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Bates Ranch House


8316 Bates Road, Carpinteria - offered at $4,500,000

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Bates Ranch House


8316 Bates Road, Carpinteria - offered at $4,500,000


 4 BD /  4 FULL BA /  1 HALF BA MAIN HOUSe     3 BD / 2 BA  GUEST HOUSE 1 BD / 1 BA  Attached Apartment     5,068 FT TOTAL APPROX     

3.05 ACRES APPROX     1928 YEAR BUILT Main House     FLOOR PLANS     E-BROCHURE


Located just above the famed surf site, Rincon Point, this incredible 3-acre property is home to the most beautiful, panoramic views in all of California!

After being held by the same family for 130 years, this enchanting estate is steeped in charm and history.

 

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In 1882, when California was a newly minted, 32-year old state, Dr. Charles Bell Bates purchased 1,200 acres of an original Spanish land grant, which included half of Rincon Point.

Dr. Bates, one of Santa Barbara’s first physicians, was a colorful character and had a reputation for making house calls on his unicycle.

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His son, Robert W. Bates, was a volunteer ambulance driver in World War I and Ernest Hemingway’s superior officer. Though Robert W. Bates was wounded in the war, he recovered quickly under the care of a beautiful Parisian nurse, who later became his bride. After the couple returned stateside, Mrs. Bates was delighted to see how much the American Riviera resembled the French Riviera. In 1928, the two set about creating a home, to this day still known as the Bates Ranch House, which overlooks both Rincon Point, and what would become the Los Padres National Forest.

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Bates Ranch House Rincon Point House for Sale
Bates Ranch House RIncon Point House for Sale

The Bates Ranch House is perfectly suited to pivot between staggering ocean views and sweeping mountain vistas.

Today, as when the house was originally built, this vantage point offers unrivaled views of the California coast. Step out on the vast lawns to take in the arresting coastal sightlines. The southern horizon is only interrupted by a row of palm trees; they too stand in attention, in wonder of the natural beauty.

To the north, the foothills rise from the earth with lush green texture. The home is expertly positioned so that the front exterior faces the sea, and the back looks to the foothills. As the U-shaped home is centered around a large, open-air courtyard, many rooms enjoy incredible views in each direction.

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A view from above


A view from above



As you ascend the long entry drive and approach the main residence, time seems to slow down. The estate transports you to a time when California was still rugged and just beginning to find its elegance.


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Arriving at the home, you are instantly greeted by an expansive, south facing lawn, which gently unfolds before bowing reverently to the sea. 

180-degree sightlines look from Ventura to Santa Barbara, and beyond. Situated directly above Rincon Point, from this location, watch as the water bends around the coast to create one of California’s most iconic waves. For decades past, and years to come, legends in the surf world descend on this fabled break to dance with Mother Nature.

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Perhaps more impressive than watching the surf from the sand, the Bates Ranch House gives an incredible coastline view from above, which allows spectators to truly take in the awe-inspiring power of the sea.

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effortless lifestyle


effortless lifestyle



Inside the home, grand spaces are flooded with natural light and open to offer an effortless indoor/outdoor lifestyle.


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An expansive living room looks to the ocean and mountains. Stately beams, charming built-ins, original light fixtures, and a handsome wood-burning fireplace add to the appeal of the space. Original 1928 windows have gently wavy glass and the original iron light fixture gives a first-hand experience as to how the estate looked and felt when it was first envisioned.


The large formal dining room also looks both to the sea and back to the mountains.


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Bates Ranch House Estate for Sale Rincon Point
 

On the western wing of the home, a lovely eat-in kitchen opens to the central courtyard. With a gracious footprint that includes a large wet-bar and butler’s pantry, this kitchen is wonderful in its present configuration but also has the ability to transform into a larger space. 

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The central courtyard looks to the mountains and through the home straight to the sea.

As a private playground, this lush courtyard offers an incredible site to take in the exquisite natural beauty. Two courtyard fountains babble gently throughout the day and a giant wood-burning fireplace warms cool nights. With direct sightlines from the kitchen, dining room, and living room, this gorgeous space acts as an extension of the home and continues to foster indoor/outdoor living at its finest.


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The eastern wing of the home offers four generous bedroom suites, each with its own delightful views of the ocean, mountains, or gardens.


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Bates Ranch House Estate for Sale Rincon Point
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Bates Ranch House Rincon Point Estate for Sale

The spacious master suite features three walk-in closets, a cozy fireplace, and large bath. Comfortably sized, these bedrooms and their layouts are excellent accommodations.


The lower level opens to a spacious family room with ample built in storage and direct access to the south grounds. A perfect spot for gathering, ping-pong, or watching movies, this space is great for indoor recreation. Attached to the main residence, but separated by the garage, a 1bedroom, 1 bath apartment offers a wonderful area for on-site staff or multigenerational living arrangements. Total privacy yet just steps away, this flexible space can evolve with your needs.

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During World War II, the US Army installed military barracks on the Bates property. Today, the one remaining barrack stands as a lovely 3-bedroom guest house. With the same incredible mountain views as well as views of the Santa Barbara harbor, the guest house extends an excellent welcome to visitors and loved ones.

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Rounding out the structures, a lovely studio offers an enticing space to foster creative endeavors. Once used by journalist and artist, Richard S. Meryman, as a painting studio, it’s impossible not to be inspired by the incredible natural surroundings of the estate.

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the California Dream


the California Dream



Whether you covet ocean views or are captivated by the power of the mountains, whether you are drawn to the estate’s important history or the connection with surf culture, the Bates Ranch House plays an important and evolving role in California’s great history. 


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Bates Ranch House House for Sale Rincon Point

The estate, now poised for new ownership, will continue to stand as an enduring legacy and testament to the California Dream.