Rising Like a Mirage in the Santa Ynez Valley

Noteworthy new listings….

The riad style of newly built 4300 Roblar Avenue ($8.6 million) is refreshing, with crisp white lines that contrast dramatically with the arid terrain. Inside, however, only fireplaces got the Moroccan treatment, and the kitchen and baths come off a bit generic upscale. (I suppose there isn’t a lot of demand for kitchens and baths inspired by developing nations.) The property stretches out on its 20 acres, with a 25-yard pool and a 1,200-square-foot, two-bedroom second residence/guest house. Housewarming gift ideas for the new owner: caftans, throw pillows, a hookah.

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Change some of the arches at 303 Meadowbrook Drive ($13 million) and it could be related to 4300 Roblar Avenue, but this one is in Ennisbrook, and at 7,143 square feet, it’s bigger, with views to match. The entry level is enough house for a couple, and all the guest rooms are downstairs, which is ideal, but so are the double-height living room and pool.

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The 2007 house at 225 E. Pedregosa Street ($5.495 million) feels more like Mission Canyon than the Upper East—it’s nearly hidden from the street by the gorgeous landscaping, and it makes use of materials rarely seen in the neighborhood. The indoor-outdoor flow is lovely, but some of the choices might prove off-putting to certain buyers—i.e., the primary suite toilet is alone in a cubbyhole next to the sinks/shower room, and the three upstairs bedrooms share a hallway bath.

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No mere architectural doodad, the column in front of 1776 Eucalyptus Hill Road ($4.75 million) is an elevator shaft that leads both down to the lower level—where there’s a huge room in which to store your kids—and up to the roof deck.

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The listing for 5396 E. Camino Cielo ($2.749 million) says it was once “the venerable Cielo Store,” now “lovingly curated in to the ultimate live-work retreat,” particularly if you’re, say, a blacksmith.

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And a few others worth checking out:
••• 1025 Camino Del Retiro ($3.35 million): Nicely done spec reno in Rancho San Antonio that already has gone into escrow; the seller paid $2.25 million in May (below).
••• 1330 Plaza Pacifica ($4.195 million): Two-bedroom Bonnymede condo.
••• 2540 Varley Street: Summerland three-bedroom.
••• 1123 Cliff Drive ($2.25 million): Mesa bungalow.

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6 Comments

BW

I’m such a negative Nelly but these homes are all so drab. When was the last truly exciting listing? Feels like years ago.

Roblar has promise as a blank slate though I couldn’t agree more about the kitchen and bathrooms. Blah. The new homeowner can pick up the beautiful book “Inside Tangier” for inspiration on how to breathe life into the place with color and texture. It’s one of my favorite books.

The absence of personality or soul in nearly every listing coming to market these days is depressing. It’s getting worse by the year. I remember when homes here had character and color and souls. They’re still out there, but no one is selling them, I suppose. Makes for some seriously yawn-inducing real estate browsing the last few years. Glad I’m not personally in the market right now because it is grim.

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marina

Agree. And to call this a riad is a bit of a joke. The pool is successful. I am great friends with the author of Inside Tangier and have visited many of those houses. This is not in the same camp at all.

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BW

Lucky you having such friends and having experienced those homes firsthand! Whenever I’m at a loss for inspiration or down and bored I open “Inside Tangier” and find something to swoon over. I wish there were more to swoon over locally, but lately that is not the case. 😒

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christine!

I wish there were a few people with 💰💰💰💰that had somewhat of an idea of what the SYV is- this big white turd it is NOT

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