From a bi-weekly article that runs in the Montecito Journal publication
HOUSE HUNTING IN THE COLD SPRING SCHOOL DISTRICT
Homes in the Cold Spring School District are located within the 93108, zip code and are set more in the Central, Western and North-West portions of Montecito. Quiet lanes, rolling hills, Ocean views and neighborhoods close to school comprise the make-up of the area, and homes range from about $900,000 for a smaller fixer on a small lot, to $15,000,000 or more for a grand estate.
Many of homes for sale in the Cold Spring School District fall into the $1,000,000 to $4,000,000 range, with a few for sale in the $5,000,000+/- range, and a handful of homes with asking prices over $10,000,000 are currently on the market.
This area of Montecito is closer to and often on the border of Santa Barbara proper and allows for easy access to the Montecito villages as well as directly into downtown Santa Barbara. There is a healthy mix of historic homes, larger estates, block developments and many ocean view properties as well as private sanctuaries, that have been carved out on private lanes, out of sight from the main streets.
Here is a look at four current listings, all of which offer value in price, amenities or selling features, and of course their inclusion in the desirable Cold Spring School District.
647 Chelham Way – $2,199,000 – Historic home close to school
This historic Montecito home was built by Pulitzer Prize Winner & Santa Barbara News Press Publisher T. M. Storke in 1928. The home is located just a short stroll from Cold Spring School, on a lot consisting of two parcels.
The property is graced by an elegant Oak Tree that shades the generous grounds, while vistas of the Montecito foothills serve as a fantastic backdrop. The home is advertised as being +/- 2,650 square feet in size, with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and a detached Art Studio. Upgrades include plumbing and electrical work.
The yard and opportunity for upside potential on this home make it a good find for a buyer who wants a historic Santa Barbara experience with the potential to add their own personal touches to the home and property overall. This home has been on and off the market this past year, and has been reduced to its current price more recently.
850 Chelham Way – $3,199,000 – Larger home with pool
This is a larger home for the neighborhood and was built circa 2000. The French Country home rests on 1+ private acre, just a couple of blocks from Cold Spring School. There are 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms in 4,200+ square feet of living space as advertised.
The exterior features an infinity pool, guest parking and landscaped grounds. The entry level features the formal living room, dining room, chef’s kitchen, sitting room, family room, master suite, and garage.
The upper level consists of 3 additional bedrooms. The lower level includes a media room, guest quarters, and laundry area. The media room opens to the infinity pool and features a wet bar, wine cellar, and powder room. This home has been reduced in price.
1196 Dulzura Drive – $3,375,000 – Single level home with pool & pool house
This 5+ bedroom home is centrally located, about one mile to either the Upper or Lower Villages in Montecito or to Cold Spring School just up the road. The property has been skillfully enclosed to create privacy while still affording nice mountain views. A private drive leads to the motor court and guest parking.
The separate pool house, complete with its own bedroom, small kitchen, full bath and laundry, is situated between the resort style pool and spa area, and the professionally installed sport court.
Adding to the charm of this home is the trellised arbor that creates a shaded seating area from which to enjoy an afternoon in your private backyard oasis. This property has been on the market a few months now and was just reduced to the current asking price.
560 Meadow Wood Lane – $5,450,000 – Inspiring setting & impressive home
This English Country Estate reminds one of a Thomas Kincaid painting. Located down a quiet lane and surrounded by many impressive estates, this home features a unique setting with privacy, mature landscaping and whimsical features such as a wishing well fountain.
The home features 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms in just over 4,600 square feet of living space as advertised. There are stone walking paths, and an impressive stone stairway leading up to the welcoming front door. The backyard enjoys a peaceful waterfall, multiple uncovered patios and seating areas, as well as an outdoor fireplace for enjoying the starry Montecito evenings.
This quiet and private estate is convenient to both Upper and Lower Villages, and Cold Spring School is just a few blocks up the road. This property came on the market just this past week at the current asking price.
For more information on any of these listings or to have us arrange a showing,, please contact us directly:
Mark@Villagesite.com or call/text 805-698-2174
Sheela@Villagesite.com or call/text 805-698-3767
Please view our website, www.MontecitoBestBuys.com, from which this article is based.