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Montecito Trails Foundation Community Trails Update

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Photo by Ashlee Mayfield, Montecito Trails Foundation March Newsletter 2019.

 

The Montecito Trails Foundation March 2019 Newsletter brought welcome news to our community. The foundation is pleased with the incredible regrowth that the heavy rains have brought to the Thomas Fire burn and debris flow areas. They have begun brushing the community trails and will soon address the extreme creek crossings in some areas as soon as the April showers subside.

According to the newsletter, “Positive developments since February have been the re-opening of West Fork Cold Spring from the Gibraltar Trailhead and improvements to Romero. A safety bypass trail was put in around the slide with the cooperation of the Forest Service, City, and County of Santa Barbara implemented for us by Los Padres Forest Association and Doug Hulett of Trailscape, Inc.  The rocks of Romero were single-handedly wrangled by Dave Everrett and his volunteers. A very impressive feat. Both trails are high priorities for us, with longer-term solutions and improvements hopefully coming soon.”

The foundation hosts weekly hikes every Wednesday at 8:30 am. This Wednesday, you’re invited to join the community at the Romero trailhead for a fun hike.

Visit www.montecitotrailsfoundation.info for more information on trail restoration status.

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State of the Estates | Crazy Web Statistics, New Listings, Coming Soon, and Price Changes

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One of Suzanne’s most talked about new listings in 2019 is Sycamore Valley Ranch “Neverland” that returned to the market late February for $31,000,000. On Feb. 27, “The Wall Street Journal” broke the story of “Michael Jackson’s Neverland Relists for $31 Million—Or 70% Off” and the global media began inundating the office of Team Perkins for several weeks.

Approximately 107 articles were written about Sycamore Valley Ranch “Neverland” that mentioned Suzanne and her co-listing agent, Kyle Forsyth, of Compass (DRE#01705093), with a staggering 1,879,356,387 impressions. In Suzanne’s 27 years in real estate, she’s never seen a property receive nearly 2 billion impressions before!

All of this online activity led to a tremendous number of visitors to SuzannePerkins.com. From February 20th to March 28th, Suzanne had 67,839 page views, and 44,884 unique entrances (visitors). Neverland received over 34,476 views during this time. Suzanne’s Featured Properties page with all of her listings received 4,917 page views. All this ongoing publicity is great for Suzanne’s other listings who are all receiving a dramatic increase in traffic.

Sycamore Valley Ranch “Neverland” was also on Compass.com which feeds to other sites like Zillow.com and Realtor.com and tracks the unique page views for all Compass listings. Sycamore Valley Ranch received 36,798 views in the last 90-days, which is amazing!

Suzanne’s Compass.com/SuzannePerkins agent page has received 92,321 total views in the last 90-days. The fantastic analytics generated is great news, not just for Sycamore Valley Ranch, but for all of Suzanne’s clients.

Each of your listings benefits from the increased online traffic derived from her notable and press-worthy real estate offerings.

 

–NEW LISTINGS–

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NEW LISTING | El Mirador Estate Land Parcel New
on the Market for the First Time in a Century
ElMiradorEstate.com | Offered at $15,000,000

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. Today, you can cultivate your own piece of Montecito history with this exceptional jewel. There’s a 1918 Gate House, and 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.

 

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NEW LISTING | A Home For Generations Has it All
Home4Generations.com | Offered at $16,500,000

Designed as the ultimate family retreat by renowned local architect Don Nulty, this East Coast meets West Coast styled compound is sited on 2+ acres of breathtaking Montecito scenery with ocean & harbor views. Offering a 12,000+ sf main house, Guest House, Pool House, and two 3-car garages, this 7 bed/13 bath estate includes a multitude of gathering spaces and features luxurious indoor and outdoor amenities. With private balconies, open-air terraces and patios, it is easy to find the perfect vantage point to soak in the incredible vistas. A 65-foot saltwater pool & spa, sports court, putting green, seasonal creek, craft room, music room, gym, & theater afford everyone, of all ages, irresistible experiences in the ideal setting for generations to come.

 Co-Listed with Suding/Murphy Partners of Compass DRE#00678264
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 NEW LISTING | Mariposa Lane is a Renovator’s Dream
990Mariposa.com | Offered at $12,500,000

This home was newly constructed when it was purchased in 2016. The buyers paid $16 million with multiple offers and began a 3-year remodel spending over $8 million. The property is offered as is in its current renovated condition. The contemporary home on 2.73± acres offers panoramic ocean views with expansive living spaces, soaring ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling French doors that open to modern loggias, a lounge and pool retreat, and private well. A 2,335± sq. ft. master bedroom suite has 2-baths, 2-closets, exercise room, and office. There’s a second office, and the living room, club room, kitchen, and breakfast room all enjoy panoramic ocean views.

Co-Listed with Ron Brand of Compass DRE#01466064

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COMING SOON | Rancho San Leandro
Receives Stunning Updates by Lance Lentz, Builder to the Stars
308EnnisbrookDr.com | Offered at $14,995,000

This beautiful property is undergoing a complete renovation by the renowned custom home builder to the stars, Lance D. Lentz, of LDL General Contractors and Pacific View Developers, Inc. The photos shown were taken before the renovation and are not an accurate representation of the updated amenities. This a unique opportunity to acquire this approximate six-acre family compound with a beautiful historic adobe in the gated community of Ennisbrook. An approx. 3,129 sf Adobe House offers a large master suite, a gourmet kitchen, breakfast room, subterranean wine cellar, and game room. The Monterey House is a separate guest wing of approx. 3,635 sf with a living room, kitchen, 3-bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and a fantastic outdoor entertainment terrace with a fireplace and dining areas, with an adjacent formal library, exercise studio, and a 3-car garage. There’s also a large stable with 4 stalls, and a tack room that overlooks a fenced dressage arena and paddocks.

