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Contemporary hacienda in Montecito: Casa Allende

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Nestled in a premier Montecito, California location rests this sophisticated property that captures the essence of the area’s indoor/outdoor living while stylishly providing every modern luxury. Extensively renovated in 2013 by noted real-estate design and construction company, Becker Studios, Casa Allende enjoys new systems and architecturally significant design elements throughout the spacious 3,600 square feet. On a quiet cul-de-sac off East Mountain Drive, impressive entry gates reveal a circular drive and a generous motor court surrounded by abundant olive trees and stone-lined succulent gardens. Wood doors open to the outdoor foyer, a lovely courtyard bathed in sunlight.

The original entry reveals the large windows of the home’s central great room, encompassing both living and dining spaces. Outfitted with the finest in low-maintenance materials to uphold the home’s natural character, a beamed ceiling, driftwood ash Oak floors and a sleek gas fireplace adorn the living room. The adjoining dining room enjoys a pitched ceiling and views of the vibrant entry courtyard. The open floor plan continues with a fluid transition into the designer eat-in kitchen. In keeping with the crisp and clean design, the kitchen’s generous center island and breakfast bar is finished with Spanish limestone, while combed basalt adorns the backsplash. Wired for extensive audio and video capabilities, the space perfectly doubles as a media room.

This masterfully renovated hacienda has been designed to uphold Montecito’s luxurious standards while basking in a coveted outdoor lifestyle, listed for sale at $4,695,000, from here.

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This photo shows what the kitchen looked like before renovations began.

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Wide-plank oak flooring has been used throughout the home, imported Spanish stone countertops in the kitchen.

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Off the kitchen, natural light fills a spacious bedroom where French windows open to gardens and a separate entrance allows private access for guests. Through a set of lovely archways, the opposite wing of the home provides privacy for two bedroom suites, each enjoying baths with Lagos Azul limestone floors, an additional powder room, and the sumptuous master suite (pictured above). Designed to emulate the true relaxation of an ultra-luxury spa, the master suite enjoys French doors opening to a stone terrace overlooking the property’s enchanting gardens.

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Designed to emulate the true relaxation of an ultra-luxury spa, the master suite enjoys French doors opening to a stone terrace overlooking the property’s enchanting gardens. The master bath is a peaceful refuge adorned in marble, with a pitched ceiling and walk-in shower, while a private outdoor bath is a heavenly escape. A large walk-in closet completes the impressive master suite.

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An outdoor soaking tub is tucked in a very private space.

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Iron and glass doors open completely flush to allow for idyllic indoor/outdoor living. Beneath a repurposed vine-covered trellis, an inviting herringbone brick terrace and stone fireplace overlooks the property’s pool and lush landscape of lawns and gardens.

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The property’s grounds have been mindfully landscaped to take full advantage of Montecito’s idyllic climate. Lush lawns and gardens of succulents line an expansive brick terrace, which surrounds the 18-by-40-foot swimmer’s pool and a separate spa providing abundant seating and endless entertaining possibilities. Permitted for additional guest quarters, the property is plumed and wired for an approximately 650 square foot pool cabana with a bedroom, full bath, and kitchenette.

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