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Historic $39 Million Santa Barbara Compound for Sale

For 20 years, the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions gathered at the historic estate…

Perched on a lush, palm tree-dotted hilltop just outside Santa Barbara, this 22,000-square-foot estate has stunning 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, downtown Santa Barbara, and the Santa Ynez Mountains. Originally built around 1916, Villa Solana is referred to as one of Montecito’s original “Hilltop Barons” and sits on more than 11 acres. The home has a rich history: From 1958 to 1978 Solana was host to the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, a think tank where world leaders and scholars would convene to discuss issues involved in maintaining a free and just society. John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Henry Kissinger were among those who visited.

The compound underwent extensive renovations in 2000 and boasts five bedrooms, nine full and six half-bathrooms, as well as a hair salon and a custom-designed Pilates room. The kitchen is equipped with Sub-Zero appliances and decorated with Carrera marble countertops, antique tile panels from Portugal, and vintage Moroccan lanterns. The beamed ceiling is made with blue pine salvaged from a pre-WWII Canadian airplane hangar.

The master bath has an 18th-century painted French glass ceiling as well as custom closets built by Programme Martin, designer of the White House’s presidential wardrobes. Outside, a six-tiered rose garden blossoms with 500 roses, an expansive outdoor patio, pool, and crescent-shaped lily pond. (solanaestate.com)

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