995 Lilac Drive, Montecito, CA
Exquisite Ocean and Mountain View Italian Villa
Tucked peacefully within one of Montecito’s most sought-after neighborhoods, this exquisite Italian Villa awaits showcasing gorgeous mountain, setting and ocean views. A strategic combination of grace, scale, romance, privacy, and comfort, the picturesque approx. 2-acre estate features a custom built 5 bed + dual office, 6.5 bath residence, serene pool and spa, spacious loggia with fireplace, full bath and wet bar, putting green, built-in BBQ, multiple dining and entertaining terraces, dual gated entry, and gorgeous landscaping inclusive of mature oaks, fruit trees, a tranquil waterscape and vibrant flora. Designed by locally esteemed architect, Robert Senn, and brought to life by highly regarded Becker Construction, the property ignites a genuine, romantic Italian feel by successfully celebrating all aspects of life through a carefully curated layout designed with the intention of spending time with friends and family, providing countless entertaining and dining venues, and capitalizing on the stunning natural setting and exceptional views which encompass the estate, all the while being perfectly tailored to Montecito’s beloved indoor-outdoor lifestyle.
Inspired by elements of nature and the Italian countryside, the commanding residence boasts natural materials including French, Italian and Jerusalem split limestone, Terracotta, marble, and walnut. Additional details include intricate groin and barrel-vaulted ceilings, handmade light fixtures from Murano, Italy, and radiant heat throughout. The gourmet kitchen features Thermador appliances, marble countertops, spacious island with additional seating, walk-in pantry with built in shelves, and opens to a generous sitting room and nearby bar. Multiple dining venues allow for both informal and formal gatherings and flow seamlessly to both the home’s interior living spaces and exterior amenities. The superior primary suite rivals that of the nearby San Ysidro Ranch with its sparkling ocean, island and mountain views, dual walk-in closets with abundant and thoughtful built-in cabinetry, and lavish en-suite bath inclusive of a large sauna, soaking tub, separate shower, dual vanities, and private balcony. One of the home’s 4 guest bedrooms serves as an ideal guest suite as it has an optional private exterior entrance in addition to its convenient interior access and features a wet bar, en-suite bath, and large walk-in closet.
This magnificent Italian villa is located convenient to the best of Montecito including San Ysidro Ranch, the Rosewood Miramar, Montecito Club, the upper and lower villages, Miramar and Butterfly beaches, and renowned hiking trails. The property is also located in the highly sought-after Montecito Union School District.
“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