In Montecito, California, This 10-acre Estate Reveals Its Grandeur After a 15-year Restoration
It all started in 1916 when the land was parceled off from the original Las Tejas estate by early South Carolina settler William Alston Hayne and sold to famed American writer Hobart C. Chatfield-Taylor and his wife Rose Farwell, daughter of U.S. Senator Charles B. Farwell. It becomes their holiday home while they were living in Lake Forest, Illinois. One year later, prominent architect Francis T. Underhill designed this Mediterranean Revival estate.
“A rare and extraordinary piece of art and antiquity Far Afield is one of two significant historic estates remaining in the prime Montecito ‘Golden Quadrangle,'” a highly sought after area near Santa Barbara says agent Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker Realty.
“It is truly a legacy estate for the ages, embodying success, class, and sophistication.”
The charm and character of this romantic property, which was carefully restored for 15 years before finally being completed in 2017, is reflected through every element, from the parquet floor patterns custom-built on-site with hand-cut French oak, to the 17th- and 18th-century reclaimed building materials curated throughout Europe, including the Dutch, Italian and Spanish antique tiles that adorn both the interior and the exterior.
“Offered for the first time since 2002, this property is a trophy asset to be cherished by children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren for decades to come,” says agent Timothy Di Prizito.
“A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with an A-plus location, acreage, gardens, and pedigree architecture, Far Afield would be impossible to replicate today. The elegance of the villa’s architecture, façade, and finishes are enhanced by the estate’s unparalleled and completely updated infrastructure, including a structural and mechanical engineering overhaul with added subterranean levels and state-of-the-art systems rivaling modern hotel resorts of today.”
Joyce Rey | 310-285-7529 | DRE# 00465013
Timothy Di Prizito | 310-266-2777 | DRE# 01433017
of Coldwell Banker Realty
List Price: $74,000,000
Images by Eric Foote