1360 East Valley Road, Montecito, CA 93108

VILLA DEL SOL – Inspired by the country estates of the northern Mediterranean, this custom built villa seamlessly blends Spanish and Italian architectural themes in perfect harmony. From this ideal location in Montecito’s Upper Village, church bells can be heard every day, adding an ambient echo of the European countryside.

Behind dual wooden gates, the motor court is a fitting introduction to this timeless home with newly built studio. The dramatic foyer features a soaring two-story ceiling, arched doorways, and a graceful staircase ascending to the upstairs master suite, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. Textured white stucco walls contrast with the dark hand carved wood beams suspended over Saltillo tile floors throughout. Crafted wrought iron, colorful tiles, chandeliers, and arching paned windows artfully adorn every space.  An abundance of French doors lead to numerous balconies and patios offering views of the manicured grounds and mountain vistas.

The captivating central courtyard is an enchanting outdoor room with tranquil fountain as a pleasingly serene backdrop. With fireplaces in each, the formal living room and beautiful country kitchen both open to the inner courtyard sanctuary as a natural extension of the indoor ambiance. A library with fireplace makes a practical office, family room, or guest room with powder room just outside. A fully outfitted basement workshop could brilliantly be converted to a wine cellar.

Upstairs, the romantic master suite commands attention as a spacious retreat where mountain and garden views stream in through windows and French doors that open to two balconies. In the master bath, an impressive open shower with drenching showerheads is the signature centerpiece, as is the sleek soaking tub. Adjacent is a charming sunrise-facing bedroom with shared access to the master bathroom; an ideal family suite configuration.  The third upstairs bedroom suite features a brand new bathroom with marble counters, shower and the added benefit of all-in-one washer/dryer hookup.Luscious fruit and citrus trees border the expansive lawn of the formal backyard. The adjacent and private gated stone patio off the kitchen and formal dining room is the ultimate entertaining oasis.  Under the open beam vaulted ceiling, the newly built detached studio offers a kitchen with island seating, bathroom, and patio. Large barn doors add to the indoor-outdoor feel and offer easy access to the driveway on “move-in” day.   A thoughtful and gently sloping ramp from the cottage patio offers ease and access to the main house. Villa del Sol is a welcoming breath of fresh air on the Montecito map.

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  • Price: $2,795,000
  • Year Built: 1980
  • Bedrooms: 3 (Main house) + Studio
  • Bathrooms: 2 + two half baths (Main house), 1 bathroom (studio)
  • Acres: Approx. .5 acres
  • Fireplaces: 4 (living room, kitchen, library, master suite)