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Competitive, Rare & Coveted: New Builds

September 8th, 2023


Even the quickest market analyses will highlight the obvious: new construction is extremely rare in Montecito and Santa Barbara. Despite this lack of inventory, buyers are always looking for clean lines, timeless styles, and state-of-the-art amenities of a modern build. Though it can be equally difficult to come by, primarily due to highly restrictive jurisdictions, some buyers with a specific vision will often seek buildable land to design their own dream house. And thanks to the mastery of our local premiere architectural firms, the new builds and rebuilds here are nothing short of extraordinary. In addition to the immediate benefits, routinely high demand for recently completed properties creates an air of investment security that motivates buyers to seek them out. Pair that with extremely low selection, and bidding wars are almost a guarantee when one of these rare gems comes on the market. While there are few and far in between, we’ve summarized a few of our favorite recently completed (and sold) notable new builds and extensive renovations below:

The Curated Compound

2957 East Valley Road

Modern and magnificent, no detail was overlooked while creating this ocean and mountain view compound. Having just recently been perfected by Becker Studios, this 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom home balances high design & relaxed livability for a brilliant result. Spanning over 6,500 sqft and equipped with a destination swimming pool, regulation-size pickle ball court, game room Cabana, and detached guest house, this idyllic dream house has it all.

Listed by Berkshire Hathaway HS.
Seller Represented by Marsha Kotlyar Estate Group.

Lower Village Bliss

260 Oak Road

Inspired by the timeless elegance of the Rosewood Miramar Resort, this newly constructed 5-bed, 6-bath estate sits less than a mile from Butterfly Beach in the coveted lower village neighborhood of Montecito. Hidden inside the classic colonial exterior, expertly manicured modern renovation pairs high design with effortless elegance. In addition to a pool, patio, and lush lawns, an ADU adds endless flexibility to the estate.

Listed by Village Properties.
Marhsa Kotlyar Estate Group Buyer Representation. 
Photo Credit: Riskin Partners Estate Group

Contemporary Villa

495 East Mountain Drive

Peaceful and serene, this exquisite Mediterranean-inspired villa was designed with both relaxation and entertainment in mind. Situated within the highly coveted Cold Spring School district, this 5-bed, 6-bath estate exudes both European elegance and California coolness. Expertly landscaped grounds protect privacy while an outdoor kitchen, peaceful gardens, pool, spa, and cabana inspire days well-spent with friends and family.


Listed by Berkshire Hathaway HS.
Seller Represented by Marsha Kotlyar Estate Group.


1045 Cold Springs Road

This Tuscan-styled villa is set on verdant grounds with a dramatic mountain backdrop and sweeping ocean views. This gated property whisks you to a more romantic era of graceful, entertaining, and elegant garden soirees. Light-filled with seamless indoor/outdoor living, the inviting gardens beckon you to stroll along the garden paths or relax in the shade of an ancient olive tree. Old-world craftsmanship is evident throughout, from the wrought iron gates and railings to the impressive oak floors and the wood-paneled walls of the library — classic detailing for modern living.

Listed by Village Properties. Compass Buyer Representation.
Photo Credit: Riskin Partners Estate Group

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800 Rockbridge Road

With custom detailing, modern finishes, and personal touches, building your own home is truly something special. Even though many local buyers dream of breaking ground on the perfect property, buildable land opportunities are extremely limited in Montecito & Santa Barbara. In addition to allowing buyers to create the home of their dreams, 800 Rockbridge offers entry to the desirable Riven Rock community, creating a foundation for life to be enjoyed.


2870 East Valley Road

With 6.41 acres in a prime location in Montecito, tucked at the top of a long private tree-lined drive and nestled among local ranches, privacy, and peace, this property is perfect for those with a vision to create their dream estate. Scenic skylines, mountain vistas, and the melodic hum of nature provide an enchanting dreamlike setting, while framed ocean views keep picturesque California charm ever-present.



An expert agent with the skills to navigate this market and a quick-thinking yet calm attitude is required for anyone with their heart set on new construction in Montecito. If you would like to discuss upcoming projects in the area or your own development project, contact us at (805) 565-4014. 

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