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Though at times daunting, change more often leads to great opportunities and even better ones to come. Upon arriving at 715 Ladera Lane in Montecito, California, the current owner of the estate saw its incredible potential and chose to make several additions and remodel core spaces of the home.

This custom Mediterranean country home, now listed for sale at $8.65 million, is situated on 4.5 private gated acres within Montecito, near Santa Barbara, with ocean views to the west and south. According to the property’s listing agent, Randy Solakian with Coldwell Banker Realty, the owner saw possibilities within the home from the very beginning, noting that they wanted to create opportunities for the spaces they felt were important in order to “fulfill some of the upside potential of the property.” These drastic changes included reconfiguring the main home’s floor plan, expanding the living area, developing a new wing on the west side of the property, and more. Once finished, the interior space of the home was outfitted to spark invitation with its open landscape, displaying a beautiful design fit to impress.

Through renovations, the main living area became a big combination space with a great room, living room and dining room all open to the outdoor kitchen, fireplace and courtyard. An incredible indoor-outdoor lifestyle is possible (and encouraged) in this home, as the interior opens easily to the pool, barbecue, and terraces, all of which beckon a fusion with the private garden paradise. Adding to the property’s versatility are two large three-car garages as well as a detached two-bedroom guest apartment above. At first these changes were made to accommodate the lifestyle of the owners, but the eventual additions and updates ended up benefitting the vitality of the property itself.

There is a plethora of unique features that reflect the property’s character and attention to detail. For instance, Solakian says, the large outdoor firepit on the exterior was carved out of a sandstone boulder found on the property. From the all-glass art studio to the hen house and vegetable gardens kept within the completely re-landscaped grounds, it is details like these that make this property unique. One of its best features is its location, particularly within Montecito, which Solakian notes is prime Californian real estate for those looking for the best of both worlds: the city and the coast. Unbeknownst to many are the unique qualities of Montecito, a region that possesses both the “depth of culture of a sophisticated metropolitan area, and the magical wonderful ambiance and low-key vibe of a small, sleepy beachy town,” Solakian says. With great weather year-round and proximity to luxury amenities such as rich art museums, concert venues, and great restaurants, the home offers a broad appeal through its location and overall design. “[It’s] everything the people love in one geographical area,” he notes.

715 Ladera Lane
Montecito, California
5 bedrooms, 10 full and 2 half baths
Represented by: Randy Solakian & Deanna Solakian Listing Agent & Co-Listing Agent Coldwell Banker Realty
R. 805.565.2208 | D. 805.565.2264

By Kirsten Ordonez

This article originally appeared in Homes & Estates magazine. 

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