The Most Glamorous Closet in Montecito?

Noteworthy new listings….

Down a pretty driveway across from the Wiman Trail, and a short walk to the San Ysidro Ranch, 1845 E. Mountain Drive ($8.95 million) has solid New England charm spread across three buildings: the main house, built in 1994; the older-seeming two-bedroom guest house; and a two-car garage with a studio apartment above. The property sold in July 2021 for $6.25 million, and I suspect the price would be even higher now, had the main house’s two guest rooms not been combined into one extremely glamorous closet. (Note the rolling library ladder!) The two bathrooms are still there, so you could feasibly convert the closet back to a room or two, although a lot of custom cabinetry would have to be tossed. I also think the backyard is crying out for a hardscaped terrace instead of all that lawn.


1545 Ramona Lane ($7.995 million), on one of the Hedgerow’s best streets, has snazzy curb appeal, with a crisp black-and-white palette and a semicircular driveway lined with boxwoods. Inside is rich with 1930s charm, including a hidden window for someone to pass drinks from a hallway to the living room bar. It’s a bit too 1930s, however, that the primary bedroom shares a bathroom with another bedroom. Given the era-appropriate height of the ceilings, I’d look for ways to lighten up the house—e.g., trimming the trees to the south. P.S. Off to the side, with its own entrance, is what might be the perfect one-bedroom guest house.


663 Lilac Drive ($12.5 million) was built in 1940 and renovated in 1975, which must explain the double-high living room with catwalk. I was surprised that the listing doesn’t include the square footage, because size is the chief appeal, both in the public rooms on the ground floor and the primary suite above. The floor plan is solid, even if surfaces throughout are ready for updating and the house would better served by one large deck than two small ones. Elsewhere on the 2.04-acre lot is a tiny one-bedroom guest cottage with a regular-size door and—kind of like at MOXI—a miniature one.


What 11 Cedar Lane ($2.675 million) lacks in size—the living room is the sole common area—it makes up for in good energy. (Never underestimate the effect of high ceilings and nice wood floors.) The primary bedroom is big, with a broad deck outside; the more private among us might prefer to grow a hedge to thwart any lookyloos among the neighbors. P.S. It went into escrow immediately.


And a few others worth checking out:
••• 431 E. Sola Street ($995,000): Attempted flip of a 1921 one-bedroom cottage; the seller paid $909,000 six months ago.
••• 18 E. Valerio Street ($1.525 million): Another flip: two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath condo for which the seller paid $1.525 million in August 2022.
••• 1270 Santa Teresita Drive ($3.395 million): 1961 three-bedroom with views.
••• 1972 Las Canoas Road ($2.45 million): You don’t see Kelly green used much in interiors….


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Honestly when I saw this listing earlier this week, I was disgusted with the closet and show of the number of shoes one person would purchase and showcase. I seriously do not know how one could justify this. Just so gross, and disgraceful to display when u think of so many in need. The only thing that is worse is the realtors plain lack of thinking, sensativity and compassion of others in including this in the . Rather, only seeing gluttony and the choice of including the photo in the listing, as an encouraging value, and advantageous to selling the property, I just don’t get it
… Perhaps I should move from here.


Another way to look at it is that the average American throws away 70-100lbs of textile waste a year, much of it fast fashion or cheap home goods. Most of it is made of petroleum products aka polyesters. There are no viable recycling methods en masse so it ends up in landfills. The person whose collection you see here seems to cherish her things and collect them and buy quality materials that endure and are not put in the trash after 1-2 wears. Whether your budget is Gucci and Chanel or thrift store, a buy it for life mentality of acquiring things we actually intend to keep rather than throw away would benefit our society as a whole.


Hi Sophie,
I am the realtor for this listing and while perhaps it would be wise for me not to engage as I know nothing about you, I would suggest not casting aspersions on things you may not understand. The owner of this house is a wonderful person who has been collecting apparel and accessories for years and like anyone who has worked to amass an art, or car collection, has it on display for her gratification.

Yes, the world is filled with many in need, and you have no clue what I or my client have done to help address this. I for one (though I see no reason to have to prove anything here), served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dream Foundation for close to 10 years, in addition to being involved in many other charitable causes.

Additionally, my job is to sell high-end properties, and closets such as this are attractive to the target audience. That doesn’t make me a bad person.

I hope you have a good Thanksgiving,

Luke Ebbin


Luke, I agree that you owe no explanation and I feel that Sophie’s post is a little out of line, but well said!!


It is a $9m dollar house; what do you expect, one pair of old flip flops? Two pair? How about a list of charitable donations, would that help? A bit judgy don’t you think?


What an incredibly strange thing to be so upset over and hurling insults unnecessarily in the process. I’m sure if what you chose to spend your money on was put on display, the public would have strong words about your choices and you’d be equally confused why any stranger would care so much as to belittle you when it was your autonomy and choice to do what you please with your life.

julie richman

Men do this all the time w/ their car collections, millions of dollars spent purchasing, restoring, state of art garages & or showrooms. We live in a country where we are free to pursue our passions, hers just happened to be shoes.