At first glance, you’d think the property we’re about to show you is located somewhere on a secluded hilltop in Spain. And you wouldn’t be completely off base, as the Spanish villa was actually modeled after the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. But as it turns out, the mansion is located in Montecito, California, and it’s been brought to market by The Agency founder and president Billy Rose.
The ultra-fabulous mansion at 848 Hot Springs Road was initially asking $35 million (now priced at $29 million), and it’s easy to see why. Featuring 11,947 square feet of luxurious living space on a 106,722-square-foot lot, the four-bedroom, four-bathroom villa is total eye candy. Its design seamlessly blends Spanish, Italianate and Moorish architecture, resulting in a magnificent display of opulence and elegance.
The estate was custom-built in 2014 by MG Partners, and is currently owned by Kinka Usher, an acclaimed TV commercial director who has worked with clients like Nike, Pepsi and Taco Bell.
The exquisite mansion incorporates imported, antique and time-honored materials, which blend perfectly with modern designs and features. State-of-the-art technology systems have been discreetly built into the property — which boasts Crestron automation, geo-thermal cooling and radiant heating, and a movie theater with surround sound and DLP cinema projector.
The interior of the estate will make your jaw drop to the floor. The living room connects the indoors with the outdoors through walls of double-height glass and steel doors and windows, and offers extraordinary views of the property grounds and of the ocean.
The entire living room and dining area, which incorporates a top-class kitchen and plenty of lounging areas, is completely bathed in natural light, and is the focal point of this estate. The dining room also overlooks a large koi pond and impeccably manicured grounds.
Speaking of the property grounds, the house lies on an expansive, 2.45-acre lot, replete with olive orchard trees, numerous mature trees, a 90,000-gallon swimming pond, a heated pool, waterfalls, bocci and pickle ball courts, a firepit, two large lawns for small events, and a grand lawn for formal parties and large events.
But wait, there’s more. The estate also includes a floating Japanese pavilion above the koi pond, and a 16-seat covered pergola with an outdoor kitchen that features a pizza oven and barbecue, perfect for entertaining guests or enjoying the summer weekends.
There’s also a spring-fed well and a 12,000-gallon cistern that provide enough water throughout the year to serve the entire grounds, and even the house, if needed.
The property comes with an attached guest house that features a living room, a kitchen and a bedroom suite. Two master suites are incorporated in the house, one boasting floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides, a large covered terrace, and a spa-like lavatory.
While the villa at 848 Hot Springs Road seems incredibly secluded and remote, it’s actually located in the heart of Montecito, where celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey live.
The location is conveniently close to beaches, shops, and restaurants in the Upper and Lower Villages, while the Four Seasons Biltmore, San Ysidro Ranch and the Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel are also nearby, and they offer a plethora of amenities via their membership clubs.
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