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Home of the Day: A Dr. Seuss-like space in Santa Barbara

Home of the Day: A Dr. Seuss-like space in Santa Barbara

Bright ceramic tile, waving rooflines and Escher-like details lend a whimsical quality to this live-work space in Santa Barbara.

(Ian Schechter)

This whimsical live-work space in Santa Barbara’s Presidio neighborhood could just as well be found in the pages of a Dr. Seuss book with a pueblo-inspired design accentuated by bright ceramic tiles and Escher-like details.

Designed by architect Jeff Shelton, the four-story structure known as “El Jardin” consists of a main-floor garage, a second-level commercial space and a 2,386-square-foot residence occupying the third and fourth floors. Atop the building, a rooftop patio complete with an outdoor kitchen, shower, hot tub and fire pit takes in views of the surrounding Riviera and Santa Ynez Mountains.

Address: 819 Garden St., Santa Barbara, 93101


Price: $4.149 million

Built: 2015

Architect: Jeff Shelton

Developer: Dan Upton Construction


House size: 2,386 square feet, two bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms

Commercial space size: 2,010 square feet (1,200-square-foot garage)

Lot size: 1,742 square feet

Features: Escher-inspired stairs, bright ceramic tile, artful accents, living and dining rooms, open-area kitchen, elevator, commercial space with conference room, rooftop patio with outdoor kitchen, shower, hot tub, fire pit, mountain views

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About the area: The median sale price for single-family homes in the 93101 ZIP Code in September was $951,000 based on 10 sales, according to CoreLogic. That was a 19.7% increase in median price compared to the previous year.

Agents: Melissa Birch and Rich van Seenus, Sotheby’s International Realty; Christos Celmayster and Kristopher Roth, Hayes Commercial Group

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