All of these homes were brought to my attention by reader Adam Cunningham. Thanks Adam!

Home #1 – Pictures #1,2,3,4 – This is the estate of Essam Khashoggi. It is located at 1551 Roble Drive in the private Hope Ranch equestrian neighborhood of Santa Barbara, CA. Essam Khashoggi is the brother of Adnan Khashoggi, the Saudi Arabian arms-dealer and businessman. The Rose House property, located next door, used to be part of the original Khashoggi Estate and was supposedly built for Essam’s son Tarik.

The estate consists of a Mediterranean main house with blue tile roofed pool house, circular horse stable, baseball field and beach house that is accessed via a motorized tram that takes you down the bluff.

Home #2 – Pictures #5,6,7,8,9 – This magnificent estate is owned by Patrick Nesbitt who is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Windsor Capital Group which owns the largest private ownership of Embassy Suites and other hotel chains. The estate boasts its own private polo grounds and is located in Summerland, CA.

Home #3 – Pictures #10,11 – This is the old Frederick Peobody estate “Solana” which has been completely renovated and is reportedly owned by Amway executive Bill Nicholson. It is located in Montecito, CA.

Home #4 – Picture #12 – This is Ivan Reitman’s estate (he also owns the one next door).  Ivan Reitman was the producer of Ghostbusters, Old School, etc. It is located on Cold Springs Road in Montecito, CA.

Home #5 – Picture #13 – This 14,000 square foot mansion belongs to Ross Bagdasarian Jr. His father created the Chipmunks cartoon characters.  It is located on East Mountain Drive in Montecito, CA.

Home #6 – Picture #14 – This newly built mansion belongs to Billionaire Peter Sperling. It is located on East Mountain Drive in Montecito, CA.

Home #7 – Pictures #15,16 – This home also belongs to Billionaire Peter Sperling. It is known as the Las Tejas Estate and was one of the original estates built in Montecito in 1917. Terri Rojas bought it in the 70’s for $575,000 and then sold it in 1988 for $6 million (cash), which was a record sale price for any estate in Montecito at the time. The 14 acre estate boasts a 20-room Mediterranean mansion, 4 bedroom and 4 bathroom guesthouse, swimming pool with spa, tennis court and terraced gardens.

  • Daniel

    They are ALL crap. Teardowns…actually not even worth it to waste the gas for a bulldozer; just light a match and create one of those infamous California wildfires in the process. j/k.

    Home #2 is my favorite. Home #3 belongs on the hillside in Villefranche Sur Mer…also very nice. Home #7 is a bit odd….took me a few moments to figure out the main house is not that mini Mediterranean pavilion. Very nice grounds as well.




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  • Jason

    #12 is a Robert Stern designed mega mansion. it’s featured extensiveley in his book- Houses and Homes and also features the floorplans. very nice!




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  • Jayson

    #1 (photos 1-4) are of an historic George Washington Smith home called “Florestal,” and built for the Cooper Bryce in 1927.

    http://www.independent.com/news/2009/jul/28/bryce-estate/

    #4 (photo 12) is “El Mirador” build by the Armour meat family.

    http://www.independent.com/news/2006/may/11/el-mirador/

    #7 (photo 15-16) is, of course, Las Tejas; yet another George Washington Smith home (remodel) from the 1920’s.

    http://www.independent.com/news/2009/may/14/grand-estate/




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  • Cole

    I like home #2 but most things designed by Robert Stern (Superior Ink, 15 Central Park West) are absolutely beautiful. I would like to see more of that home especially.




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  • Nick

    Undoubtedly, the mansion which impresses me most is the one belongs to Patrick Nesbitt.Amazing piece of architecture!!!

    I also love Bill Nicholson’s renovated mansion and especially the landscaping.Also, talking about landscaping, I would include definitely the Las Tejas Estate.Very tasteful mansion.




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