The last time we heard from Vlocity founders Mark Armenante and Young Sohn, they’d just closed on a marvelous contemporary take on high modernity in Montecito. The pair shelled out $7.2 million for the 2009-built house, which features walls of garage-style multi-pane doors which put a wonderfully insouciant spin on the ubiquitous retractable glass walls of high-dollar SoCal homes, and open up the house to the Pacific breezes and Santa Ynez Mountains views that grace the property.
Having purchased south of L.A., Armenante and Sohn set their sights on environs north of the city. According to Dirt, they wound up in Carpinteria, the quiet coastal community known for its dramatic coastline, large-acreage celebrity-owned estates, and good surf spots. The property they closed on is another modern: an outlay of $18.5 million delivered the keys to an 6,600 square-footer perched on a promontory plateau measuring 42.69 acres. And, like the Montecito property, the Carpinteria spot is something of a green-souled super-modern estate, with succulent-heavy landscaping framing it.
The house is a glassy, boxy affair with wonderfully accomplished blurring of interiority/exteriority; the living room is walled in floor-to-ceiling glass on three sides, with a series of narrow rectangular clerestories the icing on the cake. Architectural concrete and matte-finished plank white oak can also be spotted, but ornament is at a minimum and the house is all about the communal benediction of living style and setting.
The master bedroom is an absolute dream: glass on three sides, the transparency only interrupted by the occasional narrow frame and a heavyweight rusticated stone fireplace accent wall. A two-bedroom guest cottage augments the accommodations, bringing the total interior space on the property to 8,453 sq. ft.