Don Nulty-Designed Mediterranean Retreat Sells for $27M in Montecito (PHOTOS)

Don Nulty-Designed Mediterranean Retreat Sells for $27M in Montecito

SOLD | Built 2005 | 12,916 Sq. Ft. | 6 Beds | 8.5+ Baths | 2.44 Acres
1590 E Mountain Drive, Montecito, California, United States, 93108

Perched above Montecito’s Upper Village, this impressive 2.44 acre Mediterranean-style dream estate designed by architect Don Nulty and acclaimed interior designer Michael S. Smith has sold for nearly $27 million. It was built in 2005 and last recorded selling in 2015 for $27.5 million. It hit the market in July for nearly $28 million. Sweeping ocean views, stunning architecture and impeccable quality set the tone for this magnificent property. Over a stone laden drive, gates open to reveal mature specimen trees and the first glimpse of the main house. There is a dramatic motor-court with a trio of fountains, lush olive trees and a babbling antique stone fountain. The 10,000 square foot main house showcases an impressive galleria, hand-troweled Venetian plaster walls, groin-vaulted ceilings, a formal living room and hand-stencilled walls. 

Just outside three sets of iron French doors is an expansive entertaining terrace with seating around a beautiful fireplace and lush lawns. Enter into the formal dining room and marvel at the dramatic details such as the hand-painted mural and ceiling mouldings. The serene interior courtyard is home to a beautiful antique fountain and stone fireplace. When pocket doors are closed, the kitchen remains private and an independent space for caterers. With two expansive islands, professional appliances, and beautifully painted cabinetry the kitchen is as visually pleasing as it is practical. Beamed ceilings, a stone fireplace, and luxe textiles surround the great room and offer a sense of everyday elegance.

As you enter the master wing, an elegant sitting room with a stone fireplace opens to the terrace and enjoys vast ocean views. Two ultra-luxurious baths and closets round out the astonishing master retreat. In addition to the master suite, the main residence features four luxurious guest suites. A private staircase on the easterly wing descends to the home’s lower level, where you’ll find an expansive gym, impressive home theater, temperature controlled wine cellar, and extra-large storage area. The stunning guest house, located adjacent to the swimming pool, is private from the main house, but not too remote. Built with the same quality and attention to detail as the main residence, the sumptuous accommodations include a spacious living room with a fireplace and kitchen, and a luxurious bedroom with a spacious bathroom, all enjoying the captivating views. The unique Mediterranean-style property was on the market for $28 million with Riskin Partners Estate Group of Village Properties.

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