Retired tennis star Maria Sharapova is the new owner of this turnkey lifestyle estate in Santa Barbara County. The newly-retired WTA star paid $8.55 million for the property.
The compound was built in 1976, and encompasses five acres of grounds with three discrete residences for accommodations. Water is sourced with a private well through a Desalitech purifier, and the property can store 15,000 gallons; an irrigation system and generators enhance the ‘off the grid’ feel of the place. A component of the lifestyle is equestrianism; there is a horse corral and stall on the acreage for riding enthusiasts.
Of the three houses, the main house is designed with inspiration from Balinese architecture. The other homes include a ranch-style and a guest cottage. The houses feature an abundance of hardwood in interior living spaces, with a living style that is quite rustic.
But the grounds are perhaps the most compelling selling point, and what may well have attracted Sharapova to the property as a retreat. The landscaping uses a huge amount of stone for expression, with stone walls, patios and walkways offering an abundance of living and lounging space. Lawns, gardens, fruit trees, a bamboo forest and varied plantings populate the hillside that slopes down toward the water.
Views from the compound are stunning. Santa Barbara and Carpinteria can be spotted in the panorama, which surveys a large section of the County coastline.
Over the course of her career, Sharapova took every singles Grand Slam title once, except Roland Garros, which she won twice. She won the WTA Finals once as well. In 2005, at the age of 18, she became the world No. 1; this marked the first time a Russian woman topped the singles ranking.