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“Cima del mundo,” a Spanish phrase meaning “top of the world,” describes exactly how this estate’s new owners will feel upon moving in. Built in 1924 by noted architect Myron Hunt—who also designed Henry Huntington’s San Marino, Calif., home (now a museum)—this 11-acre property in Montecito, Calif., sits atop a knoll with a 360-degree view spanning the Pacific Ocean, the Channel Islands, Santa Barbara Harbor, Montecito Valley, and the Santa Ynez mountain range.

The 22,000-square-foot Spanish hacienda–style main residence, which underwent a comprehensive renovation three years ago, includes seven bedrooms, seven full baths, and five half baths, as well as a host of amenities for gracious living. The foyer opens onto a teakwood-paneled grand hall with a hand-stenciled barrel ceiling and leads to the formal dining room, which features a handsome coffered walnut ceiling. The grand living room, located at the opposite end of the hall, is graced with a meticulously carved teak ceiling. Both of these rooms include fireplaces, two of 12 that accent the property.

The master bedroom suite is a splendid cocoon unto itself, offering an executive office with views of the ocean and Montecito Valley, a sitting room, and a master bath equipped with a steam shower and heated towel racks. It also has two fireplaces, one in the bedroom and one in the bathroom.

The kitchen is equipped with a Viking range, a Traulsen refrigerator, and a fireplace of its own. The wine cellar/tasting room holds 3,000 bottles. A 950-gallon tropical saltwater aquarium decorates the bar and billiards room, and the ceiling of the sunroom is handpainted with a floral motif. The house also includes a gym with a dry sauna, a 15-seat theater, four safes, and a three-car garage with a workshop. There is even a bowling alley with its original 1924 ball-return mechanism.

The exterior is as lovely as the interior, with three acres of gardens, a large lawn on the west side of the house, a 30-by-50-foot swimming pool with a waterfall in the backyard, a hot tub, a cabana room with a full bar, and a 1,000-square-foot heated veranda with redwood rafters.

The property also features an attached one-bedroom stone guesthouse with a full kitchen and bath, a living room, and a fireplace, as well as a guest suite near the pool with a full bath and a fireplace. Staff quarters are also included. 


Price: $40 million.

Contact: Rebecca Riskin, Village Properties Realtors, 805.565.8863, www.montecito-realestate.com

The estate is not furnished.

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