Address: 2507 Mesa School Lane

Status: On the market

Price: $850,000

There is nothing conventional about the house for sale at 2507 Mesa School Lane. If you prefer formal or predictable surroundings, you don’t need to spend any time on this listing. But if, like me, your preferences tend toward quirky abodes with interesting details, then take a look. You’re going to love it.

This house is 1,044 square feet small. The word cozy is often used to describe houses of this size. It has two bedrooms and one bathroom. We made do with one bathroom all the years that my sons were growing up, and as the only “girl” in the household, I’ll admit that there were times that some additional makeup and prep space would’ve been a nice-to-have. But we made it through all those years just fine. It was — there’s that word again — cozy.

This home has enough style to more than make up for the lack of space. It feels like a hideaway, partly because it is literally hiding behind a hedge. Knotty pine paneling features prominently in both bedrooms and the kitchen, giving it a woodsy cabin feeling. The living room has a brick fireplace along one wall with a heavy custom-wood mantel above it. An adjacent wall contains a collection of windows of various sizes grouped together to artistically frame and showcase the view into the backyard. In addition to the windows that bring the outside in, there are skylights throughout the house, including a large one in the bathroom. The bathroom is tiled in a bold gold and blue motif straight from the ’70s.

The backyard is a private haven complete with a fenced koi pond and a large area made up of slate stepping stones with grass peeking through in between. As inviting as the yard is, you’re just steps away from one of the best backyards in Santa Barbara: The Douglas Family Preserve is less than a block away. Some of us locals will insist on calling it the Wilcox Property for years to come, but by any name it’s one of the most picturesque open spaces in town. Mesa School Lane dead-ends at the park’s back entrance, providing miles of walking trails, a dramatic view down onto Hendry’s beach, and a place to socialize with the neighbors. Having the great outdoors as your other backyard somehow makes this cozy home feel plenty big enough.

2507 Mesa School Lane is currently for sale in Santa Barbara, listed by Tyler Mearce of Keller Williams Realty and Ken Switzer of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. Reach Tyler at 450-3336 or Ken at 680-4622.


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