Sited in a premier Montecito location, Constantia reflects the architecture and appeal of another place and time. The impeccably restored 1930’s Cape Dutch estate stands on approximately 3.5 flat acres and is surrounded by meticulous gardens, broad lawns, and majestic palms. Spectacular views of Montecito Peak rise over the prominent reflecting pond and the shimmering waters of the Pacific Ocean appear beyond the verdant landscape. Named for the wine region of Cape Town, South Africa, Constantia arose from the visionary genius of Ambrose Cramer, who designed the pristine estate in 1929 for Arthur Meeker, Executive Vice President of Chicago’s Armour meat packing company. Cramer drew inspiration from the Cape Dutch homes that populated the southernmost tip of the African continent.
The Meekers believed Santa Barbara and the Cape held appealing similarities in climate, vegetation, and scenery and commissioned Cramer to recreate the same plantation style amid the breathtaking terrain of Montecito. Over the years, the estate has been home to noted names including the Meekers, architect Jack Warner, and local philanthropists Stewart and Katherine Abercrombie, and in the 1980’s and 1990’s was host to numerous parties and social events. The current owner purchased the property in 2006 and began the meticulous restoration that resulted in the masterpiece it is today.
The beautiful home spans approximately 10,000 square feet of living space and accommodates with six bedrooms and nine bathrooms. Famed landscape architect Lockwood deForest, Jr. was well known for his design of the original gardens at Constantia. The quality of his design is aptly reverenced in the more recent enhancements that distinguish the incredible setting. Massive iron gates frame the entrance to the olive-lined drive that fronts the estate, while a swimmer’s pool and spa, a dramatic reflecting pond, and a sunken garden bordered by roses complement the natural beauty that embraces the exquisite residence.
Size: 9,771 Sq. Ft.
Bathrooms: 4 Full, 5 Half
Speciality Items: Built in 1931, Fully Restored, 3.5 Acres, Original Gardens Designed by Lockwood deForest, Jr., Iron Gates, Swimming Pool, Reflecting Pond.
Address: 1599 East Valley Road, Montecito, California, United States, 93108