Category Archives: Montecito & Santa Barbara Best Buys

Determining real estate market values in areas like Montecito, Santa Barbara, Hope Ranch and Carpinteria is sometimes even difficult for those of us with years of experience. Here micro climates can change within a few blocks, views run the gamut from non-existent to hold-on-to-the-railing spectacular, and building quality and architectural styling have a wide range of application. The size of a property is frequently one of the least important criteria and it’s often ignored in the pursuit of either location or quality of construction. It tends to be a very subjective science. But with all that said, I frequently go through our inventory and try to bring to your attention homes that I feel demonstrate better than typical value regardless of which broker or agent may be representing them. Below are the current examples:

New Exclusive Birnam Wood Home Available

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One of the most sophisticated homes in the club where you’ll enjoy panoramic fairway views stretching to ocean glimpses and grounds designed by landscape designer, Mark Rios, and featuring sculptures by Robert Holmes, cut-stone terraces and a reflecting lap-pool. Interior spaces are as rewarding, designed by Bruce Gregga with a generous master suite, two relaxing guest suites and den accented by stone fireplaces, vaulted ceilings and walls of glass to private terraces and manicured grounds. A unique combination of expansive views and yet offering complete privacy. The perfect home for entertaining. Everything about this property speaks volumes about quality and attention to detail.

NEWLY LISTED! Montecito Birnam Wood Lakefront Estate

 

 

Montecito, California Birnam Wood Lakefront home recently sold by Harry Kolb is back on the market and newly remodeled.

Montecito, California Birnam Wood Lakefront home recently sold by Harry Kolb is back on the market and newly remodeled.

MONTECITO, CALIFORNIA – Set on what may be the most dramatic and premier location within the prestigious Birnam Wood Golf Club, this highly refined and newly remodeled home offers spectacular mountain and lake views from its expansive rooms along with the finest examples of superior construction and design. The three-bedroom plus den home offers high ceilings, handsome moldings, stone fireplaces, warm parquet oak floors and generous marble baths. One of the most inspiring homes in the club.

Offered at $6,450,000
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For more information please contact Harry Kolb at 805-452-2500

 

 

 

 

 

PRICE REDUCTION ON THE HOPE RANCH ESTATE ‘LUMINOSA’

Through the gated entry to Luminosa

Through the gated entry to Luminosa newly offered at $5,995,000

NEWLY OFFERED AT $5,995,000

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INFORMATION ABOUT MORE MESA NATURE PRESERVE

SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA – ‘Luminosa’ is a unique Hope Ranch estate with an eclectic fusion of grand Italianate-style with historic antiques. The 6,278 sq.ft. home sits on approx. 1.5 acres adjacent to More Mesa Nature Preserve with ocean and mountain views. Unique amenities include a dramatic entry with a curved stairway, expansive entertaining areas, cinema room, formal dining room, and great room open to the gourmet kitchen. The five luxurious bedroom suites overlook the duck pond, pool, gardens and terrace with vintage Nicaraguan tiles and outdoor fireplace. The adjacent 250 acre More Mesa Nature Preserve provides hiking trails and steps to a private beach.

Rear Gardens and pool area

Rear Gardens and pool area

Living Room

Living Room

Great Room and Kitchen

Great Room and Kitchen

Formal Dining Room

Formal Dining Room

Theater Room

Theater Room

Ocean View Master Bedroom

Ocean View Master Bedroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW MONTECITO LISTING! A UNIQUE PROMONTORY OCEAN VIEW ESTATE

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THE DUQUE ESTATE
“BLESSED LITTLE RANCH”

MONTECITO, CALIFORNIA
$8,700,000

Style: Monterey Spanish Revival
Year Built: 1931
Lot Size: 3.175± Acres
Square Feet: Approximately 6,3014±
Main Home: 8 bedrooms / 5 full baths, 1 powder
APN#: 007-040-039/038 (2 legal parcels)
Architect: Edwards & Plunkett
Montecito Union School District

If you’d like make an appointment to see the property please call 1.805.452.2500
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Outstanding views of the Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands and scenic mountains coupled with the architecture of one of the most respected firms responsible for some of the most romantic and cherished structures, including the Arlington Theater and many classic homes, make this a special Montecito estate. William Albert Edwards and Joseph Plunkett designed this charming Monterey Spanish home in 1931 and named it “Blessed Little Ranch.” The Edwards Duque Estate sits today on approximately 3.175 acres on two legal parcels in the Montecito foothills on a promontory that affords it a panoramic coastal view along with rare privacy.

