1520 Roble Drive

Monte Mar

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List Price: $18,500,000

Sold Price: $16,778,000

5 Bedrooms

7 Full + 2 Half Bathrooms

8,086 Sq.Ft.

9.11 Acres


Monte Mar

Get swept away by this Classic California Spanish Colonial with legendary Reginald Johnson architecture and sweeping ocean and island views. This one of a kind estate enjoys 1920's grandeur and has recently been transformed and re-stylized for modern living. The pride of Hope Ranch, the Monte Mar Estate includes a main residence with one level, 5 bedroom suites, chic spaces, verandas, sparkling pool, spa, and numerous high-end amenities. Additionally, there is a lavish 2-bedroom guesthouse, an apartment above the 3-car garage, and separate 4-car garage with adjacent guest facilities. Nestled on nine acres of verdant lawns, mature oak forrest, and sculpted gardens, Monte Mar influenced the style, quality and luxury that were to become hallmarks of life in Santa Barbara. Come experience one of the original, treasured estates of Hope Ranch.


Main Residence
5 Bed/ 7 Full + 2 Half Bath | approx. 8,086 SqFt Main Home

Guest Residences
2 bed/ 2 Bath | approx. 1,531 SqFt Separate Guest House
1 Bed/ 1 Full + 1 Half Bath 1,003 Sq Ft Separate Upstairs Apartment
1 bed/ 1 Full + 1 Half Bath 876 SqFt Additional Unit


Property Features
7+ Car Garages | approx. 9 Acres | Pool & Jacuzzi
Lush Manicured Gardens | Private Well | Expansive Lawns
Private Beach | Equestrian Possibilities



In the 1920s the architecture of Santa Barbara began to blossom out of the talents of several skilled designers, one of whom was Reginald Johnson. Among his work, Johnson was commissioned to design the Santa Barbara Post Office and the Biltmore Hotel, sites treasured still today.

Monte Mar is one of the original estates and a foundational property of Hope Ranch. This is a tremendous credit to Reginald Johnson—and also to the caretakers over the decades who have had the honor to call this estate their home. Monte Mar has aged to perfection.

Through grand gates, the graceful elegance of Monte Mar shines forth. The enchanting approach to the home is lined with majestic oak trees leading up to a stone motor court and private primary entrance. The beauty of an original, historic home, one built to endure, is immediately evident and virtually impossible to replicate.

This California Spanish colonial enjoys 1920’s grandeur and has recently been gloriously restoredand thoughtfully modernized to feature chic living spaces.

The pride of Hope Ranch, this single-levelmain residence includes 5 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 2 offices, play room, wine cellar, a central courtyard and a multitude of spaces to allow any family large or small to gather or spread out.

The estate evolved over the decades with updates, improvements and ideas. At every step, craftsmanship and an eye for quality prevail. The soft lighting, smooth surfaces, and clean, efficient lines of the interior living spaces are luxuriously beautiful and comfortable.

The main house is built around a central courtyard, and like a compass, is divided into four sections. Facing Southwest is the spectacular great room and impressive master suite.

To the South resides the master suite. A highlight of the home, this space enjoys unrivaled ocean and garden views.

Step down into the extraordinary dual dressing rooms, each with walk-in closets and lavish full baths. One complete with handsome wood and regal finishes, the other chic with calacatta marble, radiant heating and soaking tub.

French doors open to an expansive covered loggia, which overlooks the sloping lawns and the ocean and islands beyond.

Long hallways connect numerous dining areas, interior and exterior, formal and casual. The main residence enjoys a grand kitchen, Butler’s panty, formal dining, breakfast room, numerous dining patios, and an exquisite wine cellar.

The extensively modernized kitchen relishes in marble finishes and top of the line appliances such as a Lacanche 6 burner oven. The romantic wine cellar with a barrel-style ceiling composed of Herringbone brick and wood beams is met with seclusion beneath the home.

Numerous retreats and entertaining spaces sprinkle the main residence. The West wing enjoys a grand living room with fireplace and wet bar, two formal offices, and a bright family room looking out to the pool and patios. To the East, the bedrooms reside as well as a large playroom with fantastic kitchenette and storage.

Throughout the home modern technology permeates to create a luxurious yet comfortable atmosphere. Grandeur is exemplified with the humble modernization of a classic estate.

At the center of the home awaits a stone courtyard. Lined with enchanting greenery and the surrounding hallways of the home, this space is peaceful and inviting. Complete with a Spanish tiled fountain, the ambiance of this lounge terrace is wonderfully zen. The central courtyard offers alternate routes from one wing of the home to the other, but also hosts the main entrance to two bedroom suites.

The picturesque pool basks in the warm Santa Barbara sun, complete with numerous patios, loggia, sparkling pool and spa. The resort style lounge area is surrounded by lush greenery and offers ample room for entertaining.

Nine private, sweeping, sun-soaked acres of ocean-view property will both stir and calm your soul. A stroll through Monte Mar is journey of the senses. Mature oak trees for cool shade, a rolling expanse of grass for unfettered island vistas, rose garden paths for meditation, water features and sculptures to entice the ears and eyes, fruit trees for sustenance. Beyond the Monte Mar property, Hope Ranch also offers private beaches and miles of hiking and bridle trails.

In addition to the main residence, there are spaces for living, working, tinkering, dreaming and playing in buildings thoughtful and cohesively designed. Across the driveway, a brief walk from the main home, is a generous and spacious two-bedroom, two-bath guesthouse, beautifully equipped with anything your guests would need. Down the hill from the guesthouse is an immense, climate controlled, 3-car garage for the automotive enthusiast. And above the garage there is a spectacular, immense space for exercise equipment, a sprawling creative studio or any use you may imagine. Finally, behind the main residence there is a studio with a 4-car garage and ample parking space tucked away out of sight.



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