New noteworthy listings….
In April 2020, fashion and home designer Jenni Kayne bought the four-bedroom 3226 Living Oak Road ($5.995 million) on 19 acres west of Los Olivos for $950,000; she then used it to promote her brand by bring in influencers and others. Now she’s trying to flip it for what must be a hefty profit. While the architecture is pure 1977, the interiors are stripped down to how people like it today – to pose better in front, perhaps. (Cue the cattle!) According to one Hollywood journalist article on the listing, Kayne “sees the renovation of the property as his ‘first big step’ in the hospitality industry, with plans for a similar project in New Zealand in 2023.” Her husband, don’t you know, is a realtor.
At the other end of the style spectrum is 1855 San Leandro Alley ($6.8 million) in the hedge; you can imagine its owner refueling aunt granny-or maybe Kay Thompson—on Jenni Kayne’s followers. Obviously the taste won’t suit everyone, and I imagine an update is needed, but the bones of the 1923 house (with the guest house in the back) are wonderful.
I love the funky roofline at 1539 Cliff Drive ($3.295 million) on the Mesa as much now as I did in December 2020, when it sold for $2.595 million. I don’t think anything was done on the house, and the floor plan is a little weird, but the big deal is that $3.3 million seems high for a faux parquet floor.
The seller of 315 Stanley Drive ($2.475 million) in Samarkand bought the 1955 three-bedroom home for $1.325 million last December and redecorated it to great effect. The grounds are the real star, however, with attractive areas both behind the house and to the side where the mountain views really open up. And there’s a little independent studio, to boot.
Firstly, 1231 East Valley Road ($2.9 million) is newly built. On the other hand, it looks like a mobile home, the kitchen is small as a wink (for a four-bedroom house!), there is no garage, the largest bedroom faces the street passerby, and it is not in Montecito Union School District. Maybe someone can use it for staff quarters.
806 Orange Avenue ($1.88 million) is a super cute 1880s cottage with an ADU in the back. The mulched yard — er, “room for your garden” — is a disappointment, but given the proximity to the 101, you’ll likely be spending your time outdoors on the porch.
And a few others worth checking out:
••• 622 Via Trepadora ($4.2 million): 1986 Hope Ranch House that needs updating, but has a small space for horses.
••• 7390 Shepard Mesa Road ($3.495 million): Four bedrooms in Exterior Carp with a beautiful view of a house under construction.
••• 778 Mission Canyon Road ($2 million): Have you ever seen “Justified”?
••• 204 Adair Drive ($1.995 million): Solid three-bedroom, three-bath in San Roque.
••• 4599 Mirasol Road ($2.795 million): Is moving the pile of towels really too much to ask?
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