By the Beach in Montecito

By Mark Ashton Hunt   |   July 19, 2018

Nothing says summer like a day at the beach… and where better to spend a day at the beach than in Montecito, at Fernald, Miramar, Hammonds, or Butterfly?

The beach area in Montecito is bordered to the north by the 101 freeway, and to the south by the ocean, making it easy to define. While areas on the other side of the 101 are also just a few blocks to the beach, it’s this area south of the 101 that often commands top dollar, with recent sales in the $6-million+ and $11-million+ range. Oceanfront cottages, view condos, and townhomes sell in the multiple millions as well. 

It is easy to see how one can fall in love with this roughly two-block-wide, 10-block-long stretch of real estate; the beach is right there, shopping, dining, and services on Coast Village Road are blocks away and one hears, for the most part, the pounding of surf rather than the buzz of the 101 freeway. 

The air is different too. The pace slows. At the nearby Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel (and soon to be open Rosewood, Miramar Beach Resort), opulent weddings occur side by side with vacationing tourists frolicking in the surf and sand, and residents enjoying the restaurants and social buzz that this pinpoints on the map of luxury locations offers. 

Here are a few beach-area properties currently on the market that offer the beach lifestyle. Additionally, all homes in this area of Montecito are within the Montecito Union School District – thus, all homes mentioned here are as well.

1647 Posilipo Lane, Unit A: $2,000,000 

Ocean breezes and island views are the selling points of this townhouse on Posilipo Lane at Miramar Beach. Units within this complex are not often available and this stretch of beach is in an area of multi-million dollar beach front homes. 

This remodeled town-home offers nearly 2,000 square feet of living space featuring a living room with hardwood floors, fireplace, and French doors that open to an ocean-view balcony. There is a dining room with an additional dining bar, opening to the barbecue patio. Upstairs, the master suite has ocean views, plus two additional bedrooms. The oversize two-car garage has room for storage, and there is a green-belt open space in the common areas.

1389 Plaza Pacifica: $4,700,000

Sounds of ocean waves on the shore welcome you to this ocean-front, 2-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom condo in the gated community of Bonnymede. Unobstructed ocean views greet you upon entering. 

The first level includes an eat-in kitchen with granite countertops, an in-closet stackable laundry, half bathroom/powder room, wet bar, and balcony looking over the ocean and surrounding grounds. The second level includes a master suite with private balcony and full-on ocean and island views. 

The second bedroom upstairs includes an en-suite bath, and there is a private two-car detached garage. Within the common areas of Bonnymede, one can enjoy tennis and swimming as well. The condos at Bonnymede are adjacent to the Coral Casino and Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel.

1483 Bonnymede Drive: $4,850,000

Nestled above Miramar and Hammonds beach just one row back from the sand is this 4,000-sq-ft French Normandy home in the gated Sea Meadow enclave. Saltillo tile and hardwood floors, French doors, and soaring open-beam ceilings are all features of this 2-story, 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home. 

There is a 2-story entry gallery, living room with fireplace, formal dining room with wet bar, and a kitchen with island and breakfast nook. The master bedroom suite has an adjacent sitting room/office with fireplace, oversized walk-in closet with extensive built-in storage, and two ocean-view balconies. 

The back yard has a brick patio, colorful gardens, and a fountain. Other features include a central vacuum system, intercom system, oversized two-car garage with storage, and a slate roof. Common area amenities include tennis, swimming, and clubhouse.

1385 Plaza Pacifica: $4,885,000

This oceanfront condo is also located in the Bonnymede complex and is next door to the other unit listed in this article. This 2-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom, 2-story ocean front unit offers unimpeded ocean and island vistas and a balcony where one can relax and take in the A+ location and inspiring views. 

The contemporary remodel features wide-plank, white oak floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, recessed lighting throughout, white marble countertops, in-unit laundry, and two-car garage. As with the other unit mentioned, this condo has 2 bedroom suites with full bathrooms upstairs, and a half-bathroom on the main level. 

The master suite enjoys top-floor ocean views and the complex at Bonnymede includes amenities such as tennis court, swimming pool, and spa. 

Please feel free to contact me regarding any Real Estate needs or to set up a showing with the listing agents of any properties featured here: or call/text (805) 698-2174. Please view my website,, from which this article is based.


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