770 Riven Rock Road, Montecito | offered at $11,900,000
770 Riven Rock Road, Montecito | offered at $11,900,000
In an ideal location, this hidden oasis is just moments from the Upper and Lower Villages, yet maintains incredible privacy and serenity. A tangible tribute to the best of Montecito, this astounding residence offers an ideal, single level floor plan, sweeping views, and an unparalleled lifestyle while surrounded by unmatched natural beauty.
Santa Barbara stone walls line the enchanting drive which begins your introduction to this exquisite estate. Meander up the softly ascending driveway, over two stone laden creeks, to arrive at the entry courtyard where grass surrounds large pavers and ivy, roses, and jasmine embraces the exterior walls of the residence. A large central fountain greets you with gentle aqueous melodies while the Santa Ynez Mountains salute your arrival in the distance. As either a motor court or a lovely entertaining venue, the front courtyard graciously welcomes guests with an elevated sense of arrival.
Once inside the residence, beautiful spaces highlight quintessential Montecito architecture and extend effortlessly to lush gardens, creating an easy sense of indoor/outdoor living.
The spacious, south facing living room is filled with natural light and features vaulted ceiling, walnut floors, and ample space for your favorite artwork. Sophisticated and welcoming, expansive yet intimate, this space easily accommodates everything from quiet everyday moments to grand holiday celebrations. Twin sets of iron French doors, topped with clearstory windows, open to the ocean view terrace.
Once outside, take in the absolute wonder of 770 Riven Rock’s outdoor experience. What begins as love at first sight quickly blossoms into a full-blown love affair as you begin to discover the natural surroundings and all they offer. Morning sun salutations on the terrace, croquet on the lawns, afternoons barbecuing by the pool, dinners under the stars, and countless evenings lost in conversations by the fireplace. Accessed from nearly every room in the home, these outdoor destinations are unsurpassed.
From the living room, through a set of wooden Moroccan doors, the kitchen/family room reveals itself as the true heart of the home. As a gorgeous place to create, sample, carouse, and lounge, this space is the scene of immeasurable memories.
From the oversized marble island, enjoy ocean, island and garden views. Professional appliances compliment a large second prep area which expands to both a walk-in storage pantry with wine refrigeration, as well as a butler’s pantry that connects to the dining room. The cozy breakfast nook is ideal for weeknight meals on the run and opens to the upper barbecue area.
The spacious ocean view family room is a natural extension of the kitchen and also opens to the back terrace. Perfect for coffee in the morning and movies at night, this flexible space is an ideal destination at all hours of the day.
The north facing dining room ensures that sweeping mountain views are a guest of honor at every meal. A beautiful coffered ceiling crowns the room and compliments the rustic elegance brought to the table courtesy of the second set of wooden Moroccan doors.
The expansive home office features ample built-in shelving and a private outside entry. Perfect for meeting with clients, following the market, or simply a place to remain organized while enjoying a mumbling song from the entry fountain, this classic workspace is sure to cultivate creativity and productivity.
Vaulted ceilings and a dreamy color pallet offer an ethereal feel to the room, while iron windows and a gorgeous fireplace offer handsome details. Dual closets offer roomy wardrobe storage and a beautiful bath, with radiant heated alabaster floors, overlooks lush gardens and a stone birdbath. A welcome respite from the busy world, the expansive master suite is sure to become one of your favorite rooms in the residence. French doors open to the side garden while oversized windows look to the back terrace and pool.
On the northeast wing, three additional bedroom suites offer wonderful accommodations for guests and loved ones. Each large bedroom features a walk-in closet, full bath, and private garden access. Rounding out this side of the home, an expansive laundry room features dual washers and dryers and abundant storage.
The resulting composition is an organic tapestry, lush and alive with an unparalleled beauty that continuously evolves throughout the seasons. The expansive back terrace features a fireplace and fountain, overlooks the pool and cabana, and enjoys ocean views. A perfect place to take your morning tea, spend cozy nights by the fire, or host lingering lunches and delectable dinners, the terrace is your introduction to the best of Montecito’s desirable, year-round, indoor/outdoor lifestyle.
From there, follow a stone path to the pool and spa. An afternoon splash or moonlit dip never looked so good as when surrounded by the verdant gardens and in the shadow of the mountains.
The spectacular, nearly 1.5 acres are filled with orange blossoms, roses, trumpet vines, lemon verbena, mint geraniums, and rosemary. These botanicals incense the property in an irreplaceable brume and heighten the already incredible garden experience. Intermingled throughout the property, a number of fountains babble sweetly, adding a gentle soundtrack to the gardens. Pebbled paths meander through leafy halls and lead to organic gardens and fragrant roses.
Beyond the pool lies an incredible cabana with a charming bedroom and an office. Complete with an expansive outdoor dining terrace, two fireplaces, a second built-in barbecue area, and breathtaking mountain views, these accommodations offer a private San Ysidro Ranch-style experience.
A full sensory experience; knead thick grass under your toes, enjoy juicy fruits at your lips, take in the scent of night jasmine in the air, and eavesdrop on whispering fountains. Three outdoor fireplaces and multiple outdoor dining areas allow you to curate events and everyday occurrences depending on the occasion. Romantic dinners for two can easily be scaled to large events spread throughout the estate. Aided by a private well, the lush private grounds promote the same sense of ease and intimacy regardless of the occasion.