Complete with a main home, guest house, and two guest cottages, this 8-bedroom, 9.5-bath property was built in a Spanish revival style signature of the Santa Barbara region, but with an added 1920s flare that makes it truly unique. It sits on 2 acres of gated, walled grounds, ensuring perfect privacy. The Living Area is nothing short of Shangri-La, with fanning palms dotting the ceramic tile floor, gilded furniture contemporary with 1920s high fashion, smooth adobe walls, Spanish Revival fireplaces built by George Washington Smith, a baby grand piano, and cast iron chandeliers.
The Master Bedroom is a retreat befitting of royalty, with framed artwork, lounge space, and views into the sprawling and lush courtyard. In one of the ensuite Master Bathrooms, you’ll find a clawfoot tub and kiva fireplace, where the scent of pinon wood will leave you completely relaxed as you soak.
The Kitchen still boasts the original white tile, while the rest of the room has been completely restored to mirror the original 1922 splendor. It’s been outfitted with anything you may need to cook for an entire family, including a six-burner La Cornue gas stove, two Meile dishwashers, and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. Just off the kitchen, you'll find a built-in 500-degree barbecue and refrigerator.
Head to the Study and sit behind the large wood desk to admire the absolute grandeur of G.W. Smith’s design. Tapestries and portraits cover the walls, while wrought iron chandeliers, mounted sconces, and a fireplace provide a warm lighting. Take special note of the bookshelf in this room - there’s more to it than it seems.
The opulence of the main home goes on: There’s an in-home theater with seating for nine, formal dining areas and breakfast nooks, and a vine-covered garden room reminiscent of a French chateaux. Relax by any one of the home's ten fireplaces, one of which is outdoors.
Surrounding the home are endless courtyards where rose gardens and fruit trees perfume the air, and artfully designed patios of red brick and colorful tile lie tucked under the scattered shade of palms. Stroll through here on a sunny day and listen for the bubbling of fountains before going for a swim or luxuriating in the hot tub. Be sure to explore L'Orangerie and the lathe house, which is rumored to have housed the first commercially-grown orchids on the Central Coast. This home's game and exercise area includes a 100 year old restored Brunswick billiards table, two stair masters, free weights, and a TV sitting area with its own fireplace. There’s also a regulation size tennis court, a basketball hoop, and an outdoor ping pong table that will bring out the competitive side in anyone. In the guest cottages, you’ll find three bedrooms plus a queen-size pullout couch, four bathrooms, and a separate kitchen that are all decorated and designed as ravishingly as any room found in the main home.
Ravenscroft is perhaps the most well-preserved classically designed Santa Barbara home still in existence, and is thought of as much more than a house -- it’s a timeless piece of art. This home is famously published in "California Romantica" as one of the favorite homes in Montecito. To stay here is to step back in time and live as the stars of the 1920s lived, and to make memories as lasting as the home itself.