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Dreaming of Living in a Luxury Modern Home in Montecito?


The idea behind a luxury modern home in Montecito, or anywhere for that matter, is that form should follow function. There was also the concept of ‘Truth to materials’, which held that rather than concealing or altering the natural appearance of a material, it ought to be visible and celebrated.

Also referred to as modernist architecture, the style is an embrace of minimalism and a rejection of the ornamental. This architecture, at its inception, was based on relatively new and innovative technologies of construction; particularly the use of glass, steel, and reinforced concrete.

The style emerged in the early-20th century in response to large-scale changes in both technology and society. Modernism developed across all artistic fields, not just architecture, as a means of accommodating and responding to the new technologies of machines, automation, and urban design. Here are 3 prime examples of luxury modern homes in Montecito that happen to be for sale right now:

The front entrance to a Luxury Modern Home in Montecito that is for sale by Cristal Clarke.

Spectacular Ocean View Estate

Rarely does a luxury modern contemporary home in Montecito, such as this 3-bedroom, 5 bath example, come on the market. This is your lucky day, however, because you can be the new owner of this property featuring iconic modernism along with unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands. Brilliantly combining elements of Modernism, Post-modernism, Neo-classicism and Art Deco, architect James Morris, a founding partner of Santa Barbara’s acclaimed The Warner Group, designed this stunning Montecito contemporary home situated on approximately 2 acres. There have been two subsequent renovations utilizing the finest materials and meticulous craftsmanship. This is your chance to own a property that rivals the most awe-inspiring domiciles on California’s Central Coast.

Concerned about privacy? No worries here. Picture your family living behind the imposing front gate, which offers the ultimate in privacy plus an air of refinement because the gate itself is a work of art. Beyond the impressive entry, a long, serpentine driveway ends in a substantial motor court, perfect for those who love to entertain because it can accommodate dozens of vehicles.

The driveway is flanked by a sloping emerald engineered lawn. Stone steps lead to an overlook of the entire estate. Once there, you’ll notice a grand courtyard with towering palms and privet hedges. Potted plants and lovely fountains surround a sprawling terrace where you will find a cobalt blue pool and spa. The wraparound terrace is the perfect place for morning coffee, or to watch the sunset while hosting a dinner party with friends and family. With plenty of indoor and outdoor areas to lounge and host guests, this home is an entertainer’s dream.

Once inside, you will be greeted by an ambiance of spaciousness and light, thanks to the home’s polished Italian marble, recessed lighting and great expanses of glass and windows. The home’s breathtaking panorama views begin in the living room and continue in the formal dining room. Even the chef’s kitchen is bathed in light from its walls of glass, creating a seamless flow of indoor comfort and outdoor splendor.

A picturesque vista of the Santa Ynez Mountains is found in the relaxed yet sophisticated family room. There is also a bright and spacious gym accessible from within the home or via the courtyard.

The world-class bedrooms rival your favorite resort, offering private hideaways. The master suite offers a spacious bedroom, sumptuous spa-like bathroom, office and, of course, astonishing views. The two generously-sized guestrooms provide views of either the ocean or the courtyard and mountains.


The sparkling pool and backyard of nother Montecito Modern Home that is for sale right now.

A Montecito Masterpiece of Modernist Architecture

This 3-bedroom, 4.5 bath Montecito contemporary home stands out as a singular example of modernist architecture. Originally designed and built in the early 1970s by revered architect Jack Warner, the classic residence and its surrounding grounds have undergone extensive renovations by the current owners. They spared no expense: hiring the best team of world-class interior and landscape designers. The result is a display of architectural prowess and spectacular 360-degree ocean and mountain vistas, as well as unobstructed sunrises and sunsets.

The property sits on a Montecito hillside, with approximately 3-acres of very private, terraced and impeccably landscaped grounds. The new owners can enjoy breathtaking views from nearly every room thanks to the home’s great expanses of glass in the form of windows and large sliding doors. I love the modernist architecture of this home: a perfect example of the importance of the interplay of light and shadow in this architectural genre. The interior’s geometric patterns contrast with the landscape, conjuring an impressionist canvas viewed through a minimalist frame.

The kitchen features limestone counters, teak cabinets, and stainless Wolf, Viking, Sub-zero and Mièle appliances. The master suite and primary guest suite, and their luxurious baths open through walls of glass to terraces showcasing the gardens, water features and 180-degree ocean panoramas.

If you like to entertain, you and your guests will love the retracting oversize glass door. Step out onto a garden terrace or a tranquil courtyard with its serene reflecting pool and spa. There are also areas for meditation in the form of vine-covered pergolas, inviting walking paths and intimate seating areas.


The glass walls of a Modern estate for sale in Toro Canyon

World-Class Toro Canyon Estate

This stunning example of modernism can be found in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains surrounded by the peaceful sylvan setting that is Toro Canyon Park. The 4 bedroom, 6.5 bath 42 +/- -acre Toro Canyon estate includes an over 6000 sq. ft. main residence, as well as a 2-bedroom guest house. There is also a multi-room cabaña, all designed by award-winning architect Andy Neumann, and constructed to exacting detail and with use of the finest custom materials by master builders and craftspeople.

The structures combine functional minimalism with expanses of retractable and Vitrosca Invisible Wall glass; focusing attention on the surrounding natural spectacle. The dramatic walls of glass along with walnut floors and cabinetry and freestanding walls of precisely cut native sandstone deliver instant notice that this is a very special home. There are rooms where those stone walls embrace tastefully embedded fireplaces that, in turn, cast playful reflections on the nearby glass. The finest modern amenities and details embellish the home and add to its aesthetic, practical, and romantic value.

Many refer to this Toro Canyon estate as the most beautiful, and on the most beautiful lot, in all of Santa Barbara County. Resting within their environment rather than upon it, the estate’s main residence and secondary structures are set amidst understated landscaping utilizing native plants and majestic mature oaks. Their natural yet strategic placement complements the outstanding views experienced from both their interior and exterior. These are dwellings celebrating spaciousness and light, form and texture. On display are unparalleled panoramic vistas of mountains, ocean, Channel Islands, and beyond to the horizon.


These luxury modern homes in Montecito are located mere minutes from beaches, both fine and family-friendly dining, distinctive shopping and galleries, and all the cultural and recreational opportunities Montecito and Santa Barbara have to offer. If you are interested in seeing them in person, please give me a call at +1 805.886.9378 or email me at and I’ll happily arrange a private tour for you. I can also add your home to my portfolio of fine properties so you won’t have to worry about that. Let me make your dream come true!

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