Ultimate Privacy on a Toro Canyon Hilltop

Noteworthy new listings….

Designed by Barbara Bestor and built in 2010, 3660 Toro Canyon Park Road ($9.95 million) has admirable contemporary swagger—although the red/orange doors are a swing and a miss—and it must feel like it’s a world of its own, sitting on 160 acres at the end of a long and winding road, with no nearby neighbors. There’s a guest house, if you want company. P.S. Is the panel above the bed for people who yearn to be sandwiched?


Anyone looking in Montecito has to be wondering whether folks who bought during the pandemic will change their mind about living here. The owners of two properties, each bought two years ago, apparently have: 840 Riven Rock Road ($7.495 million) sold for $6.2 million, and 2815 East Valley Road ($7.995 million) sold for $4.15 million. 840 Riven Rock (directly below) has clean lines and is near the Hot Springs trailhead, but it’s split-level and a little hemmed in by oaks. 2815 East Valley Road (second photo) is on a busy street, with a good portion of the house on a lower level, and it has some style issues, but there’s a two-bedroom guest house to complement the four-bedroom main house.


You could fit all of the Waltons at 2610 Roundup Road ($6.9 million), on 17.69 acres in the Woodstock Ranch community east of Los Olivos: the compound includes a three-bedroom “main residence, attached guest cottage, a three-bedroom second residence, gym/garage building, [and] amazing equestrian facilities.”


There’s also Traditional Home charm at 1120 Via Del Rey ($5.2 million), a 1990 four-bedroom (with three and a half baths) in Goleta’s Vista del Rey gated community. The interiors are appealing, but the backyard is minimal because the house was wedged into a rear corner of the five-acre lot.


I’m a fan of both 1950s California cottage style and this part of Eucalyptus Hill, but 830 Summit Road ($4.795 million) is small (1,938 square feet, with a shared guest bath); the kitchen lacks much storage; the lot is just .48 acre; and I wish that more of the flat ceilings had been popped. Pretty pool, though. It’s likely a spec reno, the seller having paid $1.75 million in the fall of 2020.


And a few others worth checking out:
••• 845 Woodland Drive ($3.595 million): Eucalyptus Hill four-bedroom, three-bath that needs updating.
••• 404 Los Robles Lane ($3.495 million): 1983 three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath in east San Roque.
••• 653 Romero Canyon Road ($2.895 million): 1930 three-bedroom on .2 acre (below); already in escrow.
••• 621 Barker Pass Road ($2.5 million): Sweet 1949 three-bedroom in need of a refresh on the nub of Barker Pass above Sycamore Canyon Road.
••• 7631 Highway 246 ($13 million): 1,002-acre lot home to 151-acre John Sebastiano Vineyard. “With Santa Barbara County’s proposed AG Enterprise Ordinance on the horizon, John Sebastiano Vineyard stands poised to capitalize on the evolving landscape of the hospitality industry in Santa Barbara County.”


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Beautiful setting in Toro, but I’m with you on sandwich question — the museum like design of some ultra wealthy homes always baffles me. Homes are best as comfortable places to live for yourself, not starkly minimalist places to present to others.