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Another Successful Sale in Birnam Wood Golf Club

Montecito/Santa Barbara Estate Market Summary 2nd Qtr 2017

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.


Making Headlines Around the World: Rancho San Carlos Estate in Montecito, California


The Rancho San Carlos Estate listed by Harry Kolb & Suzanne Perkins of Sotheby’s International Realty in Montecito is offered at $125 Million. Photography by Jim Bartsch

A Large Montecito Estate Lists For $125 Million Wall Street Journal

“It’s like a small city’: California super-mansion with 10 cottages and an English-style

pub on its grounds goes on the market for an eye-watering $125 Million – The Daily Mail

Sotheby’s International Realty Announces Exclusive $125 Million Listing of Historic

Santa Barbara Estate – PR Newswire

Montecito Ranch on 238 Acres Lists For $125 MillionForbes

Equestrian estate in Montecito asking $125 millionLA Times Hot Property

“http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-montecito-estate-20140905-story.html?track=rss” target=”_blank”>Equestrian estate in Montecito asking $125 million – LA Times Hot Property

California estate hits the market for $125M – The Real Deal

California estate with equestrian facilities on market for $US125 million – Horsetalk.co.nz

Montecito Ranch On 238 Acres Lists For $125 Million – Forbes

HOT PROPERTY: Equestrian estate in Montecito asking $125 million – LA Times

HOUSE OF THE DAY: A 237-Acre California Estate With A Secret Underground Pub Is On The Market For $125 Million  – Business Insider

Gorgeous 237-Acre Estate Just Casually Listed for $125M – Curbed National

Massive, Lavish Montecito Estate With Secret Pub Asks $125MM – Curbed LA

9/5/14 – HOUSE OF THE DAY: A 237-Acre California Estate With A Secret Underground Pub Is On The Market For $125 Million – Houston Chronicle

HOUSE OF THE DAY: A 237-Acre California Estate With A Secret Underground Pub Is On The Market For $125 Million – Seattle Pi


Click here for more information on the Rancho San Carlos Estate





NEW LISTING! Montecito, California Ocean View Italian Villa


A 1999 Italian Villa of approximately 7,547 sq.ft. of living space designed by Jon Sorrell set on 3± rolling acres in the heart of Montecito offering panoramic ocean and island as well as majestic Montecito Valley and mountain views. This elegant 4-bedroom home features a grand two-story entrance loggia with 21-foot high ceiling and a two-story living room with mezzanine, a dramatic center atrium, and a large floor-to-ceiling fireplace with over mantel. The home also includes a music/family room with walls of glass that open to the pool area, the formal dining room has three sets of French doors with panoramic ocean and island views, the library/pub room has a knotty-pine bar area, a gourmet kitchen with breakfast conservatory, wine storage room, and a first-floor guest bedroom with fireplace. The second floor features two family bedrooms, a loggia with fireplace and walls of arched French doors, and an expansive master suite with a sitting room, two fireplaces, two separate full baths and a master closet complete with washer & dryer.

The property offers an expansive outdoor entertainment area with a pool and spa, and pool house perfect for soaking in the sweeping views and landscaping designed by Grant Castleberg. There’s also a detached 3-car garage across the large walled motor court.

Offered at $13,000,000

Please call 805.452.2500 for more information or e-mail harry@harrykolb.com.

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Sotheby’s December 2013 and Best of 2013 issues of Significant Sales



I am pleased to provide you with the December 2013 and Best of 2013 issues of Significant Sales.

The December issue features top sales from various locations, beginning with an extraordinary 65,000-acre property in Canada. Also featured are properties from Florida, New York, Washington, D.C., Colorado, California and Virginia. The Best of 2013 issue provides a snapshot of the exceptional work our worldwide network did last year. We can all be proud of the properties that made the list and the immense amount of hard work and expertise it took to successfully market and sell these distinctive homes.



This property features 65,000 acres of pure paradise. A world-class
private hunting and fishing reserve located one hour from Ottawa,
Montréal and Mont-Tremblant, it has 70 private lakes including 28
kilometers of lake frontage on Lac Papineau and Lac Commandant,
13 private chalets, a private marina and fish hatchery. The
property is a spectacular wilderness reserve that has played
a pivotal place in Canadian history, as the nearby Fairmont Le
Chateau Montebello has hosted NATO meetings, a G-7 Summit and
a North American Leaders Summit.


| $44,000,000 | COLORADO, USA

Situated on 504 private acres in Snowmass Village, this property
is a compound that includes a main house, guest house,
barn, pastures, ponds with water rights, outdoor spaces and
breathtaking views. The main house features more than 23,000
square feet on three levels with four bedrooms, five full baths,
three half baths, contemporary kitchen, formal and informal living
and family rooms, his and her master baths and closets and
large exercise room. There also is a massage room, indoor spa with
sunken hot tub, multiple offices, game room, three-tiered theater,
wet bar, vaulted ceilings and beautiful outdoor spaces with fire
pit and wood-burning fireplace. The guest house features 2,680
square feet with two bedrooms, two and-a-half baths and a woodburning
fireplace. The two level barn has 5,232 square feet.


| $28,500,000 | FLORIDA, USA

This extraordinary lakefront jewel, built in 2008, offers the
ultimate in Palm Beach living. The grand iron gates create
a formal entrance to the meticulously maintained landscape and
residence. With incredible views of the Intracoastal Waterway
from every major room, the home has a well-designed floor plan
that offers a wonderful flow through the spacious rooms which
open out onto outdoor loggias, providing elegant entertainment
spaces inside and out.


| $22,250,000 | CALIFORNIA, USA

This recently completed Pacific Island-style abode presents
a sublime oceanfront oasis and introduces an exotic fusion
of natural textures and finishes to a contemporary design.
The two-story foyer, with custom Italian light fixture, unfolds
to the main living areas and ocean view office. Floor to ceiling
Mahogany doors retract into walls, opening the home to
an outdoor lounge, terrace and infinity edge pool. With 9,000
square feet on three levels, the home grants seamless transition
from indoor to outdoor spaces with heated interior and
exterior floors. There are woven seagrass ceilings, Mother of
Pearl entry wall, coconut mosaic tiles and a striking wall of sky
blue onyx in the kitchen.



This four bedroom and three bath Santa Barbara oceanfront
home is located in a serene setting on gated Beach Club
Road with expansive views. Perfectly situated to afford tranquil
beach living at its finest, this home was designed by noted Santa
Barbara architect Peter Edwards. It offers open spaces with
views from every room. It also features an outdoor spa overlooking
the ocean and a master bedroom with a patio looking out to
the sandy beach and Channel Islands in the distance.