The Historic Moody Sisters Mansions In Montecito
The community of Montecito in Santa Barbara, California has got some heightened attention since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moved in. But the dreamy Californian community has been a celebrity haven for years. Montecito also has some interesting history.
A fairytale story spanning the 1930s and 1940s when four spinster sisters built English-style cottages, long before women were recognised in the fields of architecture, interior design, or finance. The sisters created more than three dozen pixie houses in Santa Barbara and Montecito. Today, there are only sixteen left.
The sisters gained fame for their English Cottage style homes that used reclaimed materials and had the most enchanting architecture. The homes were mystical and enchanting – consisting of humble spaces, steep roofs set in tangled gardens.
According to Brian Hofer, a local architect, “builders today couldn’t reproduce Moody cottages even if they wanted to do so.” He says the homes may be inefficient, but that’s the point. Moody cottages, Hofer says, make “the efficient house look kind of boring.”
Most Moody cottages can be found on either Rosemary Lane or Periwinkle Lance.
Moody Homes on Periwinkle Lane
Most Moody cottages can be found on either Rosemary Lane or Periwinkle Lane.
Moody Cottages on Rosemary Lane
Why Moody Homes?
Moody homes are mystical and enchanting – consisting of humble spaces, steep roofs set in tangled gardens.
Why Montecito ?
Montecito is a chic but under the radar area with a mellow vibe. It’s filled with perfect beaches, a Mediterranean climate and a beautiful natural setting that’s not too different from the South of France.
The Stars who live in Montecito
Oprah Winfrey, Kirk Douglas, Drew Barrymore, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Rob Lowe, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi … to name a few.
Montecito is relaxing and picturesque
The Golden Quadrangle area is set into hillsides and many of the properties have incredible panoramic views of the ocean and acres of land
How much is a home?
Most properties in Santa Barbara cost between $2 million and $20 million
What To Do In Montecito?
Montecito is a five-minute drive from Santa Barbara’s main street, State Street and LA is only a 90-minute drive.