Montecito is well-known for a number of reasons: For being home to Hollywood elite dating back to the days Charlie Chaplin, who built the storied Montecito Inn in 1928. For being home today to uber-celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres. For its architectural pedigree punctuated by Santa Barbara Missions and Mediterraneans. For its unique dichotomy of grand living and relaxed nature. And for the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, founded in 1911 and standing today as one of the city’s most enduring and famous landmarks.
Among Montecito’s many gilded residences, a few stand alone, and one of them just hit the market. This world-class, 20-acre, ocean- and mountain-view estate is not only set near the renowned Polo Club; it boasts its own field—hence its moniker, “The Polo Ranch of Montecito.”
Reached by a double-gated drive showcasing a stone motor court with a bubbling fountain, the fully secure and private Mediterranean estate features 12,000 square feet of exquisitely designed living space.
The interior living space is highlighted by seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, formal reception rooms, and grand entertainment spaces that showcase ornamental and architectural detail including marble floors, crystal chandeliers, coffered ceilings, Corinthian columns, and gold-accented moldings.
The formal dining room can host large family dinners and charity events with equal grace. The formal living room features parquet floors, a fireplace, a separate sitting room, and multiple French doors leading out to a grand, covered loggia with a separate fireplace that makes gazing out at the ocean views even more romantic.
An office/trophy room reveals built-in, floor-to-ceiling, wood display cases and a hidden wet bar, with an inspired view overlooking both the ocean and the polo field.
The gourmet kitchen presents another fireplace that adds a luxe coziness to the chef-driven amenities, which include a Viking oven/stove, built-in Miele espresso machine, and a large pantry with freezer.
The grounds are a luxury playground, with the polo field as their centerpiece, joined by a cavalcade of rare and special amenities.
Included are: a 128-foot, Infinity-edge swimming pool; multiple water features with koi ponds; a clubhouse and equestrian facilities with quality stables; a putting green with sand traps and driving range; a secret garden off the master suite; a monarch butterfly habitat; a stocked pond; two spas; a pool house with kitchen; a detached guest suite; and numerous view terraces in addition to a rooftop pavilion with barbecue and hot tub, plus vistas spanning the sparkling blue ocean and rugged mountainsides.
For more information about this private polo estate, visit Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.