Historic Croydon Estate
165 Middle Road
Montecito, CA 93108
Minutes from Montecito's lower village, this extraordinary historic English Country Manor c. 1929 sits on 1.8 very private acres hidden behind Eucalyptus trees and garden hedges yet with breathtaking ocean and mountain vistas. Two stately iron gates lead to the estate's elegant motor court and the updated home's Old World facade.
Inside, a delicate balance of contrarian characteristics is captured by floor-to-ceiling wood paneling, large, ocean-view windows, and modern luxuries contrasted with rich oak floors, exposed timber beams, and classic divided-light, steel windows. Outside an entertainer's paradise awaits with extensive private grounds that include hardscaped patios, fireside seating areas, and elegant professionally-landscaped gardens that blend sanctuary and conviviality in a coveted Montecito location.
Features And Amenities
The stately entryway serves as the heart of the home’s public spaces, with immediate access to an encircling staircase, a quaint, bright sitting room and a distinguished office with a fireplace and built-in bookcases. An ideal harmony between intimacy and community pervades the house as omnipresent fireplaces and wood paneling bring warmth to expansive, open spaces perfect for everyday living and formal entertaining.
An oversized fireplace enlivens the large formal living room, which boasts beamed ceilings and French doors to the outdoor entertaining terrace. Nearby lies the lavish dining room, a fantastic space to sit down and enjoy views of the ocean beneath the property’s manicured grounds.
The country-style eat-in kitchen features stone floors and gorgeous paneled ceilings. Leading-edge appliances, a butler’s pantry, and a temperature-controlled wine refrigerator surround a butcher’s block, offering optimal utility with resplendent charm. Just down the hall from the kitchen, a full guest suite with its own entrance offers overnight visitors a private, sophisticated accommodation with easy access to the rest of the property.
Back in the main foyer, the encircling window-lined staircase leads up to the home’s bedrooms. The master suite’s large sitting room--boasting a fireplace, built-in bookshelves and entertainment center--precedes the master bedroom. With an oversized fireplace, stunning pitch-beamed ceilings, and ocean views from both its balcony and cheerful sitting area, the master bedroom provides unparalleled serenity. A full dressing room and large, open bathroom with dual vanities and additional ocean views from the oversized soaking tub complete the master suite.
Four additional bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a children’s playroom with a built-in desk also reside upstairs at a distance from the master suite that maintains both privacy and proximity for all. Below the house, a finished basement space flaunts a breathtaking wine cellar with an astounding 16,000-bottle capacity, which sits beside another full bedroom and bathroom apartment with a private entrance.
Encompassed by pristine gardens, the estate’s outdoor grounds present boundless entertainment for all ages. Illuminated olive trees create and intimate setting for twilight meals and magical cocktail hours in Montecito's idyllic climate. A handsome stone terrace overlooks the elegantly vast pool with an attached spa, several plush sitting areas, an outdoor fireplace and a large fire pit. An abundant lawn wraps around the estate toward a large play area, nestled organically beside the wooded landscape.
Sq Ft: 6,661
Lot Size: 1.8 acres
Built in: 1929
Property Type: Single-family
Architectural Style: English Manor
Location Type: Coastal
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