3 BD + office / 4 FULL BA / 2 HALF BA MAIN HOUSE 7,457 TOTAL MAIN HOUSE SQ FT APPROX
1 half BA / kitchenette / conference room attached office 539 TOTAL attached office SQ FT APPROX
1 half Ba with dark room executive office 597 TOTAL executive office SQ FT APPROX
1 BD / 1 FULL BA / kitchen / living room guest HOUSE 670 TOTAL guest house SQ FT APPROX
2 BD / 2 FULL BA pool HOUSE 671 TOTAL pool house SQ FT APPROX
8.9 ACRES APPROX, includes 4 separate parcels
1934 year built MONTECITO UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT floor plans + Site plan Parcel Map E-Brochure
Montecito is home to a handful of legacy estates, each with a coveted address and its own covert history.
900 Knollwood Drive is no exception, though its exquisite views make the property exceptional among its renowned peers.
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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.