Resting serenely in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains above Montecito and Summerland, and bordering the Los Padres National Forest, this distinctive retreat -- conjuring Big Sur in Santa Barbara -- is an exceptional year-round or vacation sanctuary. The retreat home and 1-bedroom guest quarters, with their dramatically vaulted roof lines and aged wood exteriors, are set amidst tasteful drought-tolerant landscaping and towering eucalyptus trees. The panoramic ocean and mountain views from nearly every room and exterior vantage point are nothing short of spectacular.
Inside, the ambiance reflects a mixture of tranquility and strength as remarkable architectural features complement stunning vistas of nature beyond the expanses of glass. Lofty vaulted ceilings, creative use of beautifully-finished wood throughout -- including on walls, ceilings and floors -- and other design elements create an effortless interplay of interior comfort and exterior splendor.
The living room, for example, hosts not only a soaring vaulted ceiling, but also a significant skylight, multiple large windows, access to one of two decks, and an intimate step-down seating area featuring a charming fireplace. Upstairs, the loft-style master bedroom is bathed in daylight and presents a star show at night via skylight, while the guest room is awash in light and extraordinary views provided by banks of windows. A luxurious bath with dual sinks and an oversize glassed-in shower awaits nearby.
The guest quarters are an exceptional retreat unto itself, hosting a bedroom, bath, living room, kitchen and loft, and can be reached via an elevated walkway from the main residence.
At the end of a quiet road minutes from Montecito’s world-class shopping, dining and beaches, and from the popular antique and gift emporiums of nearby Summerland, this comfortable Big Sur in Santa Barbara haven of relaxed sophistication awaits its discerning new owner.
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