900 Knollwood Drive, Montecito - Offered at $19,250,000
900 Knollwood Drive, Montecito - Offered at $19,250,000
900 Knollwood Drive is no exception, though its exquisite views make the property exceptional among its renowned peers.
Originally designed by Edwards & Plunkett in 1934 for the McCormick family, then renovated by Lutah Maria Riggs in the early 1950s, this incredible approximately 9-acre, ocean view estate maintains much of the same spirit today as it did when it was conceived.
From this knolltop position, the ocean and island views are endless, mountain and ridgeline views stand stoically in the distance, and expansive grounds offer an incredible sense of wonder. Spanning nine epic acres over four separate parcels, this is a legacy estate for the ages.
As the gates open, an allee of live oaks stands at attention and escorts you up the gently winding drive to the main motor court. Beautifully sited to maximize views, the main residence stands elegantly as it has for nearly eighty-five years.
Once inside the home, the foyer offers the first introduction of the incredible ocean views and sophisticated interiors. Though long since modernized, original call buttons are a reverent nod to the estate's historic origins.
In the living room, vast ocean views span the southern horizon and four sets of French doors to the view terrace making this an effortless indoor/outdoor space. Beamed ceilings offer a celestial compliment to the massive stone fireplace which anchors the room. Leading both to the solarium as well as the lounge, the living room is a perfect backdrop for formal entertaining as well everyday occasions.
Spanning much of the southern facade of the home, a large, ocean view terrace presides over the grounds. Under the lacy shadow of an ancient live oak, the terrace looks over the lawns and the leafy tops, past the ridgeline, and to the sea and islands beyond. Incredibly commanding yet exceedingly still, from this vantage point the world unfolds at your fingertips.
Iron doors connect the solarium to the north courtyard and fountain. This space, originally designed as a covered outdoor room, has since been enclosed and is an ideal place for reading, afternoon tea, or simply whiling away the day. Original tile mosaics adorn the walls and hand-stenciled beams grace the ceiling. As another example of the estate’s al fresco sensibility, the solarium blends the beauty of the estate’s architecture with the beauty of its surroundings. A wrought iron door leads to an extensive wine cellar, perfect for hosting an impressive collection.
The western corner of the residence is home to the ultimate ocean view lounge and executive playground. French doors open to the south lawns and blend the lush grounds with the beautiful interiors. Whether you prefer your cocktails shaken or stirred, the chic bar is sure to inspire your inner mixologist. Beautiful built-ins hide a flat screen tv, perfect for screenings or watching the big game. A handsome fireplace warms the room on cool nights and beamed ceilings hail the estate’s historic origins.
The formal dining room looks to the sea and opens to the terrace. As a venue for hosting large gatherings or intimate dinner parties, the dining room is an elegant setting for all types of entertaining.
The expansive, ocean view, eat-in kitchen is filled with southern light and opens to a lovely al fresco dining terrace. Extensive storage and a large butler’s pantry are perfect for essentials and a large center island is ideal for grazing and gathering.
The sunny breakfast nook opens to the dining terrace and looks to the views beyond. A built-in kitchen office helps you stay organized and built-in shelving is wonderful for displaying bowls and botanicals.
The large footprint of the room offers space for multiple sitting areas, vaulted ceilings, and built-in bookshelves. A handsome fireplace provides noteworthy architectural details to the space. Dual baths also look to the sea and fill the space with southern light. A pair of walk-in closets ensures there is ample room for seasonal wardrobes and splurges.
Privately located on the western wing, two, gracious, ocean view en suite bedrooms offer luxe accommodations for guests and loved ones. Each bedroom looks to the sea and opens to the view terrace.
Outside, a pair of executive offices are ideal for the ultimate off-site business suites.
Privately located yet just steps from the main residence, these professional getaways are wonderful for staying connected to the markets or meeting with clients.
Wonderful guest accommodations throughout the property offer autonomy and comfort for visitors. Either in the one-bedroom guest house or either of the two pool cabana suites, there is ample space for all who come to call.
From nearly every region of the property, vast ocean views define the horizon. Whether you are looking for a place to picnic or room to roam, you’ll love the expanse and privacy that the grounds present.
Formal boxwood hedges surround beautiful rose gardens and overlook the citrus grove. Meandering pathways guide you through wisteria covered trellises to a secret dining pavilion. Looking for the pièce de résistance? Steps lead up to the north side of the property and possibly the most breathtaking view in all of Montecito.
The pool and spa terrace rival your favorite resort. Huge ocean views define the horizon and lush lawns extend endlessly from this iconic destination. The 50-foot pool is perfect for lounging and laps but should you prefer drinks and naps, the terrace and loggia offer an irresistible temptation.
The adjacent 2-bedroom pool house is ideal for guests or could be used as the ultimate Pilates and fitness studios.
Tennis anyone? On the northern end of the grounds, an ocean view tennis court is ideal for a mid-day match, lunch time lessons, or perhaps perfecting your pickle ball game. Newly resurfaced, the court is ready for action.