799 Lilac Drive, Montecito - offered at $8,855,000
799 Lilac Drive, Montecito - offered at $8,855,000
Throughout the estate’s approximate 6,100 sq ft of living space, incomparable attention to every detail is apparent at every turn. Venetian plaster walls, Italian granite, ceiling beams repurposed from a 200-year-old Virginia farmhouse, handmade Spanish roof tiles, ancient French limestone and 150-year-old French oak floors coalesce to create a lavish yet imminently comfortable home. Designed by renowned architect, Don Nulty, and completed in 2009, this estate is a true testament to the best of Montecito.
An impressive entry door invites you into the foyer where a large picture window perfectly complements the groin vault ceiling and a bright and airy atmosphere. Venetian plaster walls are a beautiful canvas for waning light and waxing shadows throughout the day.
The formal living room is poised for elegant entertaining. Four sets of French doors bring the stunning outdoors in, opening to an intimate stone loggia and overlooking lovely gardens. The ceiling features beams repurposed from a 200-year-old Virginia farmhouse and accompanies custom built-in bookshelves and an inviting fireplace.
Ancient French limestone floors ground the room and give it a sense of purpose and strength. Throughout the estate, custom mahogany doors and windows showcase incredible millwork and rich architectural details.
The dining room boasts an impressive array of luxurious amenities and is ideal for all occasions. French doors open to a beautiful patio and foster a sense of al fresco dining. A large butler’s pantry and a custom built wine room allow for effortless entertaining while a stunning French crystal chandelier adds an element of glamour to the room.
The heart of the home is defined by a spacious kitchen/great room. The kitchen is fit for the most discerning chef, with the top of the line appliances, abundant storage and a comfortable dining area overlooking the gardens. Natural light pours in through a wall of doors and windows opening to a French limestone patio.
The extra large center island hosts refrigerator drawers, one of 2 sinks and a hidden television. Miele and Bosch dishwashers and multiple Thermador ovens and commercial dual fuel range allow for the daily enjoyment of culinary artistry.
The adjoining south-facing great room is cloaked with exceptional millwork and filled with natural light. Antique ceiling beams, walls of custom designed bookshelves, and mahogany French doors open to an enchanting loggia warmed by a fireplace and ceiling heaters create a warm and elegant ambiance.
An impressive outdoor kitchen boasts a Viking rotisserie barbecue, burners, a refrigerator, and sink. A powder room and a second laundry area make this zone perfect indoor/outdoor living or catered events.
THE HOME’S SECOND LEVEL HOSTS THE OCEAN VIEW MASTER SUITE, WHICH IS PRIVATELY SET AWAY FROM THE THREE ADDITIONAL BEDROOMS.
Ocean vistas and ridgeline views are enjoyed from an intimate terrace, or from a fireside seating area in the bedroom. The extra textural horizontal plane of foliage line the horizon and create an ever-evolving organic canvas.
Two walk-in closets with custom millwork precede the master bath where an oversized shower and serene French air-jetted pedestal Bainultra therapeutic bathtub overlook the tranquil views.
Three bedroom suites offer wonderful accommodations for hosting family or guests. Each spacious bedroom enjoys beautiful views, reclaimed French oak floors, ensuite baths, and walk-in closets. An auxiliary master closet provides additional seasonal storage while a large laundry room is conveniently located on the home’s second level.
For those who entertain, create, or meditate, a separate guest apartment is a welcome amenity.
Perched above the three-car garage, this wonderful space features a living room with a kitchenette, a bedroom, and a luxurious full bath. With an impressive beamed ceiling and French doors opening to Juliette balconies, the guest apartment matches the main residence in luxury and amenities. The three-car garage, lined with custom cabinetry and beautiful epoxy floors, has direct access to the outdoor kitchen and completes this wing of the home.
From the pool house, staggering mountain views define the horizon. Currently fitted as a gorgeous library, the pool house offers luxurious amenities including a full bath, wet bar with beverage refrigerator, ample storage and a separate area with a Murphy bed.
An ideal retreat from the afternoon sun or as a place to lose yourself in a good book, this structure, built with the same exacting level of detail, is an easy extension of the main residence.
Outside, the dramatic cannon view is framed by blossoming rose gardens, flowering Hawaiian Coral and Hong Kong Orchid trees, a trickling fountain, and the pool and spa. From romantic details to the finest finishes to cutting-edge home technology, 799 Lilac Drive exceeds expectations and must be experienced to be truly appreciated.