Homes in Western Montecito

By Mark Ashton Hunt   |   May 2, 2019

Montecito may be a small town by population standards, but it is not without diversity of landscape, view options, a variety of home sizes, styles, prices, and more. From a mansion on a promontory overlooking everything, to sitting just two miles away, on the patio of an 800 sq ft beachfront home, there are many settings to choose from. 

Over the next few articles I will endeavor to feature homes for sale in these different areas of Montecito, from the beach area to the foothills to central Montecito and more. I will start here today with west Montecito and work my way east over the next few issues. 

Homes in west Montecito can often be equal distance to Montecito’s upper and lower villages as well as just a few more minutes to downtown Santa Barbara. Western Montecito also offers a few separate “hill” neighborhoods that often boast solid ocean views. From the Barker Pass, Eucalyptus Hill, and Alston Road areas to homes on multiple acres in the foothills on West Mountain Drive, ocean view properties are usually available with more than just a few of the listings for sale (three mentioned below have ocean views). 

While parts of western Montecito, and the homes featured here today, are within Montecito’s 93108 ZIP code, many homes or streets on the edges of the 93108 are not within the Montecito Union School or Cold Spring School Districts, yet can be right across the street from homes that are. The homes featured today are in the Cleveland School District (K-6), and the SB Jr. High and SB High School districts. I suggest checking boundary lines and inclusion addresses with schools directly, if being in a specific elementary school district is a key consideration in your home selection process. 

Additionally, homes in the westernmost part of Montecito and the 93108 (areas that include the homes listed here today), are not in any of the debris flow evacuation zones according to the most recent map I checked (please investigate on your own if this is of concern to you as well). Here are four homes in western Montecito on the market today.

916 El Rancho Road: $1,995,000

Located on a less traveled road, this gated .57-acre property features a private drive that leads to the 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath Spanish style home. This listing is located equal distance to the upper and lower villages in Montecito and is just over Alston Road toward East Beach, the lower village, and downtown Santa Barbara. A new buyer will benefit from recent upgrades throughout and re-landscaped grounds that offer multiple patios and sitting areas. 

Inside the home, the living room features a fireplace and a window seat overlooking the park-like setting. The formal dining room has French doors opening to the back patio. The family room includes a fireplace and the kitchen has stainless steel appliances and an additional dining area. All bedrooms are on the 2nd level and enjoy views of the property. There is also air-conditioning in the home.

129 West Mountain Drive: $2,750,000

Nestled on its own 6+ acre site, this Mediterranean home offers ocean, harbor, and mountain views from all major rooms. Built in 2006, it offers 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms and over 3,800 sq ft of living space. 

The formal dining and living rooms open to sunbathed south-facing terraces. The chef’s kitchen opens to a great room that flows out to a view terrace. There is also a pantry and wet bar in the home. The master suite is on its own level and includes a fireplace, sitting area, and view terrace. 

There is a guest suite, and a media room that opens to a covered south-facing terrace that flows right out to the vast lawn with views. The home also includes central air-conditioning and the property abuts Parma Park with its hiking trails and vistas.

115 Summit Lane: $3,495,000

Located on a less travelled street, just above the newly re-opened Montecito Club is this recently listed Spanish-contemporary style home that rests on a .83 acre ocean view lot. The property features ocean views, mature landscaping, privacy, and a pool that was added in more recent years. 

At just over 3,000 sq ft of living space, the home features 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in a single-level floorplan. There is a fireplace in the living room, cathedral ceilings, and wood floors throughout. Underground utilities are a bonus feature with this property.

118 Calle Bello: $4,165,000

Enjoy ocean, city, harbor, and island views from almost every room of this home, located on 1.16 acres on a private cul de sac with underground utilities. The main residence consists of 3 bedrooms plus an office or 4th bedroom and 3 ½ baths. 

Vast ocean views greet you upon entering and the living room includes hardwood floors, high ceilings with wood beams, and a fireplace. The dining room, kitchen, and adjacent family room with fireplace also enjoy the views and natural light. 

The master suite is on the main level with few stairs. All guest suites also enjoy views. Take steps from the back patio of the main home to the ocean view pool and pool house. Additional features of the home include a generator, central air, and solar heating.

For more information on any of these listings or to have me arrange a showing with the listing agents, please contact me directly, or call/text 805-698-2174. Please view my website,, from which this article is based.


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