This spectacular slate roof Georgian Manor home built in 1993 is located in prestigious Birnam Wood. The lavish scale and attention to architectural detail throughout this +/-6525 square foot home is truly breathtaking and defines it as one of the most elegant and noble homes of Montecito.
A formal brick pathway leads to the handsome white column entry portico. The front door opens onto a grand Foyer that flows seamlessly into the expansive and beautifully proportioned Living Room. Four majestic Corinthian columns create the transition from Foyer to Living area. The exquisite living room and foyer were designed for large scale entertaining where seated dinner parties and receptions can easily be hosted. Exceptional hardwood graces all of the floor surfaces.
This home embodies all of the classic elements of Georgian architecture: axis and symmetry, proportion and balance, and subtle understated style. Thirteen foot ceilings are maintained throughout the residence and heighten the architectural integrity. Light floods into the 950 sq ft Living Room from five arch-window French doors. A stately wood burning fireplace creates an ambiance uniquely European. Large windows were a hallmark of the Georgian style and are used with great success to showcase the home’s palette of pale wall colors. An interior French door leads from the Living Room into the beautiful and refined Family Room. This is the perfect space for intimate dinners and serves as both a sitting room and study. Windows open out onto the sunny brick terrace where the interior spaces merge harmoniously with the luminous outdoors.
The grand formal Dining Room with its superb chandelier and built-in display shelves for porcelains and bibelots inspires evenings of elegance with spirited conversation. Ceiling cornices embellished with decorative dentil moldings are featured in all of the rooms. On axis with the Dining Room across the entry Foyer is the exquisitely proportioned Study/Den with floor to ceiling book cases to display rare first editions. A wide and gracious 85 foot hallway with wainscot and chair railing extends the length of the home and creates a marvelous gallery space to exhibit important works of art.
The fabulous oversize Master Bedroom is luxurious and welcoming. A lovely wood burning fireplace and tall French doors make this room a haven of calm and refinement. The sumptuous marble bath with sunken tub and separate shower is an oasis for relaxation and rejuvenation. The spectacular walk-in closet with its center island was perfectly designed for the most discriminating of tastes and has ample storage for an extensive wardrobe. A second charming guest room features a sitting area and fully appointed en-suite bath and wardrobes. A guest powder room is also located in this wing of the home.
The state of the art kitchen is conveniently located between the Family Room and Formal Dining Room. In addition, a separate pantry connects the kitchen to the Dining Room. A third bedroom and bath is located in this wing, as well as a large laundry room and additional storage.
Located adjacent to the kitchen is a covered patio with wet bar that extends out to the poolside terrace. The two-car garage that features interior cabinetry as well as exterior storage is also accessed via this covered patio.
Lush green hedges and extensive red brick terraces extend the length of the southern façade of the home where balustrades and a white colonnaded loggia provide the perfect backdrop for the graceful round swimming pool.
This perfectly proportioned and magnificently maintained estate pays tribute to the Great Houses of Britain. Its dignified manner and timeless finishes make this home a modern classic.