*This property was recently sold*
“Hacienda de Piedras,” the Gevirtz home, has long been one of the most admired estates in Montecito for its views, gardens, and noteworthy architecture. WIth its eye-catching tree lined property marked with a fence made of early 20th century stone hitching posts as well as stonecolumns at the impressive entry gate, the main residence and its expansive wooded and lawnareas remain hidden from view. A lovely curving driveway reveals gardens lined with agapanthusand mature oak trees and leads guests to a romantic stone porte cochere with original bell for agrand entry. Off to one side of the drive is a useful guest parking area, a putting green which canalso serve as a play area for children, and a meandering pathway to a Cape Cod style guest housewith a large sunny yard of lawn and mature trees creating privacy for this part of the estate. With inspiration from the stunning ocean and mountain views on 9.9 park-like acres, this grand stoneresidence offers spacious light filled public rooms with easy access to garden paths and terracesfor comfortable indoor/outdoor living and entertaining.The entry level is where guests can relax and enjoy one another in a casual but elegant home witha spacious living room around an elegant fireplace for intimate conversations. Sunny interiors are provided by numerous paned Victorian style windows which allow guests to enjoy magnificent ocean and mountain views. In the evening, a cozy den next to the living room beckons those who live here to enjoy a quiet moment by its corner fireplace. The adjacent dining room offers views of the ocean and a grassy knoll circled by oaks. For indoor/outdoor entertaining, this room opens to apool side terrace and also has easy access to a casual country style kitchen with a cozy built-incorner breakfast area.The private upper level family area features a light-filled master bedroom with an outdoor view deck for lounging, large walk-in closet and tiled bath with view windows. There are two additional bedrooms with ensuite baths on this level, one with a sunroom for additional sleeping or office use.The lower level provides a casual game/media room space as well as a smaller guest room. The powder room on this level serves those enjoying the nearby stone picnic area and tennis court in the gardens below.To enhance the ultimate ‘luxe’ lifestyle on a country estate in Montecito, there is a detached stone two car garage with apartment above and a charming Cape Cod style two bedroom guest housewith its own gated entrance, expansive lawns, and overflow parking space for entertaining.One’s first glimpse of this ivy covered stone manor leads to an instant feeling of awe and anappreciation for a gracious lifestyle from the past that we search for but seldom find. The Gevirtzestate with its wide open spaces of lawn and woodland areas, panoramic ocean and mountainviews, tennis court with lights, stone edged pool with entertainment patio for entertaining and privacy on all sides offers the opportunity for the next owner to create a new “masterpiece”influenced by the century old design done by Carleton M. Winslow in 1918!