Homes with Pools in Montecito Under $5 Million

By Mark Ashton Hunt   |   December 3, 2020

When people think of Montecito, they usually envision mountain and ocean views, homes of substantial size with lovely landscaping, privacy – and a swimming pool. While not everyone wants a pool, it is rare to find a buyer who will turn away from a home just because it has a pool. 

For most buyers, a private pool is one of the greatest signs of success, fulfilling the vision of a home where one can play and lounge all year round. Enjoy the pool in the summer, the spa in winter, and the visual of a pool is almost always impressive. There is something about a body of water that calms and invites people to relax and chill out. 

With the lower inventory of available homes for sale in Montecito (there are fewer than 90 homes on the market right now in the Multiple Listing Service), it is more difficult than ever to find a pool home in the lower price ranges. In fact, pool or no pool, during the week of November 13 to November 20, there were no new listings to hit the marketplace in Montecito, which is so rare, leaving buyers with even fewer homes to choose from. 

It is easy to feature homes that boast a pool priced over $5 million, because most mini and major estates will have one. However, getting a pool, along with a home you love, in the under $5 million range can be more difficult. 

So, if you are looking for a home in Montecito and must have a pool, and your budget is under $5 million, here are four out of the very few available in that category that are for sale for you to consider. 

1201 Cima Linda Lane – $3,295,000 

This Mediterranean home sits on a great walking street in Montecito and is just minutes from the Upper and Lower Villages. Enjoy privacy and sweeping views of manicured grounds and the surrounding 15-acre preserve of majestic oak trees that irresistibly draws one to the outdoor lawns patios and pool area. 

The multi-level, 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home offers 2,850+/- square feet of living space and features an expansive living room with wood-burning fireplace and adjacent library wall and office. French doors invite you onto a private side patio with colorful gardens. The chef’s kitchen includes a farmhouse sink and the open dining room has French doors opening onto the entertaining deck. 

The primary bedroom and one guest suite are located on the top level and both offer en-suite bathrooms and overlook the pool, lined with flagstone, the lushly landscaped grounds and a producing fruit orchard. The additional guest bedroom is tucked away on the lower level with French doors leading to the pool and grounds. 

499 Crocker Sperry Drive – $3,995,000

This single-level contemporary home is located on 1.3 acres within the coveted and guard-gated Birnam Wood golf community and offers 3 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms in 4,300-plus square feet of living space. The grand formal living room features a fireplace and French doors leading to the patio. The formal dining room with French doors leads to an outdoor dining area. The chef’s kitchen includes custom cabinets, granite counters, and Wolf and Viking appliances. 

The kitchen opens to a large family room with fireplace, custom cabinets, bookcases, and a private full bath. All rooms have French doors leading to private terraces. The exceptionally large master suite features a dressing area, walk-in closets, and a sumptuous bath. Two additional bedrooms each include their own baths, and the private pool and pool area boast mountain views. 

Living in Birnam Wood requires membership in the Birnam Wood Country Club, with options to have a golf membership as well with a course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. This home is located within the Montecito Union School District.

999 Hot Springs Road – $4,250,000 

Embraced by majestic oaks and sycamore trees on approximately 3.17 acres, this property offers a stylish residence and outdoor amenities, including a pool and your very own natural hot spring. The home was designed by noted architect Geoff Holroyd, whose son has continued his legacy, designing estates for celebrities such as the Kardashian family and Billy Ray Cyrus. 

Extensively renovated in 2018, the 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom home combines modern luxuries with European design elements in nearly 4,000 square feet of living space. The residence consists of three levels and features rich oak and Saltillo tile floors, cathedral ceilings, windows, skylights, and French doors thoughtfully situated to capitalize on the setting’s natural light and breathtaking grounds. 

The upper level is devoted to the master suite, featuring a fireplace, en-suite bath and a private balcony that overlooks the grounds and beyond to the ocean. In addition to the hot spring, the grounds include a luxurious pool and spa, outdoor shower and meandering pathways. Surrounded by many more expensive homes and located near hiking trails, this home is also within the Montecito Union School District.

117 Crestview Lane – $4,995,000

Situated on a quiet hilltop with commanding mountain and ocean views, this Tuscan-style villa offers privacy and prestige on a one acre lot in the Cold Spring School District. The main home offers 5,000+/- square feet of living space and includes 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. Outside there is a 60-foot lap pool, full guest house with steam shower, large outdoor wood burning fireplace with sitting area and several outdoor decks and guest parking. The entry hall, with travertine floors and stairway, is complemented by custom ironwork. 

The grand exterior entrance area features Romeo and Juliet balconies above, welcoming one further into of the home where a great room highlighted by a dining area and kitchen awaits. The living areas offer nine-foot French doors and tempered glass windows leading to large outdoor patios. The chef’s kitchen with ocean views boasts a butler’s pantry, high-end Wolf stove, and Miele appliances. 

The second level master suite hosts a fireplace, beamed ceiling and double doors opening onto an expansive, arbor-covered private veranda offering sweeping mountain and ocean views. New to the property is an advanced central air system, new furnace, and water heater. There is also a newly completed kitchen for the guest house and a new retractable cover for the pool.


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