Wednesday, May 4, 2011
An Elegant Architectural Masterpiece
Designed by famous Beverly Hills architect John Elgin Woolf in 1959 for members of the Huntington family, this cosmopolitan home commands expansive public rooms, 12-foot ceilings, incredible ocean/island views and an unrivaled Montecito location. This knoll top property is at the center of what is considered the crème-de-la crème, and commands 180 degree vistas. To blend modernism with authentic historiscism, extreme care has been taken by architects, designers and builders in recreating the entire residence with the highest quality construction, refined details and exquisite materials throughout.
The grand six-bedroom estate contains an elegant main Drawing Room, formal Dining Room, the ultimate Media/Family Room, and an extraordinary Master Suite with en-suite Den/Library, Lounge Room with fireplace and elaborate closets and his and her baths. An ingenious Gourmet ‘Cooks’ Kitchen of approximately 500 square feet includes walk-in china cabinets, pantry, a large central island, extensive countertops, informal dining area and an adjoining 2000 bottle Wine Cellar with case storage.
The main house sits on a promontory at the rear of its approx. 2.5 acres with panoramic views from every room. The long, grand central Galleria opens onto an inner courtyard featuring lushly planted gardens, a 38’ x 16’ solar heated pool and a one bedroom Pool House including a great room with vaulted ceiling and fireplace, a massage room and a kitchenette. In addition, there is also a charming two-room, two-bath Apartment with kitchenette and two huge, view terraces which sit above a 4-car Garage with storage and designed to serve as a catering facility for large functions.
A house so rare, sophisticated and functional which allows for tremendous privacy, is also capable of hosting the grandest of parties. Spectacular and unique indeed.