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Magnificent Mediterranean Compound

Grandeur, elegance and a finely reputed history combine in this sprawling Montecito villa. Commanding over 4.5 captivating acres on the original El Mirador estate, beneath the statuesque Santa Ynez Mountains, this exceptional estate is without parallel. The property is listed with Riskin Partners, Montecito.

 

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Adjacent to Montecito’s famed Lotusland, tropical woodlands provide uncompromised privacy, allowing verdant gardens and picturesque terraces to be enjoyed in complete peace. Magnificent entry gates open to reveal a long, impressive drive meandering along the perimeter of the estate, introducing the exotic gardens.

 

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The approach culminates in a large forecourt where the residence’s grand Mediterranean architecture is on display. Masterfully realized by designers Robert Webb and Michael De Rose, the main residence is replete with the design team’s signature attention to the finest details, symmetry and exquisite scale.

The grand entry hall is a dramatic example of Webb and DeRose’s skillful collaboration; the towering coffered ceiling, intricately detailed archways and significant staircase combine to create a remarkable welcome to the estate.

 

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Retreat to the library for quiet study aside the fireplace. A beautiful beamed ceiling, abundant windows with striking iron details and a wet bar with beverage refrigerator invite one to linger in the library’s calming ambience.

Beyond a stunning galleria, the formal spaces have been designed to host the most dignified and cordial affairs. The spectacular formal living room is the embodiment of sophistication with columns, a large fireplace and an imposing beamed ceiling. French doors open to invite the simple pleasure of an afternoon breeze,  leading out to a lovely terrace.

 

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The dining room is an idyllic counterpart to the living room, with elegant moldings and china storage, and a warming fireplace creating an intimate  ambience. A large window frames breathtaking views of the home’s central garden’s fountain, lawn and native plantings.

 

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Just off the dining room the chef’s kitchen is poised for culinary excellence. Striking design is superbly met with top of the line appliances, abundant storage and access to the grounds,  allowing the kitchen to effortlessly function for convenient daily living.

 

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A bright and cheerful breakfast area is an idyllic space to begin the morning, overlooking the central garden.

 

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Retire to the beautiful sitting area near the dining room where a stunning groin vault ceiling, stone fireplace and wet bar create a cozy gathering place. French doors open to a picturesque terrace with stone balustrades and views of the gardens, offering a casual indoor/outdoor feel to the sitting room.

Nearby, a den and bedroom suite, each offering a fireplace, are ideal for guests. A large basement laundry room with abundant storage is perfect for a craft or wrapping room.

 

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The home’s second level devotes itself to four sumptuous bedroom suites, each with views of the surrounding gardens and mountains.

The scale of the master suite is at once grand and intimate. A soaring ceiling and arched French doors framing the grounds create an airy ambience,  while a fireside seating area welcomes quiet moments in the romantic bedroom.

 

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Two dressing rooms with dedicated baths cloaked in onyx or marble and spacious walk-in closets offer private havens within the master suite.

 

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Three additional bedroom suites enjoy majestic mountain views and abundant natural light. Each with dedicated baths, two suites feature fireplaces and built-in bookshelves, creating private sanctuaries for residents or guests of the estate.

Across the breathtaking central garden, the guest house is nestled among olive trees and climbing vines, creating a private and alluring façade.

 

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Comprised of three bedrooms, two full baths, a living room, kitchen and den, the guest house offers comfortable accommodation for long-term guests or staff. Set between the north/south facing tennis court and the pool garden, the adobe of the original El Mirador estate appears untouched by time, replete with character and authentic details. A large porch on the east side of the adobe spanning the length of the tennis court is a wonderful viewing terrace for midday matches.

 

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Inside, an expansive great room anchored by two opposing fireplaces offers abundant space for living and dining. An original Western Electric telephone is a charming reminder of the estate’s lengthy history. With a full kitchen, two bedrooms, three full baths and dedicated laundry facilities, the adobe offers charming accommodations for long-term guests.

 

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Surrounded by verdant greenery, citrus trees and gardens on the perimeter of the pool and spa create a summery scene. The lounge terrace, outdoor kitchen and wisteria-covered dining pergola invite long afternoon barbecues to linger into evenings.

Encompassing 4.5 acres of tropical and native flora, the estate grounds are an enchanting horticultural treasure. Strolling beneath a rose covered arbor toward the lagoon, one is transported to a private oasis awaiting discovery.

 

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Set among a most enchanting landscape, a secret garden is encircled by trees, a most idyllic hiding spot for private picnics and large celebrations. For spontaneous picnics, the bounty of the surrounding fig, peach, apple, pomegranate, guava and avocado trees await. A large vegetable bed offers additional, fresh ingredients for cooking for family and friends. Additional land hosting a coop and corral is a wonderful amenity for animal lovers, or can easily be converted to expand the garden.

 

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This elegant Mediterranean estate celebrates the finest Montecito lifestyle with masterful architecture and exquisite entertaining spaces enveloped in a magical setting beneath majestic mountain views.

5BD/6.5BA Main house 3BD/2BA Guest house 2BD/3ba adobe 11,539 sq. ft. main house

Visit the property website: 888-cold-springs-magnificent-mediterranean-compound

888 Cold Springs Road, Montecito | offered at $19,500,000

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email: partners@riskinpartners.com

TO VIEW MORE LUXURY LISTINGS OFFERED BY RISKIN PARTNERS:

WWW.RISKINPARTNERS.COM

 

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