This Bob Easton designed 20-acre French Country inspired estate is located at 985 Park Lane in Santa Barbara, CA. Built in 2001, the approximately 7,672 square foot home features 6 bedrooms, 7 full and 3 half bathrooms, formal living room with stone fireplace, double height formal dining room with vaulted ceiling, gourmet kitchen with vaulted beam ceiling and large island, wine room, cozy library with fireplace and vaulted ceiling, media room, 4-car garage, infinity swimming pool and more. The spectacular grounds feature a bocce ball court, fruit trees, a private well and a guest house overlooking  a koi pond. It is listed at $11,900,000. I really love the use of vaulted beam ceilings in most of the rooms; makes for a cozier feel. I also love the fact that the guest house is situated right next to the koi pond; so tranquil and relaxing!

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  • Daniel

    So…where’s the front door? In person it probably isn’t nearly as confusing. The rest of the exterior looks nice. The interior I like for the most part with the exception of the dining room – it looks moldy. Views are exceptional and the price seems reasonable for everything you’re getting. Funny how I could have this for the same price as the Minnesota home featured yesterday.




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  • Roberto Landi

    Really Nice




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  • Grrrowler

    Normally I’d lambaste a house for garage doors that face the front of the house, but it works here. The courtyard concept looks as though it’s been thought out and the garage wing is attractive. I like the outside quite a lot, and the setting and views are beautiful. I do think that the outdoor bar looks awkward; it feels like it was just set there as an afterthought, but having the awning extended over it would help.

    The interior is very nice. The rooms aren’t too big and look comfortable. I have to agree with Daniel about the dining room color and think that there are so many other colors that would work better; the space itself is very nice however. I’m wondering if its really that green in real life, since pic 10 on the realtor site shows it as a very different color. The bad paint treatment is still there though. Otherwise it’s very tasteful and looks like a home.




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  • lambskin

    I think it is charming. The pool cement-scape is stark and contrived. Hate to shag the bocci balls that go out of bounds!




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    • Mak

      I’m not sure if it’s the camera angle or whatnot, but I’m confused about the pool. Is the pool also the same as what looks like a pond next to the house? I do think the pool looks too contrived.

      I love the house, and the views. The sunsets from up here must be fantastic.




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  • ZigZagBoom

    Very nice. Another listing mentions the architect chose a specific provenance for the architecture, that of the Luberon Valley in France.




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  • Onions

    Very nice. Not a fan of the indoors too much though I can appreciate its unique and warm touches. The music room/library/bar/game room all in one bugs me. Don’t have the floorplans but there’s just go to be a better way to separate all of those features and that huge projection screen just seems like overkill.

    Outside is gorgeous!!! I agree with Growler that the bar does seem a bit awkward but it still works for me.




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  • Bella

    Not loving this home, A true disappointment for Santa Barbara.




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    • ZigZagBoom

      Can you share some examples of better houses in Santa Barbara?
      Been there once: struck me as being a lot of rich old ladies who lunch! People for whom LA would be a little too hectic. But maybe that’s just because I spent the afternoon visiting several upscale eateries and food markets.




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  • dan

    I live in a “very small” santa barbara style home. And am partial to the ceiling treatments. Have always dreamed of living in a large version – this one will do nicely, thank you!




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  • rob

    This is the kind of house that I think about when I think about living in Southern California. Beautiful home in a beautiful city. There are better estates in Santa Barbara, but this one is very well done. Some places just know how to do it right. I am comparing the price of this to some of those monstrosities in the boring suburban settlement of Newport Hills just over the hill and I cannot see how anyone wouldn’t prefer this. What are the mountains over the sea? Is that Catalina?




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    • ZigZagBoom

      Close…the “Channel Islands” of which Catalina is one, but Catalina is further south by LA. This one is probably Santa Cruz island.




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