New noteworthy listings….
The 1885 home at 1 Miramar Avenue ($15.5 million), just off Miramar Beach, has sold three times in less than three years (for $4.295 million as of December 2019, $7.675 million in September 2021 and $8.25 million in November 2021). It’s a charming, rambling house, with adorable nooks and quirks, that feels like old Hawaii. The current owner has brought an edge to Brentwood, perhaps a nod to the nearby resort of Rosewood Miramar Beach, and removed the dense foliage from the yard. (This video shows what the property looked like.) The desire for light and open space is understandable, but as a result, the house is on display at Miramar Avenue and Eucalyptus Lane.
A 1929 Edwards & Plunkett on 3.34 acres in the Romero Canyon portion of Montecito, 930 Lilac Drive ($16.995 million) is a historic gem, and as such, it needs some polishing. This makes for an interesting comparison to 770 Hot Springs, another pedigreed estate that recently sold for $17 million. On the one hand, this house had been completely redone and was turnkey; on the other hand, it was only on 1.84 acres, on a busier road, with no guest house, while 930 Lilac has two, as well as a tennis court. PS The brick pool deck is a winner.
Photos of 1410 La Cima Road ($2.895 million), built in 1971 on a winding cul-de-sac in Bel Air Knolls, got me excited: It’s cool lines and lively ceilings, and the corner of the living room looks like a soft place to hide. The floor plan is harder to like.
I don’t follow Ventura real estate much, but I know $5 million is a lot for the city. 527 Via Cielito has the advantage of being newly built, with magnificent views. The shape of the living room and dining room is the kind of thing that architects love and interior designers hate; surely you wouldn’t want to live there as a stage, facing the wall rather than the windows.
At 505 Mountain Drive ($3.3 million), which the seller bought in February for $2.15 million, the odd shape issue mentioned above appears in the master bedroom, and design choices are a unaggressive, with very shiny and clashing ceilings. bathroom tiles. As with any spec retrofit (which I assume) you need to be on the lookout for value engineering. Why aren’t there more shelves in the large main closet? What happened to the deck around the hot tub? Looks like Lisa Simpson’s hair.
Around the corner from Las Alturas, 10 Rincon Vista Road ($3.425 million) sits obliquely across the street, positioned to take advantage of the view. The interior wants to be redone in a clean mid-century style, and not uncommon on the Riviera, there isn’t much outdoor space. Too bad the bridge couldn’t be widened.
And a few others worth checking out:
••• 1553/1547 Shoreline Drive: When 1547 Shoreline Drive came on the market in April for $14.3 million, the nearby vacant 0.53 acre lot was listed as available with pricing upon request. Now the home has been cut at $12.995 million and the two properties have been listed together for $18.9 million. If you can swing it, both are the way to go (below).
••• 130 Camino Alto ($2.5 million): 0.74 acre vacant lot on the mountain side of the Riviera.
••• 2222 E. Valley Road ($8.895 million): Last on the market in 2018-19 for $5.785 million, it’s back with no mention of improvement.
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