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. Architect Don Nulty, interior designer Kyle Irwin, landscape architect Mark Rios, and feng shui master David Cho combined their considerable talents to create the peaceful estate, sparing no expense and overlooking no detail or amenity. Lines are clean and clear, details eye-catching, and proportions generous. The result is a home that shows equal appreciation for history, modernity, sophistication, and comfort.
The overall aesthetic tips its hat to traditional East Coast style and the legacy of the Virginia countryside, yet this is a stage for creating one’s own history, a destination for family and friends. The main residence accommodates both the formal and informal under one roof, or as the present owner described it to Architectural Digest, it is a “house perfect for mud boots or high heels.”
Views are integral to the estate: windows frame the ocean, while the pool gazes back toward the majestic Santa Ynez Mountains. Many upper-level spaces benefit from balconies or access to an expansive veranda that overlooks the manicured gardens.
Outdoors,alfresco meals can be prepared in the outdoor kitchen and barbeque area overlooking the rolling lawn. The grounds also encompass a two-bedroom guesthouse with a kitchenette, an 800-square-foot pool cabana with a full kitchen and a bedroom, and a championship tennis court with two viewing areas.