680 Cowles Road
offered at $8,495,000
4 Bedrooms + Attached Guest Apartment
Perched atop one of Montecito’s most picturesque ridges, this dramatic home features stunning mountain or ocean views from virtually every room. Built in 1991, Villa Cortina was designed by acclaimed architect Donald Sharpe and has been recently renovated to perfection. The home showcases Mediterranean elegance with awe-inspiring cathedral ceilings, sculpted arches, grand fireplaces, skylights, European Oak floors, and other quality finishes throughout.
The Great Room features French doors open to a covered patio and petite pool, perfect for outdoor entertaining. The chef’s kitchen (updated in 2017) features elegant custom-built cabinetry and high-end Fisher & Paykel and Bosch appliances. Outside is a covered patio with built-in barbeque for al fresco dining, with wrap-around mountain and ocean views. The primary bedroom suite offers a spacious sitting area with a fireplace, a covered patio overlooking the glistening ocean views, and the manicured grounds. Villa Cortina is also home to a theater, a wine room, and a secluded guest apartment with its outside entrance, full kitchen, and laundry closet. The attached 4-car garage offers plenty of storage space.
This Andalusian-styled home embraces the enchanting outdoors, with pebble pathways leading to a 45’ swimming pool, a putting green, a fruit tree orchard, and countless oak, olive, and palm trees. This estate is located on a quiet, private street only minutes from Montecito’s Upper and Lower Villages and in proximity to the esteemed Cold Spring School, Westmont College, and the historic Lotusland. It is expertly designed to complement the quintessential Montecito lifestyle of tranquility, privacy, and outdoor living.