Big Views in East Montecito

By Mark Ashton Hunt   |   November 1, 2018

For those in search of an estate-level home that boasts ocean views and increased acreage, the area at the eastern border of Montecito can offer a lot of both for the money. From a close-to-town, 270-degree ocean view contemporary home on nearly two acres, to an 80+ acre working ranch with pool and tennis court, this area offers many options to buyers of all interests.

To make these homes perhaps even more enticing than their expansive ocean and island views, it can be noted that they are all listed at a price lower than they have been offered for in the past.

The following homes are not within the Montecito Union or Cold Spring School Districts, but they are in the 93108 ZIP code. This area often includes homes on ocean-view streets that are on the border between Montecito and Summerland, and running from the ocean to the mountaintops of Toro Canyon.

Some of the listings in this area offer easy access to town; others, farther up in the foothills, offer easy access to hiking trails and, along with that, mostly larger lots and thus fewer neighbors.

2775 Bella Vista Drive: $7,000,000

This home offers huge ocean and island views that include the Santa Barbara harbor and city in the distance. The quiet, five-acre private estate includes majestic palms, tropical gardens, and a commanding position above Montecito and overlooking the Vedanta Temple grounds.

Within the contemporary residence (built in 1989), are 7,000 sq ft of air-conditioned living space, including 5 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms, many featuring granite floors, granite fireplaces, and mirrored glass walls, along with storage areas, a 3-car garage plus a carport, and parking for guests. In addition, there are deck patios overlooking everything, 2 waterfalls, an infinity pool with cabana, lush lawn, rose gardens, orchard, putting green, and a tennis court shared with one neighbor. There is a private well in addition to Montecito water.

350 Ortega Ridge Road: $8,750,000

This dramatic knoll-top contemporary home features walls of glass, high ceilings, and panoramic ocean, island, harbor and mountain views. The home was custom-designed and built to accommodate the art collection that fills the home.

Rooms open to wrap-around ocean-view terraces, and outdoor living is immersed in these rarely available, close-in. And, did I mention ocean, island, harbor, and city views? The media room includes a bathroom and service bar, but could serve as a fourth bedroom.

The property is advertised as including approximately 6,500 sq ft and offers outdoor entertaining options, a circular driveway, impressive approach to the home, a separate driveway leading to more parking, and a 3-car attached lower-level garage. It is also gated, private, and just minutes to shopping and restaurants in Montecito and Summerland.

370 Ortega Ridge Road: $15,995,000

This 84+ acre coastal agricultural estate offers privacy, a sprawling lawn, ocean, island, coastline, mountain views, and an opportunity to live on a ranch just a few minutes up the road from town. The single-level villa is nicely appointed with 4 bedroom suites, an open office, and a separate guest casita. The courtyard entry includes a swimming pool with spa and open and covered patios. There is a tennis court on site, and a network of ranch roads that are used to maintain the orchards.

Per the marketing materials for the property, the ranch maintains the Williamson Act Agriculture Preserve status, which allows for a lower property tax basis.

568 Toro Canyon Park Road: $17,500,000

Surrounded in a Toro Canyon Park setting is this 40+/- acre ocean-view property, featuring an estate designed by award-winning architect Andy Neumann. The more than 6,000-sq-ft main residence is accompanied by a 2-bedroom guesthouse and a multi-room cabaña.

This home is an example of Modernism architectural style, with the structures combining functional minimalism with expanses of retractable and invisible walls of glass, to focus attention on the nearby environment and views. The natural yet strategic placement of the structures on this site highlight the ocean, island, and harbor area views, and the surrounding acreage is your backyard to enjoy. Other amenities include a pool, spa, outdoor barbecue, central A/C, and multiple fireplaces.


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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