780 Mission Canyon Road
Santa Barbara, CA
Historic Mediterranean Estate • 4 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms ( 4 Full/ 2 Half) • 6,105 +/- Sq. Ft. • 1.09 Acres • Built in 1919
Solarium, Studio, Offices and Library • Fruit Trees • Rose Garden and Bamboo Grove • Extensive Lawns • Drought Resistant Landscaping
Offered at $4,650,000
Open outdoor spaces and joy-sparking design are the hallmarks of this Santa Barbara residence.
Taking understated glamour to the next level, Villa Firenze embraces the past while simultaneously
delivering a sleek, modern lifestyle.
Personality Through Design
Universally captivating and sited on two parcels and over an acre at the intersection of the Upper East and Mission Canyon, this vibrant estate is imbued with a rich history and modern elegance.
The diverse and romantic gardens are alive with fragrant flowers, specimen fruit trees, a bamboo grove, lawns and rose gardens all designed to stimulate the senses and calm the mind.
Inside is a residence of lasting character, designed around a signature dramatic living room with18ft ceilings that feel grand and intimate at the same time and is adjoined by an elevated, oversized dining room illuminated by large walls of windows.
Captivating and inviting, the kitchen and
breakfast room are the epitome of style, efficiency, form and function and along with the two downstairs bedroom suites complete
the lower level.
Upstairs the primary suite, additional bedroom and sitting rooms offer versatility, privacy and room for everyone to spread out whether for work, relaxing, togetherness or time alone, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
Outside, the gardens come alive with fragrant flowers, specimen fruit trees, exotic plants, a bamboo grove, rose garden, designed with drought tolerance and water conservation in mind.
The Mediterranean gardens take advantage of every inch of the property’s 1.09 acres are nourished by abundant sunlight and surrounded by serene fountains.
More than 20 varieties of fruit-bearing trees have become a refuge for birds, butterflies, and bees.
Villa Firenze sets the standard for a new breed of luxury.
FEATURES AND AMENITIES
4 Bedrooms / 6 Bathrooms • 6,105 +/- Sq. Ft. • 1.09 Acres
Built in 1919 (extensively updated & expanded)
Designer: Angela Gresser (2003 remodel)
Designer: Douglas Truesdale
Spanish tile roof
Electric driveway gate
Water softening system
Reverse osmosis system
Tankless water heaters (2)
Automatic water and gas shut-offs
Gourmet kitchen with new windows, Portuguese limestone flooring, Egyptian limestone countertops, antique floor tiles from Naples Italy (circa 1800), custom cabinetry, and top-of-the-line appliances
A grand living room has towering 18 foot high ceilings and11-foot original windows
5 private and luxurious bedrooms (3 bedroom suites)
Primary suite enjoys a peaceful garden view and a luxurious master bathroom with a rain shower and jetted tub
Exterior Features & Amenities
Located in the coveted Upper East, near the Santa Barbara Mission, hiking trails and more
1.09 acre property includes more than 20 varieties of fruit-bearing trees and bushes
A refuge for birds and butterflies
Beautiful Mediterranean gardens and orchards planned to optimize water conservation and feature many plants native to California and drought resilient species
Mature trees include: oaks, cedars, pines, Hong Kong orchid, African tulip, Magnolia, Circes, Chinese cedrelas, tea tree and cypresses
A rose garden, grape arbor, bamboo grove, and many boulders create a dramatic and serene landscape
Expansive lawns are ideal for entertaining
An abundance of fruit trees including: weeping mulberry, orange, lime, avocado, pomelo, plum, apple, fig, persimmon, pineapple guava, strawberry guava, pomegranate and apricot
Villa Firenze is imbued with a rich history, one that carries its own dialogue and encourages an experience that cannot be put into words.
Built in 1919, Villa Firenze used to be nine acres, but it was subdivided and sold off in 1958. A historic work of art - the estate's ornamental detailing with its arcaded entrance porch, tiled roofs and classically-inspired pergolas drew heavily from the architectural heritage of renaissance Spain and Italy.
The property was first occupied in 1927 by a New York stockbroker and then purchased by Mildred Cooper Couper,
a famous composer and pianist. She named the estate Monteverde and later established a music salon onsite -
hosting famous musicians and singers for concerts and piano recitals on the property.
Villa Frienze's history is just one of the reasons that it is a
one-of-a-kind estate, ready for its next chapter.