Marsha Kotlyar Estate Group  |  License #01426886  |  805-565-4014

Enchanting Mystery and Endless Character

June 17th, 2021


The best things in life only get better with time.

Thoughtful, personal touches champion the idea of individuality within the home. Where past and present find harmony, unrepeatable and priceless beauty unfolds.

For the design lover with a case of wanderlust, home becomes an ever-changing display of souvenirs from our travels and a nod to the history in which we find ourselves today. Authentic Spanish tile, original bathtubs, Venetian statues, and reclaimed wooden beams taken from the very same house - these are only a few of the storied mementos found in this lovingly maintained 1906 masterpiece.

Perched above Montecito with private mountain and ocean peek views, this modernist villa is framed by mature landscaping as it gracefully unfolds over 0.94 terraced acres. Palm trees, bougainvillea, and native flora combine with breathtaking architectural features for a relaxed, California approach to this highly acclaimed estate. Inside, a dramatic museum-like floorplan breathes life into its stunning eclectic accents.

This 5 bedroom + guest studio, 7.5 bathroom estate was crafted for those looking to experience the unrepeatable. Each bedroom offers both luxury and privacy, complemented by an abundance of natural light. The highlight of the primary bedroom is its access to a generous wrap-around deck, perfect for catching a glimpse of the ocean as you drink your morning coffee. Enviable bathrooms feature intricate details, from authentic tilework to impressive fireplaces, emphasizing this home’s endless character.

Not to be missed is the incredibly spacious, open-concept kitchen that enjoys original exposed brick and limitless opportunities for the host at heart. Equipped with an AGA stove, breakfast nook, dumbwaiter, wine cellar, and tasteful open cabinets - it’s your perfect setting to cook the old family recipes you’ve always wanted to try.

Designed with family in mind, discover an impressive game room on the lower level for late nights full of laughter, just a few wet footsteps from the pool. Turn the corner, and you’ll find a generously sized private guesthouse studio once home to music legend, David Crosby. Perusing the grounds of this dreamy retreat invites visitors to experience a bit of la dolce vita - lush courtyards, a koi pond, numerous sitting areas with state-of-the-art outdoor fire pits, an incredible resort-style pool, and sauna.

Heightening these unique elements in the context of its design, a wide range of influences stretch back to a mysterious Neo-Classic love story that took place during the Pig War. Constructed in the early 20th century, the original owner built this estate as a charming Victorian home. Involved with aid during the war, he traveled overseas and became infatuated with Neo-Classic Modernist style. Upon his return, he remade the entire home. An underlying mystery remains as to who exactly he was - but it’s been rumored to be the prolific architect, Frances Underhill, who built some of the most enduring buildings in Santa Barbara.

In 2016, Becker Studios and Tammy Hughes Design remodeled the home, resulting in an unparalleled 115-year-old villa full of modern comforts, with no detail overlooked. The preexisting architecture was clean and modern, requiring only a small infusion of warmth and comfort. Today, the house provides an interpretation of pared-down grand interiors of early-20th century Neo-Classicism: a relaxed, everyday approach to an otherwise stately and formal home.

Full of original glory and a deeply personal sensibility, this 1908 Neo-classical Modernist Villa is undeniably magnificent as it is one-of-a-kind. This home is a truly authentic and irreplaceable Montecito feat, where every detail has a story and touch of mystery. A timelessness that begs to be explored, admired, and enjoyed - the precious uniqueness we’re all looking for.

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