Nestled between the glistening Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains on California’s southern coast, Montecito can only be described as the ultimate casual-luxury locale. Just minutes from Santa Barbara, which has been appropriately referred to as The American Riviera, Montecito perfectly combines California nonchalance with first-class amenities afforded by the world’s most metropolitan cities. This rare blend of a casual community atmosphere and a luxurious lifestyle has attracted celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres, a dozen billionaires, and many affluent families. And much like those who live in them, the homes of Montecito are a mélange of humble cottages and palatial estates.
Akin in prestige to Los Angeles’ Holmby Hills and London’s Kensington Palace Gardens, Montecito’s highly sought-after “Golden Quadrangle” is the most coveted area in town. Named for its abundance of California sunlight, the region runs from Riven Rock Road west to Lilac Drive and from East Valley Road north to East Mountain Drive. In the heart of the Golden Quadrangle lies Montecito’s crown jewel, Picacho Lane, which undoubtedly belongs on any list of best addresses. Boasting a list of celebrities, socialites and billionaires owning property on Picacho Lane, anyone would love to build or purchase an estate on Montecito’s “It” street, but few are lucky enough.
A close-in location offers fine dining and luxury shops just a short stroll away in Montecito’s Upper Village, yet nearly every residence on Picacho Lane rests behind grand gates, for those preferring privacy and seclusion. The Lane’s unique location, above Montecito’s fog line enjoys an idyllic, sunny climate and bestows the most desirable ocean and mountain views in the area. While much of Montecito’s charm and allure comes from its variety of grand estates closely neighboring quaint and cozy homes, Picacho Lane exclusively encompasses major properties, many of which belong to high profile, albeit highly private owners.
With an esteemed reputation, and celebrities for neighbors, Picacho Lane residences seldom come on the market. Yet due to an active, resurging market three distinguished properties have become available, presenting a rare opportunity to own a piece of prized Montecito real estate.
Shadows of Provence
Offered at $27,000,000
Classic iron gates open onto a bucolic tree lined driveway, arriving at the formal entrance to this enchanting, slate-roofed manor house, designed by Don Nulty. encompassing some 12,500 square feet, the house is distinguished not so much by its size (although it is impressive) as by the perfect proportions of the house to its surroundings, and each room to another. All blend seamlessly into one of Montecito’s most perfect houses. The spectacular conservatory boasts floor-to-ceiling iron and glass doors and windows, an intimate dining area, a fireplace, and picturesque views of the formal rose garden and Santa Ynez mountain range. Meandering pathways, olives and orchards, raised vegetable gardens, a formal rose garden, arbors adorned in lemons, and ocean and mountain views that seemingly envelop the property create a uniquely magical and breathtaking place.
Prestigious Picacho Lane
Offered at $4,950,000
This enchanting country home sits on two acres, amidst sprawling lawns and flourishing gardens, and at the foot of the stunning Santa Ynez Mountain Range. Olive and palm trees line the inviting stone entryway. Its winsome façade leads into the main home with 4 bedrooms & large windows & French doors, so that each room enjoys ample sunlight & access to the exceptional outdoor spaces. The charming 2-bedroom, guesthouse is privately situated & boasts its own gated driveway & garage. For the discriminating buyer looking for a charming property in the best location, this truly is a rare opportunity!
Stately Ocean View Estate
Offered at $17,900,000
This eight bedroom estate was designed and built by James Nigro, who has been featured in Architectural Digest and is known for his impeccable attention to detail. Romantic balconies, bougainvillea and vines enhance the home’s attractive façade, while rooms adorned with marble and oak feature high ceilings and abundant natural light. The formal living and dining spaces offer views beyond adjoining terraces to the Pacific Ocean. The family room, library, den and gym are wonderful spaces for relaxation or leisure. The south facing master suite enjoys beautiful ocean, island and mountain views, a fireplace and an elegant marble bathroom. Three upstairs bedroom suites boast baths with heated floors, while the staff quarters enjoys its own private entrance. Outside, extensive terraces designed for gracious outdoor living and entertaining wrap around the pool, spilling over into an Italian inspired fountain. Grand, symmetrical steps transition to a lovely rose-lined path for seemingly endless strolling. Vine-covered balustrades, columns and trellises add to the elegance of the lush surroundings.
For information on these Prestigious Picacho Lane properties, please contact Riskin Associates.
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