Engel & Voelkers

Bold Contemporary Villa in Santa Ynez


Sitting atop a spectacular ridge with endless views over the Santa Ynez Valley is a stunning contemporary home designed by renowned architect Frederick Fisher. The entire structure is clad in corrugated Cor-Ten steel and is punctuated by vast expanses of glass to take advantage of the 360 degree views.


Situated on 20 acres in Santa Barbara wine country, this home was completed in 2006 and featured in Interior Design Magazine and is the 2007 AIA Design Award winning home.

It is a 6 bedroom 7,000 square foot residence with 5 full baths and 2 powder rooms. There is an additional 2,300 square feet of outdoor covered patio’s and walkway. It’s indoor/outdoor living at its very finest.

The massive front door opens to the expansive living room, dining room and kitchen. Grand in proportions, with high ceilings and large south facing sliding glass doors, this spectacular room is the center for gracious entertaining and relaxed dining. The counter tops in the kitchen and wine bar are made of grey Zodiac stone that complement the rift-sawn white oak plank floor. From the 60” Wolf range to separate Sub-Zero refrigerator, freezer, and Miele dishwasher, this kitchen is a true chef’s paradise. Every possible culinary appliance (Miele steam oven, Gaggenau deep fryer, Sharp carousel microwave, Dacor warming drawer and U-line under-counter refrigerator drawer) is within easy reach. A large walk-in pantry is just steps away. The living area features a floor to ceiling steel fireplace surrounding and a black granite hearth that faces out to the terrace and views beyond. Custom sliding glass pocket doors open to the terrace and shaded outdoor living areas.


From the main house, a hallway with views into the courtyard, leads down several steps to the Master bedroom. The room is on axis with the lap pool and therefore enjoys equally magnificent views. The Master suite is comprised of a glass walled luxurious master bath complete with an oversized ceramic tile double shower, traditional Japanese teak soaking tub and a striking hanging double mirror. Cabinets and floors sheathed in teak help create a sanctuary setting.

All heating, air conditioning, lighting, audio-video, pool, spa and security systems are electronically controlled through keypads or touch-panels. There is a detached guest house and a three-car garage with a workbench area. The whole compound is situated around a Zen garden that can be sealed off with steel gates.


The home and grounds are designed for minimal maintenance. Currently there is a gardener that comes once a week and no other staff. World renowned landscape architect George Girvin made use of native species to create a drought tolerant paradise of oaks, olives and grasses. There is a lookout area with fire pit and 360 degree views and there is a .4 mile hiking loop through a pristine valley of oaks, grass and wild flowers. The arrival to the home is punctuated by a circular cobblestone driveway, a bold modern sculpture and 9 ancient olive trees relocated from Napa Valley. At night the outdoor lighting is spectacular. This truly unique, modern masterpiece graces the landscape with its dramatic design and reflective soul, and is a striking example of the essence of subtle sophistication. Most of the furniture is available upon request.

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About the Author
John Selman is an Associate Broker, with previous experience as a certified Luxury Agent at Coldwell Banker Global Luxury, and The Agency. John consults with clients, handling the purchase and sales of their homes, dives into the hunt for a great property with the goal of achieving positive equity at close whenever possible, enthusiastically showcases a home for sale to bring out its best features, and truly loves what he gets to do every day. John moved to Engel & Voelkers to take advantage of their global reach in home and select lifestyle offerings, the experience and professionalism of their management and advisors, and E&V’s superlative marketing and support tools. Having grown up around the world, he arrived in the Valley from Canada, 35 years ago, renovated central Phoenix properties during college, and is intimate with the best neighborhoods historically, and those now on the rise. John earned his MBA in marketing from Arizona State University, with an undergraduate focus on biology, finance and computer science, and continued to pursue advanced coursework as an executive. As an e-marketing and sales executive, with stints with IBM and start-ups in San Francisco, Dallas, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Atlanta, New York, La Jolla and LA, his regular relocation home searches provided valuable experiences, both good and bad, and led to his real estate career. John has practiced and taught the Consulting Sales process to the best sales people in business. A former #1 sales executive at IBM, and an instructor of executive education for IBM, he teaches, practices, and practically breathes the Consulting Sales Process. John honed his luxury-specific marketing skills, re-positioning and invigorating his gourmet food and wine shop in downtown Malibu, initially as a side business. As a pioneer in email marketing and blogs, he delivered wine advice and sold rare wine across the country to America’s wealthiest collector's and some of the biggest names in entertainment and business. Running his fine wine boutique, Malibu Village Wines, he consulted with auction houses, and worked with architects, cabinetmakers, contractors, and some of America’s best Realtors designing wine cellars for luxurious estates, and realized that Real Estate was what he wanted to concentrate on in his future. Expanding with a bar and restaurant, he catered to the needs of some of the world's wealthiest business people and celebrities. Having created a shop that was a social hub for the wine community, built a wine clientele around the world, and co-founded the Wine Classic for ChildHelp charity, John decided it was time to move on from technology, food and wine, and focus on real estate- his other lifestyle passion. He enthusiastically enjoys, and irreverently writes about homes, food and wine. He is passionate about all three, loves architecture, grapes, cooking, good renovation, old cars and motorcycles, his family, his Bulldog “Rugby”, and most (but not always all) of his friends. In his rare free time, he coaches paddling sports on Tempe Town Lake, strums a guitar while singing offkey, visits his favorite old ski haunts and complains of aches and pains, avoids anyone carrying a rugby ball or organizing a "tour", travels up and down the coast seeking out great food & wine, looks for water to paddle SUPs or outriggers, and laughs at his dog.

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