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Don Nulty-Designed Spanish Masterpiece

Don Nulty-Designed Spanish Masterpiece 1333 E Mountain Drive, Montecito, California 93108
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There are certain things that imbue an estate with world-class status. Its location and its “bones” occupy that privileged list. This magnificent Spanish Colonial Revival-style Montecito property offers both. Resting on approximately two acres in the affluent community’s coveted “Golden Quadrangle,” it is perched in the foothills yet is just minutes from the charming Upper Village, schools, services and pristine beaches. Its bones are born of exceptional materials. No expense was spared. Almost $2 million was spent on custom cabinetry and stonework, including native sandstone unearthed and cut on the property. This stone is found accented throughout the home, including in the home's four wood-burning fireplaces. One hundred-fifty-year-old roof tiles were imported from Colombia. There are Saltillo and Moroccan tiles, antique wood beams and light fixtures.

The very private estate is surrounded by mature trees yielding only to stunning ocean, island and mountain vistas. Great expanses of custom wood and bronze multi-pane windows and French doors allow a near seamless flow of interior and exterior pleasures from every room and throughout the grounds. Privacy and safety are ensured with a top-of-the-line security system, dual electric gates, grounds lighting, a full-house-power generator, and a state-of-the-art firefighting, fire prevention and fire-safe storage room which could also be the site of a future elevator. A Crestron smart home system is used to control most of the systems, including the gates, HVAC, audio and visual, security and the pool.

Provenance is also a requirement for an estate to be considered truly superlative, and it must include outstanding design and construction. Here, the home and ancillary structure were designed by Don Nulty, an award-winning architect associated with many luxury homes and estates, as are the builder, Rich Coffin, and interior designer, Sandra Canada. The grounds were designed by Grant Castleberg, the noted landscape architect responsible for the beauty of Santa Barbara’s revered Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens.  


While the estate rests behind towering hedges and mature trees, its significance is betrayed by its pair of electric gates and two secure pedestrian portals. Beyond the gates, a cobblestone motor court is convenient to both the imposing two-story, 4-car garage with its shop, storage room and gardener’s bathroom and to the courtyard of the main residence. The large entry courtyard – formal, yet inviting and embracing -- hosts a pair of beautiful fountains, orange trees, and a stone path and steps to an intimate terrace: perfect for afternoon tea or quiet reflection.


Upon entering the residence, one is greeted by a grand gallery hallway. Its many archways and arched doorways as well as its dramatic groin-vaulted ceiling bequeath architectural drama while contributing to the home’s ambiance of spaciousness and light. Directly across from the entryway, three of those archways open to the living room, and on to a loggia and spectacular vista of ocean and islands over the treetops. The living room and open yet formal dining area rest under a 14-foot open-beam cathedral ceiling. A bar flanks the stone fireplace and an expanse of multi-pane French doors opens to the loggia where a panorama of ocean, islands, mountains and estate grounds awaits.


A culinary center is much more than just a kitchen and a large pantry. It is a place where food is prepared, of course, but is also where family and friends can enjoy the camaraderie, leisure and the myriad gastronomic pleasures that have been uniting people throughout civilization. Here, the chef’s kitchen showcases the finest appliances, Shaker-style cabinetry, verde oasis marble countertops, and a versatile center island capped with beautifully-finished teak. Those accouterments are complemented by a hand-crafted, wide-plank wood floor and a barrel-vaulted beamed ceiling. The room opens to an inviting sitting and media room offering dramatic mountain views via large multi-pane windows. Through oversize glass doors, an intimate dining room hosts a lovely corner fireplace and serene ocean and mountain views.


Conveniently located adjacent to the living room, the master suite exudes an air of serenity and relaxed luxury. It opens to its own veranda overlooking the pool, grounds, and beyond to the ocean. The luxurious master bath has custom tile work, dual sinks and vanities, a soaking tub, tile shower and an exterior door to a garden hosting an in-ground spa and outdoor shower. A pair of room-size walk-in closets with custom shelving and pull-down systems complete the master suite.

Two offices provide even more reason why the owners never have to leave their estate. Accessed via the gallery hallway or beautiful arched doors from the courtyard entry, the primary office offers dark wood paneling, built-in bookcases a classic coffered ceiling and an enchanting fireplace.


A graceful curved staircase leads to the home’s lower level where the spacious family room and guest wing await. In the family room, three striking arches embrace French doors opening to a terrace overlooking the grounds. A custom-built media center, substantial stone fireplace flanked by built-in bookcases, and a full-service bar with seating embellish the room. Behind the bar the estate’s climate-controlled wine cellar stands ready to accommodate the finest collection.

Nearby, French doors open to the guest quarters. While both guest rooms feature baths en suite, one qualifies as a 2nd master, with its luxurious bath, open-beam ceiling, arched French doors to a private stone terrace, and a stairway to the backyard and pool. The wing also hosts the gym and large utility and storage room.


Here is accommodation for the most discerning guests or a legal second residential unit with its own entry gate, 2-car garage and patio. Its great room and bedroom have handsome stone floors, recessed lighting and ample closet spaces. The full kitchen features abundant and beautifully-stained cabinetry and verde oasis marble countertops. An impressive archway surrounds French doors to a sequestered stone portico.


The estate’s grounds are at once stylish and refined, practical and pleasurable. From sloping emerald lawns, engineered for low maintenance and minimal water use, to optimum application of bountiful local stone in walls and walking paths through the oaks, the talents of a masterful landscape designer are on display. Practical and pleasurable hold court when one considers the sparkling lap pool, jacuzzi and outdoor shower, sizable vegetable garden and neighboring citrus and orchard groves, gardening shed, and secluded pergola.

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