Home of the Day: French Normandy style by G.W. Smith in Santa Barbara


George Washington Smith, known for his scores of Spanish Colonial Revival-style homes in Santa Barbara Riviera, also designed this French Normandy estate with a steeply pitched roofline, shed dormers and rows of multi-pane windows. Centering on ocean and island views, the two-story home sits within a pastoral setting of formal gardens, stone fountains and tree-topped sitting areas.

Address: 1709 Overlook Lane, Santa Barbara, 93103

Price: $5.25 million

Architect: George Washington Smith

Built: 1928

House size: 5,710 square feet, five bedrooms, five bathrooms

Lot size: 0.95 acres

Features: Wood floors, beamed ceilings, French doors, cook’s kitchen, office, studio, living and dining rooms, five fireplaces, landscaped grounds, formal garden, raised gravel terrace, citrus trees, swimming pool and spa


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About the area: The median sale price for single-family homes in the 93103 ZIP Code in September was $945,000, based on nine sales, according to CoreLogic. That was a 39.1% decrease in median price compared with the previous year.

Agents: Frank Abatemarco, Sotheby’s International Realty, (805) 450-7477

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