1908 Boundary Drive, Montecito - offered at $8,499,000
1908 Boundary Drive, Montecito - offered at $8,499,000
Known as the “godfather" of California architectural style, Wallace Neff’s devoted followers include Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Mary Pickford, Madonna, Bob Newhart, Dianne Keaton, and Reese Witherspoon. Neff’s long and illustrious career, first launched in 1919 in Santa Barbara, spanned many styles and themes though his deft and most revered hand can be found in his later works that blend Spanish Colonial Revival with a light, airy nature. Built in 1975, this ocean view estate is one of Neff’s final projects and a fitting end to his career.
Ascend the long drive, through a stately ovation of king palm trees, to arrive in the stone motor court. Here you are greeted by the Santa Ynez foothills to the north, the sparkling Pacific Ocean to the south, a soothing fountain to the west, and an incredibly dreamy residence to the east.
Beautiful beams crown the lofty ceiling. Robust yet refined, the original beams and wood hewn ceiling lends an air of stately sophistication to the room. Two sets of French doors open to the terrace and extend the space well beyond the confines of the walls. A limestone fireplace commands attention with a fresh, yet timeless, approach and offers a softly textured compliment to the hand plastered walls and sleek espresso-stained oak floors.
Adjacent to the living room, a pair of intimate paneled offices are ideal for everything from productive mornings to an evening game of poker. Box beam ceilings and built in cabinetry adorn the spaces, and an ocean view window seat begs you to get lost in a daydream.
The epicurean kitchen, awash in white marble and gray limestone, offers an elegant approach to cooking, creating, spectating, and snacking. Anchored by a gorgeous stainless-steel and polished brass La Cornue range and a large center island, this space is sure to be the site of countless memories and everyday moments.
Professional appliances include two Sub Zero refrigerators, including three sets each of refrigerator and freezer drawers plus a wine refrigerator, dual Miele dishwashers, a built-in espresso maker, and a warming drawer. A pair of south facing prep sinks offer real-world practicality and confirm that washing dishes isn’t all that bad when you get to look out to the sea. Extensive storage and a walk-in pantry are generous spaces for additional appliances, table top decor, and dry goods.
Opening to the family room and terrace beyond, this kitchen is the true heart of the home. Off the kitchen, a sophisticated family room is where you’ll love spending your days or calling it a night.
Subtle shadows and shades of white highlight the interplay of architectural details and Santa Barbara’s renowned natural light. Beamed ceilings, hand plastered walls, and a limestone fireplace provide a gorgeous setting for discussing current events or debating what show to stream next.
A temperature controlled wine cellar all but necessitates a trip to wine country and ensures that your collection of prized Pinot Noirs and patio Pinot Grigios are perfectly stored and ready to go. The adjacent butler’s pantry houses a refrigerator, full scale ice maker, and a hand hammered bar sink. The space is highlighted by white marble counters, stainless steel subway tiles, and dreamy dove gray cabinetry. With ample space for service and storage, this beautiful butler’s pantry delights with form and function.
The dining room is perfect for gatherings and celebrations of all sizes and serves as a gracious host for everything from intimate dinners to formal holiday festivities. Double French doors open to an expansive terrace and can instantly turn any occasion into an al fresco experience. Classic herringbone floors add a chic architectural detail to the room and compliment everything on tonight’s menu.
Both part gallery and part galleria, an impressive hallway is an ideal venue to showcase a serious art collection, and at the same time connects the public spaces with two private guest suites.
On the northern, mountain view, side of the home, the pair of ensuite bedrooms are wonderful accommodations for guests and loved ones. Lofty beamed ceilings add a luxe and rustic detail while a handsome gas fireplace helps warm cool evenings. French doors open to a private patio space and allow Montecito’s natural beauty to be on display.
Steps up to a world away, the master sits at the highest point in Birnam Wood and enjoys expansive views. Anchored by a limestone fireplace the master suite is a private sanctuary and an ideal retreat at any time of day. The south-facing terrace is wonderful for sun salutations and enjoying gorgeous Santa Barbara sunsets.
Whether you prefer lazy mornings or late nights, the master suite is a gorgeous backdrop to begin and end your days. Dual baths with a shared shower let you have it all by maintaining both privacy as well as intimacy. Three walk-in closets offer ample wardrobe storage and maybe even a reason to indulge next time you’re in the mood to shop. Should you prefer the more traditional, single level living experience in Birnam Wood but still want to begin day break with a view of the surf break, one of the closets could easily be transformed to host an elevator.
Dual sinks, a soaking tub, and an oversized walk-in shower make the guest bath rival that of most master suites!
Steps lead to the olive-lined south lawn, ever lauded by the melodic babbling of a fountain. As a piece of organic art or the venue of romantic garden events, this beautiful space is a focal point of the grounds. From this vantage point, pink moment sunsets illuminate the hillside with an incandescent glow.
Look forward to summer splashes in the pool and moonlit dips in the spa. Should you prefer to supervise, additional lawns are perfect for sunbathing while a covered pavilion, with a conveniently located pool bath, provides a welcome respite in the shade.
Overlooking the pool, a large studio with a half-bath and walk-in closet is ideal for meetings, meditation, movies, or movement. Currently used as an office and art gallery, this flexible space with three sets of french doors and its own separate ocean view terrace, could easily transform into additional guest accommodations or a beautiful barre studio.
For the auto enthusiast, 1908 Boundary is a dream come true. Two 2-car garages are finished with plastered walls, epoxy floors, and custom cabintrey - perfect for hosting everything from daily drivers to weekend roadsters. An auto lift provides space for a 5th vehicle.
Birnam Wood is Montecito's only private, full-service golf club and one of two gated communities in the area. In addition to a world-renowned Robert Trent Jones, Sr-designed golf course, residents of Birnam enjoy premiere dining (and delivery service!), a state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis facilities, vibrant social programs, and charming cottages available for guests. Beside club amenities, residents of this exclusive community have the luxury of a 24/7 guarded gate and staff who make daily rounds to ensure safety, security, and help facilitate package delivery. While nearly all of the 142 homes in Birnam Wood are single level and many have golf course views, 1908 Boundary enjoys both a two-story residence and the expansive ocean views that come along with a higher elevation.
Rarely does a home of this quality and style become available in Montecito and rarer still do you find an offering like this in Birnam Wood. With all the convenience of a Golden Quadrangle location and the security of a gated community, 1908 Boundary is an incredible coalescence of everything you’ve been waiting for!