The commanding two-story home was built in an era of quality, craftsmanship and attention to architectural details. Principal rooms include the two-story living room with its massive beamed ceiling and surrounding wrought-iron balcony, formal dining room, sun room, butler’s pantry, kitchen, and breakfast room. in addition, there is a master suite, five family bedrooms, plus a two-bedroom staff wing with a shared bath off the kitchen. There’s also a separate approximately 900 sq.ft. 1-bedroom, 1-bath guest cottage. Three wrought-iron balconies and first-floor terraces all provide breathtaking views of the mountains and ocean. The property also benefits from a long, private approach and by being within the very highly respected Montecito Union School District. It’s a rarity today to find this combination of period architecture and quality construction still benefiting from panoramic and uninterrupted coastal views.

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EXCELLENT INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY AT A NEW PRICE

MONTECITO | Traditional-Style | 4BD/4BA + Vacant Lot | $4,000,000

MONTECITO | Traditional-Style | 4BD/4BA + Vacant Lot | $4,000,000

PRICE REDUCTION!  NEWLY OFFERED AT $4,000,000
BIRNAM WOOD HOME & ADJACENT LOT 

MONTECITO, CALIFORNIA: A rare opportunity to renovate a home within the grounds of Birnam Wood Golf Club and build a second home or guest house on an adjacent lot.  This traditional-style 4-bd/4-ba home was built in 1982 by Ketzel & Goodman and set on an 0.86± acre parcel. Featuring a wonderful floor plan with high ceilings and filtered ocean views through the trees bordering the par 3 12th fairway.  Also included is an adjacent 0.91± acre vacant lot with its own Montecito water meter.  The grounds offer an opportunity to build a second home or add a pool and/or large guest house to the existing home.

Call Harry Kolb today for more details 1.805.452.2500

 

 

 

 

NEW LISTING! ‘PRIMA LUCE’ – A Tuscan-style Villa in Montecito, California

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Prima Luce, Montecito California listed by Harry Kolb of Sotheby’s International Realty

‘The Secret’ Author Rhonda Byrne Will List in Montecito for $23.5 Million – WSJ

Harry Holb Featured Property in Montecito for $23.5 Million

Article featured on Curbed.com

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Among all the Montecito significant properties currently available, this home offers a unique family oriented floor plan and a lifestyle and amenities perfectly suited for an active family. The property faces southeast, taking its name from unobstructed views of the first rays of sunrise and moonrise. Situated on approximately 2.3 acres in a prime Montecito location, this completely private enclave is surrounded by mature oaks offering panoramic ocean and MontecitoValley views, yet has no other homes in sight. A unique and valuable combination of wide open vistas coupled with complete privacy. Solid wood and iron gates open directly to the spacious motor-court and the main home’s stately, yet inviting, facade.

Inside and out, famed designer Robert Webb has captured the ambiance of a Tuscan country Villa. Hand-chiseled Santa Barbara sandstone, quarried from these very grounds, form the walls, posts, and facades, complemented by imported French limestone on the pillars, window surrounds, and chimneys. The interior boasts travertine marble and distressed wood floors, as well as exquisite decorative painting by the Elisa Stancil Studios of San Francisco. These subtle designs on the walls and ceilings infuse the entire home with a centuries-old ambience. At every turn, large windows capture vistas that could inspire paintings of their own.

From the arched two-story entry with coffered wood ceiling, your eye is drawn directly across the foyer to the wrought iron doors of the rear terrace and their breathtaking views to the pool and ocean beyond. Approximately 11,440 square feet under roof, the main residence (8,425 square feet) includes five bedrooms, six full baths, two powder rooms, and five fireplaces. There are also two garages with space for six automobiles; a one-bedroom guest house and a pool house with kitchen and bath. Technologically, the property excels with a Vantage lighting system, an Audio Access PX700 system, a telephone system with up to seven lines, and Internet access throughout.

On the grounds, the soothing sights and sounds of water emanate from a magnificent stone fountain in the motor court to a recirculating stream and three large ponds with native plantings, lotus blossoms, and goldfish. The impeccable landscaping extends to a rose garden and lush lawns around the 65-foot pool and luxurious pool house. A Seven-hole putting green under the oaks enjoys ocean views by day and dramatic lighting by night. Tucked away off the Family Room, the magical creation of “Kids’ World” offers a 310-square-foot, two-story cottage, play area, and whimsical gardens with showers designed as sunflowers.

Grand and sophisticated, yet tempered by extraordinary comfort and family livability, this Montecito estate embodies a world-class lifestyle that is second to none.

Call Harry Kolb at 805.452.2500 for more information.