Real Estate

A Montecito Gem With Ocean Panoramas And Gated Security Asks $13 Million

Privacy? Yes. Ocean views? Of course. The setting and style of this contemporary home in the prestigious community of Montecito melds the natural coastal beauty of Southern California with a decidedly indoor-outdoor lifestyle.

The home at 303 Meadowbrook Drive unfolds across 1.38 acres in horizontal lines with floor-to-ceiling glass and pillars that blur the line between outdoor patios and indoor living spaces. Designers Sherry & Associates call the simple, clean style “contemporary Ibiza Mediterranean.”

It is located within guarded gates of Ennisbrook, a community whose roots date to the mid-19th century. In the early 1900s, the property housed polo fields and a thriving polo scene that faltered in the 1930s after the Great Depression.

The land passed through several owners before homes were built in 1986 that established the present-day hillside community of fewer than 100 homes.

The Meadowbrook Drive home was built in 2010 with an open floor plan that accents views of the ocean and the Channel Islands from almost every room. The house has five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms plus a pool house in 7,143 square feet.

On the main floor, high ceilings and glass pocket doors in the living room as well as the dining room and family room open out to patio spaces. The kitchen has a large chef’s island and bar seating, with a full wet bar nearby.

The primary bedroom with a walk-in closet and private view patio also is on the primary floor. Four other bedrooms with bathrooms are located on the upper level.

Outside, tiered lawns and flower gardens surround the pool and spa area that’s perfect for entertaining or just kicking back. Mature hedges and trees on the property keep the vibe of the outdoor setting peaceful and remote.

Amenities that come with living in Ennisbrook include access to heated pools, tennis courts, pickleball courts, a gym, basketball court, barbecue facilities and a nature preserve. There’s a short and easy trail that follows San Ysidro Creek that’s popular with hikers.

The Montecito Union School District oversees the nearby schools while shops and restaurants also are close by at Montecito’s Upper and Lower Villages.

How exclusive is Montecito? For such a small community, the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County garners worldwide attention because of its famous residents, namely former TV talk show hosts Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres as well as Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The home sells for $13 million. The listing agent is Marcy Bazzani with Village Properties.

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