Nestled below the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains, and with breathtaking Pacific Ocean and Channel Island views, sits one of Montecito’s most luxurious and romantic estates. Designed by noted architect Lutah Maria Riggs in the 1930’s the home has retained its grandeur and yet has been refreshed, refined and extensively remodeled to today’s standards with only the very best of modern amenities.
A set of impressive entry gates open up to a driveway that meanders through ancient oaks, citrus trees and resplendent gardens leading to the spacious cobblestone motor court and the magnificent home. The exterior of the home has a grandeur which is reminiscent of an 18th century French country manor and yet is warm and welcoming.
Upon entering through the exquisite glass and iron front doors one is embraced by the stately galleria which is lined with gorgeous Carrara marble floors and adorned by a spectacular Fuse light fixture. There is an overwhelming sense of stylish elegance and balance at every turn. From the galleria a magnificent drawing room, with opposing fireplaces, beautiful crown molding, and three sets of French doors leading out to the stone terrace, beckons. Beyond, the spectacular Lockwood De Forest gardens are enhanced by breathtaking ocean and island views.
An impressive rotunda with fireplace, striking Jean de Merry light fixture, black and white marble flooring, black gloss lacquered cabinetry, glass shelving, mirror tiles and wet bar connects the galleria to the formal dining room, kitchen, family room and staircase leading to the private bedroom suites.
An air of elegance encompasses the expansive formal dining room thanks to a splendid coffered ceiling, marble fireplace, inlaid Mahogany wood flooring, and gorgeous light fixture. A set of French doors spill out to the stone terrace allowing a perfect opportunity for indoor/outdoor entertaining all set off by the magnificent views.
Handcrafted custom cabinetry and exclusive hardware by Christopher Peacock, plumbing features by Waterworks, backsplash tile by Ann Sacks, Mattaliano light pendants, new white marble countertops, and all new appliances are just some of the remodeled features in the luxurious gourmet kitchen. An impressive center island with seating, soaring coffered ceiling, and marble fireplace all work together wonderfully in this true cook’s kitchen. A solarium-like breakfast room with beautiful light filtering through the abundant windows and French doors also opens out to an outdoor dining patio and sparkling views of the swimming pool, the cabana and the azure Pacific Ocean beyond.
A fabulous wood-paneled family room past the kitchen and breakfast room is the perfect spot to unwind at the end of the day. Sizable built-ins line one wall and surround a stone gas-log fireplace with new stone mantle. More French doors open out to the terrace which is perfect for welcoming in the cooling sea-breezes and gazing at the coastal vistas.
A charmingly refurbished powder room off the kitchen area has walls graced with hand-made Japanese rice paper that are hand-painted Ink blot by Porter Teleo, and a custom vanity with plumbing features by Waterworks.
Completing this east wing of the home are laundry facilities, an informal entry door, and an interior access to the three-car garage.
The homes west wing is entered through the pretty oval room. Marble flooring, a stylish light fixture by Jean de Merry, Kelly Wearstler hand painted wallpaper, and a new marble fireplace all meld together making this room one that is quite unique. The oval room opens out to a private patio giving a sense of being in a secret place. A glamorous powder room off the oval room has been renovated with new Johnathon Browning sconces, new plumbing, black marble floor, and handsome wallpaper and has a matching secret closet across the hallway.
The well-appointed and truly luxurious guest suite has a spa-like bathroom, walk-in closet and views across the lawn and out to the ocean panorama beyond. An office with exterior access, a full bathroom, a small kitchen with eating area with a stackable washer and dryer could also be used as a staff suite and complete the west wing.
A grand, circular staircase adorned with a Kelly Wearstler cubist pendant light fixture, leads to an expansive second level landing. A perfect place to chill, the landing has a sitting area that looks out to magnificent ocean and estate scenes and connects to the regal master suite and a handsome office on one end and two additional bedroom suites on the other.
The sumptuous master suite is preceded by an elegant office with beautiful detailed wood-paneling, built-ins and hardwood flooring.
When stepping into the master suite there is truly a sense of entering a magical space. Beautiful refurbishments include an Ochre light fixture, new hardwood floors, custom made bed-frame and headboard, and custom white linen drapery layer with Conrad Imports shades. Adjacent to the marble fireplace sits a new minibar with custom cabinetry, micro-drawer, beverage refrigerator, and new lighting all hidden behind custom built mirrored sliding barn doors. Superb his and hers bathrooms lined with mosaic tile, as well as generous his and hers walk-in closets complete this fairytale master suite.
On the other side of the landing are two additional bedroom suites, one with a private terrace. Both suites are oversized, have commanding views, fabulous ensuite bathrooms finished in gorgeous mosaic tile and generous walk-in closets.
On descending to the lower level, which is accessed by both a front and back staircase, one is immediately struck by the notion that there is so much space to play and have fun here. A spacious entertainment room with a beautiful custom built-in cabinet opens out to an exterior sport court and the pool terrace through a new Herringbone paneled sliding barn door. Next to the entertainment room is a new custom built fully equipped gymnasium with a sport floor, new LED can lights, and mirrored walls and doors.
The gym opens to a new adjoining wet bar facility with red brick floors.
A significant temperature-controlled wine cellar as well as a powder room are also housed on this level.
Numerous upgrades have been added to the house in the past year, including extensive painting, refinishing all hardwood floors, re-wiring and installing 10 new TV’s throughout the house and in the guest house, installing a new whole-house centralized smart home automation system with remote control by Creston, Sonos throughout the house, a new security system, installing new designer light fixtures throughout , and hanging custom white linen draperies layered with Conrad Imports shades throughout the house.
Privately tucked away from the main residence and pool area, is the attractive guest house perched atop an additional three care garage. The guest house has a new HVAC system, a living/dining area, kitchenette with refrigerator, stove and sink, and a bedroom suite with storage and a full bathroom.
Situated on over 2 acres of Lockwood De Forest gardens, and privately tucked behind towering emerald hedges, the wonderfully designed outdoors of the estate are the perfect place to unwind and relax. The extensive main level terrace with intricate wrought iron railings span the home’s southerly elevation looking out over the impressive estate. Dual stairways elegantly curve down to the pool terrace with its sparkling pool, hot tub and gurgling fountain. An outdoor fireplace and barbeque area are crowned with overhanging shade plantings. The cabana is perfectly equipped for outdoor fun with a kitchen and bathroom and overlooks two new impressive wood pergolas that span across a pristine new Bocce Ball court. A new bubbling stone fountain and stone firepit finish off this perfect spot. Lush lawns, a labyrinth of fanciful pathways, fragrant gardens and ancient oaks complete the dreamlike exterior of the beautiful estate.