More Mesa Listed for $65 Million

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By edhat staff

The 265 acres of coastal land known as "More Mesa" is back on the market for $65 million.

Listed by Century 21 as 0 More Mesa Drive, the stretch of land between Hope Ranch and the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate.

The More Mesa open space includes oak woodland and riparian habitat as well as trails that are popular with birdwatchers, bikers, and horseback riders. The property is accessible by driving south on Patterson Avenue, and then east on Shoreline Drive to a trailhead near Orchid Drive.

According to the real estate listing, the oceanfront land was appraised in 2007 at $106 million and is zoned for 70 homes. The listing goes on to state, "it is made up of legally subdivided 6 lots yet physically it is one single lot. Although the requirement in that location is 30% of the size of this land can be a buildable area being 80 acres yet the county compelled by the environmentalists to allow only 15 % being 40 acres." 

The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County purchased a piece of the property on the northwestern edge of More Mesa in 1991. The former “Austin/Andrews Property” was purchased with Proposition 70 bond funds, and transferred to the County. 

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a-1566749740 Aug 19, 2019 09:02 AM
More Mesa Listed for $65 Million

I don’t know all of the building restrictions, but 40 acres dived by 70 homes is 0.57ac/lot. Assuming that all the lots would not be divided equally; there would likely be some larger, more expensive lots closer to ocean views, etc. $65M divided by 70 is under a million for the lots alone each. Looking at houses in nearby Hope Ranch going for $3-$5 million each and smaller newer nearby Hope Ranch Annex lots going for $2M, I don’t see why people think this price in unreasonable. Obviously the houses and infrastructure aren’t built yet, but those costs are easily recoverable in the price of the houses when they sell.

mtndriver Aug 18, 2019 09:48 AM
More Mesa Listed for $65 Million

More Mesa Preservation Coalition says no way is the property worth $65 million, because of the limitations on building. http://www.moremesa.org/wordpress/ Check out their website, they’ve been keeping an eye on things there for many years.

a-1566749740 Aug 18, 2019 09:14 AM
More Mesa Listed for $65 Million

What if the City/County worked together to plan those 3000 units of housing (the State has mandated we add) on More Mesa? Or only 2500 if they put the other 500 in the old Sears building. LOL

a-1566749740 Aug 16, 2019 08:17 AM
More Mesa Listed for $65 Million

1st..no, nothing is "sacred" anymore.. 2nd..we don't want a casino on the coast because Westerners can't behave as things currently are. What we CAN do is, purchase the land & close it off to the public in order to protect it.

a-1566749740 Aug 16, 2019 07:53 AM
More Mesa Listed for $65 Million

Get ready my local friends this is just the begging of the destruction of our once local city.

biguglystick Aug 15, 2019 11:42 AM
More Mesa Listed for $65 Million

HORRIBLE! Nooooooooo! They must NOT be building on that beautiful land! Is nothing sacred anymore? I helped raise money to preserve the Wilcox Property, and I'll help raise money to buy More Mesa if there is an effort. This is a gorgeous local spot that does NOT NEED more homes and people on it. Please!

a-1566749740 Aug 15, 2019 11:38 AM
More Mesa Listed for $65 Million

If you add up all the future consultants that SB county and city administrators plan to hire, you can instead purchase this property for the public good.

Flicka Aug 15, 2019 08:20 AM
More Mesa Listed for $65 Million

Well, we have the Douglas Family Preserve so having other celebrities step up would be following in the lead by Michael Douglas.

a-1566749740 Aug 14, 2019 06:27 PM
More Mesa Listed for $65 Million

It took a lot of work to acquire the Wilcox Property, Ellwood Bluffs and Carp Bluffs. We can do it again. I volunteer time and $1,000.

Eggs Ackley Aug 18, 2019 10:40 AM
More Mesa Listed for $65 Million

The county is not a competent land manager, not a good option. Witness the decades of ongoing degradation of county parks and open spaces.

PitMix Aug 15, 2019 09:01 AM
More Mesa Listed for $65 Million

Will need the conservancy groups and possibly a few local wealthy donors, but it is possible. Carpinteria showed us how when they acquired their bluffs. Normally the land is then given to the County to maintain using the taxes that all of us pay, just like Douglas/Wilcox was given to the City.

Luvaduck Aug 15, 2019 08:17 AM
More Mesa Listed for $65 Million

Since property owned by religious entities isn't taxed (by law), perhaps recognize "humanism" as a religion and let the atheists & nature-worshippers administer it?

SantaBarbaraObserver Aug 15, 2019 07:34 AM
More Mesa Listed for $65 Million

Great! Now you only need to find 64,999 more people to pony up $1000 cash as well... and then you'll need 6,500 people a year to pay roughly $1000 each for the tax bill and maintenance costs. Totally do-able in a town where the local schools beg for supplies and the local parks are full of bums... Get on it!

mtndriver Aug 14, 2019 04:54 PM
More Mesa Listed for $65 Million

Just need to buy it! Gorgeous place, white-tailed kites, short-eared owls, many other birds, sweet hiking, wonderful sunsets and sunrises....

CoastWatch Aug 14, 2019 03:41 PM
More Mesa Listed for $65 Million

The CHUMASH should buy it up and build a coastal Casino... It would be way more popular than having to drive up to the Santa Ynez Valley...

PitMix Aug 14, 2019 03:15 PM
More Mesa Listed for $65 Million

Such a jewel. Must be saved from development. I will contribute. Let the downvoting begin.

SBZZ Aug 14, 2019 01:03 PM
More Mesa Listed for $65 Million

Not that I totally disagree with you 1219 pm, but preserving wild lands in this region continues - see the Dangermond Preserve at Point Conception.

a-1566749740 Aug 14, 2019 12:19 PM
More Mesa Listed for $65 Million

Get ready for more housing. I hate to say it, but I've lost faith in our ability to preserve wild areas. This town is being bought and sold like a.... well, not going to say it.

NostraChumash Aug 14, 2019 11:50 AM
More Mesa Listed for $65 Million

It would probably break a few hearts if I told you who has offered a bid. Smiling like a Cheshire.

a-1566749740 Aug 14, 2019 11:28 AM
More Mesa Listed for $65 Million

My heart aches to think this land might be built upon. Trust for Public Land step up, please.

a-1566749740 Aug 18, 2019 10:31 AM
More Mesa Listed for $65 Million

<<My heart aches to think this land might be built upon. Trust for Public Land step up, please.>> Your hand wringing is laudable; your demand to have others do the hard work of land preservation not so much.

PitMix Aug 14, 2019 09:55 AM
More Mesa Listed for $65 Million

This open space is a jewel. I hope someone can figure out a way to preserve it. Am glad to support that effort with cash.

a-1566749740 Aug 14, 2019 09:53 AM
More Mesa Listed for $65 Million

Oprah, why don't you buy it. Call it the Oprah Wildlife Preserve. Don't have new foot paths or biking trails or horse trails, or anything else that's human attractive. Just have it FOR wildlife. Let wildlife relax at More Mesa and not be threatened, thanks to Oprah Wildlife Preserve.

a-1566749740 Aug 15, 2019 01:29 AM
More Mesa Listed for $65 Million

Actually, Ellen is the real animal lover. It can be the Ellen DeGenneres Preserve.

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