Newer Listings in Montecito

By Mark Ashton Hunt   |   March 26, 2020

The homes that comprise the Montecito Real Estate market offer great diversity in terms of style, price and amenities, as well as the varied topography and neighborhoods this lovely area offers to homeowners. From a canyon side home to a level lot in a private setting, a hill top view home, a historic property resting under a canopy of two hundred year old, oak trees or a beach house, Montecito offers properties of all shapes and sizes (and prices) for those who wish to own a home here.

With the current lower inventory of available homes that is common in winter, we now look toward spring and summer, and toward the anticipated jump in the number of homes offered for sale. The MLS (Multiple Listing Service) usually shows a significant increase in the number of homes on the market in Montecito (common in most cities), between February and May, rising from the lower point where we are now with about 150 or so homes and condos on the market in Winter, to the 200 or so homes and condos usually on the market in the late spring and summer months.

Although we are at a stage of lower inventory, today I have featured four newer listings in four different price ranges, with different architectural styles, to highlight my earlier point about diversity in the area. There are also differences in the situation or circumstances with many listings.

Today’s featured listings represent a diversity in style, price, and property background. Consider a newly built estate on the multi-acre ocean view site where famed comedian Jonathan Winters lived for decades, or benefit from a recent remodel on San Leandro Lane, and own a historic, Reginald Johnson architectural estate with substantial guest parking and nearly 8,000 square feet of living space. Or drive up Park Lane and find a contemporary, ocean view estate compound with long meandering driveway, private pool and pool house, or consider the centrally located, historic, multi structure Spanish compound with a pool on Hot Springs Road situated between the Upper and Lower Villages in Montecito… Here is a closer look at these four newer offerings, all of which are located within the Montecito Union School District.

549 Hot Springs Road – $5,150,000

This is a special opportunity to own a gated 1920s Spanish, adobe style compound in Montecito’s Golden Quadrangle. Beyond the gated entrance, a courtyard welcomes you and features the authentic detailing of the main house and three other separate structures offering a total of seven bedrooms in all.

Set among an acre of lawns, pathways and mature gardens, there is a three-bedroom main house featuring antique doors leading to a formal living room, a romantic master bedroom, a family room leading out to a sparkling pool and spa, and an outdoor dining area, with multiple sun-drenched patios & courtyards.

The two detached additional structures enjoy a private courtyard patio and border a large lawn. On the other side of the property and down a secluded path is a remodeled 1909 pool house with mature landscaping and privacy surrounding. There really is nothing else like this on the market that I can think of and I feel transported every time I step onto the property.

915 Park Lane – $6,150,000

This Park Lane contemporary estate was designed by notable architect Robert Klammer and offers a mix of airiness and light in a style that blends into the environmental surroundings with a big ocean view backdrop. At approximately 5,900+/- square feet of living space, the interior can handle a crowd, but is scaled to function well for everyday use.

The entry wing offers a two-story foyer with atrium and ridge skylights, a master bedroom suite, home office and two guest bedroom suites. Entertaining spaces include the formal living/dining rooms, gourmet kitchen, breakfast nook, adjoining family/media room. Patios and outdoor entertainment areas surround the home.

Two additional bedroom suites and an art studio encompass the second story. Additional details of this compound include a gated entry, motor-court, three-bay garage, separate guest house and a pool on this very private, three-acre lot.

1684 San Leandro Lane – $7,995,000

Architectural pedigree, historic finishes, meticulous attention to detail, and modern day comforts coalesce at this ultimate Hedgerow estate! This magical 1920, Reginald Johnson designed manor was significantly renovated in 2015 and is steeped in rich period details throughout.

Located in Montecito’s Hedgerow neighborhood, the estate known as, Midwood is ideally positioned between the Upper Village and Miramar Beach, set back from the street and offering significant parking for guests and daily use.

The genius of Johnson’s original design and finishes are felt throughout the 7,500+/- square foot, sprawling home. The single level floor plan is ideal for entertaining and offers flexible spaces for offices and/or bedrooms. Bright, sunlit rooms are surrounded by incredible Lockwood De Forest gardens epitomizing the indoor/outdoor living experience here in Montecito.

945 Lilac Drive – $16,995,000

After a multi-year design and building period, this truly impressive estate compound is now available for a new owner. The extensively remodeled, European-inspired contemporary estate, showcases breathtaking ocean, island and mountain views and is nestled serenely on approximately three picturesque, cascading acres in one of Montecito’s most sought-after neighborhoods.

This project is the result of a collaboration between award-winning builder Allen Construction, internationally acclaimed architecture and design firm Harrison Design, and the visionary landscape architects of Arcadia Studio.

Amenities includes an infinity pool and spa, two expansive porticos designed with alfresco dining in mind, an outdoor kitchen and generous seating areas, a movie theater reminiscent of Old Hollywood, a wine cellar/ tasting room, a sizable guest house, and a spacious four-car garage.

Walls of folding and sliding doors invite an abundance of natural light in while capitalizing on the stunning grounds and panoramic views, and double as a welcoming gateway to the alluring porticos beyond. There is approximately 9,500+/- square feet of living space, plus the guest house, covered loggia’s and four-car attached garage.

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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