Ca’ di Sopra. If it sounds like a place you want to lose yourself in, that’s because it is. Ca’ di Sopra, known as “House Above the Clouds,” is the masterpiece of Boston architect Guy Lowell, known for his work on the Charles River Dam, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the New York State Supreme Court in New York City.
Long regarded as one of the finest examples of Mediterranean architecture, Ca’ di Sopra was crafted in Lowell’s vision of the Italian countryside and perched at the top of one of Montecito’s most prominent lanes, where “above the clouds” views of the ocean offer unmatched vistas. The estate, Lowell’s only residence on the West Coast, has been celebrated in “Montecito and Santa Barbara Volume II: The Days of the Great Estates” and was on the cover of “Santa Barbara Style.”
Built in 1914, Ca’ di Sopra was meticulously renovated in 2006 with the goal of maintaining the integrity of Lowell’s mastery while enhancing the Italianate design with a host of luxurious modern amenities; the home was voted Best Historic Remodel for 2006 by the Santa Barbara Contractors Association. What remains is an exquisite example of art and architecture, with a nod to history, an homage to the original vision of a true master, and an eye toward today’s lifestyles. Ca’ di Sopra presents 13,950 magnificent square feet in the main residence, where 7 bedrooms, 8 baths, a library, state-of-the-art theatre, brick-lined wine cellar, crafts room, game room and caterer’s kitchen hold court. Two guest houses offer the ideal spaces to house friends and family. The beautiful dichotomy of Ca’ di Sopra, with its historical details and modern enhancements, is revealed in the gourmet kitchen. Here, top-of-the line appliances including a Wolf double oven and six burner cooktop, Sub Zero refrigerator, Miele dishwasher, complement a copper sink, antique pot rack, and romantic antique oil lamps. Throughout the home, fine materials including Jerusalem stone, walnut parquet floors, coffered ceilings, ancient stone reliefs and fountains, antique terracotta tiles and marble basin, and plaster walls with stencil detail transport you to la vita bella.
Outside, a half-moon infinity pool framed by Roman columns and 6.2 acres of lushly landscaped, ocean- and mountain-view gardens featuring mature oak and olive trees, Italian cypress, fruit trees and rose gardens continue the Mediterranean feel. A clay tennis court, greenhouse, loggia with fireplace, and entertainment terraces round out the outdoor amenities, while secret gardens reached by a funicular add a dash of magic, just for good measure.
Ca’ di Sopra is represented by Susan Burns of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Montecito for $16,900,000.