2010 Garden Street Santa Barbara - $4,595,000
This most beloved home, with a history as rich as Santa Barbara itself, has been extensively updated with contemporary luxury systems. Abundant light fills the home throughout he day and it glows at night from its prominent position in the center of the Upper East.
This is probably the most widely known and loved home in Santa Barbara, home of Rover (also variously known as Lucky or Horse), the octogenarian bronze dog that acts as sentinel to the home. Scores of letters and postcards, many merely addressed to “Dog”, have poured in over the decades evoking their love and sentimentality for Rover and his unerring ability to reflect the community’s favorite holidays and special events with his ever-changing costumes.
This quintessential example of Mission Revival architecture (the first truly California regional style), the main home of the famous “Crocker Row”, is a timeless example of elegance, quality, and good taste. Built in 1894 and meticulously modernized with unerring attention to preservation of the significant details, this was the first lath and stucco home in Santa Barbara and the vacation home of William Crocker, who brought the railroad to Santa Barbara.
Great architecture is often imitated but rarely replicated. The architect understood great houses and how to design an elegant and livable space. The entry creates both a sense of arrival and intimation of the minimalist feeling of living in a space that needs no surplus decoration. Every room evokes a feeling of graciousness that comes from proper proportions and perfect lighting. This home is grand without pretense. There is a room for every purpose, and all rooms flow smoothly from one purpose to the next.
Details that can’t be replicated abound and delight. A labor of love, the owners have replaced the aging systems with state of the art improvements including radiant heat downstairs, on demand hot water system throughout, a new electrical system, hardwood floors refurbished or added to match the historic floors, and new Carrera marble kitchen and some baths. The signature windows and marvelous wood moldings have been restored and painted to enhance their beauty.
Warmed by two fireplaces and lovely windows on three sides, the master suite defines luxury. Another bedroom features curved windows with window seats in the half turret sitting area. In all there are four bedrooms, numerous bathrooms, and six fireplaces.
The home is flanked by lovely porticos that overlook the front garden. The grounds have been carefully planned with great sensitivity to water conservation and preservation of the stone walls, hitching posts, seating areas and lovely mature trees. Cool off in the shade of the Mission Revival style pool cabana overlooking the revitalized pool & spa set in a flagstone patio & lawn that reflects lovely light into the spacious play room and office.
This is a happy home; one that has served numerous after-school snacks to children and grand-children, hosted many memorable fetes, been the community-loved domain of Rover, and has been loved by each of the very few families that have had the good fortune to call it home.