Both luxurious and laid back, this thoughtfully remodeled ranch-style home on 1.51 acres in Montecito is filled with intriguing colors and textures and celebrates the natural surroundings as much as the interiors with an effortless indoor-outdoor flow.
Effortless Indoor-Outdoor Living
Santa Barbara, California | Tyler Mearce & Renee Marvin, Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito – Coast Village Road Brokerage
Montecito is known for a lifestyle that is at once luxurious and laid back, and perhaps no home better exemplifies that rare combinationthan this timeless ranch-style residence on 1.51 acres in the highly desirable Golden Quadrangle neighborhood. With a tip of the hat to the San Ysidro Ranch Hotel, it was extensively and thoughtfully remodeled to celebrate the outdoors as much as the indoors and to create an effortless flow between the interiors and the natural surroundings. Every space—even one of the home’s two offices—opens to a magnificent outdoor living area, which includes multiple patios, a fireplace, a barbecue and cooking area, a refreshing pool and spa, vegetable gardens, roses, and a leafy, aromatic citrus orchard. Hanging “egg” chairs swing in the shade of a vine-draped arbor. An intimate alfresco dining area is tucked in a lantern-lit glade. Towering mature oaks create an envelope of stately greenery.
An esteemed interior designer with an impeccable sense of style and curation, the current owner travels the world for and with clients to find unique, eye-catching, even whimsical items and architectural elements. The fruits of her labors appear in her own home as well, in the kitchen’s striking teal Moroccan tile, the salvaged lighting in the living room, and the powder room’s distinctive fixture. Vaulted ceilings, rugged beams and trusses, a stone fireplace, vibrant tilework, and intriguing use of colors and textures contribute to an ambience of rustic refinement for which Southern California is known. The collector and entertainer will appreciate the wine room, which includes lighted cabinets for storage of other rare and uncommon bottles.
The peaceful master bedroom—one of three bedrooms in the home—has a soaring beamed ceiling and walls of glass opening to the surrounding greenery. In addition to two walk-in closets, the suite also offers an impressive dressing room with a marble-topped island and a freestanding stone bathtub enjoying a tranquil view of the grounds and mountains. Even the master bath extends to the outdoors: Completely reconfigured to feature shiplap, glass, steel, and Brazilian hardwood, the enviable space allows for showering indoors or in the fresh open air of Montecito.