Originally designed by architect, Wallace Frost, and crafted of local stone quarried onsite in the 1920’s, the intriguing Montecito home which captured designer, John Saladino’s attention in 2001 was a romantic “half farmhouse, half villa” nestled on a gentle country road and hidden by a grove of mature trees. “Part of the immediate appeal of the house was its mix of grandeur and modesty.” Saladino bought the place out of pure emotion, knowing its restoration would be an enormous and costly undertaking. Transforming the property included, simultaneously, new construction, reconstruction and restoration, interior and landscape design. His recent beautiful book and DVD, VILLA SALADINO, 2009, (which is in its third printing), chronicles the years of work and his love affair with the villa.
In addition to the new roof, with the installation of fourteen thousand eighteen-century Italian tiles, the house has all new windows and doors, and entirely new mechanical systems: electrical, plumbing and heating. Luxurious amenities include a huge stone motor court with antique Venetian statuary, a guest apartment or staff quarters with outside entrance, a security system, nine fireplaces, 18th century Spanish entry gates, and exquisite attention to every architectural and landscape detail. An enchanting covered entrance gallery/loggia welcomes you and entices the senses with its adjacent magnificent terraced atrium garden. The entrance hall/foyer, which fulfills one of the Palladian requirements (views facing the four cardinal points), leads to a spacious and inviting drawing room with a giant fireplace, as well as the largest sunset-view window in the house. From the foyer also, one steps down to a romantic paneled and stone walled dining room, hung with light blue tapestries and an impressive fireplace.
A gourmet country kitchen with beamed ceiling, brings the most modern amenities to this part of the house. A secret door reveals a two level office suite with a 21st century communication center. The breakfast room opens to a long carpet lawn with a delightful fountain, a border of ancient olive trees, and a view of the Pacific. The master bedroom and bath/dressing area both enjoy corner fireplaces, and open to an ocean view gravel garden with a sublime mélange of artfully arranged grey-green plants. A second bedroom on this wing is flanked by two intimate garden terraces and an awe inspiring bath with pale jade marbled walls and a neo classical antique marble tub. Three additional bedrooms and sitting room are located on an upper level with ensuite baths. For quiet time, one can retire to the entry level library/media room with its garden views and fireplace for a glass of wine, conversation, or reading.
Thirteen acres of glorious park-like grounds feature spectacular gardens including the atrium, east terrace, agave garden, olive allee, an “ocean-view” swimming pool, shady vine covered pergola, and a sun drenched lawn is highlighted with a 2000 year old Roman column, which adds an important note of permanence. Finally, the quarter mile driveway winds through a park with some 2,000 trees in a variety of shapes and sizes and tones of green. Both relaxed and proper, with deep-down satisfying comfort, old and new, classical and modern, Saladino created a home of serenely timeless interiors and gardens, that are his hallmark! This extraordinary 6 bedroom 10,000 square foot stone villa, nestled on magical ocean and mountain view terraced gardens, beckons a new owner to revel in its beauty. A true masterpiece and a private paradise, “entertaining lies at the very heart of life at the villa.” He took the best of architecture from the Golden Age of the 1920’s and infused the villa’s structure, furnishings and gardens with the comfort and technology of this century. That accomplishment, in itself, is a mark of the genius of John Saladino.
Size: 10,000 Sq. Ft.
Bathrooms: 6 Full, 2 Half
Speciality Items: 13 Acres, 9 Fireplaces, Media Room, Built in 1929, Pool, Stone Terraces, Harbor & Mountain Views, New Doors, New Windows, New Electrical, New Plumbing, Originally Designed by Wallace Frost, 14,000 18th Century Italian Tiles.
Address: 2840 Hidden Valley Lane, Montecito, California, United States, 93108
The very best of Saladino! One must see to believe the perfect pairing of comfort and grandeur, modern and old, in this 1929 stone Italianate estate completely restored by the master himself, for himself. 6 bedrooms, 6 baths, 2 half baths, 9 fireplaces, media room, pool, elevated stone terraces, fountains, exquisite landscaping with ocean, harbor and mountain views on 13 acres. All new doors, windows, roof, electrical & plumbing. The bathrooms, kitchen and laundry are all streamlined and modern for easy living with the house still respected as an antique and therefore conveying the feeling of living in a 17th Century Italian villa. In the words of Saladino, “It’s the summation of all my knowledge; it’s my opus.”
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