634 Orchard Ave

Listed at $1,495,000

634 Orchard

2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom

Amenities:

Beds/Baths:  2 / 2 full
Year Built: 1949
Total Square Footage: Approximately 1,000± liveable square-feet
Acreage:  .16±
APN:  007-162-018
Zoning: R-1

This charming French country-style cottage is located down a quiet Montecito lane and sits on an approx. 6,970 sq. ft. gated lot complete with whimsical hedge-lined front gardens, relaxing seating areas, and an inviting front door portico with climbing bougainvillea vines and bright foliage to complement its storybook appearance. The property includes an enchanting one-bedroom, one-bath main residence, a separate cozy guest apartment with inspiring private gardens, a kitchen and full bath, and a detached guest suite or art studio. There are several garden sitting areas with views of the nearby Santa Ynez Mountains, along with several types of fruit trees, flowering hedges, and a 50-year-old producing Haas avocado tree.

The main residence was built in 1949 and offers delightful living spaces with a raised stone fireplace in the living room, built-ins and hardwood floors throughout. Light fills each room through numerous windows with garden and mountain views. A butler’s pantry with two windows and a long prep counter has a second sink and plenty of storage. It continues around to the galley kitchen with Corian counters, stainless steel appliances, storage and display shelves, and a French door to the stone garden path. The formal dining room has built-in bookshelves, an antique chandelier, and a large sliding glass door that opens to the lovely rear gardens. The master bedroom has two large windows to the rear gardens, an antique chandelier, closet built-ins, and an adjacent full bath with garden views.

Flagstone steps lead from the dining room to the detached laundry room and private gated guest apartment and art studio area, perfect for guests or potential income opportunities. The guest apartment offers a large sliding glass door to the private garden and outdoor dining areas, high ceilings, hardwood floors, a wall of storage, and a full kitchen, with skylight. The kitchen area has an Amana 4-burner gas stove, an Amana refrigerator, stainless steel sink, storage cabinets, and a window to the rear gardens and main driveway, along with a full bath.

The detached studio is designed as a comfortable and private guest retreat that would also make a perfect art studio with its large French door windows to side gardens. The nearby Haas avocado tree provides shade and bountiful fruit, along with the three orange trees, one lemon, one lime, one peach, one loquat, one kumquat, and two passion fruit vines. This one-of-a-kind peaceful cottage retreat is a wonderful place to relax in a quiet, secluded setting.