Noteworthy new listings….
The folks who bought 3030 Sea Cliff ($11.995 million) in October 2020 for $7.89 million had plans to tear it down and build anew, but they changed their minds. The house is not big—two bedrooms, 2,487 square feet—but the wow factor of the location, overlooking Hendry’s Beach, is beyond measure. P.S. It’ll be open Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m., and it’s worth a look.
Not too far away is 3627 Campanil Drive ($4.95 million), a 1969 “diamond in the rough” on 1.3 acres. The setting is swell, but the house looks like it needs updating—and indeed, there are “two different sets of plans to bring new life into the space while improving and expanding on the existing floor plan. One that was previously approved for a larger, sleek contemporary expansion (1031 square feet) and remodel. The second, currently through design review, for a smaller, classic Spanish Ranch revival expansion (363 square feet) and remodel.”
Built by Mohamed Hadid in 1990, 2347 East Valley Road ($6.495 million) is the childhood home of supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid. (New owners bought in 2011.) While the outside of the six-bedroom house is Mediterranean (note the lovely entry courtyard), the inside proportions and ornately carved wood feel almost Gothic. The backyard looks out at Craig McCaw’s handsome car barn—an ideal neighbor, I’d think. Update 1/16: I’m told that the house was actually built by developer Ron Uhles, who also built the adjacent house and the property now owned by McCaw.
Out in northeast Montecito, on a street that’s fun to explore, 2929 Hidden Valley Lane ($4.995 million) is a three-level 1973 house with two outbuildings—a one-bedroom guest house and an office. The lot is nearly 1.5 acres, but judging from the photos, there isn’t much in the way of usable land. From a maintenance perspective, of course, that’s a relief.
Stylishly renovated (well, mostly), 1808 Lighthouse Way ($2.895 million) on the Mesa has already gone into escrow. It’s right on Meigs Road, though.
Built in 1948 and almost certainly added onto, 104 La Vereda Lane ($4.195 million) should come with a Flomax prescription: the primary bedroom is upstairs, but its bathroom is not. [See update below.] The sprawl could otherwise be appealing in a funky way, and the roomy kitchen is enviable. While the forthcoming traffic circle next door might be an improvement over the four-way stop, the freeway construction will first have to be endured. (Update: Cancel that prescription! Despite what the floor plan shows, the primary bedroom and bath are on the main level, with an office upstairs.)
There are some neat moments at 937 Calle Cortita ($2.1 million) in Alta Mesa—maybe they can serve as inspiration for the parts that didn’t get the same attention. The roof line certainly has a 1970s insouciance.
From the listing for 1734 Anacapa Street ($3.875 million), at the corner of E. Islay: “Built [in 1887] by the well-known financier Joseph Howard as his primary residence, and most recently owned by the same family for almost 60 years, this estate property is ready to welcome a new chapter of stewardship. The zoning is single-family, but the property carries a rare legacy entitlement as 7 units in a boarding house configuration, though the layout of the home is essentially unchanged.” Here’s hoping someone falls in love with it and brings it back to life. (Note: Zillow has two listings for the property, one with decent photos [shown here] that says the property is off-market, and one with dark photos that says it’s for sale [linked above].) UPDATE: A reader said the photos aren’t indicative of the current condition, so I went over. The last four photos are from this morning.
And a few others worth checking out:
••• 1950 Lemon Ranch Road ($5.3 million, below): The last vacant lot in Birnam Wood; the owners have held it for decades, intending to build but never getting around to it.
••• 250 Rametto Road ($3.45 million: Great Eucalyptus Hill street; needs updating throughout.
••• 2451 Calle Linares ($2.99 million): Alta Mesa house with a wacky floor plan but ocean views and you can walk down through the backyard orchard to Elings Park.
••• 318 Salida Del Sol ($1.995 million): $2 million for a total redo on the Mesa? Ouch.
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