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REAL ESTATE
April 22, 2007 | Diane Wedner, Times Staff Writer
El Fureidis looks like it was meant for royalty, and it practically was. The Montecito estate was built in the early 20th century for J. Waldron Gillespie -- the scion of a wealthy New York family -- by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, a famed architect noted for combining Gothic and Spanish Colonial designs with modern architectural sensibilities.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2008 | Catherine Saillant and Jean Merl, Saillant and Merl are Times staff writers.
A smoldering bonfire built by students on a ridge-top overlooking Montecito apparently sparked last week's disastrous Tea fire, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said Tuesday. Ten men and women, ranging in age from 18 to 22, had gathered at an abandoned property called the Teahouse late Wednesday night and built a bonfire to warm themselves, Brown said. They told fire investigators that they thought the bonfire was out when they left early Thursday morning.
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HOME & GARDEN
June 2, 2005 | Ann Herold, Times Staff Writer
The perfectly clipped hedges at Montecito's Val Verde estate still bristle with authority, impossibly long lines of them, not a breach in sight. The 110-year-old camellias haven't stirred from their posts beside a reflecting pool, and the citrus trees are still cut into the pleasing cubes that garden designer Lockwood De Forest Jr. envisioned playing off the geometry of the breakthrough 1910 Modernist house. It's a miracle, really.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2008 | Kenneth R. Weiss and Steve Chawkins, Chawkins and Weiss are Times staff writers.
The Westmont College gym was itchy hot and getting hotter. Eye-burning smoke seeped inside, despite the blue duct tape covering the cracks between the double doors. As campus officials repeatedly assured about 800 students and faculty that this sturdy, cinder-block gym was the safest place to be, some evacuees formed prayer circles on the wooden floor. Others made frantic cellphone calls to family and friends. One played a guitar and sang.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2003 | William Overend, Times Staff Writer
Oprah Winfrey made a long-awaited debut in this luxury community Thursday on behalf of a charity for girls, and it took her back to her own girlhood memories of churning butter in Mississippi and listening to her grandmother's hope that she might "work with some nice white family" someday. "Wouldn't she be happy to see me now?" Winfrey asked a crowd of 500 that included many of the Santa Barbara area's leading philanthropists and civic leaders, paying tribute to the charity, Girls Inc.
HOME & GARDEN
November 17, 2005 | Barbara King, Times Staff Writer
THE spine stiffens and the spirit goes cold. Here, on a bosky Montecito lane, is a house so improbably huge and overbearing, it takes on a momentary aspect of menace in the half-light of late afternoon. This must be the one -- no other house in sight -- but how can it be? Is this really the sort of place two serious artists -- a conceptual painter and a fiction writer -- would live in? Two practitioners of Buddhism, in a place of such startling exaggeration, such frippery? Doesn't compute.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2008 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Following a rebuke from the Montecito Planning Commission on Wednesday, mall developer Rick Caruso said he would consider selling 14 acres of beachfront property rather than conduct additional environmental studies on the site of his proposed luxury resort. "I just ask let me out, let me go. Let someone else take this on," Caruso said.
REAL ESTATE
February 4, 2007 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
Norman Waitt, co-founder of personal computer maker Gateway Inc. and an executive producer of the film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," lives and works in Omaha but vacations in Montecito. For at least a few years, though, his idea of a vacation has been to develop a 12,000-square-foot house on almost 3 acres in Montecito with mountain and ocean views. The French Normandy estate, called Belle Epoque, has been described as atelier style.
TRAVEL
July 23, 1995 | KEVIN RODERICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Roderick is an assistant Metro editor for The Times. and
On this weekend trip to Santa Barbara we wanted to stay right at the beach, spend less money than usual and give Sean somewhere safe to expend her 5-year-old energy. We found it all, at an unexpected place. On the drive up we stopped for provisions at Seaside Banana Ranch, our favorite ocean-view rest stop in La Conchita, the little Ventura County community where homes were inundated last winter by an oozing mountain of mud.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2008 | Kenneth R. Weiss and Steve Chawkins, Chawkins and Weiss are Times staff writers.
