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I have more than a few favorite homes in Santa Barbara. The “Pagoda House,” shown above, is one. Sitting at the top of East Valerio Street, it’s one I had admired for years, and I was eager to tour it when it was on the market in 2016. I was able to meet with the lovely owner at that time, and write this article. When it changed hands, I went to the estate sale and bought a few souvenirs that are still treasures around my home. I also love this one:

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Over a bridge and tucked behind another property, this tiny cabin in the woods found a place in my heart. After I wrote about it in February 2022, a friend told me that he had lived in the house years ago. I love those stories that shed even more light onto the history of a home. One of my all-time favorite homes is not a house at all. When I wrote about this houseboat in 2016

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…I fell in love. I’m not a sailor. I’ve only spent the night on a boat a few times (and one was a cruise … does that count?), so I know nothing about owning a boat, let alone living on it. But I fell in love. The Thomas Jefferson was a classic, old-school, Sausalito-style houseboat. I started dreaming and calculating — pondering subjects such as, “Would Scout be happy living on a houseboat?” — and wondering whether I could/should/would make an offer. But my practical side won out. I came to my senses. As it turns out, the Thomas Jefferson was purchased, completely renovated, and is now on the market again.

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You can have your chance to own it for $4,900,000. Take a look today from 1-4 p.m. at the open house (or is that “open boat”?) at Santa Barbara Harbor, Marina 3-C, Slip ST-13. You can’t miss it. I won’t be bidding against you, though. As much as I love all of these houses, I love my little cottage as well. And so does Scout!

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One last thing before you head off to enjoy your Sunday. IT’S BURRITO WEEK! Including today, you’ve got four more days to enjoy as many mouthwatering $8 burritos as you can. Burrito Week ends Wednesday! So whether you’re hitting the beach or the open houses, make sure to include a burrito or two in your Sunday plans. Enjoy!


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