Toro Canyon provides the magical setting for this equally magical Montecito adobe. A vintage treasure upgraded with modern conveniences, the approximately 3,000 sq. ft. +/- home, resting on approximately one very private acre, is a survivor of only a handful constructed by Santa Barbara’s revered Aguilar brothers. The Aguilar team frequently worked closely with Lutah Maria Riggs, often referred to as the Grande Dame of Santa Barbara Spanish Revival architecture during the first part of the 20th century.
Comfort, charm, and contentment for the soul
The ambiance here is of openness and light, a marriage of interior and exterior charms, and, as the current owner so aptly states, a “sense of timelessness and history”. Traditional adobe bricks -- manufactured using centuries-old methods in the Aguilar’s Santa Barbara facility -- ensure constant and comfortable interior temperatures and a feeling of solidity rarely experienced in more contemporary construction.
An immersion in enchantment
Inside, the exposed adobe walls are complemented by floors of terra cotta tile, open beam cathedral ceilings and 5 fireplaces. French doors and plentiful multi-pane windows open to the gardens and terraces.
The home’s second level is devoted entirely to the master suite: a sanctuary reminiscent of a sophisticated treehouse. Beautiful wood floors, a charming kiva fireplace, Malibu tile and a soaring ceiling embellish the retreat. Multiple French doors open to a private balcony. Again in the words of the current owner, “The vista from the balcony, with peeks of the ocean, not looking at another house, and with complete privacy and quiet -- only seeing the lushness of towering oaks, eucalyptus, sycamores and many native plants -- fills my soul.”
Outside, this magical Montecito adobe’s traditional Maya blue doors windows and trim are juxtaposed against the adobe walls, and a pergola provides welcome shade. There are walking paths, a refreshing spa and, of course, the towering trees and abundant native plants that contribute to filling one’s soul.
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