House of the Week: A Peaceful Seaside Mansion in Santa Barbara

Upping the ante for what it means to remain in awe of your surroundings, this palatial Santa Barbara estate provides an ethereal residence where nature serves as the ongoing inspiration.

Previously owned by Fred Kavli, the late philanthropist, famed physicist and creator of the Kavli Foundation- a close rival to the Nobel prize, the home is filled with mahogany wood trim, sweeping open spaces, epic windows and tremendous volume, leaving it open without feeling hallow. Every aspect of the design demonstrates tasteful elegance without distracting from the natural surrounding beauty. There are many opportunities to take in the grounds and to meditate with the help of water views, whale spotting and memorable sunsets.

The 6 bedroom, 9 bathroom estate spans 11,574 square feet and features a master bedroom with arched ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, a direct view of the ocean and a marble fireplace. With three waterfront patios, plus tennis courts and a swimming pool, luxury abounds at a price of $21 million.

Even with panoramic water and mountain views from several rooms in the home, nothing tops the private steps leading directly to the beach. The mansion which once served as gathering place for the world’s brightest minds and boasts a stunning library-music room and an office with an unrivaled view.

The listing agent is Adrienne Schuele of  COMPASS California.

Photos by Kristen Renee/Scott Gibson

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