With names such as Hollyhock, Sweetbriar and Greencote, Moody cottages seem straight out of an English fairy tale. Built in the 1930s and ’40s in the Santa Barbara area by sisters Harriet, Mildred, Brenda and Wilma Moody, these small houses are whimsical and eccentric, full of history, character, magic and charm.
This two-bedroom, 1,200 sq. ft. Moody cottage is small, yet bright, open and airy. It has ‘cottage style’ written all over it, featuring slanted ceilings, odd-shaped rooms, salvaged windows, beams and doors, and lots of nooks and crannies.
Built-in bookcases, Dutch door opening onto the living room, a nook under the stairs, a rustic backyard barbecue, a wooden birdhouse, and a garden pond with Koi fish – are just some of the features that make this cottage style so appealing.
“There’s an element of magic in what the Moody sisters did, a little bit of whimsy in each home. People fall in love with these places and treasure them.”