818 Hot Springs Road, Montecito | offered at $12,500,000
818 Hot Springs Road, Montecito | offered at $12,500,000
The idyllic union of two captivating worlds, an alluring reverie comes to fruition on Hot Springs Road. Nestled at the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains, one of the area’s most luxurious and romantic estates embodies authentic French spirit, while breathtaking Pacific Ocean and Channel Island views capture the essence of California coastal living.
In a premier location near Montecito’s Upper and Lower Villages, the renowned San Ysidro Ranch, Butterfly Beach and miles of hiking and walking trails, this private estate is conveniently situated near all of the area’s finest lifestyle amenities.
A set of impressive entry gates open to reveal the meandering drive where mountain peaks, ancient oaks and citrus trees introduce the serene, bucolic setting. Arriving at the spacious cobble stone motor court, the impressive architecture of the circa 1930s estate commands attention.
Designed by noted architect Lutah Maria Riggs and affectionately referred to as Les Chênes (The Oaks), the expansive main residence is reminiscent of an 18th century French country manor with charming shutters, a slate roof and an alluring stone and blush stucco façade. Extensively remodeled in 2006, the home meets every modern standard while maintaining the exceptional architectural pedigree. A rear motor court and three car garage provide ample parking while indigenous live oaks envelope the estate.
Stepping into the foyer through exquisite glass and iron doors, one is greeted by an exquisite galleria lined with Carrara marble floors and elegant crown molding juxtaposed aside the smooth curve of the domed ceiling. Beyond, the stunning ocean and island view
is on brilliant display.
The large formal living room boasts hand painted walls, herringbone parquet Mahogany wood floors and a pair of fireplaces on with carved marble surrounds on the east and west walls of the sophisticated entertaining space. French doors pocket into the walls revealing a stone terrace where one can take in the coastal vistas and breathtaking grounds.
The home’s west wing hosts a glamorous powder room, handsome lounge opening to a private patio, a truly luxurious guest suite with spa-like bath, walk in closet, and ocean peaks, a craft room/office, and a staff’s suite with exterior access. Magnificent built-in bookshelves and a remarkable ceiling map depicting the City of Light envelope the eastern rotunda, which connects the galleria to the formal dining room, kitchen, and staircase leading to the private bedroom suites.
For those who delight in formal entertaining, the resplendent dining room is a poised setting with ocean and island views, impressive, detailed coffered ceiling and marble fireplace. Elaborate custom painted wall canvas and inlaid Mahogany wood floors cloak the surfaces. For more informal affairs, French doors spill out to the spacious terrace, beckoning casual indoor/outdoor entertaining.
With every thought given to designing a true cook's kitchen, and offering a beautiful and comfortable place to enjoy, the eat-in kitchen boasts Carrara gold marble countertops, exceptional custom cabinetry, a soaring coffered ceiling and French doors overlooking the glistening Pacific Ocean. A center island with a breakfast bar rests beside a blazing fireplace while a Viking double oven and range, Miele espresso machine and dishwasher, warming drawer and striking copper farmhouse sink are luxurious amenities for the culinary connoisseur.
A generous, solarium-like dining area is flooded with natural light through abundant windows and French doors, offering a lovely casual dining area in the kitchen.
The adjacent, sumputous family room enjoys expansive ocean and island views while a large Santa Barbara stone fireplace, exquisite antique paneled walls and walnut built-ins create a warm and inviting atmosphere for relaxation. French doors open to the terrace and the home’s pool and pool cabana. Completing this wing of the home are deluxe laundry facilities, a powder room, an informal entry door and interior access to the three car garage.
A staircase leads down to the home’s temperature controlled wine cellar, game room/gym, powder room, and state of the art home theater offering a snack bar worthy of a cinema with abundant storage and a wet bar with beverage refrigerator. The game room and theater boast French doors leading to the sport court and pool terrace.
Preceding the master suite, double doors reveal the impressive office/library. Cloaked in sumptuous Mahogany paneled walls with custom built-in bookshelves, the office overlooks the tranquil coastal vista creating an exceptional area for quiet study. Beyond, the elegant master suite is a lavish haven with romantic details
and stunning views.
Generous proportions are met with magnificent ocean and mountain views in the spectacular master bedroom. Rich wood flooring, a tray ceiling and a romantic fireplace combine to create a truly lavish escape with an unparalleled sense of luxury. The splendid master bathroom, with a peaceful ocean-view soaking tub and oversized shower, and two custom-fitted walk-in closets complete the master retreat.
Each boasting south-facing windows framing the expansive ocean and island views, these lovely accommodations are flooded with natural sunlight. Ensuite baths, finished in tile mosaics or glistening blue marble reminiscent of the ocean beyond, offer coveted privacy while spacious walk-in closets provide ample storage.
To find oneself on the extensive main level terrace, which spans the home’s southerly elevation, is to discover a perfect melding of traditional French gardens and California’s scenic coast. Beyond the gardens and pool terrace, an expansive ocean and island view provides a breathtaking backdrop. A warm breeze mingles sweet citrus aromas with fresh ocean air creating a fairytale-like ambience for intimate sunset dinners or joyous midday brunches. Stone steps lead to the picturesque pool terrace, crowned by the beautifully appointed pool cabana.
Awaiting relaxed gatherings year-round in Montecito’s incomparable climate, the mountain view pool cabana boasts a kitchen with Viking range and beverage refrigerator while the entertaining area features built-in overhead heaters, media storage and access to the full bath. A generous lounge terrace surrounds the swimmer’s pool and spa. The inviting entertaining area includes an outdoor fireplace, built-in Viking grill and seating area resting beneath a whimsical vine-covered pergola. A gardener’s storage area and the sport court lie just beyond a lush lawn and citrus grove.
An expanse of lush lawn at the south end of the estate is surrounded by a towering hedge ensuring privacy, and is the perfect locale for lawn games or a tennis court. A labyrinth of fanciful pathways wind through the alluring Lockwood De Forest gardens, beckoning quiet strolls as morning sunlight dances through an oak canopy.
Privately set away from the main residence and pool terrace, an incredibly charming guest house is perched above an additional three car garage. The cozy guest accommodations appear to have been plucked from a chic Parisian apartment, with whitewashed paneled walls and window seats in the living/dining area and a kitchenette appointed with a refrigerator, stove and sink. A quaint bedroom suite offers built-in storage and a delightful full bath is adorned in stylish monochromatic tile.