Noteworthy new listings….
The hero image for 2001 Las Tunas Road ($5.895 million) showcases the dramatic mountain backdrop, but the opposite direction is even better: the south-facing backyard has broad ocean views and, a bit lower down, a private pool. (A+ for lining the steps up.) While not large, the house is a charmer, with the kind of big, welcoming kitchen appropriate to a farmhouse. You’ll need to update the bathrooms and, ideally, rethink the saltillo floor. I should know better than to make a prediction in this wiggy market, but what the heck: $6.3 million.
File this one under Only in Santa Barbara: The Gonzalez-Ramirez Adobe at 835 Laguna Street ($4.995 million) was “originally built by the alcalde (mayor) during colonial California” in 1825. Most recently the home of Randall House Rare Books, it’s being positioned as residential or commercial (or both), but commercial seems far likelier; with the exception of the room with a wall of windows, the building trends dark. I could definitely see it working as an interior design showroom, wine-tasting room, or—given the flat, graveled expanse in back—an event space. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places, which could be a turn-on for lovers of history or a turn-off for anyone who hopes to make changes.
I love the solid, East Coast facade of the 1923 house at 22 E. Islay Street ($2.495 million), but the interiors are a project and the backyard ends before it even began. Offers will be reviewed Monday at noon. N.B. On Zillow, the property is misidentified at 22 W. Islay.
You can practically smell the paint at West Mesa’s 308 Cooper Road ($2.75 million), which was just renovated and where au courant choices abound. It’s no spec reno, however, having last traded in 2014. The buyer may end up being an investor, for the house has a history as a “successful vacation rental with solid 4.9 star rated Airbnb income generation,” which explains the camper.
905 Camino Viejo ($2.695 million) has an unassuming appeal from the street; unfortunately, the bulk of the lot is that sloping front lawn. Inside, you’ll find a little bit of everything, style-wise, but I see potential if you can bring it all up to the level of the fantastic brick-rimmed hot tub.
Also worth checking out:
••• 44 Via Alicia ($2.995 million): Drab 1970s architecture on Eucalyptus Hill, but swell views and a nice pool area.
••• 1933 Paquita Drive ($3.495 million): Carp three-bedroom with views (below); the seller paid $2.65 million in early 2021.
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