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Montecito/Santa Barbara Estate Market Summary 2nd Qtr 2017

2017 First Quarter Estate Sales Results

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.

 

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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
Click here to view the information flyer

For more information please contact Harry Kolb at 805-452-2500

 

 

 

 

 

Sotheby’s Art & Home Magazine: Car Collectors Head to Monterey, Great Escapes and $100 Million Homes

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Car Collectors Head to Monterey
The car-collecting world has enjoyed such growth during the past decade that rarely does a week pass without a major event for classic automobiles. Yet ask any enthusiast to name the one occasion they would wish to attend more than any other, chances are they will say California’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Sotheby’s Significant Sales 2015 Volume 4

 

$18,500,000 USD | New York, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty East Side Manhattan Brokerage

$18,500,000 USD | New York, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Sales from various locations around the world, including an exceptionally rare Manhattan duplex, a captivating Colorado estate on 5.4 acres, a sprawling 14,139 square foot Texas estate, and a Montecito, California estate located in the prestigious Birnam Wood Golf Course Community.

SIR 2015 volume 4 significant sales

$18,500,000 USD | New York, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty East Side Manhattan Brokerage

New York – This exceptionally rare Upper East Side duplex, pre-war Condominium offers 8 bedrooms and 8 baths over approx. 7,500 square feet. The size and scale of a sprawling townhouse with the services and security of a white-glove service building, enter through a key-lock elevator onto a private landing with marble entrance gallery and an expansive corner great room boasting Central Park views.

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$17,500,000 USD | Colorado, USA | Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

Colorado – Located in the private, gated enclave of Pyramid Point, this captivating estate is on a 5.4-acre lot with views of Aspen Highlands and Pyramid Peak. The slopes of Tiehack and the Maroon Creek Golf Course are just down the road. Features include spa area with steam room, sauna and massage, exercise room, recreation room, three bars, theater, wine room, two offices, eight fireplaces, three-car garage, large patios with fire pit, waterfall, two hot tubs, and an expansive lawn area.

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$15,000,000 USD | Texas, USA | Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Texas – This estate is unmatched in grandeur and luxury, with a sprawling 5.3-acres and 14,139 square feet of living space. A picturesque drive along a tranquil creek reveals a truly breathtaking facade of classic stonework and slate roof. Inside reveals gold leaf accented ceilings, Venetian plaster corridors, rooms draped in rich textures of leather, hand-scraped herringbone and marble, a hidden stairway, a 2,200 bottle climate-controlled wine vault and a 10-car garage with six climatecontrolled spaces make this estate exceptional in every way.

Montecito, California Birnam Wood Lakefront home sold by Harry Kolb

Montecito, California Birnam Wood Lakefront home sold by Harry Kolb

$5,500,000 USD | California, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty Montecito Coast Village Road Brokerage

Montecito, California – Set on what may be the most dramatic and premier location within the prestigious Birnam Wood Golf Club, this highly refined 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 largest and most inspiring homes in the club. Sold by Harry Kolb.

 

 

 

 

 

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
Click here to view the information flyer.

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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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