705 Riven Rock Road, Montecito | Offered at $13,900,000
705 Riven Rock Road, Montecito | Offered at $13,900,000
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The main residence is perfectly poised with sweeping views of the sea and mountains. The grounds unfold to encompass two casitas and a guest house, all surrounded by incredible natural beauty. The long meandering drive offers a dramatic introduction to the property.
Once through the gates, the sweeping ocean views define the horizon and are balanced by ancient stone walls, original to the estate.
Live oaks, lush lawns, and a large koi pond offer an organic parity to the motor court and stucco facade of the residence. Though the house was rebuilt from the ground up in 2003, the estate’s origins date back to the early 1900s when Francis T. Underhill was commissioned to design a residence for the Boldt family of Chicago.
Inside the residence, ocean views are on display from nearly every room and those spaces that don’t look south to the sea, gaze north towards the Santa Ynez mountains. Three clerestory windows fill the foyer with light. Bright white walls and wrought-iron details nod to the era of the estate’s original origin. A beautiful blend of old and new, the foyer is the perfect introduction to the estate.
The ocean view dining room is perfect for a crowd or an intimate dinner for two. French doors lead to the terrace and let you easily slip outside after dinner for a nightcap under the stars.
The living room’s barrel-vaulted ceiling offers a beautiful architectural detail and a graceful counterpoint to the robust Cantera stone fireplace. Three sets of doors to the view terrace and are perfect for fostering indoor/outdoor entertaining.
Nearly the entire southern facade of the home extends into a series of ocean view terraces and covered loggias, perfect for morning sun salutations or a nightcap under the stars. Whether you prefer solitude or large soirees, the outdoor entertaining spaces have limitless possibilities.
The expansive south facing kitchen looks to the sea and is filled with natural light. Extensive counter space and an oversized island ensure that there can’t be too many cooks in the kitchen and a walk-in pantry offers space for everything from culinary gadgets to essentials from a run to Costco.
French doors lead to the terrace and barbeque and encourage al fresco dining. For cozy meals inside, the breakfast nook looks to the water and is warmed by a fireplace.
On the main level, a large, private guest suite with views of the mountains is perfect for hosting friends and loved ones. An additional main floor bedroom suite is ideal as a second office and can easily transition to accommodate staff.
Upstairs, a vast executive office suite looks to the mountains. Extensive bookcases with a rolling ladder mean that every piece in your library is easily at your fingertips. A handsome fireplace fills the room with a soft glow and is a wonderful companion for catching up on emails or getting lost in a good book.
Upstairs, a gracious en-suite bedroom with vaulted ceilings and a walk-in closet looks south to the sea.
A second bedroom suite with a loft opens to a rooftop terrace and spectacular views of the ocean and the mountains.
The spacious ocean view master suite is the perfect place to begin and end your days. Incredible ocean views span the horizon and are perfect for watching the sunset and checking out the surf.
Dual baths and closets offer ample space to primp and preen and access to the rooftop terrace provides an irresistible allure.
The photo above was virtually enhanced for design inspiration.
The nearly 3.5-acre property is home to a vast organic garden and centenarian trees which have watched over 100 years of secrets and soirees unfold within the stone walls. A private well helps maintain lush grounds.
Ancient stone walls, dating back to the original 1916 estate designed by Francis T Underhill, frame the motor court and are a reverent nod to Montecito’s history. Significant estates that trace their origins back to the early 1900s are known to enjoy the best and most vast views in town, and La Manzanita is no exception. Though the original home is gone, the current residence is sited on the exact spot with the same incredible views that inspired Underhill over a century ago.
Tucked privately on the southeastern portion of the property, a wonderful pool, spa, and one-bedroom pool cabana are ripe for summer fun. Surrounded by lush botanicals, the poolside terrace takes on the feel of a tropical oasis.
The adjacent one-bedroom pool cabana has a gorgeous stone fireplace, perfect for warming up after a night swim.
A gym, sports court, and climbing wall are great for staying active, and a pool, spa, theater, and wine cellar are perfect for when you want to unwind. After all, life is about balance.
Two ocean-view casitas, each with private patios, are perfect for extended guests and loved ones or to round out a multi-generational compound. The upper casita features two bedrooms, a living room, and a fabulous kitchen. The lower one-bedroom casita also enjoys views of the sea and a private terrace.
While the exterior of the home and grounds radiate beauty, many thoughtful, unseen elements help create an impeccable quality of life. Nearly 3,000 sq ft of storage ensure all of your essential items and seasonal decor are easily accessible. An entire home reverse osmosis system provides the highest quality of water. Six garage bays, one with an electric charging station, let you keep your daily drivers and weekend roadsters onsite.