Estate of the Day: Santa Barbara


Rising from a sun-drenched promontory overlooking the blue Pacific, Terra Bella is a celebration of classical Italian architecture and the beautiful earth that is its namesake. From the instant the gates open, it becomes one of those “pinch yourself” moments when reality blurs and the dream begins to unfold. Slowly and seductively, Terra Bella is revealed through rich layers of architecture, gardens and vistas that capture both the imagination and the heart.

A world apart, Terra Bella plays out on just under three dramatic oceanfront acres in the exclusive Santa Barbara enclave of Hope Ranch. This fine home embraces 13,800 square feet of impeccably designed living space. Inspired by exquisite, centuries old villas that grace the shores of Lake Como, Terra Bella is a window to a world of elegance, romance and opulence. Its public rooms speak with a grand formality that welcomes lavish entertaining. Santa Barbara’s mild Mediterranean climate encourages grand scale events to easily spill onto the verandas and patios of the villa. Sparkling fountains, bubbling pools and fragrant canopies of blossoms provide irresistible invitations for guests to turn their affections to the magnificent grounds and gardens.

Part of the mystique of Terra Bella is that, in all of its splendor, this villa also radiates the warm and comfortable style of a fine country estate. Inside the villa, the family wings have a relaxed casual elegance that fits seamlessly with the Santa Barbara lifestyle. Outside, a portion of the grounds nurture a variety of bucolic endeavors. Nestled in a natural oak woodland, the stable is an equestrian’s delight that is further enhanced by access to the miles of private riding trails that wind through Hope Ranch. This portion of the estate also features a small vineyard, a bountiful vegetable garden, and a children’s play area.

Authentically cast in classic Italian style, the stunning beauty of this world-class villa can only be matched by its enchanted setting. Against the silhouette of a majestic stance of Monterey Cypress, commanding ocean views draw the eye across the channel to settle on the distant islands. To the north, there is the mystery of expansive deepwater views, and to the south spectacular white water views play over and over as the surf meets the sand.

Terra Bella’s old world ambiance has been achieved by bringing together the finest in materials and craftsmanship. While its authenticity gives this newer home a vintage patina, its modern state-of-the-art amenities address the desires of those who have come to expect the best.

As gentle sea breezes stir the fragrance of rose scented gardens, the timeless elegance of Terra Bella takes hold; and if home is where the heart is, “Welcome.

Offered at $28,950,000

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