Montecito Real Estate Update | 2500 East Valley Road | $125,000,000

One of the most unique properties in Montecito has just come on the market for an astounding price of $125 million! Far from being an astronomical price, this listing could represent a real value for an astute (and well-heeled) buyer.

The central courtyard of the Monterey Colonial home.
The central courtyard of the Monterey Colonial home.

Perhaps the most compelling trait of this property are the 237 acres of land it is situated on. While ranches of this size may be more common between Goleta and Gaviota, as well as in the Santa Ynez Valley, only two other properties of this size have been sold within Montecito in the last 20 years. But neither of those had the facilities and improvements that this exclusive property boasts.

Built in 1931 by the noted architect Reginald Davis Johnson, the primary residence is a Monterey Colonial style home of over 29,000 square feet. Johnson designed many other notable buildings in the area, including the main branch of the Santa Barbara Post Office (831 Anacapa St), Cate School and Huguette Clark’s estate, Bellosguardo, across from the Bird Refuge which bears her sister’s name. Created around a central courtyard, the two story home provides ocean and mountain views while keeping the living space and bedrooms in different wings, for separation. The rooms are lavishly decorated and richly appointed in wood, stone and plaster. This one of a kind home also includes an English whiskey pub and a badminton court! Overall, the main home features more than 30 rooms.

2500 E. Valley Road, Santa Barbara, CA
The Formal Living Room features wood panel walls, a fireplace and lavish lighting.
2500 E. Valley Road, Santa Barbara, CA
The English whiskey pub features a large bar, coffered ceiling and fireplace.

Elsewhere on the property, extensive equestrian facilities add further value to the estate. An impressive round stable, covered riding ring, numerous corrals and more offer world-class boarding opportunities. Additionally, another 10 residential cottages are positioned around the acreage.

2500 E. Valley Road, Santa Barbara, CA
The round stables are just a small part of the extensive equestrian infrastructure.
Set on a rare 200+ acre parcel in the heart of Montecito, the estate offers plenty of opportunity for horse lovers, developers or those who cherish their privacy.
Set on a rare 200+ acre parcel in the heart of Montecito, the estate offers plenty of opportunity for horse lovers, developers or those who cherish their privacy.

If you are interested in more information on this property, or other luxury properties for sale in the Montecito area, contact Daniel Zia of the The Zia Group, by email or phone at 805.456.3635.

 

Montecito Real Estate Update | 2500 East Valley Road | $125,000,000

New Zia Group Listing | 1499 Sycamore Canyon Road | $1,395,000

This one-of-a-kind 4 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom Mediterranean retreat offers over 2,900 square feet of living space and sits on a private 1-acre lot just minutes from downtown Santa Barbara and the beach. Owned by a local artisan, the home has been upgraded to feature superb woodwork, including a remodeled kitchen with custom cabinetry. French doors lead to multiple patios and gardens for the idyllic indoor/outdoor Santa Barbara lifestyle. If you have questions about the home, please contact Daniel Zia at 805.637.7148. More information can also be found on our website.

1499 Sycamore Canyon Rd, Montecito, CA
The home features several patios linked by pathways through gardens of roses, boxwood hedges and numerous fruit trees.

From the moment you drive through the gated entry and cross the bridge over the year-round creek, you are surrounded by lush (and low maintenance) landscaping, including mature oaks, sycamore, and numerous fruit trees (orange, lemon, tangerine, avocado and more). Ornamental shrubs and ferns, as well as heirloom roses provide color and beauty. The outdoor areas were thoughtfully designed as extensions of the interior living space and provide great spaces to be enjoyed regardless of the time of day or season. Saltillo tile paths meander around the home, through boxwood hedges, linking the various patios. 

1499 Sycamore Canyon Rd, Montecito, CA
Covered and uncovered patios and balconies abound, providing many options for enjoying the outdoors, including dining al fresco.


Inside, natural light fills the home’s interior through five Velux skylights set in the vaulted ceilings of the living spaces. Wood-beam ceilings and oak floors exude warmth in the Living and Dining Rooms, both positioned to enjoy the double-sided fireplace. Energy-saving updates like low-e Milgard Ultra windows and high R-value insulation keep energy costs down and provide a cool escape from the warm summer days. 

1499 Sycamore Canyon Rd, Montecito, CA
The soaring vaulted ceilings feature skylights to brighten the interior, matched with the warmth of oak floors and a dual-sided fireplace.
1499 Sycamore Canyon Rd, Montecito, CA
The dining area features French doors to the patio, oak floors and wood-beamed ceiling.


