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By Monique Stringfellow and Kevin Lynch
There are additional structures aside from the main house.
Majestic 360-degree ocean, harbor, and mountain views abound from this well-appointed Montecito Mediterranean Villa located on a hilltop and set on more than three usable acres of beautifully landscaped lawns and superbly cultivated gardens. This elegant home features expansive public rooms, which are well-suited for hosting large dinners and parties. The breathtaking vistas can be enjoyed from most rooms, allowing you and your guests to put your hilltop placement to maximum advantage.
Each part of the house is notable for the kinds of rare details that testify to the uniqueness of the property. High coffered ceilings, handcrafted European finishes, elaborate Italian wrought-iron fixtures, hand-carved paneled mahogany doors, and oak plank floors bring a sense of Old World elegance to one of California’s most naturally beautiful towns. This use of luxurious materials lends the house a sense of permanence rarely found outside the great estates of Europe. Inlaid polished limestone floors extend from the grand entry to the sunroom, dining room, kitchen, and up the elaborate colonnade staircase on through the second floor gallery.
There are additional structures aside from the main house. The property features a separate one-bedroom guesthouse, a spacious detached office, a large pool with an extensive brick terrace, a tennis court with a cut-stone pavilion and brick observation deck, and garages for nine-plus cars.
Location: Montecito, CA
Realtor: Harry Kolb
Realty: Sotheby’s International Realty