Summerland is a classic California beach town with a village vibe and plenty of surf culture.
This modern showplace, designed by Santa Barbara architect Richard E. Johnson and built in 1989, utilizes walls of glass, soaring ceilings and open-plan living space to take full advantage of the sloping hillside location. The curved corners of the home add an Art Deco vibe.
The split-level contemporary takes in views of the coastline, the ocean and the outlying Channel Islands. The pristine vistas are unspoiled by utility poles, as the original developer of Summerland placed them underground.
A sloping wall of glass over the entrance extends to the top of the house and adds visual interest to the front-facing façade.
The ground level living-dining great room has extra-tall ceilings and a fireplace with a hearth.
A patio sits outside the great room and above it, a terrace sits off the primary bedroom. A fireplace occupies one corner of the bedroom.
The second, more formal living room on the next level also opens to terrace space. An arched hearth and fireplace add a touch of elegance to the light and airy motif.
The four-bedroom home has 2.5 bathrooms, an office and a bonus room that could be converted to a den or an additional bedroom.
The renovated kitchen features light-toned new cabinetry, Cesarstone counters, a Wolf range and a farm sink. A peninsula adds bar seating.
Other recent improvements include new flooring and paint throughout, redesigned landscaping and new irrigation.
Rooms open to additional courtyard and patio space at the back of the fenced property.
Seaside Summerland, just south of the wealthy enclave of Montecito, has abundant hiking, biking and water activities as well as restaurants and shops to explore.
The community is about six miles from Santa Barbara itself. The Santa Barbara Airport is about 16 miles away.
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