Character and Charm on Nearly Five Acres in Montecito’s Golden Quadrangle

On the market for the first time in over 30 years, Casa De Buena Vista (751 Buena Vista Drive) is a historic Spanish Colonial Revival estate—built by George Washington Smith in 1930 with a library designed by Lutah Maria Riggs in 1933—on nearly five acres in Montecito’s Golden Quadrangle.

The distinguished entry provides a captivating first impression as it opens to a grand living room with beamed ceiling, large stone fireplace with tile details, and a custom wrought-iron screen. French doors lead to the romantic tile patio overlooking stunning grounds with ocean views.

This home is doubly architecturally blessed with the addition of the intricately detailed library designed by Lutah Maria Riggs, a pioneering architect known for melding modernist and Spanish Colonial Revival styles. The wow factor is immediately apparent from the barrel-vaulted ceiling, elaborate millwork, decorative stained glass, and show-stopping fireplace.

From the living room, a mirrored parlor invites guests to the prominent formal dining room, where a vaulted beamed ceiling makes a striking statement and ornate finishes above the doors and windows add historic charm. Natural light floods the room from a large picture window and the surrounding French doors open to fountain terraces.

Pass through a large butler’s pantry with glass display cabinets and a charming collection of architectural elements, including a secretary’s desk, antique dish warmer, and the original silver safe. The wraparound kitchen with a center island offers an undeniable rustic appeal with exposed natural materials, a vaulted beamed ceiling, and plenty of light.

The expansive primary suite completes the entire second floor. The embellished vaulted beamed ceiling and the timeless curved fireplace make for a relaxing retreat, and two French doors open to a romantic balcony overlooking oak canopies, enchanting gardens, and ocean peeks. There are two classic bathroom suites and two closets with signature period detailing, including vintage soaking tubs and stylish dressing rooms. A large bonus room off the primary is perfect as a private office or gym.

The main house’s grand terraces lead to meandering pathways through oak groves, vintage fountains, delightful pavilions, and columned arbors. A hidden hillside cottage allows guests to truly enjoy the privacy and savor the ocean views from the wraparound deck, while a cozy staff/guest apartment is accessible from the kitchen or the motor court.

Amenities on the estate include a north-south tennis court with a spectators’ stand; an elegant swimming pool, spa, and cabana; two three-car garages; and an inspiring art studio.

Casa De Buena Vista is being offered for $18,900,000. To schedule a visit, contact the Riskin Partners Estate Group at 805-565-8600 or [email protected].


Sponsored by Riskin Partners Estate Group (DRE# 01954177) of Village Properties.