in the mountains: 1956 Ranch House, Santa Barbara, California
Only 1.5 miles from downtown Santa Barbara, this 1956 Ranch House is a tranquil getaway updated with a whimsical mix of vintage design and modern touches. With 3 bedrooms and tons of outdoor space, the house is fully equipped for both short and long-term stays.
The common areas include a comfortable living room with gas-operated fireplace, dining area, home library, and lounge (with circa-1900 upright piano). The kitchen will please the pickiest chef with its stainless steel appliances, double convection oven, and large island, and counters made of recycled glass.
However, as with any mid-century property, the best “room” in the house is the outdoors. Beyond the sliding glass doors is an expansive deck with gas grill, outdoor dining set, hot tub, padded hammock, and wicker lounge.
From the house, guests can easily hop on the open air shuttle to downtown Santa Barbara, drive down to the beach, hike up to Cathedral and La Cumbre Peaks (the owner can give you directions), or head to Santa Ynez Valley for wine-tasting.