Montecito, Santa Barbara: the place where the ocean, mountains and architects combine to create stunning, multi-million dollar homes for those who can’t get enough of beautifully-designed homes offering spectacular views of nature.
Designed by Barbara Bestor in 2012, this 4780 sq. ft., four-bedroom and bathroom “Toro Canyon House” is no different. Even when you’re inside, it feels like you’re in-touch with nature thanks to its ceiling-to-floor windows. Almost every room in this estate has an amazing view of either California’s mountainous terrain or the ocean in the distance.The kitchen boasts European-styled cabinetry, an island that seats four as well a range, two sinks and two ovens. This open-concept area also turns into the dining room, where 12 guests can comfortably sit and have a meal while the fireplace roars in the background. If you’d would rather eat outside, take your pick from one of two outdoor seating areas just beyond the dining room and kitchen.The living room offers plenty of seating, natural light and a wide view of the mountains – the perfect place to relax with family and play a board game over a cup of hot cocoa.The master bedroom features an en-suite spa complete with Japanese-style soaking tub and steam shower. Kick back, relax, and enjoy that lovely view with the master suite’s own personal balcony.
The main home also features a powder room and yoga room with a private garden to get you in that zen state of mind. The rest of the bedrooms, including the two in the guest house, are no less unique in their design and decor. Anyone – adult and child alike – can study, play and sleep in these beautifully furnished rooms.
The main attraction is, of course, the great outdoors. This property is flanked by three individual courtyards, which serve a dual purpose: not only do they bring in ample natural light (no giant trees equals more light), but they also provide protection from strong winds. If you head outside down a flight of stairs, you’ll find an outdoor lounge area to soak up the sun or take a dip in the pool, which features a vanishing edge facing the ocean. This picture-perfect Toro Canyon House is available to the public for $8.5 million.Sources: [jamesedition.com/], [bestorarchitecture.com/]