Villa Sevillano

Villa Sevillano

Villa Sevillano

I saw a snippet of this house – villa – on Cococozy, & I was intrigued so I wanted to see more.

It’s in Santa Barbara, one of my favorite places.  And it’s on the market for either $19.5 million or $21.5 million – I found reports of both.  It sits on 22 acres, & adjoins the grounds of the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.

At over 10,000 square feet, it boasts 6 bedrooms, 9.5 baths, ocean views, equestrian facilities, exercise fields, olive & citrus orchards, formal gardens, & inifinity edge pool with spa.

Wow!  Gorgeous ocean view!  And those must be the “exercise fields.”  The equestrian facilities include a 54 stall stable.

The drive up appeal is fantastic.  The exterior is stucco with a limestone columned front door & red tile roof.

Beautiful foyer. If you don’t like stairs, you can take the elevator up to the second floor (or down to the lower level).

 

I love the herringbone floors.  The beams are hand-stenciled. The villa is repeatedly referenced as Italian & old-world, which it is, but they have incorporated so much of what I call the California look – I love it.

The walls are all plaster – I love the clean lines that gives.  The mantle is antique Italian stone. The detail of the arched windows is gorgeous – 8 sets of french doors open to the front patio garden & to the rear travertine covered veranda.   Look at the vent detail!

The true meaning of indoor/outdoor living.  I’m so jealous.  We get about 5 of those days a year in Texas!

I love that the simple style of the kitchen doesn’t make it feel cold or modern. They used imported Italian marble for the counters & travertine for the floors.

The breakfast room & family room adjoin the kitchen. Three sets of French doors open to the lawn & the pool.

The master suite not only has ocean views, but a fireplace, jacuzzi deck, & patio.  The ironwork was all commissioned by local craftsmen.  It’s that gorgeous California style.  I love the pair of chandeliers, as well as the curtain rods & sconces.

This bath is incredible!  My dream is a fireplace in the bathroom.  I like it that they softened the look in here by painting the beams. Are those polo players real or did they photo-shop them in??

Oh, & the rest of the bathroom.  Love the fretwork over the skylight.

 

There is also a lower level.  This is the recreation room with it’s custom bar area.

 

And there is a media room as well as a wine room on the lower level.  We don’t get to see the staff quarters, found on the lower level as well.

In California you can sit by the pool without dying.  Here, no.  Looks divine!

Villa Sevillano has been a luxury vacation/event rental.  I’m not sure if it was built for that purpose or not.  I just love how it doesn’t have that heavy Tuscan feel – overdone & dark!  This has just the right amount of the California mission feel mixed in.  I’ll probably look for something a little smaller when I get ready to buy in Santa Barbara, but this is great inspiriation!

 

 

 

 

 

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