1035 Coyote Rd, Santa Barbara, CA

For Sale: $1.199 million

Open the bright blue door to this tiny home in Montecito, and you half-expect to find a Keebler elf inside baking cookies. Instead, you’d likely find Richard Barrett, an eccentric former gas-company worker who built the home with a borrowed brick-making machine in the 1950s.

The little adobe is one of three remaining homes from the Bohemian Mountain Drive Artist Colony, and this is the first time it’s been on the market. There’s a good chance the buyer might tear it down; it’s surrounded by $6 million mansions. But the one-of-a-kind hobbit-sized house — at 510 square feet — is a landmark from another era, tucked between mature trees on a 1-acre lot.

Inside, the little cottage has a sitting area with a fireplace, a single bedroom and a bathroom with a clawfoot tub that the owner salvaged from the Morton Salt Estate. The laundry room is in a hut that houses a potter’s kiln, and there is also a hot tub on the property, fed by a stream.

Julie Angelos of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services has the listing.


Emily Heffter, a reporter and writer for Zillow Blog, covers celebrity real estate, unusual properties, and other real estate topics. Read more of her work here.

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