The Graholm Estate is one of the original magnificent Santa Barbara hilltop estates from the last century, taking full advantage of the majestic views of the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara Harbor, and Montecito Valley from its 7.43-acre hilltop perch. The home was designed by architect Roland Sauter for David Gray, whose family was one of the original shareholders in Ford Motor Company. Construction of the approximately 18,150 sq. ft. grand Spanish Colonial Revival estate began in 1918.

The home now enjoys extraordinary modern amenities, while the restoration and remodel preserved and enhanced the home’s original artistry, maintaining the integrity of the grand Spanish Revival architecture. The updated features of the significant estate include all the original chandeliers and sconces, fireplace mantels and wrought iron work that’s been carefully restored. All infrastructure including electrical, plumbing and HVAC are updated to today’s standards. The remodeled gourmet kitchen has two custom-built center islands, custom-milled lattice cabinetry with wrap-around granite countertops, a 28-ft. vaulted, wood-beamed ceiling, with one side of the kitchen used as a cooking area and the longer portion serving as the entertainment area.

The entertainment area includes such details as a massive Santa Barbara stone fireplace with an arched orchestra loft above so guests can enjoy music from a string quartet. A large breakfast room is located off the kitchen, and a separate formal dining room with redwood beamed ceilings, a plaster fireplace with original wrought-iron grate, and two 1920s gilt bronze and crystal chandeliers is accessed through a swinging door off the kitchen, or down a 40-ft gallery connecting to the main gallery. Guests can further enjoy the ocean views from the outdoor courtyard located off the kitchen with a large fireplace, all built with Santa Barbara stone quarried from the property. All 9-full baths, and 3-powder rooms, have been remodeled with 19th century cabinets, marble countertops and period details.

Extraordinary Spanish-style architectural finishes throughout the estate include thick, Old World plaster walls and graceful archways, rich textures, massive wood-beamed ceilings, floor-to-ceiling original, arched wrought-iron French doors and windows with decorative wood ledges, century-old handmade Batchelder Spanish-tile floor throughout the public rooms, and custom wrought-iron balustrades and window grilles that grace the stair railings, gates, and windows that were all milled on the property. Of the 7-fireplaces, most were created using Santa Barbara stone quarried from the property.

The distinguished living room offers panoramic ocean and island views from a wall of windows that open to a curved ocean view terrace. The 25-ft high beamed ceiling is accented by two French bronze and crystal chandeliers circa 1855. There is also a 17th century hand carved floor-to-ceiling fireplace with marble mantle that was imported from a castle in Portugal. The fireplace is centered between two 4,000-bottle wine rooms with original ornamental arched wrought-iron doors and wrought-iron transoms. The enclosed sun porch is complete with cut Santa Barbara stone floors, arched wrought-iron doors and windows with dramatic ocean, Montecito Mountain, and garden views. A large hand-carved fortress door leads down the Limestone steps to the Master Bedroom private outdoor terrace. Below the sun room, a pathway leads to the downstairs pub room with Santa Barbara stone walls and arched wrought-iron windows.

Next to the entry there is a lounge area with a powder room, and further down the main gallery is a full bar room with extensive storage, wrap-around granite countertops, bar sink, under counter wine refrigerator, icemaker, and is complete with a pass through window opening to the library/family room. A separate entrance leading to the library/family room features a vaulted redwood beamed ceiling, five arched wrought-iron and glass windows that open to the main gallery, an oversized fireplace with a unique Santa Barbara stone hearth and log mantel, original in-cut redwood tile floors, built-in bookshelves, and a powder room.

Located on the main level, a third approximately 100-ft long gallery leads to three exceptional master bedroom suites, each with their own impressive amenities. The main master suite features a large Santa Barbara stone mantle and raised hearth, a huge walk-in closet with custom cabinetry and center-island with storage, and an enclosed sun room that opens to a private terrace with Montecito Mountain, valley and ocean views. There is a large master bath with a separate glass and tile shower that has a window peeking through to the oversized marble Jacuzzi tub area that sits adjacent to a large window and takes advantage of the magnificent ocean and mountain views. The second master features an ensuite bath with tub inside the large walk-in shower, and a private sunroom. The third master has a separate sitting room that was once used by Mr. Gray. The focal point of the sitting room is a large Santa Barbara stone fireplace with a wood beamed mantel that looks remarkably like the face of an old man. The sitting room is separated from the bedroom by a large ensuite bath with dual vanity, original skylights and tile wainscoting. The bedroom has a separate sitting area and a cozy bed nook.

There are also four additional bedroom suites with ensuite marble baths on the main level and a staff bedroom located downstairs. Three of the bedrooms have French doors that open to a shared stone terrace with mountain and garden views.

Downstairs from the master wing area is a second family/media room with a full wet bar and beamed ceiling; a billiard room with carved stone walls, beamed ceiling and arched fortress doors; and finally an arcade room. Downstairs, on the opposite side of the house under the kitchen wing, is an expansive brand new retreat consisting of a large den, library, a crafting room with full bath and second laundry area, and a large pantry/storage area.

The mid-century 2,800 sq.ft. 3-bedroom, 3-bath guesthouse features a large den with fireplace, full kitchen, another upstairs den, a game room, laundry, and its own pool, and decks with incredible ocean, island and Santa Barbara Harbor views.

This is an entertainer’s dream! The quarter mile drive from the massive arched gate leads up to the main house to a large circular motor court with a center fountain and 18th century statuary. The drive continues around the entire perimeter of the property past expansive gardens, and allows parking for 100 cars without any being seen from the street. Many significant charity benefits and fundraisers have been hosted on this property, as it’s an important centerpiece in the community. The beautiful tri-level ocean view amphitheater, multiple gardens and terraced grounds offer a distinct collection of unique gathering places for large social functions, or intimate family events. There are several balconies and terraces all opening to the dramatic ocean views and stunning landscaped grounds accented with fountains and towering Eucalyptus and Redwood trees.

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Behind The Gates Video
Gary Takle of Australian based “Behind The Gates” discovers the historical Graholm estate.
— March 21, 2017

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Moguls and Mansions
— Winter/Spring, 2013

Suzanne Perkins

Cell: (805) 895-2138
Office: (805) 565-8643
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Sotheby’s International Realty
1106 Coast Village Road, Suite C
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Janet C. Caminite

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Suzanne Perkins
Cell: (805) 895-2138
Office: (805) 565-8643
CalBRE#: 0116512
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Kalai Kennedy
Showings & Assistance
Office: (805) 565-8621
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