Iconic in its representation of High-tech Modernism in residential architecture, innovative in its design within that genre, and nothing short of stunning in its setting against its backdrop of the dramatic Santa Ynez Mountains, this remarkable Montecito residence – two years in the making -- abides as the manifestation of extraordinary imagining.
The manifestation of vision and magic
The visionary designer, Barton Myers, FAIA, is internationally recognized, prestigious award-winning, and perhaps best known locally as the architect of actress Natalie Portman’s Montecito residence.
This magical, sustainably constructed and award-winning home has been featured in books and numerous periodicals. It was named “one of the most beautiful homes in the world” by Achitectural Record, and its dazzling gardens – created through the guidance of Mark Rios, FAIA, FASLA -- have been distinguished as an “Outstanding American Garden” by the Garden Club of America.
In celebration of California's indoor-outdoor lifestyle
Steel and glass, space and ground, light and shadow: each one complementing the other, and all. Wall-size multi-pane doors retract -- not horizontally, but vertically – integrating with the home’s ceiling, and opening entire rooms to the enchanting Zen-like gardens. There are large traditional sliding glass doors as well, and expanses of clerestory windows.
A location fit for the most discerning
There is a lovely guest house, also designed by a notable and highly esteemed architect: Andy Neumann, AIA. His contribution to this singular property adds an element of casual sophistication and comfort. The assemblage that is the main house, guest cottage and enchanted gardens represents one of Montecito’s most prized estates located on one of the affluent community’s quietest lanes.
ENTRY | LIVING ROOM
From the lane, clean concrete walls and boulders of local sandstone are juxtaposed with precisely placed native flora and gates of stained knotty wood in horizontal slats. Dramatic. Intriguing. Simple. Serene. The entry introduces countless surprises.
The living room of this Barton Myers-designed home is defined by glass, steel and concrete. Two massive multi-sectional steel doors comprise one entire wall. Each of the doors embrace 36 windows and roll up to join the corrugated steel and girder ceiling. Interior and exterior are now one spectacular space, open to the gardens and Montecito’s coveted Mediterranean climate.
Elsewhere in the room, large clerestory windows offer glimpses of the mountains and sky. There’s a fireplace, and a Calder inspired chandelier.
The culinary center is freed from the confines of four walls by its own roll up door. The result: not just the living room, but an entire side of this incredible home opens to the terrace and gardens. Entertaining and al fresco dining are liberated.
Gourmet chefs and caterers will appreciate the Bulthaup custom kitchen with Miele stove top and double oven, plus microwave, Gaggenau master oven, two refrigerators and two dishwashers. There is abundant bleached lime oak cabinetry, marble counter tops, and a spacious and versatile serving and prep island.
The informal dining area opens to an intimate sitting room and its fireplace. Clerestory windows provide vistas of treetops and mountains, and glass doors lead to the gardens. Nearby, a hallway takes one to the bedroom wing; passing the pantry, laundry room and double sliding glass doors to a peaceful stone path and delightful fountain.
BEDROOM WING | GUEST HOUSE
There’s a long, uninterrupted gallery hallway in the sanctuary wing of this entrancing home that is a perfect venue for the display of fine art.
At one end, the master suite features a corrugated steel ceiling and polished cement floor, yet its ambiance is one of intimacy and relaxation. Its fireplace is flanked by sliding glass doors to a secluded patio. In the well-appointed bath, a freestanding eggshell soaking tub is embraced by glass doors opening to the garden.
Down the hall, a 2nd bedroom with bath en suite sits adjacent to the handsome office or library: yet another wonderful space opening to the garden through a large glass door. The room also hosts a fireplace and tasteful modular bookcases.
The Neumann-designed guest house is nearby yet comfortably distant from the main residence. It provides a relaxing haven for even the most discerning guests or extended family. A substantial stone fireplace and vaulted ceiling grace the great room, which includes living and sitting rooms and a kitchenette. Both the great room and bedroom open to private patios.
GROUNDS | SUSTAINABILITY
Here at this remarkable nearly one-acre Montecito estate, it has been proven that sustainability and sophistication can go hand-in-hand. From the repurposed steel and other “green” materials used in the primary residence, to the beautiful drought-tolerant native flora flourishing in the Japanese-inspired gardens and landscaping, it’s undeniable that this is a place of earth-friendly luxury.
Mature oak and olive trees are judiciously placed, and manicured hedges form precise borders. Succulents and assorted flowering plants add variety and complementary color.
Sandstone and gravel walking paths lead gracefully throughout the peaceful grounds, while a kare-sansui Zen garden overlooks the approximately 50-foot-long cerulean lap pool and waterfall fountain. Solar panels rest atop the 2-car garage that hosts opposing roll-up doors.
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This matchless Barton Myers estate is within walking distance to hiking trails and mere minutes from Montecito’s pristine beaches and the world-class shopping and dining of the community’s Upper and Lower Villages.
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