An Architect’s Own Eden in Montecito, $8.2MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
One of the great lessons of California’s Mid-Century architects was that we could live here both inside and out, with architects responding to the climate and spurring the development of new materials like lightweight steel framing and expanses of glass.
Enter the eminent Canadian-American architect and teacher Barton Myers FAIA, whose decades-long career has brought sophisticated, beautifully crafted structures in steel and glass, ranging from residential projects to corporate headquarters. Now 85, Myers (his wife and longtime business partner Victoria passed away last year) has put the iconic Montecito retreat on the market, an extraordinary compound set on 38 terraced acres of olive and fruit orchards. Built in 1999, it immediately became an icon of the High Tech movement, and remains fresh after three decades.
The main living space is framed in industrial steel and glass, with full-height garage doors that open it up to the landscape, and (mostly) full of classic Modernist furniture and walls of books.
Below, Barton and the late Victoria Myers in front of their detached studio pavilion.
More: Go to the listing for additional images, details and a very seductive video. An extraordinary architectural property represented by Vivienne Leebosh and Caroline Santandrea at Sotheby’s International Realty.