860 Picacho Lane, Montecito | offered at $14,500,000
860 Picacho Lane, Montecito | offered at $14,500,000
In the heart of Montecito, perfectly positioned in the Golden Quadrangle and just steps to the Upper Village, you’ll find an expertly crafted, ocean view, Mediterranean estate. Designed by Don Nulty and built by Giffin and Crane in 2008, this remarkable estate, surrounded by incredible gardens, epitomizes the effortless sophistication and casual glamor for which Montecito is known.
Limestone anchors the floor and a beautiful iron banister adds a delicate detail to the adjoining grand stairwell, which ascends to the home’s second level.
The formal living room is a study in elegance. Filled with southerly light and ocean views, this gorgeous space is an easy and gracious host for all types of entertaining. The expansive footprint of the living room allows for grand celebrations, quiet moments, or simultaneous vignettes within the singular space.
From hosting holidays to festive fundraisers, or simply an after dinner aperitif, the living room is an ideal backdrop for all of life’s occasions. Antique wood floors compliment 6 pairs of arched French doors that lead to the ocean view terrace and covered loggia.
On the southeast corner of the residence, an expansive loggia ensures excellent outdoor living options, regardless of the season. Coffered ceilings, stone floors, and a handsome fireplace extend the home’s incredible level of detail and make this an indispensable area of the estate. Whether dining for two, or entertaining for 20, this beautiful space is an ideal place to enjoy Montecito’s enviable year-round temperate weather. Long summer evenings as the sun patrols across the evening sky and early mornings watching the ocean fog dissipate, are equally delightful from this coveted vantage point.
The den/library, adjacent to the formal living room, is a study in perfection. Three sets of south facing French doors open to the ocean view terrace and welcome sunlight throughout the day. A robust stone fireplace and stately beamed ceilings give the room a sense of refined dignity and stature. Extensive built-in shelving is perfect for hosting a collection of your favorite books, displaying photos of loved ones, or showcasing treasures from your travels.
Exacting horizontal lines from hale and hearty beams adorning the ceiling are softened by elegant archways, which lead to the dining room and kitchen. Striking an elusive balance between strength and grace, the lovely sightlines in the galleria, which conclude upon a beautiful fireplace, are sure to become favorite vignettes within the residence.
Regale and rejoice in this splendid space, which easily accommodates large crowds and intimate gatherings.
The same antique wood floors found in the living room offer a grounding counterpoint to the gilded, hand-stenciled ceiling details. Two sets of French doors flank a stone fireplace and open to a north facing terrace that is home to a duo of fountains. As standing guests at any event, these fountains banter softly in the background and add a beautiful melody to the room’s ambiance.
The well-appointed kitchen is both inspiringly beautiful and immensely functional. Professional appliances are highlighted by reclaimed French paver floors and views of the rose garden. Multiple workspaces offer ample room to create, and extensive storage including a gorgeous butler’s pantry and handsome bar, ensures that your favorite tools and tabletop accoutrements are always on hand. The kitchen desk area is ideal for looking up new recipes, checking email, or coordinating busy schedules.
A cozy fireplace is a welcome companion and adds a beautiful focal point to the room. The breakfast room opens both to the ocean view terrace as well as the colorful rose garden. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner have never been better!
Currently composed as a home office, this expansive room looks to the sea and takes inspiration from its lovely coastal and garden views. Coffered ceilings crown the space and complement the antique wood floors. With a large walk-in closet, luxurious bath, and private entrance, this space could easily be transformed into lavish, first-floor bedroom suite.
The sublime master suite spans the entire south side of the second floor and enjoys vast ocean views. With dual closets and baths, and an additional flexible space for a secondary office or gym, this incredible suite offers lavish amenities combined with an incredible sense of intimacy. A coffered ceiling provides a delicate celestial focal point. A fireplace adds a warm glow on cool nights.
Though the bedroom is awash in luxe details, the suite’s main star is undoubtedly the vast ocean views. Soothing sightlines of the sea are on display from every area in this sumptuous space; most notably from the expansive terrace, which is perfect for morning coffee, an afternoon read, or an evening watching the stars. The residence’s elevator allows you to enjoy the convenience of single-level-living but with a second-story view.
The second level galleria is itself a work of art. Long sightlines are enhanced by antique wood floors, graceful archways, and stately beams. Whether your favorite pieces were created in the 1800s, or by your favorite 8 year old, this corridor is perfect for daily enjoyment of the work that brings you joy.
In addition to the master suite, the second level of the residence, conveniently and easily accessed by an elevator, is home to a trio of exceptional en suite bedrooms. Each gracious in their own right, all three suites gaze to the mountains. Gorgeous views, beautiful baths, and ample wardrobe storage are the signatures of each of the bedrooms. Up a second stairwell, on the kitchen wing of the residence, lies an en suite bedroom, bonus room, and large storage closet. Excellent as a play space, crafting/wrapping room, or as accommodations for staff or an au pair, this flexible area of the home has incredible potential. The lower level of the residence is home to an intimate screening room replete with stadium seating and a wet bar. In this setting, your favorite film never looked so good! A hidden wine cellar ensures that your latest loot from adventures in Paso Robles is perfectly stored and chilled.
Gracing the entire southerly length of the residence, expansive stone terraces look to the sea and offer a gracious introduction to the grounds. As an extension of the home, the terraces capture the essence of Montecito’s enviable lifestyle. Meander down a beautiful stone staircase to the grounds and pool terrace. Additional ocean view dining areas offer an alternative setting for al fresco meals and poolside entertaining. Adjacent to the lovely one-bedroom guest house, this area of the property will quickly become one of your favorite outdoor destinations.
Wander the nearly three-acres and come upon a lush terraced garden, specifically curated for hosting events of all kinds. An unexpected delight, this stunning setting, a virtual landscape laureate, is enshrouded by verdant botanicals and are overseen by a series of marble statues and lauded by the soft sounds of a stone fountain. As part of a private water company, 860 Picacho enjoys eternally lush grounds.
The well-appointed guest house offers wonderful accommodations for visitors and loved ones. Accessed by a private drive, and with ample parking and its own garage, the guest house functions as a private oasis on the estate. Adjacent to the guest house, a 1.2-acre parcel can be purchased separately should one wish to expand the estate.