Distinctive Santa Barbara Properties

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Just Sold! A Contemporary Balinese-Style Estate in Montecito, California Offered at $35 Million

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif., January 23, 2019 —  Suzanne Perkins and Ivor Miskulin of Compass just sold this stunning Montecito contemporary estate with quintessential indoor/outdoor living, panoramic ocean views, approx. 8.24-acres, 5 bedrooms, 2 offices, guest house, a cabana/gym and infinity pool. Congratulations to our wonderful Sellers & Buyers!

The property boasts breathtaking views of ocean and mountains greet you upon arrival to this extraordinary, contemporary estate nestled in the hills of Montecito. This 8.24-acre property features quintessential California indoor/outdoor comfort and luxurious Balinese and Asian-influenced design. Incorporated into the 8.24 acres is an attached lot that offers a perfect building site complete with panoramic ocean views. This remarkable 5-bedroom 10-bath residence is approx. 8,188 square feet. Torii gates invite you across an expansive pond to the front entry where, through a glass wall the heart of this remarkable residence, the Great Room, is seen. With flamed black limestone, distressed oak floors, bamboo ceilings, and accents of exotic afrormosia wood, the space is warm and impressive. The immense, south-facing glass doors slide away, opening to a veranda with a gas fire pit table, dining area and panoramic vista stretching nearly 50 miles along the coastline. The grassy lawn leads to a one of a kind basalt pebble infinity pool that blends seamlessly into the ocean view.

 

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JUST SOLD! Provence in Montecito Sold at $4.92 Million

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JUST SOLD! Congratulations to my buyer and to the sellers of this elegant Montecito home, inspired by the beautiful Mediterranean architectural elements found in Santa Barbara and Provence! Thank you Nancy Kogevinas and team for another smooth transaction!

Please feel free to call me to find out how I can successfully market and sell your home at 1.805.895.2138.

NEW LISTING! The Lolita Armour ‘El Mirador’ Estate is on the market for $15 Million

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The last parcel 13.75-acre parcel of a magical Montecito, California garden estate that was originally part of the beloved 70-acre Lolita Armour estate known as El Mirador, is on the market for $15 million and listed by Suzanne Perkins of Compass.

 

MONTECITO, Calif., December 19, 2018 — Suzanne Perkins of Compass is pleased to introduce that her incredible listing ‘El Mirador’ Estate is now on the market for $15 million. Set on approximately 13.75-acres, this is the last remaining parcel of a magical garden oasis that has been in the same family since 1916. It was originally part of the beloved 70-acre Lolita Armour estate known as El Mirador, which loosely translates to ”see in all directions.” Today, you can cultivate your own piece of Montecito history with this exceptional jewel now available for the first time in over a century.

The original two-story Mediterranean-style gate house was built in 1918 by Charles M. Urton, and offers 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, and approx. 1,904 sq. ft. of living space. There’s also an approx. 3-acre building site suited for a grand custom-designed estate with abundant private water, and stunning garden and Santa Ynez Mountain views.

Once known as one of Montecito’s most legendary estate gardens, this peaceful paradise radiates beauty, wonder and enchantment among its palm-lined driveway with towering 50-foot palms, verdant Japanese gardens, tranquil lagoons, long meandering paths lined with century-old exotic plant species, trees, and flowering shrubs, as well as The Eaton House ruins – now a stone grotto sanctuary complete with man-made stalactites.

This one-of-a-kind property provides the perfect opportunity to build a dream home and explore this sanctuary of unparalleled splendor, serenity, and magic with a picturesque backdrop of majestic mountains and masterfully crafted century-old gardens.

For more information, please visit ElMiradorEstate.com, or call Suzanne Perkins at +1-805-895-2138.

Montecito & Santa Barbara, The Days of the Great Estates | Lolita Armour Mitchell of El Mirador 
— By David F. Myrick

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The massive front entrance gates open to a palm-lined driveway with towering 50-foot palms imported from the former Potter Hotel site on Santa Barbara’s West Beach.

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Beautiful water features and statuary are found throughout the stunning Japanese gardens created by landscape architect, Elmer Awl in the early 1920s.

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There’s also a large building site of approximately 3-acres suited for a grand custom-designed estate with abundant private water, and stunning garden and Santa Ynez Mountain views.

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The original two-story Mediterranean-style gate house was built in 1918 by Charles M. Urton, who built the Granada in downtown Santa Barbara, and it offers 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, and approx. 1,904 sq. ft. of living space.

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Exquisite Japanese gardens delight the senses throughout the property.

