On a Gentle Knoll in Hope Ranch ~ 4280 Via Esperanza ~ Santa Barbara ~ $9,450,000

  • Price: $9,450,000
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Half Baths: 2
  • Type: Estate
  • Style: Mediterranean

Perched on a gentle knoll, overlooking Laguna Blanca Lake and sweeping mountain views, sits one of Hope Ranch's premier estate properties. The entrance, through beautiful wrought iron gates, leads up a long brick drive at the top of which perches this impeccably maintained estate sited on nearly 3 acres. With a style reminiscent of Old World Mediterranean, the 9,400 square foot grand estate, built in 2005 with 5 bedrooms, 5 full Baths and four car garage,  offers the highest level of luxury amenities. 

An infinity pool and spa grace the mature,  landscaped grounds, while inside one can explore multiple wine cellars, a state-of-the-art home theater and spacious game room. Richly appointed with high quality finishes throughout, this estate is ideally compartmentalized for entertaining and simultaneously maintaining privacy. 

The grand entry, through over-sized metal cased doors, is framed by impressive stone pillars which lead to the heart of the home, the central living room. The beautifully beamed cathedral ceilings, stone fireplace and oak floors contribute to the grandeur of the space, while the floor-to-ceiling windowed doors delight the viewer with unobstructed panoramas of Santa Barbara's natural beauty.

A regal wooded hallway leads from the living room towards the east wing and transports one into the most private quarters within the estate.Through large double doors, a wood-paneled library with built-in bookcases and rich oak flooring awaits. The calming, lush ambiance of the room is juxtaposed with the breathtaking views overlooking the gardens and infinity pool.

Steps away, beautifully appointed windows and high beamed ceilings flood the master suite with light, while the hearth fireplace and oak detailing ensure a luxurious feel throughout the room. Varying delights hide behind each door - the limestone and marble patterned bathroom boasts a large walk-in shower with multiple shower heads, with immediate private access to the exterior infinity pool and spa. Also located in the master wing are two family bedrooms that each have charming hand-painted decor and a beautifully tiled shared bath.

Wandering back through the living room and up a few steps leads one to the formal dining room, where the reoccurring themes of rich oak flooring and paneled ceilings, coupled with graceful iron features create a grand, yet welcoming, ambiance. The over-sized windows offer the option to fill the rooms with natural light, while the automated curtains ensure the ability to easily create a more intimate setting. 

Custom appliances with a Wolfe double oven and built-in Miele espresso machine beckon from the kitchen, while the dual Sub-Zero refrigerators and two-level central island deliver functionality as well as style. The stone-detailed fireplace framing the oven adds to the charm of the space, which is completed by stunning views out the home's exterior.  A window-framed breakfast area offers the option to enjoy a meal while taking in the stunning scenery.

The functionality of this wing continues into the den, where an office enclave provides a space to work and a stone fireplace offers the option to cozy up. The oak flooring and ceiling paneling are reminiscent of the formal living space and complete the journey through the home's center. 

At the farthest western point of the home, two guest suites offer visitors the privacy and space to comfortably unwind.  The South-facing bedroom boasts an attached private balcony with peaks of the lake, as well as a spacious walk-in closet and marbled bath. The West-facing bedroom offers garden views and a private bath. 

The grand scale of the estate extends to the lower level, where the home theater features 8 remote operated reclining leather chairs and a Lucas Film THX Ultra Screen. Two separate custom designed wine cellars provide the capacity to store and showcase 3,000 bottles of wine. A recreation room, kitchenette and private entrance to the lower patio and garden offer a myriad of activities and complete this entertainer's haven. The luxury experience continues to the exterior, where the gated grounds provide designated outdoor dining and lounging areas, all overlooking shimmering mountains view that are accented by the infinity pool and spa.