently behind the house and dig a new one further down….” Having money to throw at the problem would undoubtedly help, and the price is now much lower than the original $6 million ask. Of course, we’re also getting closer to teardown pricing, depending on how much you’re allowed to build open the upper lot. / Open Sunday 1-3 p.m.
18 W. Quinto Street ($2.495 million) is a nicely renovated 1930s house on a quiet Oak Park side street, and it’s a short walk to Handlebar. The main demerit: it backs up against the parking lot for the 33-unit Villa España condo complex. / Open Saturday, 1-4 p.m., and Sunday, 2-4 p.m..
Someone please rescue 1616 Grand Avenue ($1.995 million) in the Lower Riviera—the 1910 house needs to be brought into the modern era. The photography isn’t helping. / Open Saturday, 2-4 p.m., and Sunday, 1:30-4 p.m.
If David Lynch is looking for a place to shoot something surreal in Santa Barbara, he might want to check out 2012 Edgewater Way ($1.795 million), with its arresting decorative remnants. (What on earth did it look like furnished?) The cul-de-sac location is appealing, though, with Mesa Lane Beach just four blocks away. / Open Sunday, 2-4 p.m.
2896 Hidden Valley Lane is a lot of house on three acres in outer Montecito—the main rooms feel more like small hotel than a single-family home. There’s a cute guest house, too, but good luck finding it—the path wanders a bit on the way. / Open Sunday, 2-4 p.m.