An estate unlike any other, Los Olivitos captures the soul and romance long equated with Santa Barbara – The American Riviera. A short distance from the Orient Express’ luxurious El Encanto resort, a rare parcel hosts the captivating Riviera residence. Uniquely oriented, approximately 2.74 flat and usable acres take in ocean and harbor views to the south while the magnificent Santa Ynez Mountains tower to the north.
At the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, entry gates open to a whimsical motor court lined with mature olive trees and stone-lined wildflower beds. The Andalusian style residence pays homage to the area’s Spanish and Mediterranean heritage characterized by staggered Mission red roof tiles, ironwork and exposed balconies.
At the home’s center, the fantastic eat-in kitchen offers an ideal gathering place for family and friends. While fabulously spacious, the kitchen has been lovingly designed to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Created to emulate those found in the Santa Barbara Courthouse, custom painted tiles adorn the walls affording unique charm, luxuriously complemented by a tray ceiling and expansive marble island. A butler’s pantry, top of the line appliances and farmhouse sink create a chef’s kitchen. A mudroom, screened porch, office, powder room and spacious laundry facilities complete this wing of the home. Outside, a wrap around terrace provides an ocean-view dining area for enjoying Santa Barbara’s idyllic year round climate.
Accessed via the kitchen terrace, a large bedroom suite offers private guest quarters. Boasting a lounge, patio, spacious ensuite bath and generous storage the charming and private space provides an ideal guest retreat.
An incredible amenity befitting of such an inspiring property, the artist’s studio beckons the creative mind to take in both mountain and ocean views with a spacious veranda overlooking the Santa Barbara harbor. Cloaked in stained Pine, the studio’s pitched ceiling and abundant windows create a bright and airy ambiance. Off the motor court is a large three-car garage and exceptional additional multiuse space. Teak floors adorn the incredible expanse, ideal for a gym, games room or workshop.
To explore the estate’s magical grounds is to discover an enchanting facet of its most special character. Escape to the Mediterranean pool garden where a swimmers pool with grotto spa is the centerpiece to lush lawns, gardens and flagstone patios. The Pacific Ocean sparkles to the south while towering tropical foliage boarders the pool garden for a secluded feel. A spacious, fully tiled pool bath with shower is conveniently located near the main house.
A labyrinth of stone-lined pathways wind beneath mature oak and olive trees passed lush lawns and wildflower beds mingling alongside blooming rose, herb and succulent gardens. Uncover intimate patios resting beneath oak canopies enticing afternoon picnics, a tree house for the ultimate game of “hide and seek” and a bocce ball court lined by a galleria of olive trees. Entwined around an ocean view pergola, vine foliage rustles in a sweet summer breeze providing a stunning yet casual outdoor setting.
For those who appreciate a property rich in history, character and mystique, Los Olivitos combines authentic architecture and enchanting landscape with incomparable views to create the quintessential Santa Barbara estate.