In lieu of a roundup of open houses—which haven’t started up again yet—here are some noteworthy properties that have just come on the market.
At first glance, I took 3155 Eucalyptus Hill Road ($2.695 million) for a spec renovation—it reminded me of the successful development of 950 Brooktree Road, a similarly unremarkable house given a contemporary gloss. (Although that house has a big ocean view.) But there are clothes in the closet, so I guess these folks just live nice and cleanly. The house has an intriguing shape, and a new exterior paint job and better landscaping might really transform it. One caveat: the house sits at the rear of the lot, with the exterior living space on the street side.
754 Winding Creek Lane ($3.495 million) in east Montecito has a ton of windows, a lot of arches, and a lovely upstairs deck. The listing doesn’t mention any recent improvements, which may make the price—well above the $2.7 million the current owner paid in 2017—tough to swallow.
The standard-issue 1962 house at 337 N. Ontare Road ($1.549 million) got a contemporary facelift, or least a partial one.
The 1965 house at 1156 Palomino Road ($1.395 million), way up Mission Canyon, has been spiffed up in some parts and left alone in others; the pool borders on utilitarian, the outdoor kitchen resembles a bunker, and the guest room view is grim. The big patio is certainly appealing.
Built in 1925, 700 Mission Canyon Road ($2.895 million) could use a fresh eye and some new surfaces, but the bones appear good. And the stone guesthouse is a total winner. On the downside, the house is so close to the parking lot for Rocky Nook Park that you’d be able to hear arguments over who gets to ride shotgun.