The Historic Oreña Adobe
Located in downtown Santa Barbara, California, the Oreña Adobe is actually two authentic adobes built in 1849 & 1858, plus buildings added in the 1920’s. This remarkable property is still owned by the descendents of the De La Guerra Family of which the street is named. The adobes are “Designated Landmarks” within the City of Santa Barbara. They have high ceilings and thick walls, currently used for business offices, and all are rented. There is an additional upstairs apartment living space with 2 private bedrooms and 1.5 baths with a kitchen. Located on a large corner lot (122’x120’) with outside tiled patios, iron gates and grassy lawn entertainment areas. The property buildings are ~8000 sq.ft. with recent upgrades. The commercial tenants include The Downtown Organization, James Fine Art, investment, internet & consulting companies.
Potential uses might include a Premier Wine Tasting Facility, Boutique Shops, Unique Corporate Offices, Foundation / Non-profit Headquarters, a Historic Preservation investment or Museum.The owners are now seeking a local investor or a philanthropic entity that is knowledgeable with our Santa Barbara history and may have a unique use or envision a preservation plan for future generations.
The Oreña Adobes were Designated Landmarks within the City of Santa Barbara in 1960. Exterior Changes need special approvals. The adobes were restored in 1921 and the rear building added. A local contractor upgraded & permitted electrical, plumbing and other improvements in 1985. Earthquake retrofits were performed in 1980’s.
ADOBE 1849: ~ 1,715 sq. ft. with bath and kitchenette. Built by Don Jose de la Guerra and used as a storehouse; Gaspar Oreña married into the De La Guerra family in 1854 purchasing the adobe. The interior of Adobe 1849 was fully refurbished in 2019.
ADOBE 1858: ~ 2,340 sq. ft. Downstairs including the entry portico has six offices and two bathrooms. Includes retail Antique Business.
Adobe 1858 Second Story: ~ 1,656 sq. ft. Open Beam living quarters with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, living room, Full Kitchen and outside patio.
BOREIN STUDIO: ~432 sq. ft. Famous artist Edward Borein used this open beam studio in the 1920’s with fireplace, kitchen and bath.
1921 STUDIOS: ~ 1,400 sq. ft. Architect James Osborn Craig, who also designed the neighboring El Paseo, built this Studios building and tiled patios & fountain with the owners in 1921. The two Studios have high ceilings, fireplace, kitchenette, two bathrooms and storage / sleeping lofts.
STOREROOM: ~432 sq. ft. Accessable via inside Adobe 1849 or outside.
El PASEO Alley: (15’x 123’) The private graveled and gated alley along the north side of the property is included; access is from Anacapa Street.
Located at the Cultural Center of Downtown Santa Barbara in the Historic Presidio Neighborhood ~ Next to The famous El Paseo shops & restaurants ~ Among a dozen of the finest wine tasting rooms and across from De La Guerra Plaza & Casa de la Guerra ~ A block away from The Lobero Theater, S.B. Historical Museum and El Presido de Santa Barbara State Park.
Assessor parcel: 037-052-020
Lot size 122’ x 120’ (14,640 sqft - includes the El Paseo alley)
(two city lots under one assessor number)
The two Adobes were built in 1849 and 1858 by the De La Guerra and Orena Families, with a large rear studio building designed by Architect James Osborn Craig and built in 1921. Permitted upgrades .
Approximately 8000 square feet of buildings
Large tiled Patios; two fountains; Iron gates; Grassy lawn and huge Pine Tree
Recent interior upgrades
Currently rented to 7 tenants: Downtown Santa Barbara Organization, James Main Fine Art, Consulting and Internet companies and an investment group.