Set on more than two acres of park-like grounds in the rolling foothills of Santa Barbara’s Santa Ynez Mountains, 365 El Cielito Road has been beautifully reimagined by founder and CEO of Templehome Architecture & Design, Xorin Balbes. The award-winning architectural designer has imbued every corner of the estate with a fusion of Japanese architecture and sleek, mid-century modern style. From its hillside perch, the home captures views of the Pacific and the Channel Islands in the distance. 

Throughout the ultra-private, gated estate, find uncommon, eye-catching design details like wood-paneled vaulted ceilings, modern light fixtures as well as vibrantly-patterned wall coverings. Wellness-minded details include meditation areas, a dedicated card-reading room and a Chumash medicine wheel designed in part by an elder from the Chumash tribe. Originally built in 1953, the home also features elements to support off-the-grid living, such as solar energy, well water, chickens, fruit trees and vegetable gardens. Outside, take footpaths through groves of oak trees and past date palms and native plants, or take a moment to soak up the sun on the spacious poolside terrace.

“El Cielito is a standout property for so many reasons—from its incredible architectural design to its nature and wellness-focused features, the home offers an entirely fresh take on contemporary living,” says Billy Rose, who represents the property. “Xorin Balbes imbued every corner of this estate with thoughtful details. While it provides total tranquility, the home is still minutes from Montecito, the Santa Barbara waterfront, botanic gardens and Downtown Santa Barbara.” 

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