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Villa Corbeau



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Designed by Marc Appleton, AIA • Main House: 3 Bed/ 3.5 Bath, 4,167 +/- Sq. Ft. 

Built in 2006 • 1.7 Acres, Multi-Structure Compound • World-Class Gardens • Pool & Pool House 

Offered at $8,500,000

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Refined simplicity and impeccable design

are the hallmarks of Villa Corbeau in Montecito. 

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With a masterful attention to detail, architect Marc Appleton and his wife, actress / director Joanna Kerns have accomplished the rarest of achievements for their own personal home - a timeless residence whose subtlety and beauty unfold slowly, enveloping you with a sense of

joy and serenity.

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Taking inspiration from northern Italian and southern French farmhouses,  the property is a loosely assembled collection of buildings all inter-related and giving the feeling of a coastal villa that evolved over time and has been in the family forever. 

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Refined Simplicity

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Appleton envisioned a multi-generational property anchored by a well scaled main house sitting center stage with 3 bedroom suites, an attached 3 car garage plus an additional bedroom suite with a separate entrance; discreetly positioned across the front gravel courtyard, a two room office building with a full basement is framed by live oak and olive trees.

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Impeccable Design

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Once outside, the romance of the gardens takes you on a journey through this 1.7 acre Riven Rock property

past fruit orchards, fragrant rose gardens, clipped hedges and decomposed granite paths arriving at the pool and cabana on one axis and the dining pavilion and potting shed down another path.  

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Masterful Attention to Detail

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Celebrating the simple pleasures of abundant sunshine, home grown fruits and vegetables, family and friends, this Montecito property unlocks the door to a life of effortless luxury.

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Main Residence: 3 Bed/ 3.5 Baths, 4,167 +/- Sq. Ft. 

Guest House: 350 +/- Sq. Ft.  •  Cabana: 528 +/- Sq. Ft.  •  Studio: 1,075 +/- Sq. Ft.

  Pergola: 365 +/- Sq. Ft.  •  Storage Shed: 90 +/- Sq. Ft.  •  Potting Shed: 90 +/- Sq. Ft.

* Buyer to investigate and verify permitting for all structures. Contact the listing agent for clarification.

Property Features and Amenities

  • Architect: Marc Appleton, AIA

  • Built in 2006

  • 1.74 Acres

  • Salvaged antique European terra cotta tile roof

  • Vintage French oak & European limestone flooring

  • Salvaged hand-hewn 18th & 19th century wood beams

  • Front door is custom made from wood from a single vintage oak beam

  • Salvaged crust limestone at stairs & fireplace hearths

  • Italian made mahogany doors & windows with 5 point locking

  • Private elevator with direct access to entry-level, upstairs & basement

  • Gourmet chef’s kitchen with:

    • Carrara marble countertops (3-centimeters thick)

    • Topline appliances (Subzero Pro, Blue Star Range, etc.)

    • Milk-painted wood cabinetry by Stancil Studios

    • Hand-hewn fir & hemlock ceiling beams

    • Italian limestone flooring

    • Maple wood butcher block-topped island

  • Real gold & silver leaf detailing at Living Room/Library & Master Bath

  • Custom sliding pocket screens at balcony doors

  • Back up gas generator for key electrical

  • Antique French limestone fireplace mantles

  • Waterworks plumbing fixtures & fittings

  • Custom-built cabinetry throughout

  • Built in audio speakers

  • Copper gutters

  • Main house basement with wine cellar, cedar-lined storage, & utility room

  • Studio basement with 1,000+ sq. ft. of storage space

  • 3-car attached garage with direct interior access

  • Circular motor court

  • Wrought iron driveway gate (automatic)

  • Gas Forced Air Heating

  • Central AC

  • Security system in place (Hillcrest Security)

  • Fire sprinklers

Exterior Features

  • Nationally recognized gardens, honored by tours from several California Garden Clubs and the Garden Conservancy.

  • Drought resistant plants

  • A textured garden backdrop of mature California live oak, Italian cypress, California pepper, bay laurel, olive & Victorian box trees

  • Fragrant rosemary, lavender & jasmine

  • Walled vegetable garden and chicken coop off the kitchen

  • Orchard with citrus, stone fruit trees & white peaches

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Marc Appleton

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Marc Appleton is the founding Principal of Appleton Partners LLP - Architects, with offices in Santa Monica and Santa Barbara, California. He received a B.A. honors degree in English from Harvard College (1968), And a Master of Architecture degree from The Yale School of Architecture (1972). Prior to opening his practice in 1976 he worked for several architectural firms, including Benjamin Thompson & Associates, MacAllister, Rinehart & Ring, and Frank 0. Gehry & Associates.


His design work has received many awards from the American Institute of Architects and other organizations, and has been widely published in Architectural Digest, Town and Country, Sunset and other periodicals. He was consistently named to Architectural Digest's top 100 designers from 1991-2016. In 2011, he won the Westweek Star of Design Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2012 he was awarded the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art's Ross Awards Board of Directors Honor, and in 2014 he became the first recipient of the Design Leadership Network's inaugural Design Leadership Award.


In addition to architecture, his practice also involves landscape design and planning, and has included the master planning for downtown Pacific Palisades, the renovation and landscape planning for the San Ysidro Ranch Resort as well as numerous private gardens and ranches.


An established author, active in his community and well-traveled, Marc has made an everlasting impact in the architectural world.

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