Carpinteria | Private | Hidden Gem| Spa and Outdoor Shower| Mountain Views
Tucked away in the sleepy little town of Carpinteria, 1333 Vallecito Road is a true treasure to discover. Hedges and tastefully, custom designed fences surround the front and back yards of this home making it completely private and create the vibe of being far away from any neighboring properties. Meandering paths compliment the natural space surrounding the home.
The yards are filled with lush plantings, that you can tell have been carefully selected and tended to with lots of love. Raised gardening beds abound as do planters made of bathtubs tucked away into secret spots in the yard. A hot tub, outdoor redwood shower complete with a vibrant yellow surfboard as a backsplash all add to the beachey vibes. There is a detached one car garage used for storage and a home office as well as a separate laundry area that is set apart from the house. The back redwood porch is shaded and a welcome place for all to enjoy tea, lunch or curl up with a great book and listen to the birds enjoying the setting.
After exploring the yards, I took my shoes off and was invited into the house. I had seen the photos already, of course and knew it was a cute place. I took a first glimpse around the liking room and wandered into the kitchen. I looked around again and said to myself, this is it. That can be a bit startling when it is the first property that you are showing to new clients. I commented to the listing agent, “this place is AMAZING!” and she wholeheartedly agreed. I walked through the two bedrooms connected by a jack and jill bathroom- both with French Doors creating outdoor access and then received a text that my clients had arrived. I went outside to meet my clients and introduce them to the property that would soon become theirs.
We “met” with our masks on and gave one another “elbow” handshakes which have become a mood lightening way to meet people these days. We chatted about the community, waved at neighbors and discussed the location of the house. Where they worked, where they were currently living, what their future plans were…I warned them that the house they were about to see was fantastic and sometimes when it’s the first property that clients see, they tend to doubt that it could be “the one”. I shared with them how much I liked it…then we opened the gate and walked inside.
My second tour around the house delighted me even more. I took greater note of the many upgrades and modern touches that complimented the bones of the house that was originally built in 1926 and had plenty of charm then and now.
The kitchen is filled with plenty of natural light after its recent remodel, and the black and white color palette adds to its crisp and functional design. There is a beautiful farm sink, concrete counters, cork flooring, subway tile walls, plenty of cabinets, plus stainless steel oven range, hood, fridge and dishwasher. There is also a side door leading to the driveway and providing easy access to the garage all under a mature trellis of flowering plants.
The living room also has a welcoming fireplace with custom molding and tasteful built-in cabinets reminiscent of the 1920’s. Storage is created wherever possible and there is a pull down attic access above the walk through closet between the two bedrooms. The remodeled bathroom has designer upgrades as well! This house was a very pleasant surprise (I secretly wanted to buy it…) and I waited out in the backyard looking up at the mountain views while my clients walked through it again.
When they had take it all in, we thanked the listing agent and gathered out front under the trees to discuss the property. The eyes of both of my clients were lit up and we stood there discussing the next steps and options for many minutes. The owner came home and the listing agent pulled away from the property and we stood there deep in discussions. My first time buyers returned home to think about their future and how they wanted to proceed. We had many more conversations and they put forth a solid offer that was accepted. We conducted several inspections and everything checked out very well and released all of the contingencies. My buyers are so excited and have been an absolute delight to talk with and to represent in this transaction.
I am so grateful for my past clients for referring these wonderful clients to me. I am very appreciative of the Seller who kept the house in impeccable condition and made so many well thought out and appreciated upgrades over the years. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the listing agent, who I had never, after 16 years in the business, done a deal with but had always wanted to! All in all this was a great experience and I am honored that my buyers invited me and my family to come over as their first guests for a backyard gathering when they are all moved in. Home sweet home in the 93013 zip code!