The Westmont College gym was itchy hot and getting hotter. Eye-burning smoke seeped inside, despite the blue duct tape covering the cracks between the double doors. As campus officials repeatedly assured about 800 students and faculty that this sturdy, cinder-block gym was the safest place to be, some evacuees formed prayer circles on the wooden floor. Others made frantic cellphone calls to family and friends. One played a guitar and sang.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2008 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Following a rebuke from the Montecito Planning Commission on Wednesday, mall developer Rick Caruso said he would consider selling 14 acres of beachfront property rather than conduct additional environmental studies on the site of his proposed luxury resort. "I just ask let me out, let me go. Let someone else take this on," Caruso said.
REAL ESTATE
July 8, 2007 | Ann Brenoff, Times Staff Writer
This is a place where less is more. Forget garish Beverly Hills mansions and Bel-Air palaces that scream "look at me." Santa Barbara County's Montecito is understated elegance, English gardens and the quiet genteelness that comes from having nothing to prove. It is, however, only for the chosen few. Beginnings Montecito, which means "little woods," once teemed with grizzly bears and wolf packs. And then the rich and famous discovered it. At first, wealthy people came for the waters.
REAL ESTATE
April 22, 2007 | Diane Wedner, Times Staff Writer
El Fureidis looks like it was meant for royalty, and it practically was. The Montecito estate was built in the early 20th century for J. Waldron Gillespie -- the scion of a wealthy New York family -- by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, a famed architect noted for combining Gothic and Spanish Colonial designs with modern architectural sensibilities.
TRAVEL
April 1, 2007 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
IT'S neither the biggest cottage nor the only one with an ocean view. But it commands at least $1,000 more a night than other lodgings at the historic San Ysidro Ranch in the Montecito hills. That's because John and Jackie Kennedy slept in it during their extended 1953 honeymoon, which, biographers say, took them first to Acapulco, Mexico, and later up the California coast. The future first couple probably paid $27 a night, the going rate then.
REAL ESTATE
February 4, 2007 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
Norman Waitt, co-founder of personal computer maker Gateway Inc. and an executive producer of the film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," lives and works in Omaha but vacations in Montecito. For at least a few years, though, his idea of a vacation has been to develop a 12,000-square-foot house on almost 3 acres in Montecito with mountain and ocean views. The French Normandy estate, called Belle Epoque, has been described as atelier style.
MAGAZINE
October 29, 2006 | Jessica Gelt
"Words fail to describe the glory of 'Montecito'--for the glory of Montecito is the glory of Southern California concentrated, brought to a focal point." That's how a 1911 real estate brochure described the neighborhood, bounded on the west by the Arroyo Seco.
NEWS
September 9, 2000 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's not the oldest hotel along the coast, or the most beautiful. The furniture tends toward laminated fiberboard. The towels are hardly plush. And the ubiquitous paintings of gulls and sailboats are dime-store tired. Yet dozens of guests and neighbors came calling this week at the Miramar Hotel here, waxing sentimental over the loss of a place they consider an old friend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2002 | William Overend, Times Staff Writer
For almost a year now, the residents of this wealthy coastal community have been trying to resolve their most troublesome local problem with diplomacy. But now, they say, the time for patience may be coming to an end. The new year could bring a new round of open hostility. The problem is the lack of any tangible progress in the long-promised renovation of the Miramar Hotel, the blue-roofed landmark just off U.S. 101 that long symbolized Montecito's casual chic.
HOME & GARDEN
November 17, 2005 | Barbara King, Times Staff Writer
THE spine stiffens and the spirit goes cold. Here, on a bosky Montecito lane, is a house so improbably huge and overbearing, it takes on a momentary aspect of menace in the half-light of late afternoon. This must be the one -- no other house in sight -- but how can it be? Is this really the sort of place two serious artists -- a conceptual painter and a fiction writer -- would live in? Two practitioners of Buddhism, in a place of such startling exaggeration, such frippery? Doesn't compute.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2005 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
By all accounts, folks at the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club used to get along famously. For decades, they held charity galas and debutante balls. On lounge chairs arrayed around a super-size swimming pool, members tranquilly took the sun as young people posed atop an impossibly high diving platform. But now -- well, what could be more appropriate for a beach club than a line in the sand?
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