Santa Barbara Ca

Romantic Courtyard Mediterranean in Bel Air Knolls

Sold for $1,900,000

Custom re-built and brilliantly executed by award winning designers David Thomas and Jeff Doubet, this masterfully designed two-story home embodies the essence of Santa Barbara’s signature Mediterranean architecture. With its Old World courtyard, private pool/spa and patio, open floor plan and warm artistic ambience, it literally radiates an invitation to Santa Barbara’s cherished “American Riviera” lifestyle. Imagine: casual indoor/outdoor living, gracious and relaxed entertaining and romantic evenings at home. Vitality and serenity. Passionate expression and peaceful reflection.

The classic white plastered walls and red tile palette is creatively accented by three fireplaces and a multitude of hand-crafted Artisanal details including wrought-iron grilles and chandeliers, lantern sconces, burnished solid wood doors and decorative tiles. All systems and fixtures are new and of an unusual degree of quality. This exquisite 4 bedroom, 3 bath home represents an inspired and devoted “labor of love” by the designers and is truly a work of art!

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Entrance & Courtyard

Walking through the wrought-iron entry gate, visitors are welcomed into a sunny courtyard of pebble and flagstone where mature olive trees and a Mission-style stone fountain immediately evoke the impression of Old World tranquility. As the eyes sweep around the courtyard they are treated to the many delightful nuances of wooden shutters and a decorative arbor, lantern sconces flanking the custom front door, wrought iron embellishments and a cupola atop the red tile roof.

Entry & Living Room

The dramatic two-story entryway is dominated by a staircase studded with colorful decorative tiles and a Steve Handelman hand-crafted wrought iron chandelier. One is immediately embraced in a sense of spaciousness and light, yet comfortably grounded by the earthiness of Saltillo tiles arranged in a pleasing herring-bone pattern in the entry floor.

This beautiful contrast of light and earthy tones flows throughout the downstairs, with creamy plaster walls, Saltillo tile floors and exposed wooden beams in the high ceilings. To the left of the entryway, the formal living room is warm and welcoming with its prominent wood-burning fireplace.

Family Room, Dining Room & Pool/Spa

The flowing openness between the family room, dining area and kitchen offer the perfect environment for entertainment or everyday family intimacy. In cool weather, the family room’s fireplace provides warmth and a pleasant setting during evening meals in the dining area. Flooded with light from the Sierra Pacific windows and French doors, this area gracefully expands on warmer days to the outdoors and a large patio surrounding the sparkling new tile-surround pool and bubbling spa.


The stream-lined gourmet kitchen is both beautiful and appealingly functional for the novice or experienced chef. Brand new stainless steel appliances include a 36” Wolf range with a colorful backsplash of hand-painted tiles and the abundant countertops are of gleaming quartz. At one end, a sunny breakfast nook looks out through French doors to the shimmering pool.

Guest Quarters & Office

The one downstairs bedroom is ensuite with an attractive marble and Travertine appointed bath with glass-enclosed shower, making it perfect for guests. There is also a laundry room and plenty of downstairs closets including a pantry and large storage area underneath the staircase.

Upstairs, the flooring softens with a beautifully rustic burnished wood throughout, with the exception of Travertine tile floors in the bathrooms. Two of the medium-sized bedrooms share an attractive Jack & Jill bathroom with double sinks and a full tub/shower combination featuring custom ceramic tiles.

Master Bed & Bath

The master bedroom is a romantic’s dream come true; completely private but with a sense of unfettered openness. Its vaulted and beamed ceiling soars upward while French doors open to a wrought-iron Juliet balcony, expanding the view outward over the private courtyard and beyond to vistas of Campanil Hill. A glass enclosed gas fireplace topped with decorative wall niche adds an extra touch of the sensual to the soft light of the room’s Southern exposure.

Luxury abounds in the spacious master bath with its extra-large glassed-in shower appointed with Travertine tile walls, twin shower heads and a built-in tile bench. Double sinks in a marble countertop and custom cabinetry add their share of refined elegance to a décor that invites pampering. The large walk-in closet is more than ample with built-in shelving and a tube skylight. There is also an additional large clothing closet with built-ins and a linen closet in the hallway.

First Level

Second Level

For more information on this sale call (805)331-3191

Bryan R. Uhrig

(805) 331-3191
Cal BRE #01467861

Steve Heller

(805) 252-2749
Cal BRE # 00929496

1170 Coast Village Road
Montecito, CA 93108