California estate with equestrian facilities on market for $US125 million

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The 10-stall round stable built in 1928. Photo: Sothebyshomes.com/
The 10-stall round stable built in 1928. Photo: Sothebyshomes.com/

The historic Santa Barbara estate of Rancho San Carlos, with a 30-room hilltop mansion and extensive equestrian facilities, has gone on the market for $US125 million.

The 30-room main homestead covers about 29,000 square feet. Photo: Sothebyshomes.com/
The 30-room main homestead covers about 29,000 square feet. Photo: Sothebyshomes.com/

The historic main home on the 237-acre historic estate in Montecito, California, covers about 29,000 square feet.

The estate also boasts a five-car garage, one-stall service garage, 10 residential cottages once used to house employees, and an office building.

The equestrian facilities include two stables, a 10-stall round barn built in 1928, an 11-stall rectangular wood frame and stucco barn, and a covered riding arena of about 11,250 square feet built in 1930.

The property has been listed by Sotheby’s International Realty, with the sale being handled by Harry Kolb and Suzanne Perkins, sales associates affiliated with the company’s brokerage office in Montecito.

Kolb said the property had been under the ownership of one family for nearly 100 years.

The hilltop manor is situated at the end of a long, curving driveway edged with Santa Barbara stone and surrounded by citrus groves.

The barrel-vaulted central gallery, which connects the lower level to the upper bedroom wings, is lined with hand-painted period murals and windowed display cases and overlooks a formal inner courtyard.

Perkins said the property was designed in 1931 by master architect Reginald Johnson, whom she described as the pre-eminent architect of the era.

“His architectural ingenuity is no better showcased than in his brilliant use of the natural slope and contours of the property, offering panoramic vistas across the valley to the Pacific.”

Oak-paneled rooms feature moldings, finials and mantle pieces taken from a manor home in Great Britain in the 1920s. With its ocean-viewing south terrace, the oversized living room features two fireplaces and crystal chandeliers.

The covered riding arena was built in 1930. Photo: Photo: Sothebyshomes.com/
The covered riding arena was built in 1930. Photo: Photo: Sothebyshomes.com/

A secret hallway leads from the light-filled library to the living room where a hidden door opens to reveal a staircase that descends to an authentic English whisky pub, complete with wooden casks, a long oak bar, stone fireplace and ample seating.

A card room at the entrance to the dining room features silver foil art-deco wallpaper and lacquered card tables. The dining room is located at the eastern end of the central gallery and has a private stone terrace for al-fresco dining overlooking formal parterre gardens.

The dining room is served by two large butler’s pantries that include a stainless island and counters and retain the original vintage ovens and refrigerators. Beyond the kitchens are a staff dining room, employee lounge and sitting room, plus three service bedrooms.

The large master suite enjoys both ocean and mountain views and features a fireplace, period decor, oversized bath tiled in a deco motif, dressing room with numerous built-in closets and spa-size bathroom with separate dressing area. A tower office with panoramic views is located above the master suite and is accessed by an exterior staircase.

One important feature of the property is its uninterrupted access to water via seven agricultural water meters and three water storage reservoirs. The property receives 50 percent of a water diversion system from adjacent Romero Creek that is piped directly into the reservoirs.

The listing can be viewed here

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