Ocean View Villa Reimagined by Don Nulty Sells for $8.78M in Montecito, CA (PHOTOS)

Ocean View Villa Reimagined by Don Nulty Sells for $8.78M in Montecito, CA

SOLD | Built 2002 | 8,716 Sq. Ft. | 5 Beds | 6.5 Baths | 2.49 Acres
956 Mariposa Lane, Montecito, California, United States, 93108

Presiding over 2.49 acres in a highly sought-after location, this expansive Mediterranean-style estate was originally developed in 2002 and recently reimagined by famed design experts Don Nulty and Christina Rottman. The ocean view property listed in July 2019 for $14.5 million and recently relisted for $9.15 million before selling for $8.78 million. Property records reveal it last selling in 2015 for $11.7 million. From the listing: “A gated entry opens to reveal the sprawling main residence and a charming guest house, both accented by the natural beauty of native oaks, olive trees and a waterfall. Iron fixtures and woodwork, remarkable brick roof molding, and a striking entry door offer delightful vignettes to be marvelled. The residence surrounds a generous cobblestone motor court, inspired by the streets of Rome, and a four-car garage. Stepping through the impressive entry door, the interior’s exceptional design is on immediate display. The foyer introduces the home’s Moroccan influences and romantic ambience; light reflects off the Moroccan glass tile floor and dancing across the towering groin vault ceiling.” 

Luxury and tranquility coexist harmoniously in the formal living room. A beamed ceiling with exposed trusses and arched clerestory windows lend an open and airy feel while a wall of French doors spill out to an ocean view terrace. A rustic stone fireplace surround offers a textural counterpart to the smooth, custom plaster walls, which have been polished to a lustrous gleam. This airy space opens to the formal living room, dining room, and kitchen. French doors reveal a romantic fireside loggia where breathtaking ocean and island views are an ideal host for evening sunsets. Luxurious in every way, the kitchen is fitted with top of the line Grohe fixtures and chef’s appliances including Wolf, Fischer and Paykel, Bosch and SubZero. A spacious center island hosts a wine refrigerator and breakfast bar and a generous walk-in pantry accommodates every culinary necessity.” Designer Christina Rottman described her vision for the kitchen to House Beautiful Magazine, “I wanted this jolt of colour to emphasize that the kitchen is the joyful heart of the house.”

From the listing: “Stepping through a Moorish keyhole archway, the eastern wing of the home hosts the lavish ground floor master suite, two bedrooms and additional leisure space. The master suite is a serene escape. Preceded by a private sitting room and an office, the master bedroom welcomes romantic evenings while peaceful mornings begin with glistening ocean views. A pitched ceiling and walls of French doors lend an airy and whimsical ambience while an elegant fireplace offers a convivial interplay of modern and classical. Dual baths and closets further the sense of luxurious privacy that defines the master suite. Privately tucked away from the main residence, a spacious guesthouse with ocean views is an ideal retreat. Offering all of the amenities of a second residence, the guesthouse boasts an inviting bedroom with en-suite bath, living room with a fireplace and beamed ceiling, a full kitchen, small office, and a second bath. The guest home’s ocean view porch is perfect for a spot of morning tea or an evening glass of a local vintage.”

From the listing: “Stairs lead to the lower grounds, passing a former French jailhouse door from the 1800’s, which secures a hidden wine cellar. The vast grounds provide an array of options for outdoor fun and leisure activities. A lush lawn gently rolls toward the expansive tennis court welcoming midday matches while a spacious spectator’s terrace lines the court. Enjoy afternoons lost wandering through the tropical specimen trees and secret gardens. Towering hedges surround the private pool pavilion, where a hidden above ground spa has been built into the landscape. If you prefer being poolside, a lounge patio and stone cabana with a glowing fireplace provide further space to enjoy Montecito’s idyllic climate. A private well irrigates the landscaping and keeps the property lush throughout the year.” Annual property taxes are estimated at $130,003. This unique Mediterranean-style estate was on the market for $9.15 million with Riskin Partners Estate Group of Village Properties.