Step inside a Santa Monica house with all the charm of a Tuscan villa

Georgie Mihaila
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Photo credit: Anthony Barcelo courtesy of Compass

If you often find yourself daydreaming about the rolling hills of Tuscany, we have something special for you today.

A Tuscan-inspired home has recently hit the market in Santa Monica, offering oodles of charm, unique architectural details, and carefully picked finishes that almost make you forget you’re in California.

Priced at $9,650,000, the Tuscan-style masterpiece offers an escape into the wine countryside with its gorgeous tile details and earthy atmosphere. Tara Rodgers-Culbertson with Compass holds the listing.

Photo credit: Anthony Barcelo courtesy of Compass

With its reclaimed roof tiles from Burgundy, terracotta flooring, an antique horse trough, and iron and glass doors, the exterior of the house fits in seamlessly with the landscaping that surrounds it.

The earthy feeling of the house’s exterior is reflected in its interior, which features plaster walls, smoked French white oak floors, and reclaimed beams on the ceilings. 

Photo credit: Anthony Barcelo courtesy of Compass

“The unique architectural design offers a natural and timeless European approach to building with a level of modern craftsmanship that we rarely have the privilege of seeing today,” says listing agent Tara Rodgers-Culbertson with Compass. 

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Offering 4,200 square feet of living space, the two-level Santa Monica house has 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, and 1 half bath, with each and every one of its spaces being more inviting than the next.

Photo credit: Anthony Barcelo courtesy of Compass

The kitchen is every chef’s dream (and would likely appeal even to the cooking adverse) with its warm atmosphere and beautiful finishes. Among them, we find a Roman brick wall, a copper-and-white La Cornue range and hood with electric and gas ovens, and an indoor pizza oven that leads directly to the outdoor dining area (which comes with its own Kalamazoo grill, terra-cotta tiles that match the living room, and a heated floor).

Photo credit: Anthony Barcelo courtesy of Compass
Photo credit: Anthony Barcelo courtesy of Compass

A curved staircase leads to the second floor of the house, which features a fully-equipped media room with a movie theater, HomeWorks and Savant systems, and a pull-out desk for office work.

Opening up to a picturesque balcony overlooking the pool and patio area, the primary bedroom is bright and light-filled and features a spacious walk-in closet.

Photo credit: Anthony Barcelo courtesy of Compass

The spa-like master bathroom doesn’t leave much to be desired either, featuring both a full-size tub and a shower, as well as exterior stairs leading to the jacuzzi and pool area below. A guest bedroom, also on the second floor, has an adjoining guest bath with black and white tile and Greek print.

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Photo credit: Anthony Barcelo courtesy of Compass

While this Santa Monica house has plenty of unique attributes, one of its most distinctive features is the underground wine cellar, visible through a window in the floor of the library that sits right above it.

Photo credit: Anthony Barcelo courtesy of Compass

When it comes to outdoor areas, the home’s doors open up to a beautiful deck and a pottery-lined pool. Deep-blue glass tiles line the rectangular pool rimmed with Moroccan lanterns and topiaries in circular Uzes pots, creating a mesmerizing effect.

Photo credit: Anthony Barcelo courtesy of Compass

Adding to the outdoor area’s charm is a jacuzzi tucked on the house’s back porch, adorned with hand-painted tiles and plates sourced from San Diego and inspired by Lisbon’s blue-and-white azulejos.

Photo credit: Anthony Barcelo courtesy of Compass

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With a decade-long career as a digital content creator, Georgie started out as a real estate journalist for Multi-Housing News & CPExecutive. She later transitioned into digital marketing, working with leading real estate websites like PropertyShark, RENTCafé and Point2Homes. After a brief but impactful stint in the start-up world, where she led the marketing divisions of fintech company NestReady and media publisher Goalcast, Georgie returned to her first passion, real estate, and founded