Designed by award-winning modernist architect Barton Myers as a warehouse for living, this stunning 4,200 square foot residence, built largely of glass, steel and exposed concrete, sits on a lofty and totally private 10-acre site overlooking the Channel Islands, lemon orchards and farmland in Montecito, California.
Indoor and outdoor spaces flow seamlessly throughout the house, accented by well-placed courtyards and terraces offering different views and uses. Three huge roll-up doors open up the house to a large terrace and the full panorama of the Pacific Ocean. Mature eucalyptus, orange, lemon and avocado trees sit right outside the house, creating a peaceful setting for outdoor dining. The cool, crisp lines of the modern kitchen echo the striking industrial design of the massive steel roll-up doors. The house was designed for simple and gracious family living in the best tradition of California’s indoor/outdoor modernist homes.
The historic 1930s garden, designed by landscape architect Lockwood de Forest, and updated by Derrik Eichelberger, includes ancient olive trees surrounding a large oval lawn that overlooks the Channel Islands. Picturesque olive and pepper trees line the driveway leading up to the house. Five acres have been set aside as natural coastal sage habitat. Trails meander throughout the property.
No other design could have done justice to the massive views, private setting and pedigree of this unusual site. The property was previously the site of “The Monastery,” a rambling vernacular house built in 1935 by famed conductor Leopold Stokowski. Residents over the years have included Greta Garbo, Beryl Markham, and Gloria Vanderbilt. Two of the original fireplaces, designed by Stokowski, were rebuilt as garden features. One, in the shape of the Hollywood Bowl shell, forms a fire pit facing both the house and the historical gardens, and serves as an outside lounge area. The second fireplace, in the form of a pipe organ, frames the kitchen’s outdoor patio and provides warmth for outdoor dining.
Residents will be offered referrals for complete cooking, cleaning, and nanny services. Montecito restaurants, shopping and beaches are ten minutes away.
Keywords: Vacation Rentals, Villa, Ocean Views, Wedding Venue, Private Functions
Other Activities: Shopping, Boating, Health/Beauty Spa
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