May 3rd, 2021 at 11:00 am

Villa Tragara exterior

Villa Tragara is modeled after Spain’s Alhambra Palace

Pushing the boundaries of high style and luxury living to new heights, Villa Tragara is an idyllic Montecito estate that is unmatched for vision, flair, and architectural detail.

Villa Tragara was conceived with passion and executed with precision. Commanding 2.45 acres in one of Montecito’s finest locations, the estate is the definition of one-of-a-kind excellence. Every space has been designed and executed with emotion and intention, delivering an unmatched residential design experience.

living room view of pool and mountains

Custom-built in 2014, the estate at 848 Hot Springs Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108 was built, owned, and is currently occupied by Kinka Usher, an acclaimed TV commercial director who has worked with clients like Nike, Pepsi, and Taco Bell. Nancy Kogevinas in our Montecito Midtown office is listing agent for the 4-bedroom, 5-bathroom property, spanning 14,947 square feet. It can be your personal palace for $24,850,000.

lavish, spa-like bathroom with marble soaking tub

Spanish, Italianate, and Moorish architecture

The mansion’s design seamlessly blends Spanish, Italianate, and Moorish architecture, resulting in a magnificent display of opulence and elegance. It was inspired by the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain.

Two primary suites are incorporated in the house, one boasting floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides, a large covered terrace, and a spa-like lavatory. An attached guest house features a living room, kitchen, and bedroom suite.

living room with glass windows making up both walls

Creative interiors

Inviting joy, reflection, solitude, and inspiration, the interiors are filled with creativity. The entire living room and dining area, which incorporates a top-class kitchen and plenty of lounging areas, is completely bathed in natural light, and is the focal point of the estate. The dining room also overlooks a large koi pond and impeccably manicured grounds.


The living room connects the indoors with the outdoors through walls of double-height glass and steel doors and windows, offering extraordinary views of the property grounds and the Pacific Ocean. This exquisite residence incorporates imported, antique, and time-honored materials, which blend perfectly with modern designs and features.

State-of-the-art technology systems have been discreetly built into the property, which boasts Crestron automation, geothermal cooling and radiant heating, and a movie theater with surround sound and DLP (digital light processing) cinema projector.

view from second story of Villa and grounds

Exotic plants, lush lawns

Gardens overflow with exotic plants and lush lawns leading past a babbling stream into a 90,000-gallon swimming pond, all overlooking bocce and pickle-ball courts, a fire pit, olive orchard, many mature trees, heated pool, waterfalls, two large lawns for small events, and a grand lawn for formal parties and big events.

The estate also includes a floating Japanese pavilion above the koi pond, and a 16-seat covered pergola with an outdoor kitchen that features a pizza oven and barbecue, perfect for entertaining guests or enjoying weekends.

The property is conveniently close to beaches, shops, and restaurants in the Upper and Lower Villages. The Four Seasons Biltmore, San Ysidro Ranch, and the Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel are also nearby, offering a plethora of amenities through their membership clubs.

second story view from sitting room with ocean view

About listing agent Nancy Kogevinas

With 57 completed transactions and total sales surpassing $250 million in 2020, Nancy consistently ranks in the top echelon of her peers. On the international level, Nancy placed No. 3 among all individual agents in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices global network in 2020. Every year, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has awarded Nancy the highest awards for sales performance (Chairman’s Circle Diamond, Platinum, and Gold awards).

After graduating from UCLA with a degree in economics, Nancy worked in Los Angeles, New York, and London as a marketing and advertising executive with Time magazine and The New Yorker magazine. Intrigued by the real estate business, Nancy changed careers in the early 1990s and has been successfully representing buyers and sellers for over 25 years. In 2007, Nancy was selected to be a Founding Director of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Luxury Collection.

To learn more about the exquisite Villa Tragara, get in touch with Nancy Kogevinas today.

Photo credit: Alexis Adam and Marc Angeles

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