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A Montecito Mediterranean Re-imagined

A Montecito Mediterranean Re-imagined 698 El Rancho Road, Montecito, California 93108 $3,900,000
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Resting in tranquil seclusion behind massive Spanish-Colonial gates framed by majestic trees, this single-story Montecito Mediterranean Modern combines the romance and grace of Montecito’s traditional Spanish style with the easy elegance of the finest contemporary materials and fixtures. The home’s high-ceiling, open-plan living areas, flanked by two private bedroom suites, embrace sweeping views and lush landscaping for the best of relaxed, resort living.

Oasis of Casual Sophistication

An Homage to Light and Luxurious Vistas

Sited to take advantage of the mature trees and a vista from the Channel Islands to Montecito Peak, the 3-bedroom home features high ceilings and beautiful views throughout. New, energy-efficient windows and French doors fill the spaces with the light and sea breezes for which Montecito is treasured. The paneled interior doors rest within traditional plaster details and alongside pencil-thin steel bookshelves and French white oak floors, to create an elegantly edited but welcoming retreat.

The heart of the home

The domed-ceiling kitchen at the heart of this Montecito Mediterranean has been redone in a quiet contemporary style that accommodates serious cooking without intruding on the elegance of the adjoining spaces. The kitchen opens onto a solarium, which is ready for anything. Its porcelain tile floor, disappearing sliding doors, 11-foot linen curtains and custom sound system make it suitable for a sunny breakfast, snacks after the pool, candlelit dinner parties or grander entertaining.

An abundance of outdoor luxury

Drought-tolerant landscaping is complemented by lemon, lime, apple and avocado trees; all on an easily monitored drip system. A shaded pergola with sea views extends the living room out to an expansive limestone terrace, which includes a low-chlorine spa-plunge pool.

A cornucopia of comforts and conveniences

The recent complete renovation features whole-house water purification; filtered fresh air circulation; upgraded electric panel and back-up generator; energy-efficient water heater; Moroccan and Italian wall tiles; Miele kitchen appliances with gray-washed contemporary cabinetry, quartz backsplashes and sealed concrete countertops; marble-topped island and separate butler’s pantry; utility room with wine refrigerator; new Dornbracht, Kohler and Toto bath fixtures; and contemporary bath cabinetry and lighting. The master dressing room has been transformed with Italian fittings and its own washer and dryer. Large storage closets were added to the spacious 2-car garage.

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