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Architect Spotlight: Alex D’Alfonso

July 31st, 2020


Spanish Colonial Revival

Take a walk around downtown, climb the courthouse tower, hike to Inspiration Point––wherever you go in Santa Barbara, you’re bound to see those quintessential white stucco walls and Terracotta rooftops dotting the horizon. We can thank famed architect Alex D’Alfonso for playing an influential role in this movement called the Spanish Colonial Revival Style dating back to the 1920s.

aerial view of Santa Barbara street near ocean

outdoor deck

Alex D'Alfonso

Alex D’Alfonso was born in Italy, and in the early 20th century, he moved to the United States, where he became known as the first housing developer in Santa Barbara. Many of his notable homes, buildings, and landmarks are still standing even after the 1925 earthquake, a testament to his high-quality craftsmanship and architectural mastery. D’Alfonso’s legacy continues as tourists visit notable landmarks he designed, such as the Mausoleum and Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Old Mission Santa Barbara. At the same time, locals get to live in the beautiful homes he designed his heart and soul around, including our most recent available listing, 1322 E Cota. Stop by for a viewing, and consider this rare opportunity to own a piece of history designed by one of Santa Barbara’s most influential architects.

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wood and tile fireplace detail
kitchen sitting nook under large windows

1322 E Cota Street

Conveniently located on the Lower Riviera adjacent to picturesque Chiquita Road, this newly remodeled Santa Barbara-style duplex with ocean views is ready to become your very own sanctuary. Originally designed by D’Alfonso, this signature Santa Barbara property features an open living space with bright, natural light in the main upstairs 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom unit. Wide plank European oak floors, new lighting, and Caesarstone counters are some of the new features. The downstairs unit makes for an ideal space for a live-in nanny, in-laws, or guests. Generously-sized casement windows invite plenty of fresh air and golden-hour light into your living space. You can step right outside to a private yard with lush tropical landscaping, spa, herb garden, plus an enlarged deck with stunning ocean views. Rest assured, this abode will remind you why you call Santa Barbara home.

outdoor patio seating

kitchen with sitting nook under windows

backyard bench and grass

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