Noteworthy new listings….
The new-build bluff-front house at 1631 Shoreline Drive ($8.855 million) has nice traditional curb appeal, but the contemporary slickness inside doesn’t really jibe. (I would’ve gone full Martha Stewart.) Then again, who cares when you have that view?
On the other hand, you wouldn’t have to do a thing to it, while somewhat similarly situated 3357 Cliff Drive ($5.6 million) needs all-new everything. Is that a corrugated plastic roof over the porch?
There’s a quick flip underway at 759 Via Manana ($6.45 million), where the seller paid $5.84 in March—and it’s already in escrow.
Also in escrow: sexy 81 Chase Drive ($2.995 million), “designed in 1961 by noted architect Beverly David Throne (Case Study House #26), and fully restored in 2018.” Only two bedrooms and two baths, though. [Update: I misread the listing; Thorne designed Case Study House #26, but this is not it, so I changed the text accordingly.]
And another flip is being attempted at 2350 Bella Vista Drive ($3.9 million), way up the hill. The kitchen (and I think the baths) got redone, but if the house goes for anywhere near the asking price, the seller—who paid $2.18 million in May 2019—will make a killing. And it still wants a real renovation.
Montecito’s Hedgerow has been one of the extra-hot areas around here, so we can expect 1590 Miramar Lane ($3.895 million), a 1948 ranch house that wants to be brought into this decade, to go quickly.
Ditto for the 1927 Spanish Colonial at 290 Butterfly Lane ($3.848 million) in the Coast Village part of town, although it’s a bit more of a challenge.
The grounds at 497 Mountain Drive ($3.795 million) are quite appealing—note the soaking tub in a bamboo grove—but the house needs work, and even then, you’ll be left with midcentury-low ceilings.
The grounds are also attractive at 15 Woodale Lane ($2.795 million), but the house could use updating, even if the listing says it has been renovated. P.S. Without a fence around the sport court, you’d have to be an extremely good player not to be chasing balls all over the garden.
1102 Alameda Padre Serra ($2.475 million) is a 1941 house with more historic character inside than out. It has access from Roble Lane, too, so you can pretend you don’t live right on APS.
I had no idea that houses at this price point existed in this part of town (Hope Ranch Annex?), but here’s 4668 Vintage Ranch Lane ($3.5 million), with 5,047 square feet and five bedrooms in a 12-house gated community. Surfaces want updating, unless you’re into this kind of thing. P.S. Why the dual staircase?
2911 Kenmore Place ($1.295 million) is an itty-bitty 1960 cottage cantilevered over a Mission Canyon hillside. I included the floor plan because that central hallway is straight out of a French farce.
And a few others worth checking out:
••• 1502 La Vista del Oceano ($2.45 million): Mesa Mediterranean with a sweet ocean-view terrace (above).
••• 3815 Crescent Drive ($2.285 million): Comes with a podcast studio (below).
••• 3105 Calle Fresno ($1.749 million): 1942 house on a corner lot in San Roque; could be vastly improved.
••• 2429 Vista Del Campo ($1.199 million): The exterior has promise.
••• 3054 Lucinda Lane ($1.45 million): Good for the grilling enthusiast.
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