1929 Montecito Masterpiece - 1496 San Leandro - Montecito - $2,595,000
This exquisitely appointed Mediterranean is located in the prestigious Hedgerow district of Montecito. The owners of 22 years have paid meticulous and loving attention to preserving and restoring Architect Joseph J. Plunkett's magnificent 1929 creation.
As he did when he designed Santa Barbara's downtown Arlington Theatre, Plunkett borrowed lavishly from Spanish architectural styles, combining romantic and picturesque features inside and out. In a seamless blend of practical and whimsical, decorative and functional, you'll find an unexpected niche or Hobbit-sized cupboard, domed chimney caps, a garage turret, ironwork accents at the hearth and windows, iron lanterns and chandeliers, beautifully paneled arched doors, heavily beamed ceilings, gleaming oak flooring, colorful tile work, shutters, balconies, terraces and gracefully curved stone staircases.
The setting is an integral part of the design and every room enjoys wonderful views. Huge Spanish arbor windows showcase carefully tended manicured gardens, and to step into the entry foyer is to immediately see through a glass door to the rear garden of brilliant rose beds and lush velvet lawns, with their backdrop of grand mountains.