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November 30th, 2022 at 11:00 am

exterior of historic Gonzalez-Ramirez adobe

It is a national and city landmark, it has multiple possibilities of use

Designated a Registered National Historic Landmark, the historic Gonzalez-Ramirez adobe displays quintessential Spanish-Californian influence, built initially as a residence and converted and currently zoned commercial (C-2), which allows for a multitude of uses.

The Marsha Kotlyar Estate Group in our Montecito office offers the two-bedroom, two-bathroom property at 835 Laguna Street for $4,995.000.

outdoor areas of historic Gonzalez-Ramirez adobe

Built in 1825, this property is one of a small number of existing adobe houses from the Mexican period of California’s history.

The original adobe received an addition in 1956 matching its historic style elements. It also was designated a National Historic Landmark on April 15, 1970, and added to the National Register of Historic Places. A plaque located on the property states, “This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the United States.”

adobe bedroom and kitchen

Great location, great potential

Located close to downtown Santa Barbara’s vibrant State Street, the property has potential for a multitude of uses, including but not limited to, an architectural office, family office, corporate retreat, design showroom, wine-tasting room, art gallery, or other retail store, showroom, or bookstore.

Becker Studios, a high-caliber design/build firm in Santa Barbara, restored and remodeled the home in a manner that highlights the classic architecture and finishes while preserving its deep historic heritage. The property is zoned commercial but has been used as a residence. It has not been on the market for 30 years.

spacious great room and bookcase with arm chair

Spacious great room invites togetherness

The large east-facing great room invites togetherness with its ceiling-high windows and spacious layout. It was added in 1956. All floors consist of unique, hand-made tile in keeping with the adobe’s historic style.

Brick fireplaces and chimneys were added at the time of restoration, with the exposed brick given a coat of whitewash to match the classic California-Spanish architectural style. In late 1968, the breezeway became enclosed thanks to a new owner, while the gravel driveway was extended around to the rear of the lot, behind the garden. The one-story adobe structure is built in an L shape, with wings at each end and “galerias”/verandas in between them. The tile gabled roof was handmade by local Indigenous people with the Santa Barbara Mission.

seating area and office in historic Gonzalez-Ramirez adobe

Original doors and windows

The original doors and window openings are spanned by timber lintels. Stonework at the base of the exterior walls was added to protect the adobe from erosion. The walls of the porch have been plastered, and the structural woodwork underneath the porch roof was whitewashed to match the walls. The original cobblestone of the grounds remain and the garden/patio are typical of those in the California-Spanish period. A concrete sidewalk was recently installed in front of the adobe and neighboring properties.

Originally, the home looked out to a lagoon that is no longer there, now called Laguna Street. The garden, on the protected side of the house, has fruit trees, berry bushes, and a small pool.

aerial view historic Gonzalez-Ramirez adobe

About listing agent Marsha Kotlyar

Marsha is a top-selling agent with a reputation for discretion, integrity, and keen negotiating skills, which has made her one of the most respected names in luxury real estate. With over 18 years selling local luxury properties, her extensive knowledge and meticulous attention to detail has resulted in a long list of happy and repeat clients. You can find her many awards on a shelf in the team’s office, but you won’t often hear her talking about them.

Combining passion for homes and a strong intuition, Marsha honors her role as a client advocate above all else. She delivers strategic advice and skilled negotiation to ensure clients get what they want, whether it is a premium price for the property they are selling or the most advantageous terms on the home they are buying. Her degree and background in city planning and real estate development gives her clientele an added advantage in navigating the complex Santa Barbara County building process.

Schedule a private tour of the historic Gonzalez-Ramirez adobe

Contact the Marsha Kotlyar Estate Group today to learn more.

Co-listing agents: Liam Murphy and Greg Bartholomew.

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