The Kitchen is a definite highlight of this home, as It has been completely remodeled and all cabinetry was hand-made on site by the owner, using rare woods and the finest techniques. The majority of the cabinets are made of curly ash wood, with dovetail joints and book-matched panels for the doors. A built-in storage and display unit is made of walnut, with the same attention to detail. The counters are tropical green granite, with travertine backsplashes and compliment the stainless steel Bertazzoni range. For those who enjoy entertaining outside, a built-in BBQ and beautiful travertine counters are under a covered patio.

1499 Sycamore Canyon Rd, Montecito, CA
Handmade cabinets of oak and curly ash feature in the one-of-a-kind kitchen with other high-end upgrades.


The luxurious master suite features oak floors, French doors leading to a covered private balcony, and a large walk-in closet. The master bathroom offers an array of amenities including double vanity with travertine counter, a travertine tiled walk-in shower, whirlpool tub, and even a built-in Far infrared (FIR) sauna. 

1499 Sycamore Canyon Rd, Montecito, CA
The Master Suite features French doors to a private balcony, large walk-in closet and a luxurious Bathroom dressed in travertine tile with whirlpool tub and walk-in shower.


Located only two miles away from the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, Coast Village Rd, and East Beach, this incredible property offers that rare combination of a peaceful, almost rural setting, with incredibly quick and easy access to all of Santa Barbara’s famed amenities. For more information, call Daniel Zia at 805.637.7148, or email daniel@ziagroup.com.

New Zia Group Listing | 1499 Sycamore Canyon Road | $1,395,000

Montecito Real Estate Update | February 18th – 24th, 2014

For those with their eye on the Montecito real estate market, here is the market update for February 18th through 24th, 2014.

Closed Listings:

Since the 18th, there have been two homes that closed escrow in Montecito. One was sold without coming on the market, at a price of $3,475,000. The other was on the market for 722 days. It eventually sold, for just 67% of its original asking price, a selling price of $12,750,000. The 2.5 acre estate at 1478 E. Mountain Drive has an incredible view of the ocean, islands and mountains. Three bedrooms and four bathrooms are in the main house, two more bedroom suites are in the guest house, and an additional bedroom and bathroom are available in the pool cabana. Together, the home features almost 6,000 square feet of luxury living.

Montecito Estate
The motor court gives the first sign that you are entering an impressive estate.
Montecito Estate
The kitchen features a marble island and wall, luxury stainless steel appliances and custom cabinetry.
Montecito Estate
The large master bath features a shower and soaking tub and his and hers dressing rooms.

New Listings:

Eight new listings have come on the market in Montecito over the past week. Their prices range from $2,275,000 to $8,900,000 with an average asking price of about $4.75 million. All eight homes are single-family homes, regular sales and all are still available at the time of writing this.

Click HERE to search all currently available listings in Montecito. If you find a Montecito property you are interested in learning more about, contact Daniel Zia (805.637.7148 or daniel@ziagroup.com), your Montecito realtor.

The seven bedroom, nine bathroom estate at 424 Meadowbrook recently came on the market for $8.9 million. The home boasts almost 7,000 square feet of living space, garage space for 5 vehicles, a pool, tennis court and 2 acres of level, manicured lawns. This home is in the Ennisbrook community. Learn more about Ennisbrook at our website.

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This newer Ennisbrook estate is perfect for a large family.
Montecito homes for sale
The large pool is surrounded by a sun deck and expansive lawns. A pool house separates the pool from the tennis court.

If you are interested in the Montecito property featured above, or any Montecito home listings, please contact Daniel Zia by phone at 805.637.7148 or by email at daniel@ziagroup.com. To learn more about the Montecito area, visit our website. Daniel and the entire Zia Group team are ready to assist you in your search for the perfect Montecito estate, or serve you in selling your current home. For more information about the Zia Group’s services or the Montecito area, visit our website at www.theziagroup.com.

Montecito Real Estate Update | February 18th – 24th, 2014

Montecito Real Estate Update | February 11th – 17th, 2014

If you have been seeking a home or estate in Montecito, CA, here is the real estate market update for February 11th through the 17th, 2014.

Sold Listings in Montecito

There was one estate sold in Montecito in the past week. The home at 1506 Mimosa Lane was originally listed for $2,750,000 and sold after 28 days on the market for $2,465,000. The four bedroom, six bathroom home was recently remodeled with great attention to detail. The Spanish colonial style home is surrounded by lush landscaping and completely walled grounds, which also enclose the gorgeous pool. Inside, large living spaces make for great entertaining. A guest suite with private entrance plays host extraordinaire to guests.

