This 1937 Spanish hacienda – seamlessly expanded and lovingly restored – evokes the romance of rancho-era California. But its custom kitchen, outfitted with two of every major appliance, and other of-the-moment updates make it a truly 21st-century prize.
Glimpses of mature greenery from nearly every window transport visitors to Montecito or Ojai, though Valley Village community gathering places remain conveniently within walking distance.
Nestled in the leafy enclave of Magnolia Estates on a corner lot and flanked by a private lane, the multilevel home boasts an oak-shaded brick patio grounded by a grand fireplace, Mediterranean-style pool and luscious lawn, all inviting outdoor dining and dreaming.
Exit a white-gravel car park shaded by 80-year-old magnolias and enter beneath a charming tin ceiling. To your right is a media suite that flows into an outdoor entertaining area; to your left is the beamed great room, drawing you in with its original fireplace, oak floors and coved doorways and windows.
Beyond is the open dining room and kitchen, the latter distinguished by two sets of custom cabinetry, a two-inch soapstone sink and a center island topped by a 14-foot stretch of black walnut, handcrafted from a single piece.
A soaring ceiling and fireplace, meanwhile, make a sanctuary of the massive master bedroom, affording respite to the mind as well as the body. Wake refreshed and linger with café con leche on the wrought-iron-accented balcony overlooking the pool, then wander down for your morning swim via a spectacular three-story stair tower. The tiles of the stair risers, rendered in muted blues, greens and grays, reiterate the designs gracing the floors of the house’s eight baths.
The master bath is accessed through doors hand-painted with a Moorish motif. Inside, a walk-in shower and statement tub await. Another bath features a ceramic bamboo treatment and teak windows; yet another is a jewel box of green and burgundy, with lighted shelving and white Carrera marble.
Elsewhere, bespoke interior doors fashioned from the lumber of a 100-year-old barn, Waterworks vanities and sconces, California faucets, Bouvet hardware and Reggio registers further attest to the heart and soul poured into every detail of this renewed Old World residence.