This Old House Has Been Given a New Life

Having hit the market in June of 2018, the Mission Revival house at 2050 Garden St. is hardly “just listed”—but it deserves the spotlight anyway. The grandes dames of the Upper East rarely come available, and certainly not ones with this caliber of workmanship.


Bedrooms: Three.
Bathrooms: Four.
Size/Acreage: 3,774 square feet / .36 acre.
Price: $5.5 million (down from $6.1 million).
Last sold: April of 2008 for $2.4 million (but I believe that was only for the lot with the house; see below).
Listing agents:
 The Morehart Group at Compass.


After buying the 1895 house in 2008 for $2.4 million, the current owner hired Giffin & Crane for a massive, three-year renovation. “We took the house apart, piece by piece, stripped it completely,” G&C’s Dan Formacek told the Santa Barbara Independent. And then they built it back up: “The augmentations were done in the strictest of methods to emulate original design intent. It’s as close to an approximation to the original building as possible given that it’s an up-to-date home meant to be lived in.” The millwork merits extra attention, especially in the upstairs library.

The work might not be done for a new owner: While attractive, the master bathroom has no shower.

The current owner also bought the adjacent lot on E. Padre, creating a marvelous entertaining space—the trellised patio is spectacular—and garage.

Visiting the property, one can’t shake the feeling that the owner put in far more than he/she will get out—unfortunate for them, of course, but a fantastic opportunity for someone else.

Contact the Morehart Group at Compass (805-895-9385) for a showing. Be sure to tell them Siteline sent you.

Photos courtesy Compass and Giffin & Crane.