The Mount Calvary Monastery & Retreat House Is for Sale

Here’s a listing you don’t see every day: the Mount Calvary Monastery & Retreat House, next to the Mission, has just been put on the market for $15 million. It was announced last July that the monastery, at 505 E. Los Olivos Street, would close after Easter in 2021. “The directive […] stemmed less from financial need than from the dwindling number of monks available to staff the retreat center,” reported the Episcopal News Service.


Bedrooms: 21.
Bathrooms: 14 full and 3 half.
Size/Acreage: 4.93 acres.
Price: $15 million.
Last sold: N/A.
Listing agent:
Ken Switzer of Berkshire Hathaway.


The listing doesn’t have any text yet, so we’ll have to rely on the photos and the monastery’s website, which has this to overview: “Mount Calvary is a contemplative Episcopal Benedictine Monastery. Our principal work is to provide a quality retreat experience in an atmosphere of prayerful Benedictine hospitality, with a warm welcome by the monks, good food, and an outstandingly beautiful location. Mount Calvary Monastery was established in 1947 by Fr. Karl Tiedemann, OHC. It is a retreat and conference center of the Order of the Holy Cross. Following the destruction of our original building by fire in 2008, the monastery relocated next door to the Old Mission in Santa Barbara. […] Our guests stay for varying lengths of time and for a variety of purposes, including individual and group retreats, both talking and silent.”

It’s hard to imagine it as a private residence, but it could work as an inn, or a rehab facility, or a religious retreat….

Contact Ken Switzer of Berkshire Hathaway for a showing. Be sure to tell him Siteline sent you.


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