House of the Day: Refreshingly Retro Pad in Montecito

AOL Real Estate Editors

Every day, we're inundated with requests to feature either beautiful vintage mansions or shiny, glass-walled contemporaries. This 1950s-style modern in Montecito, Calif., is refreshingly somewhere in the middle.

With its clean midcentury lines and timelessly minimalist architecture, the 1951 home is perfectly retro. Featuring that earth-hugging, horizontal orientation that's characteristic of midcentury homes, coupled with those endless views over Butterfly Beach, this 2,746-square-foot property is a rare find in a region replete with unabashedly luxe McMansions.

Though some elements of the home's interior decoration need serious updating (those beige carpets and acoustic ceilings just aren't fly in 2012), we think that overall it's a killer pad in an exceptional location. Situated on Channel Drive, the property is across the road from the iconic Montecito Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel, adjacent to the Music Academy of the West and is a stone's throw from Coast Village Road.

The home features three bedrooms and 3½ bathrooms. It's currently on the market for $19.5 million.

Harry Kolb of Sotheby's International Realty has the listing.

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