Montjoie is a historic French Villa style mansion located at 931 Las Alturas Drive in Santa Barbara, CA and is situated on 1.93 acres with ocean views. It was designed in 1928 by Chicago architect Edwin Hill Clark for one of the heirs to the Montgomery Ward fortune. Handcrafted details include wrought iron balcony railings and balustrades, columns, French windows and doors, fine woodwork and fireplaces. The home boasts 4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, grand formal living room, formal dining room, gourmet kitchen with breakfast room, 17th Century walnut paneled library/den, south terrace, 2nd floor family/media room, wine cellar, attached guest house and more. The grounds boast formal gardens and a large flat lawn large enough to fit a swimming pool or tennis court. It is listed at $7,995,000. Overall, this is a great estate. It has held up well over the years. The exterior is gorgeous and the interior rooms (from what I can see) look pretty spacious and nice. It’s location does afford great views and I do like the amount of land it sits on, however, it should already have a pool and or tennis court in my opinion.

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  • rob

    Gorgeous estate in one of the most beautiful communities in the world. Gorgeous views and classic build. The house does not look at all dated and just looks very well made. I couldn’t figure out why the price was so low on this until I looked at the surrounding neighborhood. While it is quite a nice neighborhood it is not made up of a lot of great estates. More like a California upper middle class professional neighborhood. This house is by far the biggest most imposing house in the neighborhood. That being said, the area is fine and the house brings up the rest of the neighborhood. It is not a shabby area by any means. I quite like the grounds although they could be bigger. How big was the original estate? This is a classic Santa Barbara estate, it is just a little removed from some of the other fantastic estates in Santa Barbara but the price seems like a bargain to me.




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  • Hugh

    I remember when this hit the market in early 2007. It was listed for $8.95m




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  • Grrrowler

    It’s so not my style, but it’s definitely beautiful. I would prefer it to be in Montecito, although the existing neighborhood isn’t too shabby either. The interior, while lovely, is too precious for my liking, as are the statuary on the grounds. There are so many great details however that good decorator could do wonders with it.

    There was an article on the house in 2006 discussing some of its history: http://www.forbes.com/2006/10/04/santa-barbara-estate-life-re-cx_lm_1005how.html




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    • Joejoe509

      100% Agree. Very nice property, but not my thing. Some very slight updating inside and out would be nice, but not really necessary.




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  • Daniel

    A very lovely home that seems to be very reasonably priced.




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  • Limedaiquar

    Nice, nice, nice. What a California home should be. Not some bloated mess.




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  • weisser

    Great house. Sweeping views. Poor location.




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  • NOVA Ben

    This is absolutely gorgeous. The interior looks like a good example of a historic home that’s kept it’s integrity through sensitive updating, although kitchen and bathrooms are big question marks since there are no pics of them. The grounds are beautiful and the views are even more beautiful. The only thing that’d make this better is a few acres more land.




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  • lambskin

    Beautiful. Needs a pool.




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