Once home to the founder of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, William Leon Dawson, Los Colibris is steeped in rich history. Located a short distance down “sunset” road from the Museum’s current site, a century-old rock wall marks the entrance to a remarkable treasure that played a role in Santa Barbara’s storied past.
Perfectly situated on an almost 1-acre flat lot, the endearing farmhouse christened Los Colibris (the Hummingbirds) by Dawson graces the Property, believed to be built in the late 1800’s. The 4-bedroom/1.5 baths, 2-story home boasts large casement windows, a graceful staircase, a dining room fireplace, wood floors, crown molding and wainscoting – all the charm and craftsmanship one would expect from the era. According to several writings, Dawson added a granny flat to the west side of the farmhouse in 1912 that includes a kitchen, full bath, and separate entrance. Significant improvements have been made to the home in recent years to bring the systems up to modern standards.
Dawson also built two structures on the Property that became the Museum of Comparative Oology in 1916. While the contents of the Museum were moved down the street in 1923 into what is known today as the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, the original structures remain on the Property.
The main building, referred to as the “Museum”, is a stucco, Spanish-style structure with a tile roof, vaulted wood beamed ceiling, wood casement windows, living room fireplace, full kitchen and bath, and a loft bedroom. A second structure, referred to as the “Iron Nest”, is built of corrugated metal and includes casement windows, wood floor, a full kitchen and bath, and a small bedroom with access to an attached deck. Two additional structures are located on the Property: a charming converted garage that includes a kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom; and a converted shed that also includes a small kitchen and bathroom. The Property features lovely mountain views, privacy, and plenty of off-street parking under the ancient live oaks.
Situated in the County of Santa Barbara yet close to the Santa Barbara Mission, hiking and downtown shopping, Los Colibris offers the discerning Buyer a rare opportunity to acquire a special piece of Santa Barbara history in the sought-after Glendessary neighborhood of Mission Canyon.