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This cozy Boho Montecito beach retreat is full of charm and surprises


There’s nothing like a tall, Santa Barbara has many neighborhoods that are lined up with hedges. The coastal California community is known as one of the country’s favorite beachside retreats, and for its many homes that look as though they were plucked straight from a storybook—if you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse through thick green foliage.

The house’s exterior is original and dates back to the 19th Century.

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Oprah lives there in a magnificent house, as does a certain English ex-pat. The area’s real charm is in the old beach houses and cottages that are hidden behind thick trees and unassuming gate. Nina Gordon, Jeff Russo, and their mini-compound, which is hidden behind dense foliage on a quiet street near the beach, is one such place. With its off-the-charts charm, pops of cheerful color, and collected vintage pieces, in just a handful of years it’s become a cherished, music-filled family retreat with modern bohemian style.

Low Maintenance Garden by Yvonne Chin
Landscape architect Yvonne Chin revitalized the garden by adding concrete pavers, gravel paths and low-maintenance plants. 

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