Montecito estate sold in February
This gated estate sits in a prime Montecito location

New Listings in Montecito

Since February 11th, four new listings have come on the market in Montecito. Their average asking price is about $5.65 million. Of the four, one is already in escrow. All four are single-family homes and regular sales.

Click HERE to search all current Montecito listings. If you are interested in any of the Montecito estates you see, contact Daniel Zia (805.637.7148 or daniel@ziagroup.com), your Montecito realtor.

The four bedroom, five bathroom home at 2110 Alisos Drive is listed for $4,475,000. The home comprises almost 5,000 square feet and sits on 1 1/3 acres. This estate is a modern take on a Sante Fe style home. The clean lines compliment the laid-back lifestyle that Montecito is known for. This is reinforced by the sparkling pool and expansive lawns surrounding the pristine home.

Estate for sale in Montecito
An oak-line driveway leads to the contemporary Santa Fe style home
Estates for sale in Montecito
The Master Bedroom features a sitting area with fireplace and a private balcony.
Estates for sale in Montecito
Native landscaping surrounds the pool and lawns.
Estates for sale in Montecito
The lawns and old-growth trees provide distance and privacy from neighbors.

If you are interested in the Montecito property featured above, or any Montecito home listings, please contact Daniel Zia by phone at 805.637.7148 or by email at daniel@ziagroup.com. To learn more about the Montecito area, visit our website. Daniel and the entire Zia Group team are ready to assist you in your search for the perfect Montecito estate, or serve you in selling your current home. For more information about the Zia Group’s services or the Montecito area, visit our website at www.theziagroup.com.

Montecito Real Estate Update | February 11th – 17th, 2014

Montecito Real Estate Update | January 27th – February 2nd, 2014

For those looking for homes in Montecito, CA, here is the Montecito real estate market update for January 27th through February 2nd, 2014.

Sold Listings in Montecito

In the past week, three estates have sold in Montecito. The average of their selling prices was about $2.85 million and they spent an average of 133 days on the market. Compared to their original list prices, their selling prices were an average of around 91 percent.

The home at 760 Romero Canyon Road is 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom estate of over 3,000 square feet that recently sold for $3,195,000 after just 22 days on the market. Set amongst local and native landscaping sits the California craftsman style main home, as well as a detached multi-purpose room and an artist’s studio. High end upgrades mingle with character details to add up to an incredible Montecito home. Learn more about the Montecito area at our website.

Montecito estate sold recently
California craftsman style surrounded by native plants and natural landscaping
Montecito estate sold recently
Upgraded kitchen with Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf range and Miele dishwasher.

New Listings in Montecito

Seven new listings have been created for Montecito homes for sale since January 27th. Their prices range from $2,750,000 to $13,900,000 with a median price of $2,995,000. All the listings are single-family homes and regular sales, not short sales or foreclosures. As this is written, all seven listing are still available.

Click HERE to search all current Montecito listings. If you are interested in any of the Montecito homes you see, contact Daniel Zia (805.637.7148 or daniel@ziagroup.com), your Montecito realtor.

The incredible estate at 1711 E. Valley Road offers the privacy of a park on 1.6 acres, the charm of a European country estate, and the convenience of being close to Montecito’s Upper Village. This 7,400 square foot, 6 bedroom, 6 bathroom home is listed for $6.1 million. The outdoor dining area offers a built-in fireplace and separate brick pizza oven. Ponds, paths and a covered lawn bowling court can also be found on the property.

Montecito home for sale
The expansive estate is situated close to Montecito’s charming Upper Village.
Montecito home for sale
The two story library provides a relaxing place to read by the fire or talk over drinks.
Montecito home for sale
The outdoor entertainment area includes a covered patio, fireplace, pizza oven and more.

If you are interested in the Montecito property featured here, or any Montecito home listings, please contact Daniel Zia by phone at 805.637.7148 or by email at daniel@ziagroup.com. Daniel and the entire Zia Group team are ready to assist you in your search for the perfect Montecito estate, or serve you in selling your current home. For more information about the Zia Group’s services or the Montecito area, visit our website at www.theziagroup.com.

Montecito Real Estate Update | January 27th – February 2nd, 2014

Montecito Real Estate Update | January 13th – 19th, 2014

If you are interested in the real estate market in Montecito, California, here is the real estate update for January 13th through 19th, 2014.

