Down a long, stone-lined driveway, on more than an acre in one of Montecito, California’s most coveted neighborhoods, this Tuscan-style villa conjures lazy Mediterranean afternoons spent soaking up the afternoon sun on the terrace, or savoring the ocean breeze through generous open windows and French doors. Perhaps one might enjoy a genial game of bocce ball on the private court, gazing at the fruit orchards and onward to the impressive mountain views, or simply entertaining friends and family while immersed in the home’s welcoming ambiance. Whatever one’s pleasure, this is a place to celebrate life to its fullest.
Unsurpassed Attention to Detail
Designed by award-winning architect Don Nulty, the manse was built by highly respected Clause Construction utilizing the finest materials and impeccable craftsmanship. There are barrel, groin and open-beam vaulted ceilings, and floors of wide-plank walnut and French limestone. Dramatic Poul Henningsen and Ralph Pucci light fixtures illuminate formal and relaxed dining spaces. An abundance of oversize windows and French doors invite a profusion of warm, wondrous natural light. With the main living areas on the entry level, including the luxurious master suite, the home can be mostly lived in as a single level. These are but a few examples of the flawless design and consummate attention to detail present throughout the home and its beautiful grounds.
The Heart of the Home: Living, Dining and Culinary Center
Through the foyer, the inviting living room glows. Its high ceiling accompanied by recessed lighting and impressive crown molding, fireplace flanked by floor-to-near-ceiling French doors, and massive multi-frame picture window with its welcoming window seat envelope the room in an air of spaciousness and light. The adjacent rotunda-style formal dining room is no less impressive with its 5-panel bow window, striking pendant light and walk-in wine room. Nearby, the culinary center is much more than just a kitchen. Under its soaring open-beam vaulted ceiling and resting on its lovely wide-plank walnut floor are an informal dining bay with its designer pendant light and opening to a charming patio ideal for al fresco repasts. There is also a comfortable sitting area brightened by dual arched French windows. The kitchen itself is sure to please the most discerning home chef or caterer. High-end appliances, abundant cabinets and other storage, a walk-in pantry, and a large center island with a fabulous walnut parquet counter top are only a few of its accouterments.
Private Sanctuaries for Owners and Guests
A gallery hallway, filled with the natural light gifted through sets of French doors and enhanced by a barrel-vaulted ceiling and French limestone floor, leads to the very private ground floor master suite; its bedroom light-filled thanks to its barrel ceiling and large multi-pane windows offering stunning views of the Santa Ynez Mountains. The master bath is as luxurious as that in any world-class resort. Travertine, and turquoise tile in the oversize shower and dual sink shelf facing are complemented by a rain forest green marble counter top and spectacular Klimtian wall mosaics. The suite is also home to an office with built-in desk and cabinetry.
There is a serpentine stairway, accented by a lovely custom-wrought handrail, leading to a pair of guest suites. The suites share a wraparound loggia accessed via French doors and offering splendid views of the grounds and the ocean through the trees.
The Grounds and Beyond
Comfort, convenience, practicality and peaceful abiding define the grounds of this Tuscan-style villa. An expansive terrace with its warming fireplace overlooks sprawling lawn and an adjacent bocce ball court. Stone steps lead from the patio off the culinary center to an intimate dining or sitting terrace. Stone and decomposed granite walking paths meander throughout the grounds; among native and Mediterranean mature trees, tasteful flowering and drought-tolerant flora, ensuring thriving year-round beauty. LED landscape lighting creates aesthetic appeal and establishes extra safety.
Seemingly far from the madding crowd, this Tuscan-style sanctuary is little more than a stone’s throw from acclaimed Montecito Union School and beloved Manning Park. Mere minutes from the shops, dining and services of Montecito’s Upper Village, it is also convenient to Butterfly, Miramar and Hammonds beaches.
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