900 Hot Springs Road, Montecito | offered at $17,900,000
900 Hot Springs Road, Montecito | offered at $17,900,000
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Resting on 2.5 stunning acres, a truly romantic Italian residence overlooks the glistening Pacific ocean, Channel Islands and the majestic Santa Ynez mountains.
A quintessential Montecito estate, Prima Luce - Italian for “first light” – offers the ultimate combination of exquisite architecture, grand yet inviting interiors and breathtaking outdoor entertaining areas surrounded by blooming gardens.
Grand entry gates open, drawing the eye to the residence’s alluring façade where climbing vines, iron details and impressive stonework lend an authentic Italian tenor. Beyond the generous motor court, mountain peaks command attention, completing the dramatic and picturesque introduction to Prima Luce.
Stepping through the impressive, eleven-foot iron and glass entry door, the masterful eye of designer Robert Webb is immediately evident. A coffered alder ceiling and elegant limestone moldings adorn the welcoming foyer, while the ocean view beckons from beyond the arched rear entry door.
Throughout this ethereal residence delicate design details and mindful architectural symmetry mingle effortlessly to create a blissful ambience in each perfectly proportioned space. A true collaboration of local and internationally sourced materials include Santa Barbara Sandstone quarried from the estate site, imported French and Jerusalem Limestone, and lavish marble are showcased in the estate’s top-quality finishes, lending the residence an old-world spirit while remaining imbue with modern luxury.
From the foyer, a magnificent galleria crowned by a hand painted groin vault ceiling accesses the elegant formal living room and library.
An idyllic fusion of sophistication and casual ease, the living room is poised for refined entertaining and everyday living alike. A whitewashed beamed ceiling, Jerusalem marble fireplace surround and limestone alcoves opening to the galleria add polish, while ever-present windows and French doors open to frame the stunning ocean and island views for a casual indoor/outdoor atmosphere.
The large space boasts French doors spilling out to the ocean view terrace, and art alcoves creating a tasteful ambience for enjoying fine cuisine, beloved company and world-class views. When hosting more private affairs, call upon two sets of doors to separate the dining room from the kitchen and butler’s pantry.
La cucina di Prima Luce is the ideal gathering place for casual meals. South facing windows surround an informal yet charming dining area, capturing breathtaking views of the ocean, mountains and estate grounds. Additionally, two sets of French doors offer convenient access to the large entertaining terrace.
Luxurious cabinetry, marble countertops and a coffered ceiling offer exceptional kitchen design complemented by top of the line cook’s appliances including a Viking range with griddle and double ovens, dual Miele dishwashers and a Subzero refrigerator/freezer. A large center island with chef’s sink ensures abundant storage in the home’s deluxe kitchen.
Retire to the adjacent family room for evenings of quiet leisure beside the blazing fireplace. Morning light will transform the space, revealing the ocean and garden views through French doors and arched windows. A second set of French doors opens to a quaint courtyard accessing the children’s playhouse, kitchen herb garden and one of the two garages.
A charming guest or staff’s suite with mountain views and a private bath, a powder room and spacious coat closet complete this wing of the main level. Below, the basement hosts a wine cellar, laundry room and oversized storage room.
The handsome ocean view library rests at the east wing of the home’s main level. A welcome environment for quiet study, striking birch bookcases and rich wood paneled walls accompany an alder coffered ceiling and stately fireplace. French doors welcoming coastal breezes, a wet bar with beverage refrigerator and private powder room complete this special library.
Glorious Montecito mornings begin on the intimate loggia where glistening ocean views, sweet coastal breezes and a warming fireplace indulge the senses. The loggia’s panoramic view spans from the majestic Santa Ynez Mountains to the Channel Islands. As dusk falls on Prima Luce, this breathtaking landscape shifts into an arresting display of Tuscan light, offering a full spectrum of hues from romantic roses to deep purples set against a pastel sunset sky.
Occupying the east wing of the home’s upper level, the private master suite is an ethereal haven of romance and relaxation. Spectacular ocean views span the length of the south wall while mountain peaks are framed to the east. French doors open to the tranquil fireside loggia.
A duet of sumptuous dressing rooms offer private retreats within the master suite. The first, a delicate sanctuary boasting a spacious closet and serene bath with soaking tub overlooking glorious ocean and coastal views, and a mountain-view shower. A handsome second dressing room and bath outfitted with richly stained cabinetry completes the romantic master suite.
The west wing of second level hosts three gracious guest suites, each with awe-inspiring ocean and mountain views and ensuite baths. Tasteful décor and abundant windows create welcome accommodations for family or guests. A private terrace off the north facing bedroom suite is a peaceful refuge for taking in the surrounding natural beauty. A second laundry room and abundant storage are convenient amenities on the upper level.
Privately set away from the main house, nestled among beautiful gardens and mature trees, the guest house is a wonderful hideaway for visitors of Prime Luce. The generous living quarters include an ocean-view living and dining area, a full kitchen, bedroom and full bath. French doors open to fragrant rose gardens and the pool terrace beyond, creating an indoor/outdoor atmosphere in the guest house.
From the private pool terrace, enveloped by a mature olive trees, blooming rose vines scaling beautiful stone walls, a lush lawn and majestic oaks, Prima Luce’s neighbors are a distant afterthought, allowing for total seclusion and calm.
At the southern end of the 65-foot swimmer’s pool, the pool pavilion is a commanding focal point in the picturesque scene. Beneath the towering mountain view, an intimate loggia beckons warm afternoons and crisp evenings aside the blazing fire. Between the loggia and the cabana’s dressing room and bath, a full kitchen opens to the pool terrace, exemplifying true indoor/outdoor cooking.
A trickling creek runs the length of the property’s east border, pooling in the occasional lily pond. Cross a charming footbridge to stroll beneath the oaks towards the putting green at the north side of the property. A verdant lawn anchors the grounds, waiting to host casual picnics or games of hide-and-seek.
Nestled in a secret garden, where a cluster of animated sunflowers come alive as an outdoor shower, a child’s playful paradise awaits. Only steps from the main house, and affectionately named “900½ Hot Springs Road,” the two story playhouse is the perfect haven for imaginations to run wild amid herb gardens, towering trees and ocean views, which surround the miniature manse.
Flanking the large motor court are dual garages, each accommodating three vehicles, and an attached gardener’s bath
Escape to one of California’s most charming seaside towns rich with history, character and luxurious amenities; an ideal playground for enjoying the idyllic coastal climate. With a longstanding reputation as one the world’s most coveted “jewel box” communities, Montecito has a glamorous history of notable residents and visitors. Just a short (90 minute) drive from Los Angeles, and only 15 minutes from Santa Barbara Municipal airport, Montecito is an upscale hamlet for those seeking refuge from its bustling cosmopolitan neighbors.