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.
Koi Pond Courtyard: Guests arrive to a hedged motor court and enter gates to a 35’ wide walled, cut-stone terrace featuring a charming koi pond. Double glass entry doors with glass sidelights open to the welcoming Entry featuring a honed limestone floor that extends the length of the home’s main gallery, built-in display niches and a bright, eyebrow window above the door continues its arch through a barrel ceiling.
The sun-bright Living Room has a wall of glass through two sets of French doors each with sidelights, a beamed and vaulted ceiling with a honed limestone fireplace mantel and hearth, Sisal wall-to-wall carpet and a built-in flat-screen television.
Adjacent to the Living Room and Entry, the Dining Room enjoys views to the rear terrace through the Living Room and a view to the Entry Court and lighted koi pond under evening light through an arched-top glass French door with sidelights.
Properly located near the Main Hall and Dining Room is the cloak closet and Powder Room with limestone counter top and inlaid parquet wood walls, wrought iron sconces and pendent light, honed limestone floor, barrel ceiling and a round window to the Entry Court.
The sunny, U-shaped Kitchen centers on a large bay window offering seating in the Breakfast Room and views to the rear gardens and golf course beyond. A complement of appliances including a Sub-Zero refrigerator, KitchenAid dishwasher, Wolf electric cooktop, Whirlpool double oven, Scotsman icemaker, and two wine chillers, extensive glass display cabinets along with a walk-in pantry provide the necessities. A charming wood beamed ceiling with two skylights adds warmth to the room and the honed limestone floor continues the flow from the Main Hall and Dining Room. The Living Room has entry through the Breakfast Room and a side door provides access to the rear terrace for alfresco entertaining.
Accessed from a private hallway off the Entry, the Master Suite extends to approximately 1,075 sq. ft. The Bedroom centers on a wall of glass through two sets of glass French doors, each with a sidelight, that are filled with expansive views of the rear gardens, reflecting pool, and the distant fairway trees and lawn. A tray ceiling adds volume to the room that includes a honed limestone fireplace mantel and hearth, Sisal wall-to-wall carpet, and grasscloth wall coverings. The Master Bath contains opposing vanities, a freestanding tub set in a mirrored alcove with views to a private walled garden, a marble shower, display shelves and a separate water closet. A tray ceiling contains a skylight, and the floor is honed limestone. The Master Dressing Room consists of three separate wardrobes providing extensive and organized storage and display areas.
Accessed from a private hallway off the Entry, the first Guest Suite has a large window facing the front gardens, a wall of bookcases, wrought-iron chandelier, Sisal wall-to-wall carpet and a tray ceiling. The tile bath includes a shower and skylight and adjacent is a large walk-in closet.
A Main Hall extends from the Dining Room through a home organization area that includes a Sub-Zero freezer, past the Den, Laundry Room, extensive storage closets, a 3-Car Garage, a rear door to the gated Owner’s Motor Court and ending at the second Guest Suite.
Off the Main Hall, the cozy den is dominated by a large window to the charming rear gardens and golf course beyond, a vaulted wood beamed ceiling with skylights and hardwood floor.
At the end of the Main Hall, the second Guest Suite enjoys a private cut-stone terrace in the rear gardens accessed through glass French doors with sidelight and a tray ceiling. The room is wrapped in Sisal wall-to-wall carpet and grasscloth wall coverings. The adjacent tile bath includes a shower and window to the manicured rear gardens.
A window to the rear gardens, extensive storage cabinets, a utility sink, tile countertop and honed limestone floor.
A large owner’s motor court is accessed from Boundary Drive through automatic gates and includes a large gardener’s storage cabinet and an oversized 3-car garage with automatic openers and a storage closet.
Arranged around a large arbor covered flagstone terrace and a stone-rimmed lap pool, the rear gardens designed by, noted Los Angeles landscape designer, Marc Rios, feature major bronze sculptures by Robert Holmes that serve as focal points on stone bases in the lap pool and at the terminus of a tree lined ally. Respectful of water conservation, the garden has recently been augmented with artificial turf and pea gravel to accentuate the trimmed, green hedges. The wisteria vine covered arbor includes gas heaters and sound speakers to compliment evening entertaining, and offers spectacular views across expansive golf course fairways and conveys a feeling of a world unto itself.
"THE BEST SHORT COURSE I HAVE EVER BUILT" - ROBERT TRENT JONES, 1968
Montecito Birnam Wood is a prestigious gated golfing community located in the heart of beautiful Montecito, California.
The development of single family homes and estates within Montecito Birnam Wood began in the early 1970’s, and now totals 142 homes. There are a wide variety of architectural styles, and nearly all of the homes line the golf course and occupy approximately one-acre parcels.
Members of the Birnam Wood Golf Club not only enjoy the golf course, but also a highly appointed club house and six tennis courts (four hard court and two Har-Tru courts). Every prospective purchaser of property within Birnam Wood is required to apply to become a Corporate Member of the Club.
The 18-hole course at Birnam Wood features 5,890 yards of golf for a par of 70. The course rating is 68.7 and it has a slope rating of 121 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., the Birnam Wood golf course opened in 1968.
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