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Ann Lurie's Santa Barbara Estate: A Midcentury GEM on stunning grounds

In the heart of Santa Barbara's exclusive Montecito enclave, a truly magical estate has just hit the market, seeking a new owner to embrace its charm. Philanthropist Ann Lurie, known for her unwavering commitment to various causes, including cancer research and children's healthcare, is offering her midcentury residence for sale, and it's a sight to behold. Priced at nearly $12.9 million, this property tells a tale of timeless elegance and luxury.

Ann Lurie, the widow of the late Chicago entrepreneur Robert H. Lurie, has called this sprawling estate home for over 18 years. She acquired this enchanting residence in the summer of 2005 for $8.3 million, and now, it's poised to become a new chapter in someone else's story.

Originally designed and built in the late 1940s by renowned landscape architect Lockwood de Forest Jr., the property stands on over 3 acres of lush land. It's nestled within a walled and gated cul-de-sac lot, surrounded by majestic oak, redwood, and fruit trees that create a serene and secluded atmosphere.

The main house, boasting five bedrooms and five bathrooms, is a testament to midcentury craftsmanship. Throughout, you'll find rustic wood accents and expansive walls of glass that seamlessly blend the indoors with the breathtaking outdoor surroundings. As you step inside, you'll be greeted by an entry foyer crowned by a wood-trimmed skylight, and the property continues to unfold with an office featuring a built-in desk, a cozy media room, and a living room adorned by an eye-catching fireplace.

The kitchen, a central hub of the home, is equipped with a central island and stainless steel appliances. It even has an adjoining breakfast nook, making it the perfect spot to start your day. The fireside master retreat offers a luxurious bath with a steel-encased soaking tub and a sauna for ultimate relaxation.

However, the true stars of this estate are the outdoors. The expansive grounds are graced with an elaborate kitchen and barbecue setup next to an al fresco dining area. A sunken fire-pit is ready for gatherings under the stars, and a massive infinity-edge pool and spa await, surrounded by a wood sundeck that offers unobstructed views of the stunning scenery.

In addition to the main house, there's a separate one-bedroom, one-bath guesthouse with its own living area and kitchen, providing a comfortable space for visitors. A detached three-car garage offers convenience and ample storage for your vehicles.

Ann Lurie, inheriting her husband's substantial wealth, has dedicated her life to philanthropy. As the president of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Foundation, she has contributed to numerous causes, with significant donations in cancer research and children's health care. Notably, she made a $100 million contribution in 2007 to the Children's Memorial Hospital, leading to the construction of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, completed in 2012.

Ann Lurie's real estate history is equally remarkable. In 2017, she sold a historic 18,000-square-foot home in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood to the Latin School of Chicago for $12 million, marking the highest-priced sale in the Chicago area at the time.

Now, her Santa Barbara estate, with its midcentury allure and enchanting surroundings, awaits a new owner to continue its story. Will you be the one to add the next chapter to this magical property's legacy? It's a rare opportunity to own a piece of Montecito's history and luxury. Let's connect, (805) 455-9066,

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