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Craftsman cottage with gorgeous gardens asks $2M in Santa Barbara

Dine alfresco under a pergola

A Craftsman style cottage in white and dark blue sits in the background, while a sandstone path winds up to the front door. On either side of the path are flowers and bushes. Jim Bartsch Photography for Sotheby’s International Realty

The allure of living in Santa Barbara, California, isn’t just the picturesque beaches and sparkling water. It’s also indoor-outdoor living blended with history and a dash of sophistication. Take this three-bedroom, three-bath property located in the Mission Canyon neighborhood just north of downtown.

Built in 1900 in the Craftsman style with a guest house, the main home’s original features include wainscoting, picture railings, and beardboard paneling. The living room boasts a cozy brick fireplace, and wood floors create a streamlined look. New amenities include an updated kitchen and bathrooms, new dual-pane windows, and a master closet carved out of a former bedroom.

But it’s the secret garden-like grounds that draw you in. The builders used Santa Barbara sandstone on the .42-acre’s garden walls, boulders, and stepping stones. You can meander through a maze of walking paths and numerous seating areas, including a pergola for alfresco dining. And then there’s the orchard, with passion fruit, plum, red and green grapes, blackberries, avocados, figs, pears, oranges, and more.

Taken together, it’s a charming retreat that exudes Santa Barbara style. 839 Mission Canyon Road is on the market now for $1,995,000.

Light wood floors and a brick white fireplace adorn a living room, where a seating area next to a window consists of a white couch, small coffee table, and cream chair.
A small dining room features wood floors, a picnic-table style dining room table with benches and chairs on the end, and a window with white sheer curtains.
A kitchen features white cabinets, wood floors, a stainless steel fridge, and a rolling island.
A cream bed with pillows on top looks out into the garden, with french doors open to the view.
A pergola with vines on it hangs over a wood outdoor dining room set with space for six. The garden surrounds the pergola.
Sandstone paths lead in two directions with flowering gardens on either side. A small pergola is on the left and the house is in the background.