6 Full Baths
8 Total Baths
2 Partial Baths
8,817 Square Feet
16-2388 Listing ID
Exquisitely Renovated Historic Estate on over three lush flat acres Designed by famed architect George Washington Smith in the 1920a(tm)s, this classic Spanish Revival estate home, El Cielito, retains artistic architectural details while offering modern and thoughtful upgrades throughout. The home features five luxurious bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two powder rooms and partial mountain & ocean Exquisitely Renovated Historic Estate on over three lush flat acres Designed by famed architect George Washington Smith in the 1920's, this classic Spanish Revival estate home, El Cielito, retains artistic architectural details while offering modern and thoughtful upgrades throughout. The home features five luxurious bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two powder rooms and partial mountain & ocean views.
The gated, three-acre estate is accessed through a hedge-lined driveway, which leads to a large motor court bordered by specimen palm trees, evergreens, and one of Santa Barbara's largest and oldest Moreton Bay Fig trees. A grand entry leads to a formal den and conversation area with hand painted wood beams and original wood burning fireplace. A formal living room has multiple French doors leading to the pool and terraced gardens, making the room feel airy and bright. A bar and wine cellar room is tucked off the living room, offering floor-to-ceiling wine storage. A formal dining room with fireplace provides views of the outdoor lily ponds and sitting area, and access to a covered patio with original bricks, and Syrian and Portuguese tile fountain.
Luxurious Gourmet Kitchen featuring a butler's pantry; in addition to its antique fixtures, Moorish woodcarvings, and beamed ceilings, the home retains much of the original dark wood floors and George Washington Smith Spanish tiles, including in the kitchen and butler's pantry, with its original countertops and floor-to-ceiling cabinetry. The light cabinetry and luxury Calcutta marble countertops bring a contemporary farmhouse style to the kitchen, which boasts two refrigerators and gourmet appliances. Maid's quarters with ensuite bath, laundry area, and mudroom allow plenty of space for event staging, as the home is an entertainer's paradise.
Luxurious bedrooms are located upstairs, including the master bedroom, which features a sun-filled, attached office and two separate bathrooms, closets, and dressing areas, as well as dual outdoor terraces and private pool access. The opulent interior, designed in collaboration with Joan Behnke, lends itself to gracious yet approachable living in one of Montecito's most historic estates.
The estate's fig-covered white walls, as well as its outdoor loggias, balconies, and central fountains are hallmarks of George Washington Smith's Spanish vernacular architecture, and are the perfect backdrop in which to enjoy the sprawling lawns and grounds. The property boasts a picturesque rose garden, orchard, outdoor fireplace, multiple sitting areas, succulent garden, romantic reflecting ponds, tennis court and tennis pavilion, pool and pool house, two, 2-car garages, and a gracious, one-bedroom guest house with fireplace.
This spectacular private home in its central location is a one-of-a-kind jewel that offers refined, elegant living in close proximity to all Montecito has to offer, including walking distance to Butterfly Beach.
County Santa Barbara
Year Built 1920
Property Type Residential
Property Subtype Home/Estate