To greet this elegant estate, you will enter a gated neighborhood in Montecito’s Golden Quadrangle and drive up a cobblestone circular drive. Surrounded by ocean and mountain views, the property is home to historic oak trees and gardens with meadows, lily ponds, boardwalks and bridges overlooking streams filled with fruit tree groves and flowers.
“If I close my eyes and open them quickly, I feel as though I’ve stepped into a movie,” says listing agent Timothy Di Prizito of Coldwell Banker Realty. “There is complete perfection of controlled garden and landscape preservationism and naturalism.”
Secluded and quaint, Montecito is a village town located outside of Santa Barbara. Visit nearby shopping villages, hiking and riding trails, 5-star lodging and restaurants, and historic arts and cultural centers.
“The location of this property is fantastic, in addition to the look, the ambiance, the emotion and the solitude,” says Di Prizito.
The home was purchased in the late 90s by Rob and Sheryl Lowe and was later acquired in 2004 by its current owners. The home underwent a complete structural renovation between 2006 and 2007 by renowned builder Van Acher.
“Originally, the home had accents of an English country manor, but it has become much softer over the years,” explains Di Prizito. “The estate has evolved elegantly, yet with contemporary sophistication while maintaining its original country manor design.”
“One of the most important things about this house is its casual elegance,” adds listing agent Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker Realty.
From the intricate moldings and wainscoting to the high-quality finishes and hand-quarried limestone tile flooring, every nook of this home has been crafted to perfection. “Almost everything about this home exudes luxury,” says Rey. “Everything has been carefully designed, planned and executed with the finest materials available.”
Step inside to meet the professional chef’s kitchen, breathtaking solarium, and a master suite with a full-floor accessory closet. Ideal for working from home, the office suite has its own private garden conservatory, theater, and library.
Di Prizito says, “I am nuts over the 5-star professional culinary kitchen,” meanwhile Rey raves over the master suite complete with dual baths and a dressing closet, jewelry room and beauty salon. The closet is larger than the size of most retail stores and Rey jokes, “you’re going to have to shop morning, noon and night in order to fill it.”
When asked about her favorite space, Rey described the feeling she experiences when she enters the refined living room and sees the beautiful arched windows and the terrace beyond that overlooks the manicured grounds.
Outside, there are two pools, an outdoor kitchen, an eight-car garage and an additional three-car garage. Auxiliary compound structures include a guesthouse, pool house, and one-bedroom suite with a lower-level game room and professional gym.
“This is 1,000 percent a generational estate perfect for a young family to raise children in perfect harmony with safety, security and privacy, yet with the space and function to serve and pamper multiple generations,” says Di Prizito.