While Santa Barbara and Montecito are synonymous with Mediterranean and neo-Mediterranean architecture, when it comes to luxury homes, few have transcended that norm by melding the Mediterranean aesthetic with classic contemporary or distinctly modernist design. This singular ocean view Montecito home, commanding approximately 1.43 ocean view acres in Montecito’s coveted “Golden Quadrangle,” does just that. Its familiar red tile roof – in this case, utilizing high-fired, ultra-thick tiles– rests atop a stunning living space defined by clean horizontal and vertical lines and an abundance of large single-pane windows and French doors. From its artist-designed entry gates and hand-laid brick driveway and motor court, to the generous use of marble and Honduran mahogany in its interior, the home offers an unsurpassed air of relaxed sophistication. Designed by an elite team of two architects and an artist, the manse takes full advantage of natural light and breathtaking ocean and island vistas.
ENTRY | LIVING ROOM | FORMAL DINING
An ambiance of spaciousness and light debuts in the home’s striking foyer. Its centerpiece is a dramatic serpentine staircase complemented by a magnificent crystal chandelier. The stairway -- a masterful creation with its marble risers, mahogany treads and delicate mahogany handrails -- seems to float on a white marble sea and against a backdrop of gallery walls and mirrored shelves. Here, one finds the perfect milieu for the display of one’s art collection. Indeed, the staircase rises past a sizable architectural niche destined to host a significant work.
The living room features a soaring ceiling accentuated by stylized triple-crown molding and allowing clerestory windows above four sets of ±nine-foot-tall French doors. There is a handsome fireplace with marble surround, and a highly polished quarter-sawn red oak floor with an inlaid Greek key border. The border continues into the dining room where a substantial mirror forms the backdrop for a cherrywood sideboard and stands ready to showcase a formal buffet. Across the room, oversize French doors open to an expansive portico, perfect for al fresco dining and all-season entertaining.
KITCHEN | FAMILY ROOM
The designer kitchen is a gourmand’s dream. There are new top-of-the-line appliances, an abundance of custom cabinetry, a large center island, and pass-through windows facilitating ease of dining on the portico. A large two-tier service island offers informal seating and dining. There is also a pantry, a powder room, and a “command center” office housing security monitors, gate communication and storage. The culinary center opens to the family room where an impressive second marble fireplace awaits, components of the sound system are housed, and a wall of windows and French doors open to the portico. The view from here, as well as from the adjacent kitchen and living and dining rooms, is nothing short of dazzling.
MASTER SUITE | GUEST SUITES
There are 2 master suites plus a guestroom. The entry level suite combines luxury with comfort and convenience. Its bedroom has large French doors opening to a terrace overlooking the grounds. The luxurious bath surpasses those in many international resorts; immersing one in a sanctuary of white. The tile floor is heated, the step-up soaking tub is a soothing personal refuge, and the dual sinks and invigorating glassed-in shower feature top-of-the-line fixtures. There is a large walk-in closet, and the adjacent office or library hosts its own bath, closet and beautiful custom cherrywood cabinetry.
The upstairs master suite also holds immense comfort and luxury. Its bedroom and spacious sitting area each host two sets of French doors opening to a sprawling terrace. There are incomparable ocean and island views as well as a panorama of the property. Heavy pocket doors between the bedroom and sitting area allow utmost privacy and consideration. Two baths serve the suite.
NOTEWORTHY AMENITIES | LOCATION
This expansive lower-level room is truly “multi-purpose” thanks to its built-in versatility. It can be used as a game room or media center. In addition to its large living area, it features a kitchenette, full bath, closet and French doors to the portico overlooking the grounds.
The beautiful swimming pool and in-pool spa are complemented by a fountain featuring an endearing life-size bronze sculpture depicting a trio of dolphins. Nearby, dolphins are also depicted in an alcove mosaic.
There is a versatile exercise, yoga or massage room conveniently located off of the family room, a “safe room,” utility room, central vacuum system, and a 3-car garage with an acrylic floor to facilitate cleaning.
While ocean view Montecito homes traditionally have a single water source, or two at most, this singular residence offers three. Montecito Water District serves the needs of the home, a well with storage tanks ensures hydration for landscaping, and an additional system can be used as needed.
Montecito’s much sought-after “Golden Quadrangle” is a favorite neighborhood of the well-known and well-heeled. There is also the advantage of convenience. Close by, the famous San Ysidro Ranch is world-renown for its casually sophisticated lodging and internationally acclaimed dining. Montecito’s charming Upper Village, just down the hill, provides upscale shops, galleries and eateries, and the privileged community’s beautiful beaches are mere minutes away. The area also lies within the highly-regarded Montecito Union School District.
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