4191 Mariposa Drive, a 1933 Hope Ranch original by Bert Harmer, was transformed and expanded into its current delicate, curated, and luxuriously rambling form by Santa Barbara architect Peter Becker in 2011 to take full advantage of its distinctly Santa Barbara relationship with its grounds and views. The main house, reached via a long hedged, decomposed granite driveway, which serves as the main spatial delineator on the property, is situated so as to serve as the axis for the entire property, easily linking the pool, gardens, lawns, drive, and service areas together for informal, easy-going luxury and household management.
The wonderfully elemental, straightforward interior décor and details are what bring this house to life; stark white walls, dark wooden ceilings and floors, thick slabs of stone, and pane after pane of glass enable the interior and exterior spaces of this home to intermingle at their leisure—inviting you into this undefined space, allowing you to have a say in how you will interact and further the collaborative, intuitively designed spaces.
My three favorite rooms of the home, as it is already composed, would be the kitchen, dining room, and library as each of these spaces not only has a distinctive air, but also a style which, when combined with the other spaces in and outside of the home, builds to a more interesting, richer setting and milieu of styles. The long dining table with its long benches hits just the right mark between informal and formal spaces, as is the case with the kitchen as well, which includes two islands—a design facet among my favorites—and milk glass pendant lights, while the library synthesizes these wonderful shapes and colors by introducing wonderfully red, curved, and Art Deco leather sofas set amongst hardbacks and a beamed ceiling, a most intimate and colorful of respites.
The exteriors of this home, while displaying typical Santa Barbara design details and flourishes such as red tile roofs, palm trees, sycamores, greenhouses, pergolas, a swimming pool, and an ocean view, combine all these features in an easy synthesis of form and function; comfort is king, yet design is queen, allowing for a symbiotic relationship in which one cannot exist without the other. And it is the inclusion of all these details—a greenhouse! In southern California!?—that enable this magical, delicate, and distinctive universe to exist.
The floor plan of this magnificent home, the majority of which is located on a single floor, under a single rambling roofline, immediately ingratiates the visitor and resident alike into the easy, breezy lifestyle that awaits you behind the gates of 4191 Mariposa Drive. Anything and everything is at your elbow in this home—what more could you possibly desire? This home is Santa Barbara distilled and bottled for sale; this home is the very essence of Hope Ranch life and responsibility.
4191 Mariposa Drive is a 6 bedroom, 7 bathroom, 6,273 square foot house located on a 4.61 acre blufftop location within Santa Barbara’s Hope Ranch. The home, currently accepting backup offers, and is listed by the Riskin Partners of Village Properties for $9,350,000.
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