A rarie estate in the Ortega Ranch neighborhood of Montecito makes the most of California’s sunny skies with wide-lens views of the Pacific Ocean that span the horizon.
One of only 14 homes in the private enclave, the newly renovated home sits on about 5 acres of lushly landscaped grounds. Quiet roads, access to a walking trail and proximity to Montecito, Santa Barbara and Summerland are among the perks of the neighborhood. Nearby Loon Point Beach, a swath of sand tucked up against the bluffs, is a local gem.
While the ocean view also captures the Channel Islands, from other vantage points the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara foothills and even the tip of Malibu are visible.
Single level and approaching 10,000 square feet when combined with the guest house and pool cabana, the sprawling home comes with a price tag that homes in this elite market can command: $16.25 million.
Designed for both entertaining and intimate family life, the estate contains expansive public rooms, covered terraces and private space. The foyer opens to the living room and a gallery hall on either side.
An entire wall of pocketed glass doors slides away in the massive living room, connecting to outdoor space. A vaulted beamed ceiling, oversized fireplace and built-ins are among other features. The gas fireplace is one of three indoors. Outside are a wood-burning fireplace and gas fire pit.
Set right off the formal dining room, the center island kitchen features marble countertops, stainless-steel appliances, a breakfast area and butler’s pantry.
Built in 1998, the main house was remodeled in 2019 and has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a powder room within nearly 8,000 square feet. Stone, pine and French limestone floors carry throughout.
The primary suite and dressing room are set on one side of the house as is an office. The other bedrooms and a sitting room are on the other.
Both the guest house and pool cabana were added in 2018. The 900-square-foot guest house includes a living room, kitchenette, bedroom and full bathroom. The cabana contains a gym, media room and full bathrooms in 858 square feet.
The swimming pool and spa give the property a resort feel. Citrus, avocado, cherimoya, peach, persimmon and apple trees fill the manicured grounds, which are fully fenced and have wide stretches of lawn.