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Toro Canyon House featuring Santa Barbara coastline views

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Toro Canyon House is a modern masterpiece by Los Angeles studio Bestor Architecture, offering unparalleled views of ocean, islands and mountains in Montecito, California. Nestled in a private setting of approximately 160 acres of unspoiled wilderness, this 4,330 square foot, three bedroom, three bathroom home has been newly constructed and designed for entertaining and relaxation, with custom glass walls that slide away to bring the outdoors in. Exuberant native landscaping completes the picture, blending the compound seamlessly into the environment.

We spotted this stunning property listed for sale on Sotheby’s at $12,900,000.

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A 40’ wide horizontal ‘panavison’-esque opening gives the house a pavilion-like atmosphere. The dwelling is organized around three courtyards; the primary one at the heart of the house also serves as the front entrance and outdoor living room. The courtyards have a dual purpose: they bring in ample natural light and ventilation but also provide protection from the strong winds that can race across the mountain.

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There is a dramatic and winding approach up through the landscape that keeps the compound hidden until the last moment. The site strategy is one of slow revelation and discovery of the house and- ultimately- the view. The road, which had to be built for access, brings the visitor to a point below the house- where a formal stair leads up to the entry sequence.

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The center of the home is a loft-like space, anchored by an open kitchen with European-style cabinetry. On one side, a 25-foot telescoping glass door retracts to reveal a panoramic view of the entire Santa Barbara coastline, leading into a lush courtyard with fireplace.

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Master bedroom has an en suite spa bath complete with Japanese-style soaking tub and steam shower. Two additional bedrooms with shared full bath, media room, powder room, and yoga room with private garden. A separate guest house sleeps up to four comfortably.

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A pool house that is nestled into the hill has a custom solar shade structure whose digitally created pattern is designed to maximize shade as the sun reaches its high points.

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Photos: Laure Joliet

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