A magical tree-house, reimagined. Approximately five private, hidden acres in the heart of Santa Barbara offer an ideal setting for this one-of-a-kind custom home. As if entering a park, an oak-studded drive winds upward to this stunning 5BD/4.5BA home and 1BD/1BA guesthouse where panoramic city, mountain, and ocean views dazzle. Under the same stewardship for over 30 years, this craftsman-style home has been lovingly updated and expanded. Cloaked in towering trees and lush mature gardens, the property echoes the serenity of a mountain retreat yet is only minutes from downtown Santa Barbara.
Multiple decks offer various vignettes to appreciate the impressive grounds. Rooms gracefully flow from one to the next, making for an entertainer's dream. The main living spaces on the first floor feel spacious, bright, and welcoming. A formal living room with a brick fireplace offers sweeping city and mountain views. French doors from the adjacent formal dining room open to the al-fresco dining terrace, and bay windows frame the verdant backyard. Enjoy a sun-soaked kitchen with a garden window, stone countertops, tumbled marble backsplashes, bar-height seating, and frosted glass front cabinets; the seasoned chef will appreciate elevated appliances, dual pantries, and a butcher-block island. The family room beside this open-concept kitchen faces the backyard and offers a convenient breakfast nook with built-in banquette seating. French doors lead outside to access the terraced levels of the surrounding grounds. The main level also features an ensuite bedroom, a powder room, and a laundry room. Recent upgrades include new flooring and two updated bathrooms.
Four bedrooms and three bathrooms reside on the second floor. Breathtaking ocean, city, and mountain views grace the primary suite with a private deck, a sitting room with a free-standing fireplace, and an en-suite bathroom with dual vanities and a soaking tub beneath a bay window. French doors separate the sitting area from the bedroom, with yet another deck and a spiral staircase that leads down to the backyard. Completing the suite is a walk-in closet and a private office. An additional ensuite bedroom also enjoys the sweeping views from its balcony and bathroom. Two adjacent bedrooms, each enhanced by access to a private balcony, and a hall bathroom complete the upstairs floor plan.
Serenely tucked below the main house, the guest house provides its own oasis. Complete with a kitchen, a bedroom, a living room with a mini-loft, and a private deck with a two-person spa. The guesthouse is a unique hideaway for guests and tenants alike.
The surrounding wooded grounds and flourishing flora are a paradise in which to experience year-round. Savor evenings around the fire pit on the back lawn, afternoons entertaining on one of the numerous patios or decks, or early morning hours listening to the sounds of nature while soaking in one of the two outdoor spas. A terraced garden and 13 mature fruit trees await a new owner to reap their rewards.
Other features include fresh exterior paint, new flooring, new septic, new roof, resurfaced driveway, an oversized two-car garage, below garage storage, 39 owned Panasonic 330W solar panels (total DC power of 12.9kW), a trampoline, a chicken coop, multiple parking areas, and partial ownership of the adjacent palm preserve. This truly unique and rare downtown estate offers privacy, serenity, and the essence of being enveloped in nature while remaining only moments from all Santa Barbara has to offer.