“Oh Ashley,  Ashley [Road], I love you. I love, I do,” to borrow from Ms. Scarlett O’Hara; the magnificent design of this home, with its mélange of rustic and contemporary features and flourishes, everything long-lined and low-slung, creates an immense, intimate landscape within the coastal sage scrub covered hills of the site’s Montecito setting.
The slopping setting of the lot creates many interesting design attributes, and allows the structure to organically creep and meander up the hillside, creating a pleasingly informal formality to the otherwise traditionally centered and oriented design of the landscape and home itself. Hillsides offer many options and design opportunities from which to create a distinctive, enveloping home and garden.
The floor and landscape plans of 819 Ashley Road reveal open, almost symmetrical, well-balanced rooms and spaces generously provided and accounted for throughout the home. With the majority of the living quarters spread out over the ground floor of the main house, a floor plan I am quite enamored by, the division, inclusion, and separation of spaces via their wing placement is something I find particularly spatially fascinating, intriguing, and illuminating, while all being centered upon an interior, three-sided courtyard; the perfect place from which to venture forth from further into the modern, California cool property, all topped by a long pool and equally impressive pool house.
819 Ashley Road is a 1.92 acre lot with approved, shovel ready plans for a William Hefner designed estate, and is currently listed by Maurie Mcguire and Chris Palme of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
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