Former U.S. Ambassador Buys Montecito’s Historic Erdman House for Millions Over Asking

Santa Barbara real estate is hot right now, especially for properties with lots of land or historic pedigrees. Montecito’s so-called Erdman House has both — it was designed in 1959 by Lutah Maria Riggs, the first licensed female architect in Santa Barbara and California’s first woman named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects — and sits on four eucalyptus and pine tree-studded acres. And, of course, it’s located in the seaside enclave home to everyone from Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres to Katy Perry and Ariana Grande, from Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

A sublimely preserved midcentury modern, the Erdman House hit the market last month and sold in just 17 days — for $9.5 million, a whipping $2 million more than the initial ask. Records indicate the all-cash buyer is Susan Rasinski McCaw, the Seattle-based former U.S. Ambassador to Austria and the

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