Total Square Footage: 1,959±
Beds/Baths: 3 /3 Full, 1 Powder
Year Built: 1917
Acreage: 10.061± (Gross)
APN: 155-140-069 & 155-155-140-068
At a gentle bend in the road, moments from Montecito and near Carpinteria’s fabled Padaro Beach, an esoteric farmhouse and its blithe barn preside over 10 acres of pastoral grounds, as they have for over a century. While the last 100 years have surely brought different chapters to this wonderful equestrian property, none of which compare to its current configuration. Today the property stands as a hip Santa Barbara hideaway set among lush gardens and ancient specimen trees. Stunning mountain views surround the residence, and from certain areas of the property, the ocean makes a surprisingly dramatic cameo. Whether a weekend retreat or a full-time residence, this historic property blends old-world sensibility with the best of California cool and modern design.
Step inside to a deconstructed farmhouse, ripe with historical reverence and replete with today’s creature comforts. Though the property’s origins date back to 1917, clearly the first century primed this home for its current architectural apex. A clever use of public spaces mingle effortlessly but also offer delineation as necessary. A painted stone fireplace is capped by a metal mantle and showcases the perfect pairing of the home’s historical provenance and the future tales it will later tell. Ample room to lounge and linger create a decidedly unique vibe that is altogether timeless, modern, energetic, and still.
The garden view kitchen is a study in modern monochromatic minimalism. A matte black backsplash shimmers of chevron in certain lights while black granite counters come alive through delicate milky veins that provide a pulse to the stoic stone slabs. Slate gray cabinetry sits above wide-plank oak floors that have been stained the perfect blend of heather and espresso.
A newly finished solarium bridges interior and exterior spaces and provides a creative location to ponder the ethers, get lost in conversations, or delve into your favorite book. Listen as percussive spring rain raps the roof. Watch as planted botanicals grow and thrive in the balmy air. Enjoy the serenity that comes from being surrounded by nature and its gentle reminder of the importance to slow down from time to time.
Vaulted ceilings in the master suite give the room an ethereal feeling, and a dreamy white color pallet enhances the tranquil vibe. Custom bedside lighting delicately teeters between rustic and elegant and perfectly summarizes the elevated design details throughout the home. Enjoy cozy nights beside the fire watching the sunset light up the sky. Take your breakfast in bed with a site of the Santa Ynez foothills. Leave the French doors open to the covered veranda and enjoy the fresh air while you sleep. Regardless of how you like to unwind, this space offers a tranquil beginning and end to each of your days.
Two en suite guest rooms are privately located on the northern end of the home, each bedroom enjoying a different view of the lush gardens. The first looks over a field of Mexican sage to the pastures and mountains beyond, while the second opens to the backyard, a canopy of lacy oak leaves and native grasses which rustle softly in the breeze.
A century-old barn is enjoying a remarkable second act as Montecito’s hippest guest accommodations and creative studio. Immersed in natural light, the main floor of the barn offers flexible space for artistic endeavors, regardless of your medium. Perfect for painting, making music, or sun salutations, there is ample room for anything that feeds your soul. A full bath makes the space wonderful for weekend guests or to tidy up after a day in the gardens. Pleasantly worn and lilting steps, earned one footstep at a time, lead to the ultimate loft. Exposed trusses in the gamble roof provide a humble elegance to the space while northern and southern windows ensure soft light, filtered through ancient California live oaks, provides a sheer glow. As a writer’s studio, home office, or merely a place to while away the hours, the barn is a dreamy backdrop for countless everyday adventures. Privately situated on the eastern end of the barn, a laundry facility opens to a large staff office.
Lush lawns and native grass surround the sunny pool and spa. Privately located and surrounded by hedges, the pool and spa are perfect for secret summer skinny dipping or a moonlit splash. Should you prefer to remain poolside, ample terrace and lawn space are ideal for lounging in the sun or snoozing in the shade.
On the northeastern area of the property, two day-time turnouts are ideal for horses or simply as a pair of fenced pastures. From this vantage point, in the shadow of the mountains and under a lacy canopy of oaks, surprisingly vast views of the sea appear along the southern horizon.
Rarely does a property truly capture a sense of magic and whimsy though this bucolic farm does just that. Perhaps it is the way the home’s history is layered with the land or that exploring the grounds reveals unexpectedly large views of both the mountains and the sea. Maybe it’s having space for loved ones as well as room to explore your own hobbies and passions. It could be the way the light shifts throughout the day and new design details are revealed. Regardless, stepping onto this property fills you with the same sense of knowing as when you met “the one,” an intrinsic feeling that tells you you’re finally home.