4160 La Ladera Road, Hope Ranch - offered at $14,950,000
4160 La Ladera Road, Hope Ranch - offered at $14,950,000
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Sleek Mexican travertine and white stucco walls perfectly balance rustic rubble stones and the reclaimed Nicaraguan tiles that crown the roof. This composition, both eminently chic and effortlessly provincial, paints the stage for a remarkable living experience. From first glance to the last look, localized symmetry creates a disciplined and compelling sense of balance throughout the estate.
Located on a quiet lane in Santa Barbara’s exclusive Hope Ranch, residents of this beautiful neighborhood enjoy access to a private beach and miles of equestrian trails. As you approach the residence, received by a cohort of agave and olives, and serenaded by the songs of a warbling fountain, the alfresco foyer proves that authentic indoor/outdoor living goes well beyond a few sets of French doors. Celebrating and experiencing the natural beauty that encircles the residence is an integral part of the estate’s appeal.
As an introduction to the home’s effortless blend of open air and laissez-faire, the foyer sets the stage for innovative design concepts that unfold throughout the property. Once inside the two-story entry, floors lined with vein-cut, Mexican travertine, and walls scaled with towering bamboo lend a sophisticated yet monastic sense of arrival. Ingenious by design, the internal foyer, flooded in natural light and bathed in stone, is an intelligent ying to the alfresco foyer’s yang. Together the two spaces create a gradual transition and unforgettable passage into the residence.
Daily dining, afternoon reads, and evenings lost in conversations in front of the fireplace are equally at home in the expansive space. A strong horizontal relief strides along the walls and provides a visual datum to break up the relentless height of the ceiling. A negative reveal runs parallel above the floor and results in walls that appear weightless. Eight pivoting iron and glass doors, spanning nearly fifty linear feet, fuse the home and its natural habitat, furthering the idyllic indoor/outdoor lifestyle for which Santa Barbara is known.
The dining room strikes an elusive balance between drama and intimacy. A statement fireplace plays with proportion while an ethereal Belgium chandelier appears to hover mid-air. Soaring ceilings are relieved by the subtle shimmer of hand-troweled plaster walls and white oak doors.
Rubble stone covers the walls of the adjoining courtyard, a nod to Moorish sitting gardens, and a rugged, textured compliment to the exacting lines of the pivoting steel doors and an angular boxed ceiling.
The kitchen’s disciplined design offers long, sleek surfaces set off by professional appliances and stainless steel countertops. Centrally located, the kitchen looks south to the sea and opens to the great room, pool, and the lush grounds beyond.
Here, front of the house form mingles with back of the house function. To the east of the kitchen, an intimate courtyard offers an organic dining experience where walls donned in ipe surround palms sprouting from the ground.
A large walk-in pantry and 1,500 bottle wine cellar keep you well stocked with snacks and sips.
No need for two layovers and a rickshaw ride when your home is a private paradise. Lounging, laps, drinks, and naps have never seen a more restorative setting. Ocean views and salty sea air are perennial guests of the grounds and are incapable of overstaying their welcome.
The 75-foot swimming pool is perfect for a morning workout or a secret a dip in the moonlight.
The adjacent poolside trellis and fireplace offer ample seating and an ideal place to while away the hours with good books or great friends.
A built-in barbecue area, conveniently located off the pool and near the media room, ensures that the outdoor spaces can host a feast for the body as well as the soul. Four massive pivoting doors in the main floor media room open to the grounds, mirroring the expanse of the great room creating and fostering the same leisurely indoor/outdoor experience.
Why not watch movies in the company of ocean breezes, rustling palm fronds, and the scent freshly cut grass?
A sumptuous main floor master bedroom is ideal for those who want single level living. Four glass and iron doors pivot to the grounds and poolside terrace beyond, filling the room with natural light. As needed, automatic shades descend from the ceiling and billow softly in the breeze.
Dual closets and a spa-inspired bath with a walk-in shower and soaking tub ensure a luxe experience.
Meander down the main corridor towards a second main floor bedroom suite. On your way, long, lingering sightlines seem to slow time yet quicken your pulse. Divine details throughout the home transform a simple hallway into an alluring adventure.
The second main floor bedroom suite, privately positioned, allows guests an independent entrance and lovely garden views. A dramatic barrel-vaulted entry into the shower is nearly overshadowed by a soft glow streaming down from the skylight above. The expansive walk-in closet makes this suite perfect for weekend guests, or a full-time au pair.
The home’s second level is accessed by three sets of floating staircases, each of which adds a sense of levity and light. If you prefer, a convenient elevator is available as well.
Here, the flexible upper level floor plan offers an office, second master, and a trio of bedroom suites. Before the word ellipse can escape from your lips, the delicate curvature of the ceiling creates a striking detail where the sky exhales and melts into the walls.
The ocean view master bedroom suite is the ultimate escape.
Lofty ceilings are illuminated by the soft glow of the fireplace and an understated yet glamorous chandelier.
An expansive, nearly 50-foot, ocean-view terrace overlooks the property and out to the sea.
Morning sun salutations and evening rendezvouses have never had a better backdrop than this private balcony.
Dual closets easily accommodate vast wardrobes and an enviable shoe collection. The airy spa-like bath is imbued with natural light and includes a wet room with a soaking tub.
The exterior pathway, lauded by an attentive audience of cacti, creates a unique zone that further blurs the line between interior space and the natural world. Ideal for guests, loved ones, or multi-generational living, this adaptable floor plan allows for a myriad of living arrangements.
The northwest corner of the estate is home to another alluring oasis. A canopy of olives parts to reveal a private dining terrace, made for a dreamy scene on a mid summer’s night. A second fountain softly serenades guests while sunlight streams in through the filter of trees.
Indulge your creative endeavors in the private ocean-view studio. A perfect place for creation and meditation alike, this space is an ideal getaway in the home.
On the lower terrace of the grounds, beyond the pool and below the bocce court, a beautiful grotto contains everything you would find at your favorite spa. Floating steps lead you through an open-air forum, where fragrant jasmine scents the air, to a cedar-lined sauna and bath.
An ocean view gym is perfect for pilates, weights, spin, or barre. Let beauty surround while you focus on the beauty within.
4160 La Ladera’s remarkable design has set a new standard for the coveted Santa Barbara lifestyle. Throughout the estate, transformative rooms blend nearly every interior space with nature and escalate everyday experiences into extraordinary moments. 4160 La Ladera’s initial debut to the market is merely the first chapter in her lasting legacy to come.