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Exceptional Ocean View Villa

Located in one of the area’s most beautiful natural settings, this estate represents the classic sophistication that has come to define Montecito living. A perfect marriage of endless ocean views and stately mountain vistas, from sunrise to sunset, this property is exquisitely positioned in a front row seat to experience the stunning beauty of Montecito.

 

 

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Nestled above Montecito’s Upper Village and directly neighboring the world-renowned San Ysidro Ranch, this home rests upon nearly three acres of manicured grounds. Whether it is the fragrance of the terraced rose garden, the soft babble from the waterfall, lush grass beneath your feet or simply a quiet moment of reflection as you take in the coastline, the natural ambiance is unrivaled in its beauty and tranquility.

 

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Resting just beyond the tree-lined ascent of East Mountain Drive, a long, winding stone approach escorts you to an elegant estate designed by Don Nulty and Michael Smith. The result of their remarkable pairing is a timeless composition that is at once sophisticated, gracious and grand, meticulous yet effortless. Together, they have created an approximately 7,500 square foot, 4 bedroom, 6 bath main residence that will continue to define the best of Montecito living for years to come.

 

 

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Towering iron and glass doors open to the entry galleria before ushering you in to experience the breathtaking, panoramic views. Expertly positioned on the parcel, the south facing façade highlights the dramatic coastline and bathes the interiors in natural light. Elegant details unveil themselves throughout the formal living room. Venetian plaster envelopes you in an ever-changing dance of light and shadows. Wide plank, hand scraped walnut floors gleam warmly in the sun. Commanding arched iron doors invite you to the expansive terrace.

 

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The adjacent library is a natural compliment to the sumptuous details found throughout the living room. A limestone fireplace, wood paneled walls and built-in bookcases warm the handsome space. The coffered ceiling adds a stately sense of drama to the room while the balcony and stunning ocean views offer a feeling of lasting tranquility.

 

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The west wing of the residence is home to a large epicurean kitchen. Beauty and utility coalesce effortlessly with limestone countertops, a custom tile backsplash, ample cabinet storage, SubZero refrigeration and wine storage and dual Miele dishwashers. The spacious walk-in pantry has room for additional china and linen storage. Whether hosting grand holiday feasts with loved ones, easy weeknight meals on the run, intimate dinners for two or simply placing a call for take-out, this kitchen is an exceptional space for all of life’s culinary moments.

 

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The adjoining great room, with ample lounging space as well as informal dining, is wrapped in ocean and garden views and has an elevated sensibility of casual sophistication. In addition to the Venetian plaster walls and wide-plank walnut floors, beamed ceilings with custom painting offer a subtle, yet significant, element that speaks directly to the level of attention and importance that Smith places on every detail.

 

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Privately tucked off of the main galleria, the master suite is a gracious retreat, rich in details. Beautiful, walnut herringbone floors and a marble fireplace perfectly anchor the Venetian plastered walls and coved ceilings. French doors open to experience the enchanting gardens.

 

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The master suite features beautiful dual baths each featuring marble countertops, custom tiled showers, a freestanding bathtub, steam shower, heated towel racks and Kallista fixtures from the Michael Smith collection. Two large, walk-in closets are beautifully custom fitted.

 

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The lower-level loggia offers the quintessence of Montecito living. Santa Barbara sandstone arches define the space in a warm glow, and a built-in fireplace and large dining area make al fresco dinners an extension of daily life.

Three gracious en-suite guest rooms showcase the excellent pairing of Don Nulty and Michael Smith while displaying their own ocean views. Towering box beamed ceilings, freestanding bathtubs, custom tile work and hand-stenciled walnut floors are just some of the details that make each space a visual feast of understated luxury.

The lower level is also home to a cozy den. This flexible room features custom molding, a handsome fireplace, built-ins and a wet bar. Ideal as a media room or office this space opens to the loggia, pool and outdoor fireplace. The charming guest house offers the utmost in privacy. Set amongst the lush grounds, the 1 bedroom, 1 bath guest house is a miniature jewel box with pitched ceilings, limestone floors, a gorgeous limestone fireplace and a full kitchenette.

 

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Step onto the estate’s grounds and experience the terraced rose gardens that mark the property’s western end. From the verdant lawns, pathways weave through enchanting gardens.

 

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An exquisite arrangement of elegant features, rich spaces and a magnificent landscape coupled with a prime location adjacent to the San Ysidro Ranch and near the Upper Village, this Mediterranean estate celebrates the very essence of Montecito.

1592 East Mountain Drive, Montecito | offered at $14,900,000

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