1138 Mission Ridge Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93103 $9,100,000

Status: Closed    MLS# 24-1043

7 Bedrooms    4 Full Bathrooms    2 Half Bathrooms

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Property Description

A crown jewel atop the American Riviera, Huskalow, or ''Sunset Hill,'' offers views and privacy in a rare 2.24-acre retreat. Designed in 1919 by renowned architect Reginald Davis Johnson in ''The California Architecture'' style, his signature fusion of English, Anglo Colonial, Craftsman, and Mediterranean elements, Huskalow is an estate of relaxed simplicity and grace. The home contains 5,721 square feet of living space with seven bedrooms, four full and two half baths yet ''lives'' inviting and warm. The historic residence and hilltop property are perfectly meshed, taking advantage of serene sweeping vistas of the Pacific including the Santa Barbara harbor and Channel Islands, then north to La Cumbre Peak and the Santa Ynez Range. The garden includes specimen oaks and a reflecting pond originally designed by noted landscape designer Lockwood de Forrest Jr. It has been enhanced by Pat Brodie Landscapes to include native California plants, a fruit orchard, roses and a succulent/cactus garden. The residence embraces classic features beloved by Reginald Johnson, many of them reminiscent of the hacienda or Spanish Revival styles: hand-hewn fir beamed ceiling, Saltillo tile, oak and fir flooring, arches and perfectly textured plaster walls. There are five fireplaces and graceful arches that feel Spanish. French doors open to a central courtyard with ocean views, the heart of outdoor living. The current owners of twenty plus years, call themselves "caretakers" of Huskalow and engaged Ferguson-Ettinger Architects to carefully supervise improvements to lighten and open the home, enhance the landscape and hardscape, all with integrity while preserving its special design elements.

Stone pillars and a sweeping drive opens to a formal sandstone driveway circle; a stone path winds to a Craftsman inspired brick and pillared porch. The formal entry, with its rustic small Saltillo tiles and graceful stairway leads to an adjacent library that has a cozy English feel with built-in bookcases, charming fireplace, and lovely views. The living room, grand in scale with massive hand-hewn fir beams projects an air of relaxed comfort with reading nooks, fireplace and French doors opening to the north veranda and mountain views.

The current owners, serious cooks, have created a chef's working kitchen with walk in pantry, breakfast nook, menu desk opening to a once formal dining room, now filled with light and ocean views through picture window, plus warming fireplace. French doors flow onto the brick courtyard for festive holiday dinners, weddings, or quiet evenings around the outdoor fireplace...California style! French doors in the primary suite open to a private terrace with a perfect cameo of the yacht harbor and Stearn's Wharf. Two additional bedrooms in the primary wing are currently used as offices. Two separate wings offer four bedrooms and two baths with flexibility for family, guests, crafts, music. A spacious recreation room with its own fenced deck adjoins laundry center, oversized garage, ample storage; there is abundant onsite parking.

Original sandstone pavers and rocks create paths to pleasing environments; delight is always around the corner. An artfully designed koi pond with cascading waterfall leads to a relaxing spa and sparkling pool, all with sweeping views of ocean, harbor, islands, and city. A romantic covered brick verandah stretches northside offering respite to enjoy mountain colors and visiting wildlife near the pond. The orchard, kitchen garden, and hen house gift bounty and joy!

The Upper Riviera, known for exceptional views and perfect climate, offers parks, open spaces, and secret paths for strolling/hiking, dining at the Belmond El Encanto Hotel, films at the Riviera Theatre, and beyond to vibrant restaurants and shops in downtown Santa Barbara. Or, simply embrace nature and solitude cherished by past stewards of Huskalow, "Sunset Hill"...the start of your own traditions, your own legacy.

Property Information
Property Details
MLS ID: #24-1043
Current Price: $9,100,000 
Buyer Broker Compensation: 2.5%
Status: Closed
Days on Market: 8
Address: 1138 Mission Ridge Road
City / Zip: Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Area / Neighborhood: Riviera/Upper
Property Type: Residential – Home/Estate
Style: Estate 
Approx. Sq. Ft.: 6,409 
Year Built: 1919 
Condition: Excellent 
Acres: 2.24 
Lot Sq. Ft.: 97,574 Sq.Ft. 
Topography: Combo, Level 
Proximity: Near Park(s) 
View: City, Coastline, Harbor, Islands, Mountain(s), Ocean, Panoramic, Setting 
Elementary School: Roosevelt
Jr. High School: S.B. Jr.
Sr. High School: S.B. Sr.
Interior Features
Bedrooms: 7
Total Bathrooms: 6
Bathrooms (Full): 4
Bathrooms (Half): 2
Dining Areas: Breakfast Area, Breakfast Bar, Dining Area, In Kitchen, Nook 
Fireplaces: 2+, Family Room, Gas, LR, Other, Patio 
Flooring: Hardwood, Laminate, Tile 
Laundry: Gas Hookup, Laundry Room 
Appliances: Central Vac, Dishwasher, Disposal, Double Oven, Gas Range, Gas Tankless Water Heater, Refrigerator, Rev Osmosis, Tankless Water Heater, Vented Exhaust Fan, Water Purifier Rented, Wtr Softener/Owned 
Exterior Features
Roof: Tile 
Exterior: Wood Siding 
Foundation: Mixed, Raised 
Construction: Two Story 
Grounds: Deck, Drought Tolerant LND, Fenced: BCK, Fenced: PRT, Fruit Trees, Patio Open, Permeable Driveway, Pool, SPA-Outside, Wooded, Yard Irrigation PRT 
Parking: Attached, Gar #2, Interior Access 
ADU: No 
Amenities: Dual Pane Window, Guest Quarters, Insul:PRT, Pantry, Remodeled Bath, Remodeled Kitchen, Skylight, Solar PV, Sound System 
Other buildings: Other, Shed 
Site Improvements: Cable TV, Paved, Public, Underground Util 
Water / Sewer: S.B. Wtr, Sewer Hookup 
Zoning: A-1 
Reports Available: Home Inspection, NHD, Pest Inspection, Prelim, Roof, Sewer Lateral, TDS 
Public Listing Details: None 

Listed with Sotheby's International Realty