At the end of a lush gated lane in Montecito, this picturesque Mediterranean-inspired estate immediately conveys an air of easy elegance and relaxed refinement. The shade of a stalwart grandfather tree creates cool, serene shade for vibrantly colorful landscaping, all of which conjures a sense that here—in this peaceful corner of one of California’s most coveted communities, at the base of the mountains and minutes from the ocean—everything is truly thriving.
Montecito, California | Sandy Stahl and Jake Longstreth, Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito East Valley Road Brokerage
Impeccably designed and maintained, the 6,952-square-foot residence features a versatile single-level floor plan with ideally scaled spaces that make both day-to-day living and festive entertaining effortless. The true heart of the home, the great room offers a fluid space for formal living and dining. While wood floors, beamed ceilings, and a striking stone fireplace add touches of Old World nostalgia, thoughtful pocket doors allow for each of these spaces to be transformed into discrete areas. Nearby is a warm and welcoming chef’s kitchen with classical cabinetry, top-tier appliances, striking ceiling beams, richly hued wide-plank hardwood floors, counter seating, and a family room with a sunny bay window. Walk-in and butler’s pantries facilitate gracious entertaining for a crowd.
Among the four restful bedrooms is a tranquil owner’s suite accompanied by two luxurious baths, two very generous walk-in closets, and a handsome adjoining wood-paneled den with built-in bookshelves and a fireplace in eye-catching green marble. Another suite is sited across the hall. Two additional bedrooms and baths enjoy the seclusion and privacy of their location on the other side of the home as well as shared access to a second den, family room, or playroom—also the perfect spot for a convenient gym.
In nearly every room, south-facing windows and glass doors admit glorious light, and each of the living and entertaining spaces opens to the home’s enviable collection of idyllic stone patios, which include an alfresco grilling area and classical fountain. Amid emerald hedges and flowering plants, stairs descend to the estate’s refreshing swimming pool and spa. Mature trees and other thriving flora create privacy for this singular Southern California oasis with their welcome curtain of green.