The lush grounds of the estate and the private pool and hot tub are all yours to explore.

The loggia sets a new bar in luxury, where you can sit on the queen-size pull-out couch and watch TV on the 50-inch screen before heading outside to the pool and tennis court.

From the kitchen and dining area, step into the courtyard, where the sounds of the fountain and scent of fruit trees make for an exquisite dining experience.

Step into the golden age of cinema in your own 9-seat private movie theater.

The estate features a private, regulation-size tennis court, oriented north-south to ensure no sunrise or sunset visibility issues.

Live as the stars do in the 52' formal living area, complete with wrought iron chandeliers and a grand piano.

Relax in luxury in the grand living area.

The room is a living work of art, with tapestries, crafted woodwork, and 1920s contemporary furniture.

In the main house, the kitchen has been completely restored with its original white tile, and feature professional grade appliances and a classic La Cornue gas range.

The typically Spanish brick and tile floors of the dining room, which can seat 18 people, are especially unique.

Gather in the loggia's dining area, where 16 people can enjoy the garden room splendor.

The breakfast area is complete with a kiva fireplace and access to the beautiful interior courtyard.

In the guest house, the upstairs living area has its own TV and a pull-out sofa that can sleep two people.

The exposed beams, sconces, and wall art give the guest home a truly refined flair.

Find tranquility in the main house's study, complete with a fireplace and secret door found behind the bookcase.

Enter and exit through the secret entrance behind the bookcase.

From the living area, take the artfully designed staircase to the upper level and master bedroom.

Live like royalty in the Master Suite, which features his and hers bathrooms, its own fireplace, and stunning views of the pool and garden below.

True to its southwest design, the first master bathroom features a fireplace, a nicho, and a clawfoot soaking tub.

The traditional second master bathroom has a convenient tub/shower combo.

The gorgeous gilded vanity, carved wood, and stonework of the master bathroom are testament to architect G.W. Smith's craft.

In the main house, guest bedroom 2 offers a full-size bed, gas fireplace, and private ensuite bathroom.

Enjoy access to the garden from guest room 3 in the main house, where you can warm up by the fireplace and get ready in the ensuite bathroom.

The hand-wrought iron doors connect the main house's guest room 4 and its full-size bed to the beautiful gardens outside.

Smooth tile and a sleek design make up this ultra luxurious walk-in shower.

Get away from it all in this quiet and secluded reading room.

Pass through into the dining area from the sprawling formal living area.

From the main house master bedroom, open the french doors and look out over the estate's garden and pool.

In the garden, relax around the outdoor fireplace, surrounded by rich flowers and palm trees.

Stroll endlessly through the home's manicured gardens and grounds.

You'll be transported to to the heart of Spain as you walk among the flower boxes and white walls.

The tiered deck around the private pool offers plenty of seating for family, friends, and guests.

Post up at the private pool for a luxurious day of sun and shade.

Spend a long lunch at the outdoor dining table in stone patio pool area.

Admire the hand-tooled stonework and palm groves found throughout the courtyard.

Lose yourself along the paths through the well-kept shrubbery of the garden.

Reminiscent of Sevilla's famous Alcazar, the garden's courtyards are filled with paths through trees, flowers, fountains, and vine-covered white walls.

The best cafe terraces Europe has to offer, in the privacy of the estate's gardens.

Walk along the intricate iron fences that surround the beautiful gardens.

Notice the traditional porthole window found hidden among the courtyard's flowers.

Among the many types of flowers in the garden are courtyard's colorful hydrangeas.

Architect George Washington Smith's design is a timeless treasure in the heart of Santa Barbara.

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Ravenscroft Impeccable 1920s grandeur

  • Master Bedroom 1
  • Guest Room 4
  • Guest Room 2
  • Guest Room 3
  • Guest Room 5
  • Guest Room 6
  • Guest Room 7
  • Guest Room 8
  • Garden Room
  • Cottage Living Area
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • 9 Full Bathrooms & 1 Half Bathroom
  • 10000 FT2
  • 6 Parking Spaces
  • house
The epitome of glitz and glamour when it hit the Santa Barbara scene in 1922, this iconic estate is a display of magnificence to this day. Original owner Peggy Ravenscroft was a true Montecito renaissance woman, know for throwing lavish holiday parties with movie stars including Charly Chapman and David Niven. This home was the first concrete reinforced building in Santa Barbara, designed by renowned architect George Washington Smith, and has stood the test of time in every way. This is the Ravenscroft Estate.

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
...(see more)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. (see less)