Architecturally Distinguished Estate – $15,000,000

Architecturally Distinguished Estate

6660 Happy Canyon Road, Santa Ynez, United States, 93460

This elegant and secluded 116 acre contemporary estate is located in the wine country of the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley.  Known for its bucolic scenery, equestrian farms and quality of life, Santa Ynez is a short drive from Santa Barbara and only 2 hours from Los Angeles.  The current owners commissioned Michael Palladino, senior partner and design architect in Richard Meier’s Los Angeles office to create a contemporary home in keeping with the materials, colors and context of the natural landscape.  The result is a sophisticated house grounded in the western architectural vernacular that exemplifies modernist principles of form following function. It achieves the ideal of architecture that is comfortable to live in and architecture as art.  The two-year building process required an unusual precision and workmanship from both contractor and crew.


Nestled into a hill, the house commands outstanding views of the surrounding countryside.  It is characterized by the harmonious scale of its rooms in a layout that provides both privacy and inviting social spaces – all suffused with natural light from windows designed to frame the spectacular views.  One of the unique architectural features is the custom designed curved ceiling of the living, dining and family rooms, shaped as a wave from 14 feet at the highest point ending in clear- story windows, motorized to open.  Clear- story is a design element that reappears throughout the house providing exceptional indirect light. UV glass is used in all windows as well as in the French and custom sliding doors opening to gracious outdoor living space.

The home has 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, a full guest suite and 2 half baths.  There is a completely appointed Chef’s eat-in-kitchen, formal living, dining and family rooms, private sitting room, office, and exercise room with views from all rooms in every direction.  Property amenities include a salt- water pool and, removed from the home, an 8 stall equestrian stable, a large hay / equipment barn, irrigated pastures and a ranch manager’s home.

In an area known for its quality wine production, the property could have vineyard potential.  The landscaping was conceived to provide a transition from the surrounding hills to a more cultivated environment.  In addition to oaks and sycamores, a large olive orchard leads up to and surrounds the house and extensive grounds in which drought tolerant Mediterranean and native plants give way to the refinement of roses and lawn in the gardens closest to the house.

Price: $15,000,000
Size: n/a
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5 Full, 2 Half
Speciality Items: 116 Acres, Equestrian Facility with 8 Stalls, & Tack Room, Riding Arena, Ranch Manager’s Home.
Address: 6660 Happy Canyon Road, Santa Ynez, United States, 93460

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