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838 Knapp Drive property

838 Knapp Drive

offered at $22,500,000

4 Beds + 1 Bedroom + 1 Bathroom Guest Cottage

4.5 Baths

Approx. 8,373 Sq.Ft.

Approx. 3.92 Acres + .32 Acre Landscape Easement

A legacy property like no other, this ultra private Montecito estate is the epitome of grace and grandeur. Commanding over 4 acres of the Arcady Estates, tucked under mature eucalyptus and architectural oak trees, there are magnificent mountain views from the crest of the hill, setting a romantic backdrop for this breathtaking estate.

Considered one of the most picturesque estates on the West Coast, the original Arcady Estate of the early 1900s was known for its famous pools and gardens. Prior to becoming 838 Knapp Drive, this residence once played host to a breathtaking music pavilion and ballroom. Situated in a historic neighborhood frequented by global dignitaries and socialites alike, this illustrious property speaks for itself.

In its belle epoque prime, Arcady Estate was the 148-acre estate of industrialist George Owen Knapp, Founder of Union Carbide. Designed by Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead in 1895, its other structures were later expanded by E. Russell Ray in 1911.

Here you will discover a fairytale where numerous 200-year-old oaks overlook the Santa Ynez Mountains, sharing glimpses of the Pacific. Stone columns, balustrades, and walls invite Italianette spirit as the dreamy gardens unfold throughout its approximately 4 sprawling acres, complete with secret gardens, fountains, stone walls, mature specimen plantings, a sunken garden lawn, stone terraces, a bocce court, putting green, and accents that are original to the former estate.

This Neoclassical home pulled inspiration from the Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. The Palladian details pair beautifully with modern design as symmetry reigns across the property. The emphasis on balance in accordance with a peaceful and calm existence is evident throughout the property.

Most recently renovated by Warner Group Architects, a renowned local architecture firm that has been recognized four times in Architectural Digest’s AD 100 World’s Top Architects and Interior Designers as well as Robb Report’s Top 30 Architecture Firms, this estate combines classical formal elements with visual harmony that transformed the former music pavilion into a home truly worthy of its setting.

A sense of lightness is pervasive as sun streams in through large metal windows, doors, and soaring 20+ foot ceilings. This estate features luxurious finishes such as imported Brasilia Italian marble, Lutron lighting, and Zuber mural wallpaper. Filled with elegance, this home boasts intimacy, symmetry, and proportion.

Designer touches from highly acclaimed, AD 100 Top Designer Ann Holden guide guests room to room, forging character with architectural details for a highly cohesive aesthetic.

Explore two en suite bedrooms on each wing of the first floor, including the lavish primary suite with its own sunlit office. Travel downstairs to enjoy an entertainer’s paradise in the airy great room and two additional spacious guest suites.

This estate also features a separate, newly renovated guest cottage, Roman style pool with spa, a rare lighted tennis court, full house generator, chicken coop, and two separate 2-car garages. Behold a masterpiece garden property where numerous European features offer the sophisticated, yet effortless character only seen in an older estate.


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