The Montecito home of George Owen Knapp—who also built Knapp’s Castle off E. Camino Cielo—is being offered for $5.35 million. At one acre, 833 Knapp Drive is but a crumb of the original 70-acre estate known as Arcady. Still, the 1905 Italianate house provides a glimpse of how life used to be.
Bathrooms: Three and a half.
Size/Acreage: 5,548 square feet / 1 acre.
Price: $5.35 million.
Last sold: May 2002 for $3.215 million. In 2011, it was briefly listed for $6.95 million, then for $5.995 million six months later.
Listing agents: Anderson Hurst Associates and Joyce Enright of Berkshire Hathaway.
There are two staircases at one end of the living room. One leads to a loft (pictured directly below) that once held a pipe organ. From the Independent: “Longtime locals tell stories of myriad parties held at the villa, including organ recitals with trees outside swaying in time to the music, courtesy of carefully orchestrated fans.” Knapp died in 1945 so either locals are really old or it was a subsequent owner who showed off his powerful organ, so to speak. The second staircase goes to the basement—handy for accessing the wine cellar, but awkward from a design perspective.
The listing has many more photos, but if you want to see the drive-in basement, you’ll have to contact Anderson Hurst Associates and Joyce Enright of Berkshire Hathaway for a showing. Be sure to tell them Siteline sent you.