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A Taste of Tuscany - Panoramic Views-2 Master Suites-2.4 Acres

30 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 nights


Riviera Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 14)

Are you yearning for a taste of Tuscany in your own private residence to enjoy for a special occasion, family reunion, holiday or vacation? Is your preference a private, serene retreat yet in close proximity to all that Santa Barbara and Montecito have to offer?

This vacation rental has it all and more! Nestled in the mountains between Montecito and Mission Canyon, this is the perfect location to take advantage of Santa Barbara’s pristine beaches, downtown shopping, gourmet restaurants, wildlife, sporting activities, wine country and the full Santa Barbara experience.

This brand new, two level Mediterranean home was completed in January, 2011 and has a sprawling 3300 square feet of living space including 2 master suites, breathtaking views, casual elegance and comfort. Take your morning coffee out on the deck and experience the early morning glimpses of our local wildlife including deer, eagles, and hummingbirds. Have your breakfast al fresco on the spacious deck and enjoy the peace and quiet of this serene neighborhood while nature unfolds before your eyes, or curl up on the cozy window seat perfect for reading in the morning sun.

Our home has 4 large bedrooms, 3 down 1 up, each with French Doors opening up to the incredible views. The home is tastefully decorated with Spa like motifs and includes vaulted beamed ceilings in the Master Suite and Living Rooms. The kitchen is a cook’s delight and features Marinache Gold granite counter tops imported from Brasil, huge amount of workspace, 8 burner gas stove w/ 2 ovens, 2 dishwashers, wine cooler and additional freezer/refrigerator units. The large butcher block island is ideal for food preparation and additional workspace. The dining room seats 8 comfortably and can seat 2 more if needed.

There are 2 working fireplaces, one in the living room and one in the master suite, wonderful for getting cozy on the cool evenings. HD TV in all bedrooms and living room. This house provides that special something that makes for a memorable visit. You have instant access to everything including downtown Santa Barbara just 2 miles away, hiking and world class cycling trails within 1 mile of the property or just sit back on the deck with a cocktail and enjoy watching the paragliders and hang-gliders take off and land just across the way, or enjoy a horseback or mountain bike ride in the 200 acre public park just across the street. Our home is ideal for relaxing and/or entertaining for a group of 8 or more and still has the ability for a couple to be off by themselves. We have a tankless water heater so there will be no shortage of hot water regardless of how many showers you and your group should want.

This home provides all the elements for entertaining and relaxing and still maintains that special feeling of seclusion. From the moment you arrive you are relaxed and feel at home! The perfect spot to return from day trips to the wine country, exploring the coast, shopping, dining or just enjoying the peace and tranquility our home offers. We look forward to having you experience it for yourself and welcoming you soon!

Keywords: Villa, House, Hill Side, Santa Barbara Hills, Mt. Views, Weekend Getaway, Fireplace, Private, Serene

2-3 Night Minimum ; Minimum age for primary renter is 40 years old.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
October 25, 2016
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based on 30 traveler reviews

A Taste of Tuscany - Panoramic Views-2 Master Suites-2.4 Acres
average rating of 4.9 based on 30 reviews

Beautiful and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We had the opportunity to stay in this beautiful home during a family wedding weekend in Santa Barbara. The house was conveniently located close to town as well as the wedding venue. We had two small toddlers in our extended family, and the house worked out incredibly well for them. There was ample room for them to play, and having the two master suites was great for separate nap and bedtime routines. We had almost all of our meals in the home and the kitchen had everything we needed to make large family dinners for everyone. We loved the comfy leather couches in the living room (my husband actually made a comment about how we should get something like them for our house), and all the beds, linens, and furnishings were elegant and very comfortable. I also have to add that Karen was super responsive and very on top of things. Anytime I emailed her, she would respond within minutes, and she made the whole process very easy. Thank you, Karen!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words, Nina. You are welcome back any time.
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Great home for gatherings

