When you ask luxury home buyers what is most important to them, the answers are consistent: privacy and views. There could hardly be two more brilliant examples of both than Villa della Costa and Villa del Mare on Santa Barbara’s Gaviota coast.
Each of these remarkable estates has been sited on a scenic knoll above the Pacific, offering unobstructed views of the surrounding natural beauty: mountains, pastoral countryside, Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands and glorious sunrise-to-sunset panoramas. What’s more, these majestic properties are buffered by a rare and generous amount of private landscape: Villa della Costa sits on 106 acres and Villa del Mare on 287 acres.
While the non-stop views are divine, much more has gone into the design and construction of each of these estates, as Bret Parsons points out in his article in View. (Parsons is the director of Coldwell Banker’s Architectural Division and author of Colcord: View and, with Marc Appleton and Steve Vaught, Gordon B. Kaufmann: Master Architects of Southern California, 1920-1940.) The teams that built each of these residences have mastered the art of coastal construction to create legacy properties – private sanctuaries of unqualified strength and beauty.
Villa della Costa was designed by architects J.M. Sewall & Associates with interior finishes by Mark Weaver & Associates, and built with magnificent integrity by Kitchell Custom Homes, a luxury estate builder. Combining the comforts of rural ranch with the sophistication of Mediterranean beauty, large-scale rooms are constructed with exposed antiqued ceiling beams and custom hand-hewn walnut floors. The single-level open plan offers full enjoyment of the awe-inspiring, expansive views as well as an ideal setting for year-round entertaining.
Villa del Mare, on its spectacular grassy bluff, occupies a portion of the historic Rancho Tajiguas, which was once planted with lemons, persimmons, avocados and other more exotic fruit. This stunning Tuscan-style estate is sumptuous without being ornate. Constructed primarily on one level, its thoughtful design places the pool and poolside pavilion on a slightly lower level to allow full enjoyment of the iconic coastline views from both locations.
While exceptionally private, both of these gorgeous estates offer easy access to Montecito and Santa Barbara, with their world-class restaurants, shopping, culture and recreation. Both properties have abundant private water.
The Gaviota coast is truly a treasure of Southern California geography, located between the Los Padres National Forest and the Santa Barbara Channel, and these estates are in full measure equal to the majesty of their location.