Noteworthy new listings….
Designated a Structure of Merit by the city, the 1929 Palmer House at 2535 Anacapa Street ($4.795 million) has a sexy floor plan organized around a central courtyard. Of the many rooms, only the living room and an office feel individually special, and updating is needed throughout, but the overall effect is lovely. Because the corner lot is on a hill, there’s a lower level, leading to the backyard, which remains an opportunity. UPDATE 8/28: The listing agent would prefer I not run the floor plan from the promotional flyer, so it’s been removed.
A Jeff Shelton house built in 2009, 145 Olive Mill Lane ($5.55 million) is looking for its fourth owner. After paying $3.799 million in April 2021, the current one made welcome improvements, bumping out the living room and adding a door to the backyard. While there are still recognizable Shelton details, the house is relatively low on whimsy, but with a feeling of quality. Walkability to Coast Village is a major plus.
The tomato-red exterior of 723 Via Manana ($7 million) is irresistibly exuberant; the inside, however, doesn’t have quite the same panache. Smoothing out the overabundance of styles would go a long way toward making the house cohere, and while you’re at it, you could probably open up the backyard a bit. The proximity of the San Ysidro Ranch and trailhead make up for the street’s suburban energy.
I found the $8.95 million price tag on Tuscanish 290 Sheffield Drive hard to swallow, but it’s already in escrow. Size must matter: 5,608 square feet, with five en-suite bedrooms. Perhaps the chirping birds and fluttering butterflies mentioned in the listing serenade you every morning, Disney-style.
You could make a heck of a compound out of 251 E. Mountain Drive ($6.425 million), which has so many large rooms I lost track of what was what. Streamline the backyard and revamp the kitchen and baths, and you’re more than halfway there.
AB Design Studio’s 2013 rethink/expansion of a 1920s cottage at 903 W. Mission Street ($1.695 million) shows what you can achieve with inexpensive materials and clean lines. The interiors are likely to be too minimal for some folks, but I’m not sure any other style would work in these spaces. N.B. The last photo is of the upstairs ADU.
And a few others worth checking out:
••• 1316 Dover Hill Road ($3.195 million): 1970s Riviera house in need of a redo.
••• 920 Camino Medio ($2.895 million): Hope Ranch fixer/teardown.
••• 950 Arcady Road ($4.25 million): Sweet facade, but inside needs updating and outdoor space is limited.
••• 1628 Chapala Street ($2.795 million): The seller paid $2.2 million two months ago.
••• 2232 Santa Barbara Street ($4.495 million): Technically a relisting, so I wouldn’t normally include it, but the 1904 Upper East grande dame (8,243 square feet) is so over-the-top I can’t resist.
••• 4296 Rancho Asoleado ($3.495 million): Four-bedroom with a sweet backyard in a Hope Ranch Annex gated community (below).
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