840 Toro Canyon Road, Montecito, CA
Distinctive Toro Canyon Home
Commanding approximately 10 acres on a Toro Canyon ridgetop, yet convenient to Montecito's Upper and Lower Villages, as well as to charming Summerland, this contemporary hacienda-style home hosts panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria coastlines, and Santa Ynez Mountains. The resounding theme, both inside and outside, is of a refreshing, desert-like openness.
Entering the magical property's gates and ascending the lengthy driveway, one is struck by the dramatic landscaping: a showcase of cacti, and other succulents and drought-tolerant flora. The home's interior is equally as stunning. Exposed beam and shiplap vaulted ceilings, wood and tile floors, an abundance of windows and glass doors framed in natural wood, and recessed lighting contribute to an ambiance of warmth and spaciousness.
A chef's kitchen featuring high-end stainless appliances and a spacious island, formal and informal dining areas, and an inviting lounging area comprise home's an expansive great room. The living room, with its stone fireplace hearth and surround, provides a relaxed though sophisticated sanctuary, and the bedrooms, including the primary suite and its enchanting kiva fireplace, open to the grounds via oversize glass and wood frame doors.
This serene sanctuary of understated luxury takes full advantage of Santa Barbara's Mediterranean climate, with every living area opening to the serene natural setting. In addition to breathtaking views and the impressive succulent garden, the grounds hosts a variety of productive fruit trees, mature oaks, peaceful walking trails, and multiple venues for entertaining al fresco, including a large dining terrace and pergola.
Defined by unmatched privacy and surreal views yet located within minutes of distinctive shopping, dining, services, numerous beaches, renowned hiking trails and more, this chic and distinctive Toro Canyon home presents an incredible opportunity for Montecito residence.
“Cristal Clarke has conducted numerous real estate transactions for me beginning 13 years ago with the purchase of a Lemon Ranch. She has handled both large and small purchases and sales with equal dedication. As a negotiator, you can’t find anyone better. Her transactions are always conducted in the most appropriate and professional manner. Cristal has considerable knowledge of the Santa Barbara market.”
- S.N. Decker Ph.D.
“Living in Europe, we were to say the least, unaccustomed to the nuances of Real Estate acquisition in California and Cristal steered us through the process with absolute professionalism and personal attention to detail at every turn. Her in-depth knowledge of the market place combined with enthusiasm and drive was the only reason we secured the property of our dreams and will be forever grateful. If you are looking for personal discrete and private representation of the highest quality we suggest you look no further than Cristal Clarke.”
- Johan and Paula van den Berg
“Cristal is very straightforward, cheerful, helpful, professional and trustworthy….we felt very lucky to work with her.”
- John and Lacey Williams
“After considering our many choices, we are grateful it was Cristal Clarke of Sotheby’s International who represented the sale of our Montecito cottage. We are familiar with Cristal’s reputation of hard work and dedication to clients, but it was her attention to detail that made our experience so positive. She offered suggestions for staging the property, worked in harmony with potential buyers and was even able to secure back up offers. The sale of our cottage was completed much sooner than we expected, due in great part to Cristal’s professional skills and support. We highly recommend Cristal as a first choice for anyone needing representation with real estate.”
- Michael & Nancy Lee
“Our experience in working with Cristal Clarke resulted in the successful and discrete acquisition of a property which was not yet on the open market. Her knowledge of the Montecito/Santa Barbara area and vast expertise blended with her passion for real estate and architecture, provided us with the very highest level of professionalism and personalized services. Cristal exhibited a rare combination of excellent communications, attention to detail, creativity and patience.”
- Richard and Catherine Frinier
“Cristal really breaks the mold. She knows every nook and cranny of this real estate market, understands value, and follows up on everything, all the time. She was incredibly patient with our two year quest to find the perfect house. Every house hunting trip from across the country was well planned, and our time was never wasted. On top of her professionalism and expertise, she is delightful to spend time with. We are thrilled with the home we purchased, and grateful to Cristal for so wisely advising us through this process, right through to the close and beyond.”
- Laurie Siegel
“We met Cristal first in the course of renting a winter home (for three years), then buying a house using her as our agent. She was amazingly good at listening to our wants and showing us homes that fit our needs. Her mastery of the paperwork was perfect. Most importantly, there was never a situation where we doubted her straightforwardness or integrity. If we do another real estate transaction in Montecito (which I doubt, we’re happy with what we purchased), without question we’d use Cristal again.”
- Ken Saffir
“Susan and I just want to thank you for your efforts in the sale of our home. You are really quite amazing. Your competence, persistence, optimism and humor made the entire process effortless. Every problem that arose, you somehow fixed; any obstacle, you overcame. We have bought and sold many homes. It has never been such a painless and enjoyable process!”
- Michael & Susan Marquart
“A little something about “our” realtor, Cristal Clarke. My wife and I came to Santa Barbara about fifteen years ago looking for a seasonal home from which to enjoy the weather and amenities of the central coast. Being in the real estate business myself I was familiar with agents and brokers so entered the market with open eyes. We “flipped” a few houses in the early years, dealing with various agents and finally ended up in Montecito. That’s when good fortune put us together with Cristal. To say we were impressed is to put it mildly. Cristal really knows the market. She is familiar with the area, its history and trends. When we have questions about a particular property she either has the answers immediately or gets back to us by phone or email. There is no waiting or wondering with Cristal. She is an agent who is “on top of it.” Her recommendations as to price points, contractors, inspectors and title agents have proven to be exceptional, showing great insight and the highest professional standards. We consider ourselves exceedingly fortunate to say that Cristal Clarke is our realtor and would recommend her services to any serious buyer or seller.”
- Rob & Judi Kelch
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