November 24th, 2020
Rich in history, Birnam Wood was originally a 224-acre lemon ranch called Rancho Las Fuentes, purchased in 1890 by William Crocker and his mother-in-law, Caroline E. Sperry. Two years later, Crocker built a 30,000-square-foot lemon-packing house. With a few renovations here and there, this packing house eventually transformed into the clubhouse that members get to enjoy today.
In 1964, Robert McLean purchased the ranch and founded the Birnam Wood community, named after a line from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. We can thank landscape architect Thomas Church for pioneering the “California Style” of garden landscape design and inventing the ingenious layout of Birnam Wood’s residential parcels. It caters to the luxury lifestyle of stepping right outside the home and onto the green, striking the perfect balance of relaxation and recreation. In 1968, the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Sr. built the 18-hole Birnam Wood Golf Course, described by Jones as “the best short course [he] ever built.” Now, members not only have access to this incredible golf course, but also award-winning cuisine, world-class tennis courts, croquet lawns, a fitness center, social programs, and guest cottages.
As of today, 142 stunning homes weave their way through and around the golf course, and each brings its own unique architectural style to the community, including Ranch, Contemporary, Cottage, and French Normandy. Developed in the early 1970s, most of these homes rest on one acre parcels and feature phenomenal views of the majestic Santa Ynez mountains. Calling Birnam Wood home is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It’s a private, exclusive, esteemed experience for just a handful of Montecito residents, and it could be yours, too. Please contact us for information on available homes for sale as well as off-market listings within the gates of Birnam Wood.