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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