The Mediterranean island of Mallorca and the charm of early 1920s architecture served as inspiration for Villa de la Vista, a work of art punctuated by architectural intricacies at every turn, from Moorish arches to carved sculptures and colorful accents bringing animation to each space.
Nancy Kogevinas in our Montecito Midtown office is listing agent for the 6-bedroom house with 8 full bathrooms and 3 half-bathrooms sprawling over 14,837+ square feet on a 2.96-acre lot. The price is $26,500,000 for the property at 296 Las Entradas Drive.
Luxurious international influences
Drawing inspiration from around the world, this architectural and spiritual estate is a luxurious display of international influences with a storied history as a part of the San Leandro Ranch. An extensive renovation was undertaken in 2012 that brought the prominent residence back to life.
Sitting on a spectacular promontory, the estate boasts a central dome with a wood ceiling that offers a rare 360-degree bird’s eye view to the Pacific Ocean and along the Santa Barbara coastline, harbor, and Santa Ynez mountains.
Designed by renowned architect Thomas Bollay
The villa was designed by highly acclaimed architect Thomas Bollay, known for his innovative designs based on historical references and meticulous restoration of landmark buildings.
The living room and kitchen seamlessly flow to the large outdoor patio, the pool, and outdoor kitchen on one side, and a peaceful courtyard artfully lined with stones and colorful tiles on the other side.
The ocean-view primary suite is on the upper level, with a meditation room and two separate bathrooms and closets. A state-of the-art home theater, wine cellar, bar, recording room, private gym, and sauna are among the home’s many desirable features.
The estate is complete with a tennis court and pavilion, 1-bedroom guest house and office building, along with a separate manager’s office and bonus recreation room, and an attached 3-car garage. Just a short drive away are world-class beaches, Montecito’s upper and lower villages, hiking trails, and the Rosewood Miramar Beach resort hotel.
About architect Thomas Bollay
Committed to quality design and preserving the essence of early 20th-century revival architecture, much of Bollay’s success is attributed to his close study of revivalist buildings and their original sketches and drawings, as well as through his European travels. Practicing traditional architecture for over three decades in Santa Barbara, Bollay has revived many significant local buildings such as the 1927 Biltmore Hotel, Santa Barbara, and the Music Academy of the West “Mira Flores” main house, Montecito.
Even with over 37 years of architecture experience, 296 Las Entradas Drive is one of Bollay’s favorite projects. His affection for the estate exceeds the architectural design. He says it is simply “the way it complements the site, the way it complements the views, the way the house lives, is just wonderful, it is just delightful.”
About listing agent Nancy Kogevinas
With 50 completed transactions and total sales surpassing $200 million in 2020, Nancy consistently ranks in the top echelon of her peers. Most notably, she placed No. 4 among all Santa Barbara REALTORS® in 2020, as well as several times in previous years. On the international level, Nancy was No. 4 among all agents in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network in 2019.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.