Home of the Day: Storybook romance in Santa Barbara’s Hope Ranch


Found in the affluent Hope Ranch area of Santa Barbara, this French country estate evokes a storybook setting with its ivy-wrapped facade, turreted entry and slate roof.

Inside, features of note include vaulted ceilings, cottage windows and radiant heat floors. A remodeled kitchen and updated bathrooms were part of a recent $500,000 makeover.


Address: 4220 Mariposa Drive, Santa Barbara, 93110

Price: $4.89 million

Built: 1979

Lot size: 1.5 acres

House size: 5,242 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms

Features: Private community; formal entry; sweeping staircase; vaulted ceiling with exposed beams; French doors and windows; stone fireplaces; hardwood and tile flooring; formal dining room; breakfast nook; library; loft; remodeled gourmet kitchen with butler’s pantry; master suite with fireplace; central A/C; radiant heat flooring; decorative molding; wainscoting; barbecue; hot tub; brick patio; fruit trees; slate roof; clubhouse; access to private beach

About the area: Over the past month, the median sale price for homes in the 93110 ZIP Code in June was $1.48 million based on 12 sales, according to Redfin. The asking price for homes in the area has increased 40.9% since July last year, while inventory has decreased by 16.8%.

Agents: John Venti, Redfin, (805) 291-4691

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