  • 5 of 5

We booked this home for a family vacation and enjoyed it immensely. We had a group of 10 people and not only were the bedrooms ample with comfortable beds, but the living area and outside deck offered us plenty of room. The view from the deck was amazing and so relaxing to have our dinners and morning coffee we felt like we were staying in the Tuscan countryside a million miles away! The kitchen was well stocked for us to prepare our meals and enjoy all the comforts of home. Although there was a large television in the family room and a TV in each bedroom we never turned any of them on and instead just enjoyed the relaxing feel of the home and playing games out on the deck. The drive into town is about 10 minutes, but due to the parking issues in town because it was Fiesta weekend, we chose to use Uber and Lyft which were very available at all times. Although this has nothing to do with the house itself I have to comment on Karen the owner and how incredibly easy and accomodating she was to work with. On the last night we were there, my daughter had an emergency appendectomy, which caused us to have to stay another night. My husband and I were madly trying to find a hotel to move to, but when I emailed Karen to just ask if it would be ok to extend our check out time, she responded quickly by telling us to just stay in the house and not to worry about it. I can't tell you how touched we were by her generosity and feel the need to thank her again and again. Outside of the emergency, we had a great time and this house exceeded our expectations and would rent it again in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Home with Breathtaking View

  • 5 of 5

We booked this home for our daughter's wedding to catch up with our out-of-town family & friends. It was the perfect home with it's comfortable beds & well equipped kitchen plus the beautiful deck to enjoy coffee and breakfast in the mornings. When we arrived it was so fresh & clean with all bathrooms offering plenty of towels. The master suite was amazing with an extra large bathroom & spa tub. The other bedrooms were just as nice with extra beds to accommodate everyone. Most of our stay we gathered in the kitchen preparing meals which had bar stools for Grandmas to sit and enjoy the conversation. The kitchen was completely stocked with all the utensils you'd need and plenty of dishware to serve a large group plus two dishwashers made clean up simple. The owner, Karen, was quick to respond and even mailed me back a little gift I had forgotten. Everyone was so relaxed enjoying the large living room & dining area. A perfect place for any family event! The weekend was beautiful, and having this home to entertain our family, made the wedding even more special!! Thank you Karen for allowing us to stay in your beautiful home!

  • Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy our home worked out so well for you. And thank you so much for your kind review. Regards, Karen
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Perfect for groups!

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent a weekend at Karen's house for my husband's 40th birthday and the home was perfect for us. It very comfortably slept 11 of us and had lots of open space for hanging out as a group. The kitchen was well equipped and the beds comfortable. Karen was responsive and flexible and we really appreciated the early check in time. We are already planning a trip back with kids - with two beds in three of the four rooms, it's a perfect set up for a few families to share. It was easy to get back and forth from town and the Ubers never took more than a couple minutes to arrive. Great home and stay!

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review Stephanie. You and your family are welcome back anytime.
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Surpassed our Expectations!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I stayed at Karen's home with 10 friends to celebrate my 30th birthday. It was the most wonderful experience! The house is so beautiful and the view from the balcony is unbelievable. The kitchen is fully equipped for dinner parties and the open living areas created the perfect environment for our celebration. Karen was very welcoming and flexible. We are already talking about when we can go back! Thank you for the wonderful hospitality, Karen!

  • Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: And thank you Lacy for being the perfect renter. You are welcome back anytime. Regards, Karen
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Highly Recommend

  • 5 of 5

This house is beautiful (clean / organized, we felt very comfortable) and a perfect vacation setup, especially for a large group. The location is ideal - in the hills with unbeatable views but only about 10 minutes from State St. Karen was a pleasure to work with and is very timely in her responses. I would definitely recommend this property to anyone visiting Santa Barbara and hope to stay here again in the future.

Thanks, Karen!

  • Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review Melissa, and also for the gorgeous roses you left me. It was a pleasure to have you in our home. Best, Karen
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Nearest Point of Interest
Parma Park
Nearest Point of Interest
State Street


Rates & Availability

Riviera Villa Rental Rates

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2016 Fall
Sep 30 2016 - Nov 28 2016
2 night minimum stay
2016 Winter
Nov 29 2016 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.0%

Payment accepted by personal check, with pre printed name and address info on check.

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Riviera Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3.5
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (3)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Fireplace in living room, Fireplace in master suite, full gourment kitchen, Full bathroom in master suite with separate bath and shower, 2nd master suite, hard wood flooring and carpet, will consider small dog.

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