La Pumada, arguably Montecito’s most significant estate, has been listed for sale via Village Properties, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate for $29.5 million.
Designed circa 1929 by renowned architect Reginald Johnson, an Italian villa-style mansion, rests on nearly 5 private and quiet acres with sweeping ocean, island and mountain views. In the very heart of Montecito’s Golden Quadrangle, this priceless estate offers a grand main residence, two enchanting guest houses, a detached office, tennis court, party pavilion, swimming pool, garages for 8+ cars and gardens originally designed by Lockwood deForest.
The property’s acreage features orchards, rose gardens, magnolias and mature specimen trees, surrounding the luxurious main villa. Old World detailing dominates each elegant room, including original tile, shining oak floors, marvelous hand-stenciled, beamed ceilings, and marble and plaster accents. The entry foyer leads onto the main gallery connecting with each room. The living and dining rooms, sunroom and library feature stunning views of Montecito’s coastline and the Channel Islands. South of the loggia is a formal lawn that steps down to a large elliptical pond, bordered on the east and west by an oak forest.
The grounds will soon include a first-class tennis court, pool, and an exquisite party pavilion with changing rooms and baths, and complete with reflective pools on either side. Antique and yet modern in all of the right ways, La Pumada brings a historical, Italian Villa presence into the heart of coastal California, blending the two styles seamlessly and sophisticatedly into one.
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