I picked the wrong week to go away, as this is the most interesting crop of new listings to hit the market in many months. (Above: 810 Toro Canyon Road.) Here’s hoping some of them will be open next week….
Built in 2002, the Jeff Shelton–designed Pistachio House at 407 State Street ($4.95 million), between Haley and Gutierrez, has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, seven outdoor areas, a four-car garage, and a commercial storefront on State Street.
The listing for 4347 Marina Drive ($32 million) describes the Hope Ranch property as “an architecturally significant double historical residence designed by Wallace Neff and Thomas Church,” and lists the construction date as 1970. I’m not entirely sure what “double historical residence” means, but it’s clearly a mash-up of old and new, with striking moments throughout. Note the guest house bunker and, in the last photo, how the neighbor to the west has a fabulous beach hut clinging to the side of the bluff.
Farther down the shared private drive from its neighbor 840 Toro Canyon, which came on the market last week for $5.995 million, 810 Toro Canyon Road ($6.785 million) has the same great views, with many walls of windows. The primary bedroom, in particular, is a knockout. And the property is 25 acres.
1190 E. Mountain Drive ($8.95 million) has better lines than most white-box contemporaries, although I’d still be tempted to climb some landscaping up the sides. The house only has two bedrooms, with a surfeit of beige tile, but there’s a one-bedroom guest house. And the pool is idyllic.
While 809 Cima Linda Lane ($8.995 million) may feel a tad suburban Dallas for the $9 million price point, the location—at the end of a spur off Eucalyptus Hill’s Cima Linda Lane, with few neighbors and great views—has real value.
And now, for something completely different…. There’s no way on Earth that 802 Carosam Road ($3.995 million) won’t get redone, but oh, how one hopes that some of the artsy funky is retained. The listing says the 1900 house, known as the Hope Ranch Barn, was the longtime home of “noted artist and UCSB Professor Emeritus, Irma Cavat.” The 1.5-acre lot includes three dozen avocado trees.
At first glance, the outside of 900 Park Lane West ($8.495 million) is a bit chockablock, but the positioning of the house, embedded into the hillside, allows every window to showcase the view and/or land. I haven’t seen the house firsthand, but I suspect the kitchen being upstairs from the dining/living area will be an issue for some. And while I love the shape and size of the plunge pool, I wish it wasn’t on the shadier north side of the house.
“Gated circular drive welcomes you to this 2.1 acre estate with two residences,” says the listing for 679 Mission Canyon Road ($5.495 million), across from Rocky Nook Park. “This timeless Spanish/Mediterranean home was built in 1907 by a local famous artist. […] Second residence completed in 2010.” The older house, a bit farther off the street, has oodles of character—that living room ceiling! that pool!—and some gnarly floors. Still, you don’t often see the opportunity for a compound like this so close to town.
The price for 130 Santa Rosa Place ($4.25 million) is not a typo, surprising as it is for a 2,464-square-foot, four-bedroom house built on the Mesa in 1951. The finishes are distinctive.
The 1908 house at 104 San Ysidro Road ($3.95 million) has tons of charm, along with a one-bedroom guest house, and it’s in the Montecito Union schoolshed, which is likely be enough on its own to get it sold. If it were anywhere but right up against the forthcoming traffic circle, it would fetch much more.
And a few others worth checking out:
••• 166 Eucalyptus Hill Circle ($2 million): Spiffy views in a planned development.
••• 726 Alameda Padre Serra ($2.195 million): 1978 fixer with dazzling views.
••• 3532 Chuparosa Drive ($1.995 million): Appealing 1937 four-bedroom in San Roque.
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