California possesses a vibrant Spanish Colonial architectural tradition, popularized by the grand and sprawling ranch homes of Santa Barbara and Montecito during the 1930s. The whitewashed stucco, the plaster walls, the wood-beamed ceilings and dramatic fireplaces. There was a mystery and romance to these homes — a warmth that welcomed both the visitor and the resident, and paid homage to the spirit of family. Rancho San Antonio was influenced by such a tradition. Set about 300 miles north of Santa Barbara in Los Altos Hills, the meandering estate rests on 5.7 acres with private Western Hills exposure, enveloping everyone who visits in its warm embrace.
As soon as you reach the iron gates of the estate, you know you are going to be transported into another world. A long drive way stretches to a grand circular motor court — your first introduction to Rancho San Antonio. The estate, originally built in 1939 and extensively remodeled, pays homage to the historic California architecture in rich detail.
An authentic blend of tile, stone and intricate woodwork punctuate every inch of the 13,910 square-foot property. In the main residence, a grand and spacious living room is graced by virgin redwood beams and an ornate fireplace. Six bedrooms and 11 bathrooms (five full and four half) offer enough space for large or extended families.The kitchen and formal dining room wing feature an office/board room — ideal for a remote executive who prefers to work in the comforts of home. Below the kitchen, there is a servants/guest wing that includes a 5,000+ bottle wine cellar, two bedrooms and one bath, workout room and private kitchen.
The open loggia leads to a beautiful courtyard and pool area. A two-bedroom, one-bath guest house brings the warmth of two fireplaces. And, just beyond the pool area is a full-size tennis court.
Car aficionados may delight in the array of garages, which can house over 35 cars. An additional four-car detached garage, three-car attached garage and two-car carport offer even more room for a growing automobile collection. Beauty abounds at every corner, with views of the surrounding hillsides and mature trees shrouding the estate in complete privacy.
Offered for $12,888,000 and represented by David Kelsey of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Woodside, Rancho San Antonio captures the quintessential California lifestyle: warm, inviting and casual yet elegant.