Santa Barbara Coastal News
Enjoy Solana's spectacular ocean views29 Aug 2012 12:34 PM
Spanning 11.2 knoll-top acres, Solana features spectacular views that stretch from the entire Montecito Valley past Santa Barbara’s beaches, the picturesque harbor and south to the Channel Islands. Its views are simply amazing - from the valley to the east, the ocean to the south and west and the colorful mountain to the north, inspiration is all encompassing.
Solana is one of the most inspiring properties in Santa Barbara, a 20,000-plus square foot residence that features a newly rebuilt grand estate as its centerpiece. It features exquisite detail that you won't always find among the houses in the area, allowing homeowners to enjoy some of the finest style the region has to offer.
The history of Solana
In 1900, Frederick Forrest Peabody sought to buy the most inspiring estate site in the Santa Barbara area. Peabody and his wife Sarah had learned about the beauty of Santa Barbara from previous visits to this region, and decided to purchase 40 acres of land on Eucalyptus Hill from home seller Frank Gallaher in January 1906, followed by another 20 acres from the same seller.
With the help of his architect Francis Underhill, Peabody created the most significant estate in Montecito. Construction of a new home was completed in January 1915, and the Peabodys named the house Solana, the Spanish word for "sunny place."
While there are many luxury homes in Santa Barbara, Solana represents one of Montecito’s Five Historic Hilltop Estates dating from the turn of the 19th century. After three years of restoration and reconstruction, it has been completely updated to today’s demanding standards and is once again ready for those interested in living and entertaining in the finest style.
The Solana renovations
Solana's improvements finally again match this landmark location, and the property displays the stature of a significant, historic estate but with the refinements and features of a modern-day creation. Visitors might notice a wonderfully symmetrical entry facing the center courtyard viewed through a wall of glass when they enter the home. One hallway leads left to the paneled reception room and the north galleria with three expansive guest suites. A second hallway to the right leads to the south galleria along the center courtyard to the kitchen and family room areas.
Additionally, Solana now features refinements like an entire paneled reception room, resurrected from a centuries-old library of French oak boiserie that had belonged to famed media magnate William Randolph Hearst. A stroll through the manicured garden reveals a Bali Bali built in Indonesia, and an orchid or lath house attached to a studio suitable as an office or an artist's retreat.
This studio features extensive views and has an outdoor dining area shaded by a wisteria covered loggia. The property also includes a spacious guest cottage set above another staff apartment and a second three-car garage.
Look no further than Solana for a beautiful sanctuary on the west coast that features modern amenities in a historic home, along with 360-degree views of the ocean.