Closed Listings

In the past week, two listings have sold in Montecito. Their sales prices were both between two and three million dollars, with an average of about $2.45 million. They were on the market for an average of 187 days and both were sold for less than their asking prices. This home at 2000 Sandy Place is in the gated Birnam Wood Golf Community. A 1.28 acre lot is home to a 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom home of almost 3,000 square feet. Just beyond the large rear patio is the 16th hole of the community golf course. Learn more about the Birnam Wood community on our website.

Montecito patio with mountain views on golf course
The Birnam Wood golf course lies just beyond this large patio with manicured garden.

New Listings:

Since January 13th, five new listings have come on the market in Montecito. Their prices range from $4,195,000 to $17,750,000 with a mean price of $4,950,000. The smallest of the homes still offers over 3,400 square feet of space, and the smallest lot of the five homes is estimated at just under 1 acre. All of these Montecito estates are regular sales, and each are Active at the time of this writing.

Click HERE to search all current Montecito listings. If you are interested in any of the Montecito homes you see, contact Daniel Zia (805.637.7148 or daniel@ziagroup.com), your Montecito realtor.

The home at 1598 Ramona Lane is currently listed for $4,950,000. While the home’s architect–George Washington Smith–is notable, perhaps more notable in this case is the departure from his normal Spanish revival styling on this home. A rare example of Smith’s skill with the French Normandy style, this 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom home exudes the charm and attention to detail that its 1925 build date implies. A sparkling pool lies amidst an expansive lawn, while a rose garden, gazebo, koi pond and brick bridge all add to the allure of this beautiful home.

Montecito French Normandy home for sale
A rare example of George Washington Smith’s work in French Normandy style, instead of his usual Spanish revival.
Montecito French Normandy home for sale
This revitalized home blends modern convenience with incredible attention to detail.
Montecito French Normandy home for sale
The driveway mimics a rural lane over a brick bridge, while a sparkling pool awaits in the middle of the lawn.

If you are interested in the Montecito property featured here, or any Montecito home listings, please contact Daniel Zia by phone at 805.637.7148 or by email at daniel@ziagroup.com. Daniel and the entire Zia Group team are ready to assist you in your search for the perfect Montecito estate, or serve you in selling your current home. For more information about the Zia Group’s services or the Montecito area, visit our website at www.theziagroup.com.

Montecito Real Estate Update | January 13th – 19th, 2014

Montecito Real Estate Update | January 6th-12th, 2014

Below is the Montecito Real Estate update for January 6th through 12th, 2014.

Closed Listings:

Last week there was one closed listing in Montecito. The home at 2118 Birnam Wood Drive sold for $3,075,000 after 92 days on the market. This 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom home was originally listed for $4,195,000, giving a sales-to-list price ratio of about 73%. The almost 4,000 square foot home sits on 1.3 acres in the Birnam Wood Golf Community. For more information about Birnam Wood Country Club and community, visit the Birnam Wood page of our Montecito website.

Montecito sold home
4 Bedroom, 5 Bathroom Montecito estate in Birnam Wood Golf Community sold for almost 27% under asking price

New Listings:

In the last week, five new listings have come on the market in Montecito, California. Their prices range from $2,595,000 to $8,500,000 with an average of about $4.3 million. They are all single family homes and regular sales. As of this writing, they are all Active listings.

Click HERE to search current Montecito listings, or contact Daniel Zia (805.637.7148 or daniel@ziagroup.com) for more information on Montecito real estate.

The 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom home at 1081 Alston Road is currently listed for $4,875,000. The Mediterranean style estate has been thoroughly rebuilt in 2010 with meticulous attention to detail and quality features. The grand living room with box-beam ceiling features three sets of French doors which open to the large rear patio, overlooking a sparking pool and a peek of the great Pacific over a private, manicured lawn.

Montecito Home for Sale
Montecito estate exudes Mediterranean style
Montecito Home for Sale
Attention to detail throughout the recently-remodeled home
Montecito Home for Sale
Peeks of the ocean over a private yard, pool and large patio; perfect for entertaining

If you have any questions about the Montecito property featured here, or any Montecito home listings, please contact Daniel Zia by phone at 805.637.7148 or by email at daniel@ziagroup.com. Daniel and the entire Zia Group team are ready to assist you in your search for the perfect Montecito estate, or serve you in selling your current home. For more information about the Zia Group’s services or the Montecito area, visit our website at www.theziagroup.com.

Montecito Real Estate Update | January 6th-12th, 2014