Co-Listed with Kevin Booker DRE#01869691 and Kurt Rappaport DRE#01036061
of WEA Homes located in Beverly Hills, California


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Price Reduction Montecito Contemporary Ranch-style 
1158DulzuraDr.com | Newly Offered at $5,695,000

Live a peaceful, totally functional modern lifestyle in this stunning 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. 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, gourmet kitchen, family room with a hide-a-bar console, expansive living room, luxurious master suite with spa-like master bath. Dramatic outdoor living spaces are adorned by the majestic mountains, gardens, ocean view terrace, and include an outdoor kitchen, pool, Bocce ball court, and fire pit area.

 Co-Listed with Ron Brand of Compass DRE#01466064
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Price Reduction at Artist’s Dream Contemporary
2694SycamoreCanyonRd.com | Newly Offered at $4,700,000

This eclectic Montecito contemporary is an artful canvas where large-scale art can take center stage. The contemporary addition was completed in 2011 by architect Ellen Bildsten, inspired by Barry Berkus, and now offers approximately 5,881 sq. ft. with 4-bedrooms, 4-½ baths, a living room, formal dining room, gourmet kitchen, a central office, and an approx. 800 sq. ft. art studio, and a saltwater lap pool and hot tub courtyard. The property is located on approx. 1.3-acres with stunning mountain views and some ocean views from the roof-top terrace.
–YOUR OWN PIECE OF PARADISE–
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Oakview Estate – Modern Sophistication and Luxury
OakviewMontecitoEstate.com | Offered at $47,000,000
In California’s treasured community of Montecito, this sweeping American-style manor feels as if it has always been here, amid towering oaks on 3.4 pastoral acres. This 6 bedroom home offers formal living and dining rooms, piano bar, family and commercial kitchens, “West Wing” home office, screening room, wine cellar, and numerous terraces, verandas, and loggias. There is a 2 bedroom guest house, a 1 bedroom pool house, and freestanding staff quarters. Surrounding the rolling central lawn is a reflecting pool, koi pond, impeccably maintained rose gardens, vegetable garden, and fire pit sitting area, outdoor custom kitchen with wood-burning pizza oven, swimming pool and spa, and a championship tennis/sports court with two observation areas.
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Off-Market Estate Compound is Quietly Available
815-807 CIMA DEL MUNDO | Make an Offer!
Call Suzanne for Details (805) 895-2138
This spectacular estate compound is set on approx. 10 acres, 2 legal lots comprised of 5 acres each, one has the residence and the other is vacant. The main residence is approx. 12,000 sq. ft., with 5-bedrooms, 9-full baths, and 3 powder rooms, with panoramic ocean, island, city/harbor, and mountain views. Pool, pool cabana, tennis court plus 2bd/2ba detached guest house.
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The Ultimate Equestrian Estate or
Executive Retreat on 237-Acres
TheRanchoSanCarlos.com | Offered at $85,000,000

The historical Rancho San Carlos is an approx. 237-acre estate that for 100 years has been under the ownership of one family. The main residence, designed by Reginald Johnson in 1931, is approx. 29,483-sq.ft. comprised of over 30 rooms. Additional features include 10 residential cottages, an office, producing orchards, and extensive equestrian facilities.

Co-Listed with Harry Kolb, Sotheby’s International Realty DRE#00714226

–LAND & VINE OPPORTUNITIES–

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Create an Exceptional Estate in a World-class
Location Near San Ysidro Ranch
860SanYsidroRd.com | $6,950,000

Located on one of the most coveted streets in Montecito near the world-famous San Ysidro Ranch, this approximately 3-acre property is a rare find in the heart of Montecito’s Golden Quadrangle. This extraordinary property presents the perfect opportunity to build the home of your dreams. One could simply start from scratch, take over the currently approved plans and modify, or refurbish the existing 1954 ranch-style Chester Carjola three-bedroom home with a pool. There is ample room for an N/S championship tennis court, and there’s also a drilled well.

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9-Acre Ocean View Parcel in Carpinteria
MonteAlegreDr.com | Offered at $4,000,000

This incredible 9-acre level parcel in the gated and exclusive Rancho Monte Alegre offers expansive ocean and mountain views and is ready to build your dream home. The proposed house and barn have been designed by Shubin + Donaldson with the building pad for the primary residence and for the barn having been cleared and designated. A new 50-gallon-per-minute well has been installed, along with a 1.5-inch domestic water meter from Carpinteria Water District. The fire hydrant is in place, and the conduit for electrical, cable and telephone have been brought to the property line. The property is planted with approximately 6-acres of Avocados that are three-years-old and are flourishing under watchful eyes. This is an incredible opportunity!

–READY FOR RENT–

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Idyllic Hope Ranch Bluff Estate for Rent
4151CrecienteDr.com | Offered at $75,000 per month

A stunning newly remodeled 2-story 1928 James Plunkett Italianate Villa with 4-bedroom, 5 ½-bath home with approx. 6,131 sq. ft. set on approx. 1.24-acres with lush landscaping and spectacular ocean views. Venetian plaster walls, walnut plank flooring, and wrought iron fixtures. The magnificent gardens and terraces include an infinity pool, spa, and a sunken outdoor seating area on the bluff’s edge. There’s also an attached 1 bd/1 ba Guest Suite with separate entrance above the 3-car garage.

 Co-Listed with Ron Brand of Compass DRE#01466064

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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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