Montecito has its fair share of knee-bucklingly beautiful, historic Spanish-style ranches. Actor Jeff Bridges owns one, and it’s currently up for sale for $7.995 million.
Like Bridges’ more famous home in Montecito—which he sold about two years ago, for $16 million against a $30 million initial ask—this property features the authentic feel that only a period residence can pull off, as well as a great deal of breathing room; the lot extends to a whisker over four acres.
The equestrian retreat features a main house and guest house that date to 1919. Original doors, a clay tile roof, and batten shutters distinguish the main home, which is nestled in a green frame of mature trees, hedges and shrubs, and boasts a winding tile walk as a prologue.
Within, the 3-bedroom, 3-bath home rambles with the best of them. The home’s overt charm level is high, with five fireplaces in all, and one particularly nice example of a kiva style adding a great deal of softness to the shared living spaces. The warmth of raw wood ceilings and plank hardwood floors are augmented with hand-painted tile and arched doorways. Earth tones are the rule of thumb, with lichen-colored subway tile in the kitchen, and baths finished with terra-cotta, soft grey, and cane.
The home’s exterior is classic Spanish ranch-style, with a protected tile-floored courtyard with a central fountain giving it definition and a nice sense of history. Gardens, fruit trees, equestrian facilities, a guest house and a pool house all contribute to the escapist living style of this idyllic corner of Montecito.