MONTECITO, CA – Suzanne Perkins, of Sotheby’s International Realty, is celebrating her 13th close of escrow in 2017 where she has represented the sellers or buyers. This year, four of the top five sales were listed or sold by Perkins making her the undisputed luxury leader in Santa Barbara County. She is thrilled for her sellers and the new buyers for the luxurious Neoclassical-style estate located in the prestigious Riven Rock neighborhood! She tells her clients, “Your success is our success!”
About the Property: A newly constructed Neoclassical-style estate built in 2015 by renowned architect, Peter Becker, is located on 1.73± acres of what was formally known as the Four Leaf Clover Garden of the Stanley McCormick Estate, an 87± acre estate known as Riven Rock. This magnificent home was inspired by Francis Underhill and features a classic interior with grand living spaces bathed in light from walls of windows, dramatic custom stone, tile and marble work, and elegant 18th-century European chandeliers and wall sconces throughout.
The approximately 4,680 sq. ft. 3-bedroom, 4.5 bath main house has a modern gourmet kitchen with a massive center island, a Parisian-inspired handcrafted stone cooking fireplace as its centerpiece, and a large walk-through butler’s pantry, all open to the family room. The master bedroom has a custom fireplace, a master loggia with a Clearlight Infrared Sauna, and the two master bathrooms are joined together with an avant-garde” meet-me-in-the-middle” shower. The two guest suites, one with built-in cabinetry, have en-suite baths. The u-shaped designed home allows every room of the house to overlook the large central courtyard which is carefully designed on an axis so that the original staircase, the front entry, the four leave clover design and pool all maximize the inherent symmetry of all the design elements.
The original garden paths of the McCormick Estate have been replicated by Landscape Architect, Byron DeBray, and much of the original sandstone stairs and Four Leaf Clover design have been restored with stone from the property. The two cabanas with en-suite baths, both of approximately 430 sq.ft., enjoy dramatic mountain views.
Architectural Digest Names Rancho San Carlos as Number 4 of the Most Famous Family Properties on the Market
October 30, 2017 – 9 of the Most Famous Family Properties on the Market – Architectural Digest
Architectural Digest named Suzanne Perkins’ listing, the historic Rancho San Carlos, as number four of nine estates of the most famous family properties on the market.
The 237-acre estate property, known as the Jackson estates, has been under the ownership of one family for over 100 years. The sprawling hilltop manor home designed in 1931 by master architect Reginald Johnson for one of America’s most prestigious families. Johnson was the pre-eminent architect of the era and continues to be celebrated for the many notable homes he designed in Pasadena and Montecito.
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 is approximately 29,483-sq.ft. comprised of over 30 rooms. Infused with an atmosphere of sophistication and refinement, the grand home is astutely sited 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 serene, calm and exceptional views. Additional features include 10 residential cottages, an office, producing orchards, and extensive equestrian facilities.
The property’s 237.82 acres are comprised of 30 legal parcels (each with Certificate of Compliance). In their current configuration, 10 to 14 lots would be the ideal number to develop into additional home/building sites. At present, there are approximately 100 acres of cultivated orchards: 60 acres in lemons, 30 acres in avocados, and five acres each of oranges and limes.
Rancho San Carlos is without question one of the most historic period homes still in private hands; one that has remained untouched by the passing of time. Situated in idyllic Montecito, a highly exclusive community that offers a delightful yearlong Mediterranean climate and a quality and pace of life without equal, this trophy property offers the ultimate in privacy, security, beauty and calm. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a unique property of unprecedented grand scale, exceptional architecture, and prestigious historical significance…the Crown Jewel of Montecito.
For more information on Rancho San Carlos, offered at $85,000,000, please visit www.SuzannePerkins.com.
