Indoor/Outdoor Heaven on the Riviera


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As you approach the 20th Camino Verde ($10.85 million), on a stub of a road near Las Alturas, you might think it probably has a nice view. The views are nothing short of sensational as the house is perched on the edge of a ridge overlooking the mountains, southern coast, sea and islands, town and harbour. Though the architecture is hardly flashy, it makes the most of the location, with floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors that slide fully into the wall, seamlessly blending indoors and outdoors. (I’m breaking one of my rules and taking my own photo upstairs because I wanted to try to convey the experience of the fresh air wafting through the house.) There are four bedrooms, with the primary in the main building (upstairs) floor.

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I kind of missed this one last week, but it’s a must-see: 3345 Padaro Lane ($26.5 million), which includes 3347 Padaro Lane — ie, two homes, one of which is beachfront, on a 1/2 acre Property.

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Immediately after paying $4.5 million for 491 Pimiento Lane a year ago, serial runabout Xorin Balbes briefly relisted the property for $5.295 million, and a few months later it surfaced for $8.5 million Dollars back up, with renderings for a refurbishment. Now that it’s been updated, it’s back for $10.75 million. The 1971 home exudes sexy glamor and is reminiscent of both Tulum and Morocco with its wide front courtyard, Tadao Ando-style hot tub, and fabulous mosaic driveway. But if the property is as cheap as if it has broad appeal, the myriad quirks speak against it: the garage has been converted into an ADU, the floorplan has multiple pinch points, and the staircase leading to the master bedroom is suck-proof. It sure does near 502 Picacho Lane, 3 million dollars less and also on East Valley Road, looks like a bargain. NB The listing does not include interior photos.

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The 2006 home at 2035 Creekside Road ($10.9 million) on a gated street off Sheffield Drive gave me serious Don Nulty vibes, despite being designed by Ketzel & Goodman: It’s got that Texas-on-the -Mediterranee energy that is so widespread the last turn of the century. It’s big — six bedrooms, 6,698 square feet, plus an 800-square-foot guest house in the back — and I could imagine someone turning it into something very appealing by simply removing much of the adornment. There are a lot of small rooms and nooks, which is a good thing because the hallway office is clearly older than the Zoom era. PS I understand that the large vacant lot next door is likely to be developed.

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The 1955 home at 1255 Mesa Road ($5.9 million) was purchased in March 2021 for $4.4 million. There’s Californian cottage charm in some rooms and a suburban feel where the ceilings are low and flat. I haven’t been able to see the property in person, but from the photos many of the rooms look a bit cozy, and the property is only .41 acres, a good portion of which is driveway and garage. On the other hand, the Coast Village area has been particularly hot in recent years….

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At a cul-de-sac of prestigious Picacho Lane and in the Montecito Union school district, 620 Stone Meadow Lane ($5.3 million) has a prime location that will likely be enough to see you through the day. The 1970’s house is a world away from the neighboring developments, to say the least. Someone is bound to be building on the other side of the pool as half of the 2 acre lot is flat and unused.

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The 4,195-square-foot 302 Alston Road ($4.495 million) has a great backyard and views from the upstairs master bedroom, but the interiors need an update and the downstairs guest rooms all face the street. PS: The main bathroom is so big that you could play Twister in it.

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The 1956 home at 626 San Roque Road ($2.8 million) was purchased in early 2020 for $1.833 million. It doesn’t look bad – love those big doors that open all the way – and now there’s an ADU. Prognosis: $3 million.

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And a few others worth checking out:
••• 1618 Grand Avenue ($2.795 million): 1977 Lower Riviera Three bedroom apartment with beautiful wood ceilings.
••• 321 W. Figueroa Street ($1.195 million): Sweetly decorated 1910 Craftsman on West Side (bottom); the floor plan is far from ideal, but what do you expect from 1,095 square meters?

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