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Location: Santa Barbara, California
The Skinny: East Asian forms meld with American Craftsman detailing in Santa Barbara's 1902 "Pagoda House," which someone is trying to flip for a hefty post-renovation profit. "Gently restored" by Juan Perez Builders, the 5,989-square-foot dwelling has a new roof, new windows, and redone French doors opening out onto an added flat-stone patio. Mature palms and "specimen gardens" surround the abode on the .58 acres it's sited on, in the city's historic "Bungalow Haven" design district.
Inside, a staircase with massive, no-nonsense posts connects the lower level "in-law apartment" to the central second-floor living room, off of which branches the remodeled kitchen, the dining room, and a few of the four bedrooms. The plaster walls, white oak floors, redwood paneling, and original fireplaces have been touched up with a "careful hand." Last sold in 2011 for $1.25M, it's since been hiked up to nearly three times that much after all that primping.
· The Pagoda House [Sotheby's]