In Santa Barbara, a Modernist Xanadu


Where: 3660 Toro Canyon Park Road, Santa Barbara
Asking: 12.9M
Architect: Barbara Bestor
What: In a setting of 160 acres, the long road leading to this Modernist Xanadu only gives tantalizing, controlled glimpses of what’s at the end– a unfolding composition of structures and courtyards tucked into the slope of a hill, overlooking Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean.

Built for film producer John Lesher and his wife Christina Liao over the course of four years, the 4-bed, 4-bath structure is the epitome of the indoor/outdoor living that’s possible in California. The architect’s favorite space in the house is the living/dining room, set between a courtyard and a terrace where the walls of glass disappear. “It’s like an earthy Parthenon; very majestic but also very rustic and laid back.”

Below, the living room terrace looking towards the 1-bed, 1-bath guest house, with a glimpse of the open kitchen on the left:

Sleeping indoors or out? The master bedroom, with a glimpse of the bath:

More: Check out the listing for additional images and details.
Worth A Read: An interview with Barbara Bestor about the creation of this Toro Canyon property and the unique architecture culture of Los Angeles.