256 Eucalyptus Hill Drive in Montecito, California

Villa Solana is one of Santa Barbara’s 5 Historic Hilltop Estates—the most prestigious in the area. Built in 1914 by Forest Peabody and designed by Francis T. Underhill, the estate has been beautifully restored to its original neo-classical grandeur with exquisite details and modern amenities. Resting on a 11.2-acre knoll with 360-degree mountain and ocean views, Villa Solana offers a dramatic backdrop for a family home or lavish event setting. The scale of public rooms—such as an open kitchen and family room, theater and paneled reception room resurrected from a library of French oak boiserie belonging to William Randolph Hearst—balance with the privacy of the owner’s suite, 3 guest suites and 2-bedroom guest house. The estate pays homage to the Santa Barbara lifestyle with loggias, a central courtyard and one of the finest botanical gardens boasting over 200 fruit trees and 500 rose bushes. An estate beyond compare, Villa Solana has seen John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King as guests.

Sophisticated Elegance and Spectacular Views. In 1900, Forrest Peabody of Arrow Shirt fame pursued his ambition to purchase the most inspiring estate site in the entire Santa Barbara area. Then, with the help of his architect Francis T. Underhill, he created the most significant estate in Montecito. These spectacular coastal views are still intact today and with one of the most sophisticated, private homes in California. For those seeking a sanctuary on the west coast with stunning 360-degree views… mountain and ocean, this magnificent 20,000 plus residence offers a newly rebuilt grand estate with exquisite detail now available for the first time in many years.

Solana represents one of Montecito’s Five Historic Hilltop Estates dating from the turn of the 19th century and has now been completely updated to today’s demanding standards and is once again ready for living and entertaining in the finest style. Whether it’s simply for your family’s enjoyment or to host a large benefit event, Solana has the facilities and accommodations to suit the moment. Enjoy the scale and refinement of the numerous public rooms or relax in the attention to detail and creature comforts of the private spaces. Photographer: Jim Bartsch

The Peabody Estate, at 256 Eucalyptus Hill Drive in Montecito, Calif., was in a terrible state when Bill and Sandi Nicholson bought it in 1999. They spent three years rebuilding the mansion, situated on 11 acres overlooking the ocean and the hills above Santa Barbara. The Nicholsons spent 15 years restoring the gardens. Their goal was to restore it–although this in many cases meant rebuilt it–and return it to its historic state. Now the 22,000-square-foot home is on the market for $49 million, down from an original list price of $57.7 million. Amenities include a meditation room, a greenhouse and orchid house with and attached art studio, and a bocce ball court.

  • SQ FEET 22,658
  • LOT SIZE 11.29 Acres
  • YEAR BUILT 1914
  • 256 Eucalyptus Hill Drive in Montecito, California

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