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Leonard Unander Associates Hilltop Contemporary

LUA recently completed this 9,000 sf sleek contemporary project designed by Blackbird Architects. The original 5,000 square foot residence built in 1948, was extensively remodeled and many parts removed to allow the addition of 4,000 square feet.





The estate now features detached structures including a guest house and cabana that blend seamlessly into the pool area with unobstructed ocean and city views.







The floor plan is open and free-flowing with large walls of glass that capture the spectacular views.

The landscape was designed by Van Atta Associates who created an elegant living environment in harmony with the natural surroundings. Some noteworthy features include structures with roof gardens and a koi pond that appears to flow into the main living area.





This successful project was made possible by the collaborative efforts of the homeowner, design team, builder and consultants.

“It’s been a tremendous pleasure working with LUA on my home. Their skill, professionalism, quality and attention to detail is amazing and I have been incredibly pleased with both the process and the result. Moreover, whenever any changes were needed, they’ve been tremendously diligent. I would unreservedly recommend them to anyone building a home.”
– The Homeowner





Established in 1977, Leonard Unander Associates, Inc. is known as an award winning Santa Barbara general contractor. The homes built by LUA in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch, and Santa Ynez are a lasting testament to the quality and craftsmanship that is the focus of each project. Leonard Unander is a third generation Santa Barbara builder and has been joined in the business by his two sons, Leonard and Clint, and son-in-law, Brandon Friggione.

This powerful team continues to provide discerning clients with the exceptional construction process and finished product that has made LUA one of Santa Barbara’s premier residential construction companies.

L E O N A R D  U N A N D E R  A S S O C I A T E S,  INC.


P 805.682.5685

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