Santa Barbara is renowned as a celebrity retreat for good reason; the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Jeff Bridges, Tom Cruise, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lopez, Brad Pitt and Oprah Winfrey are some of the well known locals, to name just a few. Now one of the area’s most exclusive estates, indeed more expensive than many owned by the recognizable names cited above, has been listed for sale at $27M by Christie’s International Real Estate. Situated close to Montecito’s Upper Village, Shadows of Provence is sited on an incredible nine acres of perfectly landscaped grounds near to Winfrey’s own eye-popping estate, Promised Land. The main residence was designed by Don Nulty, who also designed Rob Lowe’s lavish Santa Barbara home.
Nulty used loads of limestone, antique wood and custom iron work to make the residence as faithful to the French original as possible. Spanning just over 12,800 square feet, the slate-roofed mansion comprises a total of eight bedrooms and ten baths. One of its most impressive features is an amazing conservatory with floor-to-ceiling iron and glass doors and windows offering dramatic ocean views, as well as a first-class media room.
The property also boasts a separate guest house, a private lake overlooking the Pacific, swimming pool, tennis court, and cabana. Take a few steps and enter the nearby private redwood grove and garden with olive trees, orchards, a raised vegetable garden, greenhouse and a formal rose garden.