Having conquered the back of Eucalyptus Hill many months ago, I thought it was high time I walked the front. After parking on the Camino Viejo side of Hale Park, I headed south. The intersection of Camino Viejo, Alston, and Summit is even trickier to navigate on foot than in a car, so if you do as I did, be careful.
The midcentury house in the first photo below caught my eye—I do covet a porte-cochère—although the harsh afternoon light made it hard to capture. The house was like a forerunner of the contemporary one that followed.
Whenever I see this car around town, I’m impressed by the brand dedication—the trademarkGucci stripe, the nameplate next to the right taillight, and of course the license plate, even though it seems like more of a reference to rapper Gucci Mane….?
You had to be there for the next house, but it appeared to be on the other side of a ravine from the garage, accessible via a bridge. I’m sure the arrangement has grown tiresome for the residents, but I thought it romantic.
I had no idea that non-members are allowed to walk through the Montecito Club parking lot, so they can continue out the main entrance to the rest of Summit Road and, eventually, to Hot Springs Road. Because that wasn’t the point of this outing, and because I know someone will someday invite me to the club for a real visit, I only poked in to take a photo of the main building. I later went back later for a jog—highly recommend it.
If you’ve ever driven on Alston then you must have noticed the impressive stands of bunya-bunya trees. I suspect the homeowners don’t like them as much as I do, because you apparently need to have the cones professionally removed, lest they conk someone on the head.
That little slanted-roof building in the last photo totally turns me on, and I don’t know why. The house below is less my type, at least from the outside. Why is the owner going to so much effort to build stairs down to the street? Are guests not allowed in the motor court?
More Cima Linda fabulousness. Years ago, my husband and I looked at the first house before the current owner renovated. It had an old Palm Springs vibe and the views were insane, but we couldn’t cope with the scale of the project. Regrets, we’ve had a few….
Walk With Me…
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• The Unvarnished Appeal of Yankee Farm
• Where Montecito Gets Down to Business
• The Small Pleasures of Bungalow Haven
• The Small-Town Charms of Samarkand
• Climbing the Back of Eucalyptus Hill
• Admiring the Backsides of Beachfront Houses on Padaro Lane
• Social Distancing Made Easy at UCSB
• In the Heart of the Golden Quadrangle
• Is There a Better Neighborhood for a Stroll Than West Beach?
• Up, Down, and All Around Montecito’s Pepper Hill
• E. Canon Perdido, One of Downtown’s Best Strolling Streets
• Montecito’s Prestigious Picacho Lane
• Whitney Avenue in Summerland
• School House Road and Camphor Place
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