It was one of the last remaining natural custom lots in the gated Biltmore Mountain Estates. Nestled on a hillside, steep and rocky, 1 1/3 acre and very difficult to visualize, let alone develop. The owner wanted a hillside lot with great city-light views in a gated community--something that didn't exist in Paradise Valley. After importing 500,000 yards of dirt, the owner was able to achieve the objective of building a large flat lot with unparalleled city light views. When the house was finalized in 2002, the design was inspired by a visit to Santa Barbara & resulted in a California interpretation of Spanish Colonial architecture. Turning to the 7000+ sq ft interior, the owner's objective was to create a series of intimate indoor & outdoor living spaces, rather than large voluminous rooms that are often seen in homes of this size. The original interior design style was very true to the Spanish Colonial style, and a true replica of the Four Seasons Santa Barbara with many of the same finishes, furniture, and fixtures. After 10 years of living in the home, the owner was ready for a change. Under the skillful direction of interior designer Lauren Rautbord, a $1m renovation was undertaken updating the house to a more modern, sleeker style while maintaining the original character. Among the renovations was a total rebuild of the 2nd floor, introducing metal and glass beveled doors, an enhanced patio, and one of the dreamiest Primary Suites you'll ever see. A stunning executive view office, gorgeous her closet and dressing room with mirrored glass doors and interior lighting to display your most coveted belongings. The whole 2nd floor feels like an ultimate spa retreat at a 5-star resort. The handsome wood-paneled library, state of the art custom theater, magnificent wine closet and exquisite gourmet kitchen featured on HGTV cooking channel set this home apart from its competition and beyond. This home is truly for the most discriminating buyer looking for superior craftsmanship and the finest of finishes, married with breathtaking sunsets and sensational downtown city light views.