The defunct collection of partially broken-down Montecito beach cabanas known as the Miramar is once again on the market after local real estate collector and Beanie Baby mogul Ty Warner decided to sell the seemingly cursed resort. Hailed by many local residents as a hero for purchasing the perpetually stalled resort project for a cool $43 million and promising to fix it up, Warner decided to sell the property after less than two years of ownership. He cited difficulties in trying to renovate and develop some of his other holdings in the area, such as the Coral Casino and a large parcel on Channel Drive near Butterfly Beach.
They may not play jazz or serve drinks and egg rolls, but representatives of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation are in negotiations to purchase the recently closed Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens restaurant on East Canon Perdido Street. Looking someday to turn the property into a museum that celebrates the storied Chinese heritage of the area, the Trust expects to open escrow within a matter of weeks in a deal that would trade $3.1 million for the property.
Citing general plan and view zone ordinance incongruities, the Gaviota Coast Conservancy filed an appeal against the County Planning Commission’s recent conceptual approval of a large-scale luxury home proposed for the Ballantyne property. Located near Farren Road, the project calls for the construction of a 10,000-cubic-yard earthen berm on the 17-acre parcel that would block portions of the 9,300-square-foot house from public view. The 17-page appeal suggests that the unconventional use of such a berm conflicts with county policy requiring that structures be modified to meet view code and not the land itself.