Located in the desirable Shepard Mesa hamlet in the coastal foothills of Carpinteria, CA, this magical board and batten farmhouse was built in 2001 and features over 3800 square feet of exquisite vintage charm on over 3 mostly flat, peaceful, manicured acres. This exceptional property offers the utmost in privacy, serenity and beauty- a truly rare opportunity for those who seek the ultimate home to enjoy the California lifestyle.
The property is accessed via an impressive, yet understated meandering driveway bordered by vineyards and roses and ending at a large motor court. Amongst acacia, redwoods, and native plantings, a wooden bridge crosses over a koi pond leading to the residence. The front door opens to an inviting, spacious entry hall that beckons to a great room, reminiscent of great western lodges with high, rough sawn beamed ceilings, wide plank soft pine floors, and a wall of mullioned windows and doors brilliantly showcasing the vast coastline. A large river rock fireplace presents a gathering place for family and friends to warm themselves on cool coastal evenings. 100 year old structural reclaimed timber beams add authenticity and integrity to this incredible space.
Gracefully adjoining the great room in an open floor plan, a gourmet kitchen awaits with a large stainless steel surfaced island, wood-burning pizza oven, industrial range, grill, griddle and hood - all under a patterned tin ceiling. The kitchen opens to a large, brick floored dining area that seats 12 comfortably and is surrounded by French doors with views across the pool and meadow to the rolling hills, Santa Barbara coastline and Channel Islands. There is an additional secondary butlers pantry and preparation kitchen with a Sub Zero refrigerator, dishwasher, cabinetry, and a laundry area with a separate entrance to and from the exterior. A cozy, shiplap paneled family/TV room with large walk in closet provides a perfect setting for intimate movie nights, a quiet place to read, and time spent with family.
Spanning the length of the ocean side of the house, and adjoining the great room, dining room, master and guest bedrooms, a wood decked veranda provides an enchanted setting for spending the day relaxing, entertaining, and at twilight, taking in the soft golden light of a California sunset.
The master bedroom is a serene sanctuary with a wood burning fireplace, mountain and ocean views, ample sized walk-in closet, and en suite bathroom. A generous sized second bedroom features tranquil views of the property’s vineyard, and en suite bathroom with a cast iron claw foot tub. The wood paneled third bedroom has views of the mountains and ocean along with mature ironbark eucalyptus trees in the foreground. There is an additional upstairs ocean view versatile bonus room that could be utilized as an additional guest bedroom, office, gym, meditation refuge, or art studio. Wainscoting, period hardware and contemporary light fixtures are found throughout the home.
The property boasts unprecedented 180 degree sweeping vistas of dramatic ocean, mountain, island and golden sunsets from most areas. Spend the afternoon in the luxurious pool and spa and afterwards, stroll to the pergola with a dining and seating area to take in the Santa Barbara coastline and Channel Islands while wining and dining alfresco. Citrus, avocado, peach and apple trees, berries, an organic vegetable garden, and table grape vines provide an edible bounty to share with family and friends. Additional features of the landscape include a lush cutting garden of roses, specimen trees, maples, acacias, California redwoods, stone pines, and a natural grove of oaks. On the east side of the property is a substantial paddock, a portion of which is currently planted with syrah and chardonnay grapes.
Included in the purchase price are a coastal development permit and approved plans for a four car garage with ample storage, a 400+ square foot entertaining/dining pavilion, wrap around veranda, and interior remodel.
6977 Shepard Mesa Road is only minutes from the beaches of Carpinteria, the villages of Montecito, and downtown Santa Barbara and is just over an hour drive from Los Angeles.