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Tranquil lagoons, long meandering paths lined with century-old exotic plant species, trees, and flowering shrubs.

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The former land owner, C.F. Eaton, built a stone house on the property called the Eaton House that was eventually torn down in the 1920s. It became a two-story stone pergola and the basement became a grotto complete with handmade stalactites.

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According to Lolita Mitchell Lanning, the daughter of Lolita Armour, “John Mitchell and Elmer Awl decided that the wine cellar of the old Eaton House, which was destroyed by a fire, needed some sprucing up, so they created The Grotto complete with handmade stalactites.”

 

A BRIEF HISTORY

Miss Lolita Armour, daughter of Jonathan Ogden Armour, a Chicago meatpacking heir, fell in love with a piece of property in Montecito that sits in the heart of verdant hills overlooking the sea and backed by the Santa Ynez Mountains. Her father eventually bought the land as her wedding present. She was married in 1922 to John J. Mitchell Jr., a Chicago aviation businessman who became a co-founder of United Airlines, and co-founder of Santa Barbara’s Rancheros Visitadores in 1930. They were once considered one of America’s wealthiest married couples with combined fortunes estimated to be at more than $120 million.

The Armour’s purchased portions of the former Charles Eaton estate and by 1918 had obtained approximately 70-acres. They eventually christened the property El Mirador, meaning The Viewpoint. Armour hired architect Arthur Heun of Chicago to design several buildings, including the farmhouse. The plans for a large mansion were placed on hold during World War I.  In 1918 two gate houses were built by contractor Charles M. Urton, who built the Granada in downtown Santa Barbara. He eventually joined the two gate houses and added a second story, and this became the main residence.

Lolita began developing the gardens with a massive assemblage of gardeners, even before a main estate was built, and hosted lavish soirees on the opulent grounds. Lolita hired long-time family friend Elmer M. Awl, of Pasadena, for the development of the landscape where he transformed the grounds for 27-years, turning them into one of Montecito’s most legendary estate gardens.

The focal point of the former 70-acre grounds was the 500-ft long formal Italian garden with streams of water coursing down seven tiers. Other features once included the palm-lined driveway with 50-foot palms imported from the nearby Potter Hotel site, an illusion pool, an outdoor amphitheater with seating for 1,000 guests, a Japanese lake with a floating tea house, a dairy and poultry farm, vegetable gardens, avocado and lemon orchards, and even a private zoo with two bears, a wallaby and macaws. One of the bears used to accompany Elmer Awl on a leash when he came to town to shop at the hardware store.

To keep the gardens green, ample water was provided by the Cold Spring Tunnel, where the road gets its name. The tunnel was created before the completion of the Gibraltar Dam in 1920. The property today still retains some of the water rights from the 1890’s.

By World War II many of the gardeners were let go and the gardens lost much of their pristine glory due to financial constraints. The couple eventually divorced in 1941. The property was eventually subdivided into five smaller parcels, one of which is now available to start building your dream home.

~Compiled by Michelle Heckman

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Suzanne Perkins Funds A Home for the Holidays

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Sotheby’s CEO Philip White recently visited a family moving into their new home built by New Story Charity and funded by Suzanne Perkins, formerly with Sotheby’s International realty and now with Compass.

In September 2017, while still partnered with Sotheby’s International Realty, Suzanne was thrilled with the opportunity to personally pledge one new home for the Sotheby’s brand’s charitable partner, New Story Charity, who also attended the Sotheby’s Global Networking event in Las Vegas. Recently her pledge became a reality when a thankful family visited their newly constructed home in Toloplan, Mexico, located in one of two communities bequeathed by Sotheby’s International Realty agents attending the event.

Sotheby’s CEO Philip White recently visited the communities and told Suzanne, “This is the house you funded and the family that will be moving in, hopefully before Christmas. They are very grateful. You changed their life.”

New Story builds thriving communities of homes for those in need for $6,000 USD per home. New Home had hoped that attendees would pledge 100 homes for a new community located in Mexico, and was overwhelmed when attendees like Suzanne pledged over 150 New Story homes.

For more information on how you can help, please visit NewStoryCharity.org.

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Suzanne Perkins pledged one home to New Story at the Sotheby’s Global Networking event in Las Vegas in September 2017.

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NEW LISTING! A 360º Renovation On A Contemporary Ranch-Style Home

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JUST LISTED! Live a peaceful, totally functional modern lifestyle in this stunning, one-of-a-kind contemporary ranch-style home that has undergone a complete, 360º renovation by the renowned custom home builder to the stars, Lance D. Lentz, of LDL General Contractors and Pacific View Developers, Inc.

