ULTIMATE HOMES COUNTDOWN #7
NAME: RANCHO SAN CARLOS: Â $125,000,000
LOCATION: MONTECITO, CALIFORNIA
AGENTS: HARRY KOLB & SUZANNE PERKINS
Through grand gates where giant palms stand as silent sentinels is the magnificent Ranch San Carlos, a 237 acre estate property that for nearly 100 years has been under the ownership of one family. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a unique property of unprecedented grand scale, exceptional architecture, and prestigious historical significance.
The sprawling hilltop Monterey Colonial manor was designed in 1931 by master architect Reginald Johnson with an approximately 29,483 sq.ft. is comprised of over thirty rooms, including 12-bedrooms, 10-full baths & 3-powder rooms. The home is infused with an atmosphere of sophistication and refinement. Johnson astutely sited the home on two natural terraces and by planning the formal living rooms around a central courtyard and placing the Master and family bedroom wings on the upper terrace he effectively created a spatial separation that afforded privacy, calm and exceptional views. The wide â€śLâ€ť shaped central gallery is on perfect axis with both the Living and Dining rooms and overlooks a formal inner courtyard. The baronial- sized living room with two majestic fireplaces and spectacular crystal chandeliers is without doubt one of the most exquisite rooms in all of Santa Barbara. There’s a trophy room, card room, and within the distinct library there’s a hidden door to the lower level with an authentic English Whisky pub, an extensive cellar, and a badminton court.Â A large Master suite enjoys both ocean and mountain views and features a fireplace and period, numerous built-in closets; there is also a spa size bathroom with separate dressing area. Three additional staff bedrooms are down a private hallway from the Boudoir. In addition, there is a linen/sewing room. A tower office with incredible views is located above the Master suite and is accessed by an exterior staircase.Â Down the hall from the Master suites are two oversized guest suites with fireplaces. Beyond the guest rooms is the very separate Childrenâ€™s wing. Three wonderful bedrooms look over a terraced garden with views out to the sea.
Additional features: ten residential cottages sited around the property, three of which were designed by Johnson. An office building also designed by Johnson is conveniently located in the center of the property. Equestrian facilities include two stables, a 10-stall round barn that was built in 1928, as well as an 11-stall rectangular wood frame and stucco barn; plus an approximately 11,250 sq. ft. covered riding Arena that was built in 1930. An additional large service garage is conveniently located near the Main Residence.