Welcome back springtime! It's another season of Weekend Getaways, where we look at homes within driving distance (or maybe a little further) of Los Angeles that are on the market for you to ogle, then buy.
Location: 1050 Cold Springs Road, Montecito
Size: 13,953 sq. ft. on 6.2 acres
This lovely Mediterranean-style villa designed by noted East Coast architect Guy Lowell in 1914 has lingered on the market since August of last year, suffering a $950k price chop in the process. But that only means it's slightly more affordable (glass half full!). The seven bed, six and one-half bath estate caught our eye not only because of the funicular, but also due to Mr. Lowell's list of works, which includes the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Harvard University President's House, and the New York State Supreme Court House. He was also known as "the designer of choice for elegant country estates around Boston and on New York's Long Island." The home is the only Lowell work we've been able to spot on the West Coast.
· 1050 Cold Springs Rd, Montecito, CA 93108 [Trulia]