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Top 5 Most Memorable Homes of 2021

December 16th, 2021


As we near 2022, our team closes one of our best years yet.

With record-breaking sales and a market like we’d never seen before, Marsha Kotlyar Estate Group is using this time to slow down and reflect on what truly makes a house a home. Whether it’s a living room with an ocean view, seamless design, or thoughtful rooms that lend historical charm - we have had the privilege of representing Santa Barbara and Montecito’s finest luxury estates.

You’ll find that there’s something for everyone, but we’re biased to a few. Here are our top 5 most memorable homes from 2020:

Experience a Spanish Colonial masterpiece, where every space deserves a moment of pause. This circa 1940 home embodies period charm and detail with thoughtfully modernized interiors. Italian reclaimed oak floors, wire-brushed wood doors, beamed ceilings, numerous fireplaces, custom steel glass doors, and floating shelves truly make this house a chic, elevated home. In the backyard, discover a barbecue, veggie garden, and saltwater pool and spa. Complete with the finishing touches of a Bali-inspired pergola, designer treehouse, recreational arena, and teepee vine trellis - all corners of the world combine to create an immaculate personal sanctuary. An indoor-outdoor home with built-in recreation for all ages, Casa Blanca approaches Montecito luxury with confidence and ease - a rare pairing that ends the search for "the one.”

This home was designed by American visionary Bernard Maybeck in 1916 and masterfully restored by premier architect, Marc Appleton. Enhanced by its dramatic setting, the residence is a truly superb and volumetric composition that is only enhanced by its dramatic setting. Simply unparalleled in grandeur and sophistication, the Bingham House captures the imagination with unexpected intimacy and pitch-perfect design. A great room in the heart of the home features white birch walls, oak floors, a large fireplace, and silk paneled ceilings impeccably crafted with decadent details. Wellness meets design as you step foot into a backyard haven, complete with a tennis court, enviable pool and spa, covered patio, spectacular rose garden, and numerous pergolas sprinkled across the property. As one of the highest sales in our market this year, this incredible Montecito compound kept us daydreaming all year long.

Tucked within the picturesque yet unassuming San Roque community, experience elegant Spanish-style living with authentic old-world charm. Balancing West Coast living with Mediterranean luxury, original architectural splendor is embraced with no detail overlooked. Tilework, soaring exposed wood-beamed ceilings, Venetian plaster walls, and abundant natural light - this home is both refined and approachable. Featuring high-quality finishes to ensure timelessness, French doors open to a private oasis complete with a garden, fruit trees, and patio perfect for relaxing or entertaining.

Casa Leo Linda is the timeless Montecito masterpiece everyone is after, but can rarely find. A classically designed estate nestled in the heart of Montecito’s Upper Village and situated on 2.7 acres of sprawling lawns, this gated property rests behind a long, private driveway. Beautifully landscaped with manicured gardens, this home’s magical grounds feature stunning mountain views and a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean. Boasting a formal lifestyle that balances relaxed Californian sensibility, an exceptional floorplan unfolds into one of Montecito’s finest estates. This home is the perfect backdrop to modern living, with time-honored authenticity.

This modern, newly built farmhouse is tucked away in the beloved Santa Barbara neighborhood, San Roque. Custom-built from the ground up in 2019, this estate invites a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere with the daring, rugged lines of industrial style. Contrasting between urban and coastal influences, metal accents line vaulted wood-paneled ceilings and cabinetry. An expansive kitchen featuring Jenn-Air appliances and a concrete farmhouse sink creates a dynamic space full of functional details that are effortlessly elegant. Situated on an unexpected 0.44 acres, an expansive backyard is lined by mature oak trees. A safe haven hidden in plain sight - 620 Foxen Drive is a treasure to behold.

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