Open House Obsession: Lockwood de Forest’s Gorgeous Gardens And Home, $3.7M


Where: 2659 Todos Santos Lane, Santa Barbara
When: September 6, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Asking: $3,695,000
What: A 1-story, 4-bed, 4-bath “Roman” style house with stucco walls and a tile roof designed by Lockwood de Forest, the great 19th/20th Century landscape painter, Aesthetic Movement interior designer, and landscape designer. Taking his cues from the native California landscape around him, de Forest used perspective and native plants to make each of his clients’ homes and gardens seem a world apart. On this .75-acre lot, he did exactly that for himself.

The story of Lockwood de Forest (1850-1932) is an American classic. Born in New York City to a wealthy family, he was well-educated and traveled extensively, initially following a career as a landscape painter (his uncle was the great Hudson River School painter Frederic Church) then becoming a interior designer in partnership with Louis Comfort Tiffany and bringing exotic East Indian design to New York’s Glided Age. Around the the turn of the 20th Century, de Forest had begun to spend winters in Santa Barbara, established himself as the area’s pre-eminent landscape designer and continued to paint. He also built this simple home for his family, where every room looks out to a garden.

In classic eclectic Aesthetic Movement Style, East Indian teak panels frame a view to the home’s Roman-style atrium.

More: Go to the listing for additional images and information. There’s also a .3-acre site immediately adjacent on the market for $895K– perfect for a pool or guest house.