La Pumada, 1929 Reginald Johnson
Rebecca Riskin & Associates with Village Properties
La Pumada is a rare confluence of architectural significance and modern luxury, set against a truly incomparable landscape.
Sited on nearly five private acres in the heart of the Golden Quadrangle in Montecito, California, La Pumada is surrounded by breathtaking panoramas of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. Built circa 1929 and designed in the spirit of classical Florentine villas, this palatial residence was created by renowned architect Reginald D. Johnson, whose work includes such impressive Montecito landmarks as the Biltmore Hotel and the Clark Estate.
A long, sweeping driveway leads through orchards and rose gardens toward the grand motor court. Imbued with an elegant ambience, the main residence is adorned with such original design elements as tile pavers, gleaming oak floors, and hand-stenciled beamed ceilings. The ground floor includes an entry foyer and a main gallery that connect the living and dining rooms, a sunroom, and a handsome library— all with impressive vistas of Montecito’s coastline and the Channel Islands.
Upstairs, four bedrooms and separate staff quarters provide generous accommodations. The lavish master suite, situated in a private wing, is replete with a sitting room, a coffee bar, his and her baths and dressing rooms, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, and a dramatic terrace.
Yet to be built, the estate’s newest elements will include a state-of the- art kitchen with an adjoining ocean-view family room, and a two-bedroom apartment above the three-car garage. A new, elevator-accessible lower level will offer a theater with stadium seating, recording studio, billiards room, and wine cellar.
Connecting interior and exterior spaces is a south-facing loggia that reveals classically inspired grounds bordered by oaks and punctuated by sublime ocean vistas. Originally designed by acclaimed landscape architect Lockwood De Forest III, the gardens are highlighted by an elevated lawn that steps down to a walled pond with a fountain. The grounds also feature two guesthouses, a detached office, garage space for eight cars and, to be completed, tennis court, pool, and party pavilion.
Not to be replicated, this property offers the rare combination of a highly coveted and private Montecito location, graced with the quintessential villa and sweeping ocean and mountain views.
Offered at $29,500,000