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Quintessential Mediterranean-style Montecito View Estate

Quintessential Mediterranean-style Montecito View Estate 719 Lilac Drive, Montecito, California 93108
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A Mediterranean-style Montecito View Estate Awaits

Privacy, serenity and security are assured here, among celebrity estates in a coveted Montecito location. This Mediterranean-style Montecito view estate, resting on approximately 0.96-acre behind dramatic iron gates, showcases unobstructed ocean and mountain vistas from most rooms, and offers abundant indoor and outdoor amenities.

There are open-beam ceilings, rich wood floors, and arched doorways. Large windows allow a profusion of natural light while capitalizing on the views. Award-winning architect Don Nulty, AIA, designed the upstairs guest suite and private deck, and the exquisite grounds, the creation of landscape architect Chris Gilliland, were among the top 12 finalists of HGTV’s 2019 Gorgeous Gardens competition.

Arriving at the home, one is captivated by the tasteful use of flora and stone. The recessed doorway hosts dramatic glass and wrought iron French doors opening to an embracing foyer, central gallery hallway perfect for the display of fine artwork, and beyond to the warm and welcoming living room boasting stunning ocean and Channel Islands views.

LIVING ROOM | LIBRARY

Upon entering the residence, one is irresistibly beckoned by the inviting living room. Its spectacular ocean view -- through a triptych of iron and glass French doors complemented by arched transom windows -- is mesmerizing. Richly stained wood floors, high ceilings with exposed center beam, and a fireplace with its handsome stone mantelpiece serve the comfortable room. Just outside the French doors, a terrace overlooking the grounds and ocean beyond provides the ideal setting for alfresco dining.

Weary from a hard day hiking on the nearby trails, or simply in a contemplative mood, one might choose the first room off of the entryway: the library. This versatile retreat, with a multi-pane picture window looking out to a soothing wall fountain, could also be used as formal dining, a family room or office.

KITCHEN | DINING

Spacious yet superbly efficient, the kitchen is designed to please the most discerning chef or caterer. Viking, Wolf, Sub-zero and Míele appliances, abundant cabinetry, stone countertops, tile backsplashes and an expansive and versatile center island combine with designer touches such as a gorgeous hardwood floor and open beam tray ceiling to create the heart of the home.

The space flows tastefully into the dining area where an ambiance of warmth and hospitality awaits. A hearty fireplace and companion log box with a stone hearth and heavy wood beam mantel create an Old World feeling of comfort and well-being. French doors, complemented by a curved multi-pane transom window and flanked by door-size multi-pane windows, open to the terrace.

MASTER SUITE | GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS

The master suite of this Mediterranean-style Montecito view estate is nothing short of a masterful sanctuary. The bedroom, a haven of spaciousness and light, hosts a dramatic ocean view through a massive arched, multi-pane window. The vista is reflected in an equally large arched mirror set in its own alcove directly across the room. Pocket doors provide access to the suite’s sitting room and its French doors to the terrace. There are dual walk-in closets and a well-appointed bath with a sumptuous soaking tub, shower and dual vanity.

The first of two guest suites provides a bedroom, private living area, full bathroom and dedicated outdoor access. The Don Nulty-designed second floor guest suite includes an office in addition to the bedroom full bath, and a terrace granting unsurpassed mountain views. The entry level hosts two additional guest rooms and two additional full bathrooms.

GROUNDS

The magical drought-tolerant landscaping and outdoor amenities rival those at the finest Montecito estates. Beautiful fountains are found throughout the grounds. Family and guests can choose to enjoy a friendly game of bocce, or take a dip in the pool and in-pool spa. Or, perhaps, a contemplative stroll among the orchard where avocado, apple, nectarine, plum, fig, and a dozen citrus trees thrive.

There are also herb and vegetable gardens and a raised bed rose garden. Outdoor dining is a must, considering the lovely accommodations, including a captivating pergola and nearby fire pit with seating area. There’s a built-in stainless DCS grill and 2-burner gas range lined with Spanish tile, located conveniently on the terrace off the kitchen.

This singular property -- near hiking trails, the distinctive shops and services of Montecito’s Upper Village, and in the Montecito Union School District --  provides a realm of endless possibilities.

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