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Italian Country Estate in Montecito’s Ennisbrook

Italian Country Estate in Montecito’s Ennisbrook 1885 Jelinda Drive, Santa Barbara, California 93108
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Impeccably renovated and recently reborn as one of the finest properties in Montecito’s exclusive Ennisbrook, this exquisite nearly two-acre ocean and mountain view sanctuary is reminiscent of a contemporary Italian country estate. With no expense spared, master craftspeople have utilized premium materials in the enhancement of the property’s infrastructure, amenities and accoutrements.

The centerpiece of the estate is the 10,823± square-foot villa, glowing in the California sunshine and surrounded by impeccable landscaping: verdant lawns, trees and hedges, and vibrant flora. The home’s interior features a versatile open floor plan, with multiple flex rooms in addition to its traditional living areas. Its six bedrooms include two primary suites.

The residence exudes an air of spaciousness and light, thanks to its high ceilings, liberal use of marble and wide-plank wood floors, and multitude of large windows and single-pane French doors. The abundance of glass allows a profusion of natural radiance to fill the home and guide one from interior comforts to the extensive exterior charms.

Those exterior benefits and conveniences range beyond the dual gates, security fencing and privacy hedges of the estate. The guard gated Ennisbrook community offers tennis, basketball and pickleball courts, a lap pool and fitness facility, and is just moments from Valley Club of Montecito, Birnam Wood Golf Club, Montecito’s Upper Village and Coast Village Road, beaches, hiking trails and more. The property is also located near private Crane Country Day School and Montecito Union School.


Classicism, dramatic contemporary design elements, and practicality are obvious from the moment one enters the gates of this tribute to the quintessential Italian country estate. To one’s right, crystalline water tumbles peacefully down a terraced natural stone waterfall. To the left, the portico of the home’s impressive façade opens via tall glass doors to a stunning foyer, defined by a polished stone floor, the ceiling soaring upward to a distant cupola bathed in the light of clerestory windows, and a spectacular serpentine staircase whose delicate burnished steel railing continues on to border the second-floor gallery. A chandelier, a focal point of understated opulence, carries one’s eye aloft toward the cupola.

From the foyer, the view extends through the living room to a veranda, and beyond to the sparkling Pacific.

The living room is a place of casual sophistication. A weathered-oak-stained wood floor and delicate steel chandeliers are juxtaposed with the heavy, dark gray fireplace mantelpiece, while a veritable wall of windows and glass doors reveal the veranda, terrace and panoramic vista.


Whether it’s a formal repast in the beautiful dining room, an informal meal in the stylish kitchen, or alfresco brunch with family or friends on the veranda or poolside, dining here always includes a breathtaking view.

There is magic afoot in the kitchen. Its minimalist, ergonomic design is an homage to beauty and functionality. Abundant under-counter cabinetry, top-of-the-line stainless Wolf, Sub-zero and Dacor appliances, and a marble island take center stage. The butler’s pantry is both convenient and indispensable for meal preparation and presentation, and storage.


While there are exceptional principal bedroom suites on both the first and second floors of this magnificent home, it is the upper-level primary suite that is likely reserved for the estate’s owner. It is, indeed, a singular retreat worthy of wonderment. Consider the view. It is a bird’s eye vista over the treetops, to the ocean, islands and horizon, and it may be enjoyed not just from the bedroom or its lovely private terrace, but also from both luxurious baths, and even from one of the two room-size walk-in closets.

The main room of the suite accommodates the spacious sleeping area and an equally spacious sitting area adjacent to the handsome fireplace. A dramatic vaulted ceiling and wide-plank wood floor add to the ambiance of relaxed luxury.


In addition to the first-floor principal suite – which, itself, rivals the finest resort lodging, with its striking fireplace, weathered-oak-stained wood floor, and French doors opening to the gorgeous grounds -- each guest room features a bath en-suite, a generous closet, and a world-class view. The principal suite is also just down the hall from the well-appointed office, with its charming fireplace, built-in cabinetry, and French doors to the terrace overlooking the grounds and beyond.

One room in this incredible home is sure to be popular with owners, guests and family of all ages. It is the intimate, relaxing hideaway that is the media room.


Many homes around Italy’s celebrated Lake Como are known for their beautiful swimming pools and related royalty-worthy amenities, including, of course, the cabaña. It is a place bridging outdoor activities and indoor comfort. A retreat from the daytime heat or nighttime chill before and after a bracing dip or workout in the pool. The cabaña on this Ennisbrook Italian country estate rivals its Como counterparts. Just across a short expanse of emerald lawn from the pool, the cabaña’s intimate veranda welcomes one to enter through French doors. Inside, the capacious room hosts a warming fireplace, a full bath, and secondary French doors that open to a very private patio.


From the gated main entry’s privacy hedges and cascading waterfall to the grand imperial staircase descending to the sparkling pool and in-pool spa from the rear veranda and terrace, the grounds of this extraordinary property are, perhaps, unsurpassed in its affluent enclave. There are sprawling lawns complemented with judicious placement of trees, hedges, seasonal flora, and a pair of large, raised vegetable gardens. Each is bordered and defined by low native stone walls.

Overall, whether within the residence, cabaña, or spacious 3-car garage, or throughout its expansive grounds, the ambiance infusing this world-class Ennisbrook estate is one of luxury, comfort, tranquility and privacy.

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