Outstanding views of the Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands and scenic mountains coupled with the architecture of one of the most respected firms responsible for some of our most romantic and cherished structures including the Arlington Theatre and many classic homes make this a special Montecito estate. William Albert Edwards and Joseph Plunkett designed this charming Monterey Spanish home and named it "Blessed Little Ranch." The Edwards Duque Estate sits today on approximately 2.37 acres on two legal parcels in the Montecito foothills on a promontory that affords it a panoramic coastal view along with rare privacy.
The commanding two-story home was built in an era of quality, craftsmanship and attention to architectural details. Principal rooms include the two story living room with its massive beamed ceiling and surrounding wrought-iron balcony, formal dining room, sunroom, butler's pantry, kitchen, and breakfast room. In addition, there is a master suite, five family bedrooms, plus a two bedroom staff wing with a shared bath off the kitchen. There's also a separate approximate 900 sq. ft. 1 bedroom 1 bath guest cottage. Three wrought-iron balconies and first-floor terraces all provide breathtaking views of the mountains and ocean. The property also benefits from a long, private approach and by being within the very highly respected Montecito Union School District. It's a rarity today to find this combination of period architecture and quality construction still benefitting from panoramic and uninterrupted coastal views.
A long driveway leads to an expansive circular motor court and this meticulously restored architectural gem featuring board and batten siding, plantation shutters, wood balconies, and Spanish tile roof. Beautiful drought-tolerant gardens surround the motor court and separate guest cottage and blend perfectly to the natural foliage and panoramic mountain views.
Enter through large double stable door with wrought-iron details to the commanding living room with 21' tall heavy trestle beamed ceiling with a stunning center wrought iron chandelier, dramatic masonry fireplace with brick hearth and surround, and double-wood frame plaster walls, that are all reminiscent of the home’s architectural pedigree. Two large arched picture windows are joined by a massive stone pillar with breathtaking views of the Channel Islands and panoramic ocean and garden views. French doors open up to the expansive stone terrace and drought resistant gardens. Brick steps ascend to the second floor balcony that overlooks the living room from two sides. The balcony adds to the romantic composition of the room with old world detailing like a hand-tooled wrought-iron balustrade, wrought-iron sconces, handmade wrought-iron heat registers, and striking architectural wood corbels that accent the hardwood floor balcony walkway. The thickness of the walls is evident in the deep set window bays with views to the motor court, and in the transitions to the dining room and sunroom located off the living room, all with beautiful stone floors.
Located near the first floor bedroom wing, the powder room has a window to the side gardens, decorative tile countertop, separate toilet room and stone floors.
Open to the living room the dining room features wood beam ceiling with a wrought-iron center chandelier and wall sconces, a floor-to-ceiling arched glass window with Santa Barbara doors, sidelites and toplite that open to dramatic panoramic mountain and ocean views. The room also has a romantic corner masonry fireplace with a brick hearth and gas starter, stone floors and double thick walls.
Located off the living room, the charming sunroom has a large window and Santa Barbara doors that open to the delightful rear gardens with dramatic Montecito Valley, Channel Island and panoramic ocean views. French doors on the opposite side open to the hand cut stone terrace and rear gardens. Featuring wood beam ceiling, built-in display shelves, a masonry fireplace with brick hearth, and separate (7' x 5') Wet Bar with storage cabinets and a window to the rear gardens and ocean views.
Large double windows above the sink opens to panoramic garden, ocean and island views, with a polished concrete countertop, as well as mahogany countertops, with extensive storage cabinets, terra cotta floor with decorative insets, and indirect lighting. Appliances include a Viking 6-burner range with oven and grill, GE Self-Cleaning double oven, Sub Zero side-by-side refrigerator, Miele dishwasher, and a reverse osmosis water system.
The large pantry features large double windows with views to the covered terrace and front motor court, a double sink, mahogany countertops, two walls of glass display cabinets with storage cabinets below, and terra cotta tile with decorative inserts.
