Exuding the ambiance of a French country estate, this magnificent manor is nestled on more than 4 spectacular acres in exclusive Montecito, California. It represents the epitome of classic design, prestige and privilege. While the original main residence was built in 1947, the home has undergone a major renovation and expansion, as well as multiple upgrades. The resulting nearly 11,000 sq. ft. premier Montecito residence, designed by noted architect Don Nulty, AIA, is now complemented by a separate guest studio, cabaña, multiple garages, a storage barn, pool, large pond, tennis court and beautiful landscaping. Stunning views, from many rooms as well as most areas of the grounds, are of the dramatic Santa Ynez Mountain Range.
Although this stately manor seems far from the madding crowd and is quite private and secure, it is only minutes from the community's charming Upper Village, world-class lodging, hiking trails, pristine beaches and highly-acclaimed schools, including coveted Montecito Union School. Nearby, internationally-acclaimed Santa Barbara, known as “The American Riviera,” offers its cultural riches, dining and entertaining venues, shopping and services. The Santa Barbara Airport, and the Los Angeles International Airport slightly more than an hour away, provide convenient private and commercial air transport.
Savor the serenity of this rarefied setting and bask in its air of relaxed sophistication. Celebrate the joie de vivre of the indoor-outdoor lifestyle. There is magic manifest here on this singular estate.
Entry | Living Room | Family Room
Entering the estate’s main residence, one immediately feels a sense of calm abiding. Beyond the foyer, the expansive living room awaits, bathed in natural light flowing through a 12-foot high arched multi-pane window flanked by equally tall French doors opening to a terrace overlooking the grounds. The room also hosts an antique French fireplace, open beam shiplap ceiling, and a richly-stained wood floor. The family room, though spacious, is warm and welcoming. It is highlighted, as is the living room, by an open beam shiplap ceiling, although its finish here is less formal and imparts a rough-hewn look. Three sets of French doors open to the terrace.
Dining | Entertainment
The gourmet kitchen of this premier Montecito estate is a comfortable space for preparation of family meals, yet its sophistication and accouterments are sure to please the most particular chef or caterer. The finest appliances, abundant custom cabinetry, and a large and versatile center island are just a few of its provisions. An adjacent informal eating area is set in its own bay, open to al fresco dining via floor-to-ceiling French doors. The beautiful and quite proper dining room, replete with wainscoting, a striking parquet wood floor and a fireplace, is perfect for hosting intimate or large-scale repasts. It, too, opens to a dining terrace. A fine dinner may include fine wines from the climate-controlled wine cellar. Post-dinner evenings will surely be spent in the billiard room, state-of-the-art multi-level movie theater or music room.
Master Suite | Guest Bedrooms
After enjoying family and friends, one might spend time in the home’s office, relax in the library, or unwind in the exercise studio. Retiring to the convenient first-floor master suite, one looks forward to entering a sanctuary rivaling accommodation at the finest resort. The suite hosts a restful sitting room, luxurious dual bathrooms and closets, a cozy fireplace, and French doors to a terrace. All guest bedrooms, including one on the first floor and four upstairs, have baths en suite. Guests enjoying the upstairs suites benefit from balconies overlooking the grounds and mountains.
GUEST STUDIO | CABAÑA
The very private studio, a guest retreat of the first order, provides gracious accommodations for even the most discerning who visit this premier Montecito estate. Its spaciousness, more than 700 square feet, is enhanced by the vaulted open-beam and shiplap ceiling. Yet another facet of this jewel of an estate is the spectacular cabaña. A poolside oasis, its interior literally glows, thanks to its abundance of multi-pane glass windows and doors, large skylight, and its towering rotunda-like open-beam and shiplap ceiling. The dramatic ceiling as well as walls and trim are all radiant white. The entire space is an homage to Montecito’s revered indoor-outdoor lifestyle.
One enters the property through impressive custom-designed gates. Continuing up the driveway, one arrives at a spacious motor court and is introduced to extensive stonework utilizing stones harvested from the manor’s pond. The pond, embraced by emerald green lawns, is a focal point shared by many rooms of the estate as well as the sprawling multi-level terrace of the main residence. In winter, ducks arrive to enjoy the aquatic tranquility and charming waterfall. Beyond the pond, a pool, tennis court and small orchard await. The property can accommodate equestrian facilities. Throughout the property, walking paths and seating invite quiet contemplation; often under mature trees or surrounded by the estate’s exquisite landscaping.
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