This extraordinary 6 bedroom 10,000 square foot stone villa, nestled on magical ocean view Mediterranean gardens, captured designer John Saladino’s attention in 2001, and beckons a new owner to revel in its beauty.Listed with Susan Burns of Coldwell Banker.
Part of the immediate appeal of the house was its mix of grandeur and modesty. Saladino bought the place out of pure emotion, knowing its restoration would be an enormous undertaking. Transforming the property involved, simultaneously, new construction, reconstruction and restoration, interior and landscape design which was completed in 2004. The home was highlighted in the book VILLA by Saladino, 2009.
In addition to the new roof, with the installation of fourteen thousand eighteen-century Italian tiles, the house has entirely new mechanical systems: electrical, plumbing and heating. Luxurious amenities include a motor court with antique Venetian statuary, a guest apartment or staff quarters with outside entrance, a security system, nine fireplaces, 18th century Spanish gates, and exquisite attention to every architectural and landscape detail.
An enchanting covered entrance gallery/loggia welcomes you and entices the senses with its magnificent terraced garden and Roman statuary. The entrance hall/foyer connects a spacious and inviting drawing room with a giant fireplace as well as the largest windows and French doors in the house, to an incredibly romantic formal dining room with tapestries hung on the stone walls.
A gourmet kitchen and breakfast room with arched stone surrounding iron doors to a European style garden with fountain brings the most modern amenities to this part of the house and allows staff or family the enjoyment of creating meals to delight in a most sensual environment next to the gardens and a lower office suite.
The master bedroom with its leather detailed bath and dressing area opens to an ocean view gravel garden with a sublime mélange of artfully arranged grey-green plants. The second bedroom on this wing has its private entrance to a garden terrace and an awe inspiring bath featuring an antique Roman soaking tub. Three additional bedrooms are located on an upper level with ensuite baths. For quiet evening time, one can retire to the media room with its garden views and fireplace for a glass of wine, conversation, or reading.
Thirteen acres of glorious park-like grounds feature spectacular gardens including the north atrium, east terrace, agave garden, the south oriental carpet terrace and olive allee, and the ocean view pool, pergola and lawn terrace, which is highlighted with a classical Roman column which “adds an important note of permanence to the sweep of foliage in the park with some 2,000 trees in a variety of shapes and sizes and tones of green.”
A true masterpiece and an entertainment paradise, as best evoked in Saladino’s words, “entertaining lies at the very heart of life at the villa.” He took the best of architecture in the Golden Age of the 1920′s and infused the villa’s structure, furnishings and gardens with the comfort and technology of the 21st century. That accomplishment, in itself, is a mark of the genius of John Saladino.
(photos courtesy of Jim Bartsch Photographer)
Price Upon Request.
Phone: 805.565.8822 Mobile Phone: 805.886.8822
Coldwell Banker Previews International
1290 Coast Village Road, Montecito, CA 93108
For more information visit the website: www.susanburns.com