A French door opens to the covered terrace and motor court, French doors on the opposite side open to the rear terrace gardens with expansive panoramic coastline views, indirect lighting and terra cotta tile floor with decorative inserts.
A glass door opens to the laundry with wood storage cabinets, a stainless steel sink, indirect lighting, terra cotta tile floor and a window to the front motor court.
Off the living room a hallway leads to two bedrooms with a shared bath.
Featuring sisal carpet, a storage closet, a window to the front gardens and motor court, and a window and French doors open to the tranquil fountain courtyard with panoramic ocean views. Both rooms share a full tile bath with tile wainscoting, a tile shower over tub and pedestal sink and a window to the front gardens.
A window and a French door opens to the fountain courtyard with panoramic ocean views, sisal carpet and storage closet.
A glass door from the breakfast room opens to the guest quarters. French doors open to the covered terrace and front motor court. Both bedrooms feature terra cotta tile floors with decorative inserts, indirect lighting, and they share a private full tile bath with a pedestal sink.
Large windows with views to panoramic mountain, ocean, island and the rear garden terrace and a charming cove ceiling.
Steps up to the second floor balcony open to an arched doorway leading to bedroom 5 & 6. Continuing down the walkway are two sets of Santa Barbara doors that open to the second floor exterior covered balcony with wood beams and ranch-style railing, wood slat floor boards, and wrought-iron wall sconces, all overlooking the expansive motor court, front gardens and incredible mountain views. Continuing past the French doors are two more wood archways leading to bedrooms 5 & 6 and finally the Master Suite beyond.
Enter through the arched wood slat doorway to a hallway with a wrought-iron chandelier, storage closet, and steps up to two bedrooms. They share a full tile bath with tile wainscoting, a shower over tub, pedestal sink and two ocean view windows.
Featuring windows to beautiful ocean and island views, hardwood floors, and a walk-in closet.
Santa Barbara doors open to a charming tile balcony with wood railing, and garden, motor court and incredible mountain views. Hardwood floor, closet, and an abundance of light from an ocean view window on one side and mountain views on the other.
An arched wood slat door opens to a hallway with two storage closets and laundry chute. The inviting room features two walls of windows with stunning mountain and Pacific coast views. Another ocean view window allows more light. Additional features include hardwood floor, a storage closet with above and below wood cabinets, and a large walk-in closet. The full tile bath has tile wainscoting, a tile shower over tub, pedestal sink and a window to the front motor court and mountain views and a separate door to the hall.
A third arched entry with a curved wood slat doorway opens to a Sitting Room with an ocean view window, hardwood floor, a storage closet, and a separate toilet room with tile floor, tile wainscoting, pedestal sink and a window with views to Montecito Valley.
Double glass doors open to a large master with a vaulted wood beam ceiling, indirect lighting and featuring large French doors and sidelites that open to a balcony with breathtaking panoramic Montecito Valley, Channel Island and Pacific coastline views. Another large window opens to the panoramic valley views beyond, and a glass door to a small private landing with steps down to the rear gardens and large stone terrace below.
A large bathroom with a raised tile deck with a jetted tub and two oversized windows to incredible panoramic Montecito Valley and Pacific coastline views, a tile vanity with two sinks, a separate enclosed tile shower, two large dressing rooms with extensive storage cabinets and shelves, indirect lighting, and hardwood floor.
The home features thick walls with stone tile accents, a board and batten front exterior and a rear stucco exterior. The rear garden is complete with an expansive stone terrace that opens to the grand curved exterior gardens and charming stone-lined natural walking paths. Stone steps lead to a stucco-walled fountain courtyard that opens to the first floor bedroom wing. A private entrance to the second floor master is located near the living room portion of the exterior, with beautiful decorative tile accents. There are meandering walkways throughout the property.
A charming one bedroom 1 bath guest cottage is approximately 900 sq. ft. and located near the front motor court and has lovely garden and Montecito Valley and ocean views.
A finished stucco carport with storage shelving and storage closets.
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