Posted on Sep 8, 2014

Whether one is searching for a low maintenance lifestyle near the beach or a townhouse on a hilltop with big ocean views, a place to live full time or to just visit on the weekends and holidays, owning a condo or town home can provide a somewhat low maintenance alternative to owning private property.

For instance, the goal of living within a block or two from the beach in Montecito is no small vision. There are very few homes on the beach side of the 101 freeway, rarely more than just a few on the market at any given time and they are usually priced (and sell) at a premium, because, as they say, it’s all about location, location, location. These three condos near the beach are all in the Montecito Union School District.

With a condo, one can live in an ocean adjacent complex with additional amenities such as a pool, tennis, guard gated lifestyle, for a fraction of the cost in some cases as full single family residence ownership. To be truly ocean front however, the cost between a condo is comparable to owning a home in terms of price per square footage… there are currently 0 homes officially on the market at Miramar or Fernald Point (on the sand), and there is only 1 ocean front home on the market at this moment in the Bonnymede complex, and it is featured here. Properties in this Bonnymede complex are in the Montecito Union School District.

In addition to beachside condo/townhouse options, sometimes one can find a place in the foothills with ocean views, as is the case with the Via Alicia property featured. This home is in the foothills of Montecito, not too far from the restaurants and shopping of Montecito or Santa Barbara and offers panoramic views over most all of Montecito to the mountains and ocean beyond. This home on Via Alicia is located in the Cold Spring School District.

So take a look, take your pick, (foothills or ocean), and move in for the holidays.

1386 PLAZA PACIFICA at BONNYMEDE – $1,300,000

1 bedroom 1.5 bathrooms near the beach

1386 Plaza Pacifica

Escape to the beach in this stunning seaside condo. Stylish & meticulously renovated, this 1,040+/- square feet, 1 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom condo offers floor to ceiling windows, a fireplace, and chic finishings, all within the guard gated community of Bonnymede. This is a great entry level (price point) opportunity to buy a “done” unit and move right in and enjoy. Spacious enough for full time living for a single or a couple, while offering the fantastic weekend and holiday getaway options as well. The Bonnymede complex is just a couple of short blocks away from the restaurants and shopping on Coast Village Road and is literally across the street from the Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel.


2 story, 3 bathrooms, 1,540+/- sqft near the pool and tennis court

1375 Plaza De

This recently upgraded two story townhouse boasts beautiful vistas across the complex toward the ocean. The central location is close to the pool, tennis courts, and just a short stroll to beach. This is an end unit which provides additional sun time in the afternoons. The recent remodel included a new kitchen, heating and A/C, painting and carpeting. There is a 2 car underground garage with elevator.  Again the location of the Bonnymede complex is near Coast Village Road and the Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel.

122 VIA ALICIA – $1,795,000

2 story, 2 bedrooms + den/office, 3 bathrooms, jaw dropping views

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Via Alicia has been featured in past issues of this article, and I am very surprised to find it still on the market. For a buyer who wants views, a turn key lifestyle and even Cold Spring School attendance area, this luxurious townhouse is a nice option… The home offers great ocean and mountain views from the living room, dining room, kitchen & master bedroom. There are two bedrooms, two baths upstairs, and an office/den (possible third bedroom) and full bath on the main level. Further filling out the nearly 3,000 square feet of living space is the ffamily room, breakfast area, plus formal dining room, 3 fireplaces, central A/C, central vacuum and 2 car garage. This is a hilltop gated complex of only 11 units with beautiful, ocean and city view pool and spa.

1367 PLAZA PACIFICA @ BONNYMEDE – $4,750,000

Ocean Front! 2 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, private garage and more

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Incredible oceanfront opportunity within the guard gated Bonnymede complex. This is a corner unit with lots of light, and a spacious ocean front patio. The unit is situated on the ground floor, with unobstructed ocean and island views; from Ventura to the Santa Barbara Harbor. The home was recently renovated, with the attention to detail and includes a stunning new kitchen with custom cabinetry and top-of-the-line appliances. Ocean views impress, from the master, guest bedroom and living areas. There are fireplaces in the living room and master bedroom. Additionally, the master suite has direct access to the ocean front patio. This is a rare opportunity to purchase and enjoy a turn-key ocean front unit. Tennis court and swimming pool on the complex grounds, not to mention the close to town location, make this an enticing option for the lucky few who can afford an ocean front home.

For more information on these listings contact

Sheela, – 805-698-3767 or

Mark, – 805-698-2174

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