This gorgeous newly listed Mediterranean style mansion is located at 888 Lilac Drive in Montecito, CA. It was built in 2006 and is situated on a little over 2 acres of land. It boasts 11,306 square feet of living space with 6 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 half bathrooms, breathtaking views from every room, sophisticated great room with 3 sets of arched French doors leading to terrace, gourmet kitchen, family room, media room, expansive patio with infinity swimming pool, organic gardens and a guest house. It is listed at $18,900,000.

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  • Daniel

    Are those garages on the right in photo 1? If not, those doors need to be redone. The exterior is very nice, but I wish the front was as imposing as the back. Interior is equally beautiful but they really need a different color scheme here and there. Too much off white/wood.




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    • Joejoe509

      Wow you got me… my eyes simply glazed over those windows thinking they were a garage. I don’t see any pictures of a room with similar windows but I do see some sort of fancy shelving inside. So it’s either a really fancy garage or it’s an actual room. They don’t appear to open like a garge door with the handles in the middle so I’m definitely leaning toward a room rather than a garage. I wonder if it was once a garage at some point… If they put some bushes or something in front of them, I think it would look a lot less like a garage. Very odd…

      Anyhoo, I completely agree that some color and some additional detail work would really bring this house to a new level.




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    • Cesare

      No they are not garage doors. If you look you can see a pair of double doors with handles. I would guess it’s a gym,rec room, or office. If it was in wine country I would guess it was a tasting room on a vineyard but since it’s not I’m guessing. Still doesn’t take much to see the double set of doors & their handles.




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  • Limedaiquar

    Beautiful living room, rear elevation but there is a Hello Kitty painting in the living that is just so funny to me. Looooool




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  • NOVA Ben

    Needs more color inside, and the kitchen is underwhelming. Front elevation is underwhelming as well, it needs a bigger visual statement.

    Exterior elevation and grounds are beautiful, as is the view. Family room looks nice. It’s a mixed bag for me…

    Painting above that fireplace is waaay off in left field…there’s nothing else like it in the entire home…makes you wonder.




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  • Jane

    Since we’re in Montecito — does anyone know where is the Kim Kardashian wedding house located? That one too belong to the Mediterranean style.




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    • Dylan

      Intersection of Sycamore Canyon Road and Woodley Road in Montecito, CA… I suggest looking up Woodley and then finding where it connects to Sycamore Canyon. It is the large estate with the big square courtyard and the formal gardens. Good luck!




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  • lambskin

    I like this house but the kitchen floor is a mess and the jury is out on the busy driveway. I love the dining room ceiling but not in this house. The seating in the tv room-looks so comfy.




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  • Joejoe509

    Pretty typical. It’s fancy and it’s pretty comfortable. Furnishings are mostly basic and yeah some of the paintings/decor are slightly off. I blame the staging designers. Take a look at the pictures in the listing and it becomes more obvious. No one has commented on the pricing. This is my weakest spot, but 19 million sounds a little crazy to me…

    If I had to imagine the most stereotypical above-average quality Californian home, this is it. That’s not really a bad thing except that it isn’t terribly unique. It’s a great house, but I don’t think it will score too many magazine covers. I guess what I’m saying is that it has potential, but needs more colors and interesting details like Daniel said. The kitchen is a huge disappointment especially for a house this expensive.

    Wow!! The views are simply amazing!! I really like the grounds especially out back. Some of the exterior is pretty nice and I’m in LOVE with that super comfy tv/family room. It’s perfectly brilliant. Excuse me while I go add one to my dream mansion. Mega Millions is $290 Million tonight so… 😉




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    • Barney

      Joe…..I agree with you about the overall quality of this home however, I can’t see how you think the kitchen is as greatly inferior as you say it is. It COULD be larger but that would be to only accommodate your chef/staff or to try & shove your wealth down your guests neck with it’s size. As far as I’m concerned if it get’s the job done and then some, it’s more than sufficient.

      Also agreed on the not remarkable amount of uniqueness here….the house is totally lovely, but lovely mediterraneans are a NICKEL a dozen in CA. You’re also right that there’s ENTIRELY too much brown & white in the house, but remember, they’re trying to SELL the place and when you do, you want benign, general and visually universal appeal to all potential buyers. Lastly, the lot, views & photos are BREATH TAKING. I’m a former high-end realtor turned pro photographer so I know it when I see it.




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      • Joejoe509

        It is a nice kitchen compared to some I’ve seen so don’t get me wrong. I thought that the kitchen is a little underdressed for the occasion. It’s not necessarily about the size (it’s more than most average families will ever need) or the display of wealth because that wouldn’t match the rest of the toned-down interior either. To me, it doesn’t carry the comfortable, laid back attitude the house seems to possess. I think this kitchen is trying to be a more contemporary design and I think it should go a little more classic – even if that means boring.

        I just think it could use a little flair. The colors are fine, but with a dash of moulding or some ceiling adornment, this kitchen would really pop. Much like the rest of the house, it’s lacking interesting details. Personally I’m not fond of the tile/wood matchup but it might look better in person. It’s hard to tell, but the white countertops look slightly dated to me. Again, the furniture/staging isn’t great so it doesn’t help anything.

        As far as selling the house, appealing to the mainstream with natural tones and using innoffensive design is one thing. I think an intelligent buyer would see this as a blank canvas. I’m just saying that the house would live up to its BEAUTIFUL surroundings and large price tag with a little more pizzazz. Whether that’s done now to attract a certain buyer or after it’s purchased, I still think it’s a good idea. I think you might agree with that.




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  • Oliver

    Awesome house, the back facade is pretty imposing in a good way. I like that the front is understated, its classy… Makes you come inside and explore to see the rest.




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  • Cesare

    Drive way with the weird black detail is gouty it’s just a drive way & would look just as nice without them.




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