CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2008 |
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.
July 8, 2007 |
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.
April 22, 2007 |
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.
April 1, 2007 |
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.
February 4, 2007 |
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.
October 29, 2006 |
"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.