Located on a quiet Montecito lane is this beautiful 1937 traditional designed by Chester Carjola. Set in a lush garden setting with over two acres of lawns and towering trees, this approx. 6,258 sq. ft. timeless home retains its original charm and character. A graveled circular motor court leads to the red brick Entry terrace. The front door opens onto the intimate Foyer with the master staircase. To the left, through double doors is the elegantly paneled living room. Gracious in scale, the warm ambiance of this beautifully proportioned room is highlighted by the large wood burning fireplace, elegant mantelpiece, and wide plank flooring. Built-in book cases are located at each end of the room, and deep-set French doors flank the fireplace. Located adjacent to the living room is an intimate library/study, where once again paneled walls and wide plank flooring are featured. A unique white inset paneled ceiling complements the dark walls and floor. Saw-tooth detailing on the built-in book cases underscore the architectural integrity of the home. Just beyond the study is the spacious master suite. A gallery hallway with marvelous cabinetry and an office area leads to the charming master bedroom that features a corner set wood burning fireplace. Two large dressing rooms and master bath with both tub and separate stall shower complete this room. Located on the second level are two airy and spacious guest bedrooms. Both feature charming French doors that open onto balconies that enjoy lovely garden views.
The rectangular dining room with crystal chandelier is full of light and enjoys lovely vistas over the rolling lawns in the back garden. White wainscot walls complement the dark floors and white ceiling. A delightful sun porch/gallery connects the Library and Dining room and adjoins a large brick terrace. This gallery is full of light and features white wide-plank wooden flooring and wrought iron light fixtures.
A bright family kitchen features period white cabinetry with dark wood counters and a wonderful yellow and white checker board floor. Over the large center island, hanging light fixtures add charm and atmosphere to casual family meals. Vintage refrigerators, two large industrial ranges, and dual dish washers make this room a true chef?s delight. A cozy breakfast room, large butler?s pantry, and laundry room are also included in this wing. Located beyond the breakfast room are three additional bedrooms, each with bath.
A charming cupalo sits atop the two- story guest house. On the upper level is a large studio, bedroom and bathroom. Located downstairs is a garage/storage room that can also be used as a recreation room. In addition there is a four-car garage.
The park-like landscaping is spectacular. A large brick terrace is the ideal spot for outdoor entertaining and enjoying beautiful mountain vistas. The back garden is carpeted with lawn and ringed by stately trees. Beds of roses, flowering shrubs and fruit trees dot the lawn.
This old world estate enjoys many wonderful features only found in the classic homes built in the 1930s, and it remains a family home of understated elegance and rich history in a secluded setting of calm and beauty.