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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s Romantic Santa Barbara Villa Voted by Architectural Digest as The Most Beautiful Home For Sale In California
October 26, 2017 – “The Most Beautiful Home for Sale in Every State in America” – Architectural Digest
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., — Architectural Digest recently voted The Villa Santa Barbara as the most beautiful home for sale in California. The romantic villa is owned beloved stand-up comedian, television host, bestselling author, and Emmy-winning actress Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, Australian–American actress Portia de Rossi, and is listed for sale with Suzanne Perkins of luxury real estate brokerage Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. for $45 million. TheVillaSB.com
In the hills of Santa Barbara, the pure pastoral ambiance of the Tuscan countryside pervades this elegant stone villa, with its gentle light, rugged stone and wood and reverence for the natural surroundings. Perched on a crest with views of the ocean, harbor, and mountains, the secluded estate was designed and built in the 1930s by celebrated architect Wallace Frost.
After living in Italy, Frost created the two-story residence for himself, emulating the classical style of 17th-century Italian villas and creating an air of Old World romance and refinement. Impeccable attention was paid to every detail: a classic barrel-tiled roof, terra-cotta surfaces, wide wood flooring planks, rustic exposed ceiling beams, 18th-century Italian tiles, vintage light fixtures, and sturdy walls of locally quarried stone.
Highlights include six restful bedrooms, six baths, nine fireplaces, a media room, multiple libraries, a regal living room, a formal dining room, an inviting kitchen with marble-wrapped surfaces and stainless-steel appliances, relaxing stone terraces, and exquisite landscaping. Windows and glass doors admit lovely natural light, opening to encourage an interplay with the outdoors.
The 16.88-acre grounds, secured by 18th-century Spanish gates and approached by a meandering quarter-mile drive, are strewn with olive and eucalyptus trees, charming fountains, colorful gardens, and eye-catching statuary and sculpture. An idyllic alfresco dining area is tucked beneath striking mature trees, their winding, twisting branches creating cool shade. Besides the alluring Roman-style pool, amid a swath of verdant grass, an antique Italian column creates a dramatic silhouette, most notably at sunset. Recent additions include the spacious, modern entertainment pavilion known as Jordan Hall; a lap swimming pool; and a tennis court. As the land rolls gently downhill, tall trees give way to a sweeping view of the Pacific and the hills beyond.
For more information, please visit SuzannePerkins.com.
Photography by Jim Bartsch
October 30, 2017 – Nixon’s Western White House in Southern California lists for $63.5 million
– The Washington Post
Suzanne Perkins, a co-listing agent for this esteemed property, is quoted in this Washington Post article written by Amy Dobson (2017), Nixon’s Western White House in Southern California lists for $63.5 million. Dobson writes about the high profile guests that have visited the property over the years, including, “Foreign dignitaries, heads of state, Bob Hope, Henry Kissinger, Arnold Palmer, and Leonid Brezhnev.”
La Casa Pacifica is the most significant oceanfront estate in Southern California. Once home to President Richard M. Nixon, it has been the setting for numerous social and political events in its storied past. It is comprised of two parcels totaling 5.45 acres with 480 linear feet of beachfront. Featured three times in Architectural Digest, the Spanish Colonial Revival architecture masterfully balances elegance with a touch of whimsy. The gleaming white structures contrast perfectly against the vibrant colors of the lush greenery that surrounds them. Stands of palms and Monterey Cypress sway in the breezes, connected by expanses of emerald lawns and impeccably kept seaside gardens. The completely walled compound affords panoramic views of the ocean, islands, and sunsets from its preferred elevation.
There are approximately 15,000 square feet among all the structures on the property, which include a restored and modernized ca. 1927 main residence of approx. 9,000 square feet; an entertaining pavilion; a two-bedroom guest house; a pool; a lighted N/S tennis court; staff buildings; and a private well. San Clemente is renown for the ‘most idyllic climate in the world and is easily accessible to Newport Beach, Los Angeles and the best of Southern California’s amenities.
For more information on the property, please visit www.SuzannePerkins.com.