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Agent Name
  • Stefan Pommepuy
  • Director, Estates Division
  • 310.562.6264

256 Eucalyptus Hill Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

20Total Baths
One of Montecito’s original Hilltop Baron estates, Solana represents the perfect marriage of modern sophistication and turn-of-the-century grandeur. The magnificent estate spans 11.2 knoll-top acres with 360-degree views of the entire Montecito Valley past Santa Barbara’s downtown waterfront and south to the Channel Islands. From the sweeping valley to the east, spellbinding Pacific to the south and majestic Santa Ynez mountains to the north, Solana’s vistas are vast and all-encompassing.

Built in 1914 by Frederick Forrest Peabody and designed by Francis T. Underhill, the 22,000-square-foot estate recently underwent an extensive three-year restoration, preserving its historical integrity while infusing the property with the refined details and world-class amenities of a modern-day masterpiece. From its sweeping public rooms to the privacy of the owner’s suite; its grand loggias to its exquisite botanical garden, Solana is unrivaled in beauty, scale and pedigree.

Beyond a dramatic, gated motor court, a stately entrance foyer facing a palm tree-studded central courtyard welcomes visitors. The northern wing of the home holds three luxurious guest suites and a charming mountainview loggia. Meanwhile, the south wing holds the kitchen, family rooms and master suite, and the expansive east-facing wing encompasses grand-scale public rooms envisioned for lavish entertaining. Exquisitely conceived living, dining and entertaining spaces include an open, chef-caliber kitchen with a beamed ceiling salvaged from a pre-WWII hangar, plush theater, beauty salon, fitness center, wine room, formal library with coffered ceilings and wood-paneled reception room resurrected from a French oak boiserie that belonged to William Randolph Hearst. The opulent master suite is replete with an 18th century French limestone fireplace, antique crystal chandelier, dual bathrooms and closets by White House wardrobe designer Programme Martine.

Oversized French doors line the living spaces, opening to romantic terraces and airy loggias that embrace the coveted indoor-outdoor lifestyle at the heart of Montecito’s appeal. Impeccably maintained grounds include expansive loggias, a statuary, turtle pond, swimming pool and one of the finest botanical gardens in the Santa Barbara area, with over 200 fruit trees, 500 rose bushes and a 19th century European limestone pergola. The property also includes a fully equipped, two-bedroom guest house and staff apartment.

Among the finest and most historically significant residences in Montecito, Solana has been compared to such iconic properties as the Getty Villa and Hearst Castle. The site of a prominent American think tank from 1958 to 1978, the century-old estate counts John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King among its esteemed guests.

Listing Details

Essential Information

MLS® # 18403748
Bedrooms 7
Full Bathrooms 20
Square Footage 22,729
Lot Size 485,194
Year Built 1975
Type Single Family
Style Mediterranean
Status Pocket (Not in MLS)

Community Information

Address 256 Eucalyptus Hill Drive
Area Out of Area
Neighborhood/Subdivision Montecito
City Santa Barbara
County Santa Barbara County
State CA
Country US
Zip Code 93108


Parking Driveway;Driveway-Gravel;Garage - 4 Car
View City;City Lights;Courtyard;Harbor;Hills;Mountains;Ocean;Panoramic;Pond;Valley;White Water
Pool In Ground;Private


Heating Forced Air
Cooling Central
Fireplaces Den;Dining;Exterior;Family Room;Guest House;Kitchen;Library;Living room;Master Bedroom


$/SqFt $1,623
Listing Agent: Stefan Pommepuy
Listing Office: The Agency

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