Posted on Dec 8, 2014

While many people would like to live close to the villages (Montecito’s upper or lower village) for conveniences, dining and shopping, some come to Montecito for the private, rural experience. Since Montecito offers foothill locations that are still only a few miles from the beach and 101 freeway, one can find a rural location quite quickly by driving up a main road into the foothills a bit (try Romero, Toro Canyon, Bella Vista).

These listings featured below offer the privacy and acreage of major estates and are all priced in various ranges from the high $2millions for 6 acres in Toro Canyon to over $15million for a bluff top Italian estate with tremendous, close in ocean views.

In Montecito one can own 6 or 21 or 120 or more acres, depending on your preference and price range, and properties with acreage of this size are sometimes overlooked. Additionally, larger acreage properties in our area tend to be in the foothills, so these larger parcels often come with some fantastic ocean views, as is the case with the 4 properties featured here.

These larger, rural listings, while being well into our local foothills, are still only a short drive to town, (unlike living in Topanga or Malibu on acreage where one might be a half hour or more to town).

If you are interested in more information regarding any of these listings, or would like to arrange a showing, please contact us directly. Although we are not the listing agents for these properties we can arrange access and provide a detailed analysis of these or other properties you may be interested in throughout Montecito and Santa Barbara.

Sheela Hunt – – 805-698-3767

Mark Ashton Hunt – – 805-698-2174

TORO CANYON ROAD – $2,995,000


Ocean view Paradise. Gated private estate with a two bedroom guesthouse, tropical feeling, pond like pool, and offering out door living areas, fabulous for those seeking retreat style living or entertaining. Situated on 6 acres with Oaks and a seasonal stream. 3,400+ main home and 2 bedroom guesthouse. Pool, Ocean Views, art studio, etc…



Two parcels, totaling approximately 120 acres available together. Rarely available ranch estate has incredible panoramic ocean, island, and harbor views. The main house is approximately 6,000 square feet and includes an office, billiards room, media room, and an indoor lap pool. This estate also features a guesthouse, workshop, and manager’s home.

These parcels are available either individually, but with the “purchase both together” price break offered, one finds the best value and price per acre.



This modern masterpiece was created by Los Angeles architect Barbara Bestor and offers unparalleled views of ocean, islands and mountains in a completely secluded setting on approximately 160 acres of unspoiled wilderness.

The newly constructed home is designed for entertaining and relaxation, with custom glass walls that slide away to bring the outdoors in. The center of the home is a loft-like space, anchored by an open kitchen with European style cabinetry. On one side, a 25-foot telescoping glass door retracts to reveal a panoramic view of the entire Santa Barbara coastline. The expansive room also leads into a lushly planted courtyard with fireplace.

Pool, Guesthouse, media room, etc…

FREEHAVEN DRIVE – $16,950,000


Incomparable ocean, island & mountain views envelope this stunning 21+/- acre ridge top estate. Luxuriously built in 2007 w/ custom architectural details & exceptional quality throughout. Main residence with 1st floor master, sumptuous guest suites, pool/guest house, wine cellar, 4+ car garage & ample onsite parking. Spectacular gardens, stone patios & outdoor dining terraces overlook Montecito’s picturesque coast.