698 East Mountain Drive, Montecito California 93108
Mar Y Cel – Spanish for Sea and Sky, is truly a one-of-a-kind 344-acre parcel of land in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains near Santa Barbara that is for sale. This land, set high above the Pacific Ocean, has stunning views in every direction, including west to the Pacific and Channel Islands. The home pictured is a 3D rendering for a conceptual house that could be built on this historic property.
The 344-acre property was long owned by San Francisco coffee and spice magnate, Henry Bothin who commissioned massive stone construction of a series of aqueducts, an amphitheater, channels and water basins on the property in the early 1900’s, taking advantage of the natural terrain and spring. Mar Y Cel is now a land trust conserved by the county that has now come up for sale as a potential spot for a new mega mansion or luxury home development. There is a portion that will remain public use such as the hiking trail and springs.
The stone remains are from the Tea Gardens and the Tea House, an open-air piazza. It was damaged during a 1925 earthquake and a fire a few decades later. Conservation land abuts the property in the hills above the acreage, meaning no building will ever take place above Mar Y Cel. The land can be divided into as many as 10 building sites, or can be kept as one contiguous piece of property.
From the listing: “Located high in the majestic sun drenched foothills of Montecito on arguably the most desirable hillside available in California you will find Mar Y Cel. Without question this is a preeminent Ocean View Estate retreat property. Over 340 acres of panoramic coastline vistas reaching across the valley to the shimmering blue Pacific with views of the Channel Islands. Only 15 minutes to the Santa Barbara Airport, 90 minutes from LA, and 6 minutes to the elegant Montecito Village. There are more than 10 certified lots offering views in every direction.
The private gated grounds include Water Rights that run with the land. Artisans from Italy constructed the impressive Tuscan inspired roadway that winds up to the top of the property, past the edifice of a great stone Amphitheater and pool. A series of gravity fed reservoirs, 2 water caves, cisterns and aqueducts lithely ribbon down the mountainside.
A once in a lifetime trophy property awaits your vision offering the ultimate in privacy, serenity, and nature’s beauty. Adding to its unmistakable draw is an opportunity to create your own exclusive enclave set high atop Montecito, on one of the last remaining estate sites of its kind. Create your own exceptional version of the California Dream.”