Inspired by the Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain, this recently-built estate effortlessly blends exemplary Moorish, Spanish and Italianate architecture to create an extraordinarily unique home which resonates back to a long-ago time of history and beauty.
Spanning approximately 12,000 square feet of living space, the home features grand spaces of abundant and energetic light, as well as impressive scale, proportion and volumes. The rotunda entry, with its hand-carved marble fountain, gives way to the central groin-vaulted colonnade with radiantly-heated flooring punctuated by “rugs” created of antique tiles. Ocean views and the lush and impeccably manicured grounds are enjoyed as you proceed past the wood-coffered library and the incomparable living room with its walls of double-height glass and steel doors and windows, custom-cast steel Corinthian columns and deep coffered ceiling revealing exquisite reliefs within. Beyond lies the dining room overlooking the koi pond and the reclaimed-wood beamed family room (with fireplace and “descending” tv) and the open, restaurant-quality “demonstration” kitchen with all the stations a Michelin-starred chef would desire, including a rotisserie and a Bonnet Range boasting a grill, plancha, and French top.
Easily expandable, the home includes two master suites (one with floor-to-ceiling glass on three sides, a sprawling covered terrace, and a “hammam”-inspired, spa-like lavatory), as well as an attached guest house with living room, kitchen and bedroom suite.
Accessed through automated gates and down a long tree-lined driveway, the enviously private, approximately 2 1/2 acre lot, replete with Olive orchard and numerous mature and specimen plantings, claims a 90,000 gallon swimming pond, a heated pool, waterfalls, bocci and pickle ball courts, a firepit, two large lawns for sunbathing and small gatherings, and a grand lawn for hosting large parties and events. Outdoor dining is enjoyed in both the 16-seat covered pergola (with its outdoor kitchen, inclusive of pizza oven and barbecue), as well as in the Japanese pavilion which floats above the koi pond. The spring-fed well and 12,000-gallon cistern provide sufficient water, throughout the year, for the grounds, and, if desired, the house.
Constructed by MG Partners, one of the top builders in Southern California, the home seamlessly merges Old World design and architecture with New World conveniences and technology, including discretely-hidden Crestron whole-property automation, geo-thermal cooling and radiant heating, and a movie theatre with surround sound and DLP cinema projector.
Constructed with exacting precision and without compromise, and incorporating imported, antique, reclaimed and time-honored materials, this original expression of design will stand the test of time of generations.
Located in the heart of Montecito, conveniently close to beaches, retail, markets and restaurants of both the Upper and Lower Villages, as well as to the amenities and membership clubs of the Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel, San Ysidro Ranch and the Four Seasons Biltmore, this property is perfect for those who want to retreat from it all, yet still be connected to the luxuries, conveniences and niceties of society.