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  1. 1

    Hunter

    Spectacular!! One of the best estates on the planet.

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  2. 2

    WrteStufLA

    Amazing that the original estate was 79 acres.

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  3. 3

    Grrrowler

    OK, we’re done. This is so stunningly beautiful that there’s no point in looking at any other houses.

    The windowless front facade is somewhat forbidding, but it works. The rear and side facades and definitely attractive however. I love the windowed gallery overlooking the courtyard, and the courtyard itself is wonderful. The interior is grand and elegant, but comfortable at the same time; I can actually imagine people living here. The rooms have superb subtle detailing, and everything has a very high taste level. The kitchen is one of the more successful that we’ve seen, although it borders on being too big.

    The grounds are equally beautiful and are what I think of when I hear the word “estate”. The price is equally spectacular, but compared to so many lesser houses we’ve seen I’d take this in a heartbeat.

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  4. 4

    Daniel

    Echoing the above statements, it really is a brilliant home. That view through the gate would have me sold.

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  5. 5

    andi

    Finally a price that seems to fit what is being offered. This is the real deal.

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  6. 6

    Mak

    Oh. My GODDD!!! That Koi Pond is SPECTACULAR!

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  7. 7

    Iemand

    To bad I hate the exterior, because I absolutely love everything else. The interior is just good, I love the back gallery, the grounds are great and the view is amazing.

    Oh, and I hate the prize, house like this for me is never gonna happen…

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    rob

    Agree with Andi, this is the real deal.

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  9. 9

    Chris

    OMG, I LOVE IT. This house is perfect.

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  10. 10

    Tigurinn

    I serious dislike the exterior (and on only one level??) – it’s butt ugly, and the ceilings aren’t much better

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    Tony

    This is a huge rip off. How can anyone think this is a good deal. This is about the amount Oprah paid for her Montecito home but hers was on 42 acres. Also Oprah way over paid at the time because she was just so rich and she just didn’t care. Oprah drove up the prices in the Montecito/Santa Barbara area after she moved there but the prices have since dropped drastically once the real estate market crashed. This is way over priced. I’d rather buy this house for only $18 million http://www.sbphototours.com/preview/Default.php?AutoStart=true&ListingID=4594 . This house is way nicer. Its less acreage but its a way better looking house and it is still on 3.5 acres and is way cheaper. Now if you want a lot of acreage then I’d buy this other Santa Barbara property for $32 million, you get a 38 acre lot which rivals Oprah’s huge estate. You could spend another $25 million on top of that to build a huge 25,000 square foot mega mansion of the finest quality and the total is $57 million. But you’d have an almost 40 acre mega estate that is ocean front. Thats a almost 40 acre estate that rivals Oprah’s mega compound except it is right on the ocean. I know its Santa Barbara and not Montecito but they are pretty much the same area. Check out the the 38 acre lot here http://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-1172-0592359/exceptional-ocean-front-estate-santa-barbara-ca-93110 . Its $19 million for 22 acres, but to get all 38 acres it is $32 million.

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    NOVA Ben

    I’m not a fan of the facade, unfortunately I can’t make that windowless look work for me…Everything else, however, is picture perfect.

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  13. 13

    marc22

    Spectacular design, elegant interiors, wonderful use of outdoor space, fantastic and lush courtyard and what a view. A true estate property.

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  14. 14

    Tony

    Hey Kenny, why was my last comment blocked?

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    1. 14.1

      Kenny Forder

      It wasn’t blocked. When a comment has multiple links in it, WordPress makes me approve it first.

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        Tony

        oh my bad. I thought it was blocked. That was why I reposted it. Sorry. I see now that my comment is there but I didn’t see it when I checked before.

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    Tony

    this house is way over priced. I’d rather buy this house at the link below for only $18 million http://www.sbphototours.com/preview/Default.php?AutoStart=true&ListingID=4594. This house isn’t on as much acreage, but its still on 3.5 acres and it is way cheaper. Also if you want a lot of acreage you could buy this other Santa Barbara property, its 38 acres, for only $32 million and then build a 25,000 square foot mega mansion of the finest quality for about another $25 million. That’s a total of $57 million but you’d have a way bigger house on 38 oceanfront acres. Here’s the link http://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-1172-0592359/exceptional-ocean-front-estate-santa-barbara-ca-93110

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      ZigZagBoom

      I agree. These other places seem like better values, if nothing else.

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  16. 16

    Ron

    Kenny….Do you have a floor plan of Solana?

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      Kenny Forder

      No, sorry!

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    lambskin

    The interiors are the most elegant I have seen on this site. The grounds are beautifully done as well. Windowless walls are great for world class art collectors. I would take this place in a heartbeat only if the decor stays-as is! This is up there as a fave on this site for me.

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    ZigZagBoom

    I’m all for austere exteriors – as you should know by now. But this just doesn’t work for me. It looks like a megalomaniac billionaire’s giant mausoleum. That yellow place in the Italian hills was good austere…this is bad austere.

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    ZigZagBoom

    And btw I don’t get worked about interiors, generally, but they do not at all have the majesty befitting a 57 million dollar price tag. That one paneled room is slightly ridiculous because it should be about 6′ taller to have such high paneling. The other similar room, the library, feels more authentic – but it feels like a $15 million dollar library in that market, not a $57 million one. Overall, it gives a somewhat ersatz impression to me…for example the curious way those foyer columns have no pedestals. But of course, some would argue that’s part of the charm of “Hollywood Regency”…and this still has more character than most of the Southern California places we see. I just think it must be overvalued, even with 11 acres.

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    awv Graham

    Wasn’t this house sold to the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions by the Graham/Cowles family in 1959? It had, I believe, 51 acres at that time. It sold, I was told by the niece of the seller, for about $260,000. It is a fabulous place.

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  21. 21

    Bella Dunn

    I think Tony nailed it. He offered better choices rather than this home. His hard work proved to be worthy of consideration instead of wasting your time on this home.

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  22. 22

    Ron Farrell

    Did this ever belong to the Hall family of Hallmark greeting card fame?

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