Hollywood sensation Zoe Saldana recently secured a historic Montecito estate for a whopping $17.5 million. Originally envisioned in 1930 by renowned Santa Barbara architect George Washington Smith, this Spanish Revival-style mansion is a captivating blend of century-old charm and modern upgrades.
The estate, expanded in 1933 by the pioneering Lutah Maria Riggs, Santa Barbara's first licensed female architect, boasts a rich history. Retaining its original period details, including light fixtures, tilework, and windows, the property has witnessed careful enhancements over the years. After being in the same family for decades, the house became available last December, initially listed at $18.9 million.
Zoe Saldana saw beyond the quirks, recognizing the potential for a spectacular transformation. While there are two guest bedrooms on the main floor lacking ensuite bathrooms, the kitchen reflects an unfortunate 1980s remodel. Upstairs, a third guest bedroom adds a touch of eccentricity, accessible only through the carpeted master bedroom.
Nevertheless, the estate exudes charm with rambling hallways, a wood-paneled library, intricately crafted ceilings, and grand public rooms featuring expansive windows. The 4.7 acres of grounds are a haven of natural beauty, featuring vast terraces, ancient oaks, enchanting flowers, and lush lawns. A north/south tennis court complements a classic oval swimming pool. Additional amenities include a detached art studio, a guesthouse with ocean views, two three-car garages, and a two-bedroom staff apartment.
Beyond Montecito, Zoe Saldana and her husband, Marco Perego, also possess a lavish tennis court estate in the Beverly Hills mountains. Previously owned by Kimora Lee Simmons, this property is now available for long-term lease at an exclusive $47,500 per month, offering a unique opportunity for those seeking luxury living.
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