Suzanne Perkins (DRE#01106512) and Ron Brand (DRE#01466064) of Compass just listed this exquisite Montecito ocean view contemporary for $5,950,000.  Your’re invited to view the newly renovated home at this weekend’s public open house on Saturday, December 1, from 12 to 4 pm, and Sunday, December 2, from 1 to 3 pm. For more information on the property, please visit 1158DulzuraDr.com.

 

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This contemporary ranch-style home has undergone a complete, 360º renovation by the renowned custom home builder to the stars, Lance D. Lentz, of LDL General Contractors and Pacific View Developers, Inc.

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Santa Barbara stone masonry leading to a large pool accented by a steel trellis above the custom stone rectangular fire feature.

About the Residence

This distinctive dream home offers luxurious destinations and amenities in its approximate 4,000 sq. ft, including a 3-car cabinet-enriched garage, (4) sizable bedrooms (3 ½) 21st century baths and an Architectural Digest-esque, Powder.

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An Architectural Digest-esque, Powder off the entry.

Experience the difference of a Pacific View Development home first by the grandeur of its entrance through an architectural glass and steel center pivot front door that introduces and directs your eye to a massive wall of glass featuring the beauty of the Santa Ynez Mountains bordering the serene custom succulent gardens planned and developed just as carefully as the home itself.

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Enter through an architectural glass and steel center pivot front door to the inviting entry.

Once inside the inviting Entry, admire the spacious Living/Great room complete with a floor-to-ceiling silver-grey toned travertine fireplace, vaulted ceiling and view of the dramatic outdoor living spaces adorned by majestic mountains, gardens, walkway to ocean-view natural terrace, Santa Barbara stone masonry leading to a large pool accented by a steel trellis above the custom stone rectangular fire feature, Bocce ball court and restful hammock perch.

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The spacious Living/Great room is complete with a floor-to-ceiling silver-grey toned travertine fireplace, vaulted ceiling and view of the dramatic outdoor living spaces adorned by majestic mountains.

The bay-windowed, entertainment haven Family Room hosts a 75” flat screen  / built-in concealed equipment cabinets, hide-a-bar console, oversized wine refrigerator, humidor and bar sink that flows directly to the spacious, meticulously arranged gourmet kitchen finished with elegant stainless steel built-ins. The opulent kitchen has modern vertical grain white oak cabinetry and beautiful quartz countertops, a custom cognac leather-bound breakfast bar island, top-of-the-line appliances, Utilitaire polished nickel pendant lights, and a wall of windows highlighting captivating lush desert-scape gardens, 50’ trees, and mountain peaks. The adjacent sleek walk-in pantry exceeds the expectation for space and look.  Glass sliding doors off the kitchen lead to a large terrace featuring a stone outdoor kitchen accented by a towering steel pergola.

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The Family Room hosts a hide-a-bar console, oversized wine refrigerator, humidor and bar sink that flows directly to the gourmet kitchen finished with stainless steel built-ins, modern cabinetry and quartz countertops, a custom cognac leather-bound breakfast bar island, and top-of-the-line appliances.

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Glass sliding doors off the kitchen lead to a large terrace featuring a stone outdoor kitchen accented by a towering steel pergola.

The double-door Master suite commands sophisticated comfort flanked by a sliding glass doorway leading to an approximate 500 sq. ft. private, ocean-view outdoor exotic epi flush wood deck bordered on 3 sides by a natural plant wall complimented by an oval stone water feature. It’s Master Bath boasts a spa-like ambience with its linear natural travertine double sink and centered inset-lit vanity, gorgeous travertine floors, walls, ceilings, a large walk-in glass shower that showcases a separate oval tub strategically positioned before a large wall of glass that doubles as a pocket door to the totally private outdoor ocean view serenity deck.  It’s custom walk-in closet features fabulous white oak and a center island for treasures.

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Master Bath boasts a spa-like ambience with its linear natural travertine double sink and centered inset-lit vanity, gorgeous travertine floors, walls, ceilings, a large walk-in glass shower that showcases a separate oval tub strategically positioned before a large wall of glass that doubles as a pocket door to the totally private outdoor ocean view serenity deck.

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The stunning Master Bedroom ocean view serenity deck.

This innovative, state of the art home exceeds the imagination with its impeccable design and attention to detail.  It’s goal – to facilitate all the turn-key comforts of home while captivating the senses experiencing a showcase for ultimate indoor / outdoor living.

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