Located high in the foothills of Montecito, the stunning Villa Santa Lucia sits on a sun drenched 19.5 acre estate which is surrounded by natural beauty, rolling landscapes and incredible coastline views. This property offers the finest example of a quintessential Santa Barbara lifestyle.
Access is gained via a long drive which sits behind behind tall gates and leads you over a stream, before taking you up the hillside until you reach the main residence. The 9535 sq. ft. home was completed in 1988 and is the design work of Barry Berkus, a highly regarded local Santa Barbara architect. The Tuscan influences are immediately evident from the facade, which wouldn't look out of place in many of Tuscany's most famous hilltop villages including Siena, San Gimignano and Montepulciano.
Quality, character and old world elegance create an ambience that is as inviting as it is relaxing. In the living room, an abundance of natural light pours in through the plentiful arched French doors and windows which open up onto a stunning terrace and from here, the ocean views are simply breathtaking.
The antique stone fireplace offers a cosy and comfortable touch whilst the oak floors and century old bridge beam ceiling contrast beautifully against the pale walls to create a charming and authentic rustic elegance.
Distinctive architectural details identify each room individually and in the dining room, which is separated from the living room by a low wall, there is a genuine sense of history and formality.
The antique terra cotta pavers together with the magnificent rounded columns and that eye catching coffered and beamed ceiling will transport you back in time. Further French doors lead you out to the same spacious terrace as the living room and just beyond the formal dining area is a fireplace with banquette seating, providing an idyllic corner for your guests to enjoy a glass of wine with the glowing fire adding ambience and warmth.
Upon entering the impressive hand carved front door you are greeted by a double height entrance hall where monumental stone columns and the wrought iron sconces are reminiscent of some of the grandest cathedrals of Europe.
This hallway acts as a central hub to the rest of the main residence, blending seamlessly into the living and dining rooms and acting as a unifying element to the various expansive public rooms. The stone staircase with oak banister and balustrade invites you to the second level which is home to a master bedroom complete with ensuite and walk in closet, as well as an additional three guest rooms.
The Tower room, which is located on the third level, is a unique study/meditation room which comes complete with its own feature fireplace. Here you can enjoy some of the best views the property has to offer thanks to the magical roof deck from where you can soak up both your spectacular mountain backdrop as well as stunning panoramas which stretch to incorporate the Channel Islands and the shimmering Pacific Ocean.
Outside of the main residence, this stunning estate also houses an attached guest cottage of approximately 770 sq. ft. which boasts its own entrance accessible via a rose covered arbor. Features of the cottage include: living room, kitchen, fireplace, bedroom with ample closet space and bathroom with shower/tub.
For guests seeking the ultimate in private accommodation, there is also a very secluded two bedroom guest house of approximately 1823 sq. ft. which is tucked away down a quiet lane nestled between the entrance gates and main house.
As you might expect in the home of one of Hollywood's most respected actors, singers and producers, there is also a detached 710 sq. ft. home theater and music recording studio complete with ample storage area. Underneath the studio is a rustic playhouse which was built by the current owner for the enjoyment of his children.
Exploring the outside you are greeted by a wonderful combination of rustic and refinement which give this home its personality as well as a distinguished presence which pays a very respectful homage to the ever changing architectural styles applied to authentic Tuscan villas over many years.
A marvellous wisteria covered trellis is an enchanting spot for a sunny afternoon lunch and the outdoor fireplace ensures this is a space where you can enjoy year round alfresco dining with family and friends.
Grassy steps lead you down towards the lower garden and pool area which is clearly one of the most beautiful and peaceful areas of the estate as you are swathed in the colours, textures and scents which are released from the surrounding banks of bougainvillea, azaleas, cyanosis and rosemary.
The pool takes the shape of a natural pond and is edged by a perfectly manicured lawn, flowering plants and large boulders whilst a gentle stream cascades in to the pool, provides the only soundtrack. Your comfort is taken care of as you relax on an elevated deck which offers both sun and shade depending on your preference, and the pool is serviced by its own kitchen area and changing rooms.
Berkus' intention was to replicate the stylistic evolution of a Tuscan country residence from its humble beginnings as a simple artisan’s property with rough stone walls, before transforming into a refined patrician villa using materials for a desired finish, reflecting the changes in prosperity of the family who resided within.
The home is perfectly positioned to capitalise on those panoramic south east facing views which incorporate the spectacular Santa Barbara coastline and the layout of the property has been carefully considered to ensure that the terraces and patios accessible by the main living, dining and kitchen areas profit from spectacular views and vistas.
This Montecito estate is truly magnificent and its beauty, charm and integrity are the result of a perfect combination of rolling landscapes, secluded spaces, utmost privacy and those never ending views together with an authentic design and fine attention to architectural detail.
The stunning Villa Santa Lucia with its five bedrooms, six bathrooms and separate two bedroom guest cottage, is listed for sale with Sotheby's International Realty - Montecito Brokerage for 29,500,000 dollars and represents a wonderful opportunity to become the next owner of a Tuscan inspired Californian estate home.
Jeff Bridges - The Amazing Actor, Producer And Musician
Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California. He is the son of well-known film and TV star Lloyd Bridges and his long-time wife Dorothy Dean Bridges (née Simpson). Jeff grew up amid the happening Hollywood scene with big brother Beau and he made his screen debut at the tender age of two alongside his mother in the film The Company She Keeps (1951).
With a trademark ease and naturalistic approach, Jeff has continued to pour on the Bridges magic on film throughout his career and few actors are able to enjoy such public popularity whilst still being able to maintain respect from the critics. Bridges has been nominated for six Academy Awards, winning his first in 2009 for his portrayal of Otis "Bad" Blake in Crazy Heart, although he is perhaps most famed for his role in The Big Lebowski which is now readily considered a cult phenomenon.
Montecito, Santa Barbara County - California
Montecito enjoys a unique location just a few minutes from downtown Santa Barbara and has long been known for providing a verdant retreat. The atmosphere is rural yet residential and its famous green hills are home to many luxurious and expansive homes and estates. Typical residential architecture in the area features mission-style builds with stucco, verandas, and patios that all focus on the privileged surroundings which are so integral to the Southern Californian lifestyle.
In Spanish, Montecito means “little mountain” and it is this community’s hilly setting overlooking the ocean that contributes to its character and has attracted people here since the late 1800's. Montecito Inn, built by Charlie Chaplin, once upon a time catered to the Hollywood crowds and today, Montecito still remains the home of choice to many artists, writers, and screen and song writers.
Sotheby's International Realty - Montecito Brokerage
The stunning Montecito mansion is listed on Homeadverts with Sotheby's International Realty - Montecito Brokerage and is represented by one of the most experienced agents. Through this office, Sotheby's International Realty represents fine homes, luxury estates and condominiums throughout the entire Santa Barbara South Coast, which includes the communities of Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito, Santa Barbara, Hope Ranch and Goleta.
If there was a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for real estate then Suzanne Perkins from Sotheby's International Realty - Montecito Brokerage, the selling agent for the Sycamore Valley Ranch, would be up there with the best.
Suzanne Perkins has had phenomenal success in the real estate industry. In January of 2007, Suzanne represented the sellers in the largest non-commercial transaction in California history. The properties involved, the El Cojo and Jalama Ranches, were listed for a staggering combined total of $155 million. Just one month later, Suzanne represented both seller and buyer in the highest value residential oceanfront transaction in Santa Barbara history, beating only her own record.
The Villa Santa Lucia In Montecito is currently on the market for $29.5 million.
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