The Arrellanes-Kirk Adobe, built in the 1850s, is a hidden architectural gem in the Laguna District of Santa Barbara. Renovated in 2007 by renowned local architect J. Allen Zimmer, this historic city landmark preserves the adobe’s old-world charm while adding new, high-end finishes.
Reyne Stapelmann in our Santa Barbara office is listing agent for the home at 421 East Figueroa Street, which has three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a separate studio, and encompasses 2,831 square feet. It is currently offered at $3,410,000.
Barely visible from the street, the house is sited in the middle of the block, up a slope, and behind a garden wall. Visiting the home feels like being transported back in time. The adobe is nestled in a secluded, well-established botanical oasis, with sprinklers for easy care.
Over the centuries, the home passed through many owners and saw numerous renovations. While the interior of the adobe was heavily modified, the exterior was left largely unchanged. The other buildings built throughout the years were completely rebuilt.
Details that helped determine the date as no later than 1853 include square-cut nails in the windows and front door, early 19th-century glass, and original hardware, including the front doorknob. A pitched, wood-shingled roof and exposed exterior walls differentiate it from most traditional adobe construction of the period.
This single level home features cathedral ceilings throughout, plus radiant heat and two fireplaces. A spa-type bath and walk-in shower grace the primary suite, which also has a large walk-in closet filled with built-in drawers and shelves. The big gourmet kitchen, a chef’s delight with an island, prep sink, and dining nook, is outfitted with a dishwasher, gas range, refrigerator, wine cooler, microwave oven, water purifier, and water softener.
A large front veranda and two courtyards effortlessly meld the outdoors with the interior, enhancing entertaining and quiet sanctuary. Blooming succulents jostle in a lush setting of curving pathways and multiple intimate patios and alcoves. The entire outdoor space exudes a serene, welcoming ambience. Off-street parking is provided in the carport, where an electric car charger is located. Close by are the city’s Presidio, courthouse, State Street, restaurants, museums, and all that Santa Barbara offers.
In 2002, the adobe was purchased by local architect J. Allen Zimmer, who conserved it through an extensive, careful renovation. He undertook a complete rebuild of the house, with exacting specifications, maintaining the historic adobe portion and updating the rest of the house. Additions included thick, solid-wood doors, skylights, radiant heat under the concrete floors, two fireplaces, two fountains, and huge walk-in closets.
On the front door, the initials CK are carved into the lower left door frame. This is a signature, preserved through the years, of Carlos Kirk, son of Francis Kirk and Angustias Arrellanes, the home’s namesakes. Jose Teodoro Arrellanes was one of the original Spanish soldiers who founded the Santa Barbara Presidio in 1782, along with Pablo de la Guerra, Jose Ortega, and Jose Carrillo, whose familiar names are memorialized all over town.
Reyne is a seasoned real estate professional who has put dedication and knowledgeable service for her clients above all else. Her in-depth market knowledge, negotiating skills and expertise are a tremendous resource for both buyers and sellers.
As a certified relocation specialist, Reyne knows from personal experience the challenges of moving both internationally and domestically. She is there every step of the way, making the move as easy and, yes, as enjoyable as possible.
Ready to learn more about the historic Arrellanes-Kirk Adobe property? Get in touch with Reyne Stapelmann today for a private tour.
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