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Another Successful Sale in Birnam Wood Golf Club

Sotheby’s Significant Sales Volume II Issue I

From a nearly $50 million British Colonial oceanfront estate in Florida, to an architectural masterpiece in Vail, Colorado, this issue of Significant Sales also showcases homes from throughout the United States, Australia, Portugal, France and Dubai. Please keep in mind that it only includes properties we are at liberty to publicize. 

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi Post Santa Barbara Estate for Sale at $45M

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have listed their Santa Barbara home for sale. The couple is asking $45 million for the property, which is comprised of three parcels purchased in two 2013 transactions totaling $28.8 million.

Dating to the 1930’s, the rustic house measures 10,500 square feet, and contains six bedrooms and eight full or partial baths. The sandstone and raw timber home features a rambling layout around a center courtyard.

It’s a substantial look, and it doesn’t ever pass into the vague indecision of many higher end period residences that have been renovated; it achieves a strong sense of authenticity by never really appearing to question its identity. Modernizations and elements of cross-cultural layering are nicely incorporated, and do not topple the composition.

DeGeneres has suggested that the house seems to be an expression of its landscape, and that’s pretty accurate. It doesn’t impose, and it does not dominate; a neat trick for a home built from rusticated stone. And, even though the home is the product of a very assertive European design aesthetic located in Southern California, it doesn’t feel contrived. Part of that effect is the countryside of Montecito, which perhaps more than any other SoCal locale resembles the Riviera.

The house features nine fireplaces, libraries and reading rooms. Ceilings are vaulted, sometimes open trussed, and floors are generally tile or stone. Windows and French doors are pleasingly plain, steel-framed affairs, and do not distract from the overall style. The overall look is heavy-handed, packed to bursting with charming detail, but it never comes off as ponderous. Frequently, skylights lend a little liberation to the proceedings, and balance things out nicely with a dash of the ethereal.

The nearly seventeen acres of grounds are filled with gardens and quiet alcoves. An additional pavilion structure was constructed by the couple, and features a wet bar and catering kitchen, and entertaining space under a high vaulted ceiling.

DeGeneres—a legendarily restless house-hunter—and spouse de Rossi have owned several homes in their time together: buying, renovating and selling. The couple’s latest real-estate acquisition may lead them to Australia, de Rossi’s home country.

 

Sotheby’s Montecito Office Represents Two Most Expensive Homes in America

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Our Montecito Office represents number 6 and number 8 of the most expensive homes now for sale in America.

NEW LISTING! Sycamore Valley Ranch Listed at $100,000,000

 

PHOTOS BY JIM BARTSCH

PHOTOS BY JIM BARTSCH

SYCAMORE VALLEY RANCH LISTED BY SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY

Read the Wall Street Journal Article by Candace Taylor – May 28, 2015

Los Olivos, California
$100,000,000

Style: French Normandy-Style
Square Footage: 12,598± sq.ft.
Year Built: 1982
Main Home: Bedrooms/Baths:   6  / 7 full, 2 powder
Lot Size:  2,698± Acres
Architect: Robert Altevers

Sycamore Valley Ranch is the ultimate ranch retreat and gated estate of approx. 2,698 acres located 5 miles north of the town of Los Olivos. The main residence of approximately 12,598 sq. ft. offers six-bedrooms, including a large first floor master suite with a private loft and two master baths. The home was designed by Robert Altevers for William Bone in a French Normandy-style and meticulously crafted to perfection in 1982.  The home is nestled between extensively landscaped gardens and a four-acre lake complete with a waterfall, incredible pastoral views to the south and majestic mountain views to the north.  An expansive covered outdoor barbeque area is perfect for entertaining and is located adjacent to the inviting pool and nearby pool house and tennis court.  There are multiple structures on the property including three separate guest homes, a 5,500 sq.ft. movie theater with stage, several barns, animal shelter facilities, corrals and a maintenance shop. 

Call Harry Kolb at 805-452-2500 for further information.

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