••• The folks developing 801 State Street into a hotel have had second thoughts—the property has been put on the market for $7.8 million. Given the intensity of the hotel market right now, maybe they figured the iron is hot. Or maybe they’re worried they’d get waylaid by a potential hotel moratorium….
••• Speaking of which: Carpinteria’s two Motel 6 properties have been sold: 5550 Carpinteria Avenue for $18.5 million and 4200 Via Real for $12.7 million. The buyer appears to be Jagesh Patel of Bakersfield.
••• Today at 2:30 p.m., Opera Santa Barbara is presenting a free rehearsal of its upcoming production of La Traviata at the courthouse’s sunken gardens. It should be pretty magical.
••• The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens posted a longer explanation of what it hopes to achieve during its closure.
••• I was delighted to learn that architect Jeff Shelton is working on a new house at 204 Olive Mill Road, according to a recent agenda of the Montecito Board of Architectural Review. It won’t be visible from the street, alas.
••• Up now through August 14 at Maune Contemporary: Wish You Were Here, paintings by Orit Fuchs. “What’s particularly refreshing in Fuchs’s work is that she doesn’t try to glamorize women or turn them into mundane objects of perfection. Instead, she seeks to capture their drama, sassiness, inner confidence, unapologetic sex appeal, and unadulterated charm.”
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