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610 Stonehouse Lane
Montecito, CA 93108
As the sun rises over the Santa Ynez Mountains, radiant light is cast upon a breathtaking Tuscan country home on 1.36 gloriously-landscaped acres, illuminating the rich, warm terra di sienna façade and masterful architectural details. Inside a floor plan designed for elegant living includes inviting formal spaces, an ethereal master suite, a private library and office, and a gourmet chef's kitchen. Sumptuous finishes are featured throughout including Venetian plaster, wide plank walnut and limestone floors, and extraordinary woodwork.
Outside sunny patios and a fireside pool terrace are perfect for al fresco dining and entertaining beneath staggering mountain views. As dusk falls on 610 Stonehouse Lane, Montecito’s incredible evening light reveals another facet of the property’s tranquil beauty. The Santa Ynez Mountain panorama shifts into an arresting display of Tuscan light offering a full spectrum of hues, from romantic roses to deep purples set against a pastel sunset sky. The grounds are set aglow by iron and mica lantern sconces and captivating copper landscape lighting throughout, surrounding the estate in a magical wonderland. During the day stroll through lovely gardens, including stone planting beds, thoughtfully curated for drought consideration.
Features And Amenities
Designed by noted architect Don Nulty, this distinctive home is replete with both striking and subtle design elements and the finest quality construction. Panoramic, awe-inspiring mountain views provide a commanding natural centerpiece. Throughout the approximately 1.36 acre property, picturesque vignettes beckon quiet moments of reflection.
Set on a beautiful lane off of Montecito’s East Valley Road, wrought iron entry gates reveal the impressive residence and entry courtyard, surrounded by majestic oaks and lush native gardens. A set of mahogany entry doors open to the foyer. Wide plank walnut, French Limestone and Terra Cotta, both antique, grace the floors throughout the home. Knotty Alder doors and cabinetry strike deep, warm notes throughout. Venetian plaster and Trompe l’oeil wall accents further display the fine craftsmanship which defines theis property.
From the foyer, a handsome library fitted with custom-built bookshelves and limestone floors is ideal for quiet study or as a luxurious office. French doors opening to a rose cutting garden and windows framing tranquil garden views welcome soft, fragrant breezes. The formal living room is the epitome of chic grandeur with a towering groin vault ceiling with stone embellishments. French doors open to the pool terrace, offering a casual indoor/outdoor atmosphere. A stunning French antique fireplace surround, boasting two tiers of exquisitely carved limestone, anchors the space with sophistication and splendor.
A grand archway connects the bright living room to the formal dining room, creating a subtle great room feel between the two distinct spaces. Equally suited for hosting formal affairs and casual gatherings, the formal dining room exudes elegance while remaining effortlessly inviting. French doors, garden and mountain views tastefully complement beautiful crown molding, an art alcove and striking alabaster chandelier.
Luxury and comfort perfectly harmonize in the lavish country kitchen. Majestic mountain views, an arched stone wall and a farmhouse sink lend a sense of ease to this, il cuore della casa, the heart of the home. A vast center island with warming drawer, cloaked in Carrera marble hosts a spacious breakfast bar. Amenities include abundant Sub Zero refrigerator and independent freezer, large walk-in pantry and a Bosch dishwasher. The comfortable atmosphere of the kitchen continues into the adjoining family room, which is replete with a stately fireplace, French doors revealing sunny patios Juliette balconies and a generous temperature controlled wine-cellar.
A galleria of French doors opening to the terrace connects to a lovely yet completely separate bedroom suite. Boasting antique terra cotta floors, an en-suite bath, walk-in closet and a stone terrace surrounded by climbing bougainvillea, the suite, currently fitted as an artist’s studio, offers splendid accommodations for guests or staff. A cozy office, large laundry facilities and access to the oversized three-car garage, including storage built-ins, complete this private area of the home.
The home’s second level devotes itself to three private bedroom suites. Montecito mornings begin in the ethereal Venetian plaster master bedroom suite, where an expansive view of the Santa Ynez Mountains, the estate grounds and a citrus orchard provide a stunning, dynamic backdrop to the private terrace. Sip an evening's cup of tea aside the glowing fireplace, flanked by two cherry wood display nooks. The lavish master bath is a sun-filled sanctuary of relaxation with a large soaking tub, oversized shower and dual vanities. The bath accesses the impressive master closet, custom fitted to accommodate an extensive wardrobe. Fall in love each morning in the romantic master retreat. Two additional bedroom suites provide glorious accommodations for residents or guests of the estate. Breathtaking majestic mountain views, dedicated baths and spacious closets ensure family and company alike are treated to an ample refuge.
This is a unique opportunity to own one of the most dignified European-inspired estates in Montecito.
Sq Ft: 5,279
Lot Size: 1.36 acres
Built in: 2001
Property Type: Single-family
Architectural Style: Mediterranean
Location Type: Coastal
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