A Heavenly Villa In Montecito, $15MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 818 Hot Springs Road, Montecito
What: A 5.5-bed main house, plus a 1-bed, 1-bath guesthouse on 2.1 acres, designed in 1930 by Lutah Maria Riggs and remodeled with new systems, baths and kitchen in 2006.
Lutah Maria Riggs (1896-1984) was Santa Barbara’s first female architect, mentored for many years by the great George Washington Smith, the gentleman architect-painter who brought the Spanish Revival Style to town at the turn of the 20th Century. A brilliant protegée, she would go on after his unexpected death in 1930 to develop her own successful practice with a hybrid Mediterranean style that looked back to Provence and forward to Art Deco. Dubbed Les Chenes (French for The Oaks) the house is set in superb gardens designed by Lockwood de Forest, reminiscent of the warm-hued villas that dot the French Riveria.
Evoking another era, the interiors are predictably grand.
More: Check out the agent’s dedicated site for the property for additional images, information, and a video.