George Washington Smith, arbiter of Southern California’s Spanish Colonial Revival movement, designed for himself El Hogar, his 1918 studio and residence located on a slice of the California Riviera known as Montecito—the setting for numerous Andalusian-inspired homes surrounded by coast live oaks, parterred gardens, and an ever-welcoming Mediterranean climate—allowing you to live in his distinctly artistic nonchalance, a true California dream.
The home, encased in whitewashed stucco, is a tribute to rural Andalusian fincas, grounds you in the hilly landscape perched between the mountains to the East and the cold, blue, blue Pacific to the West, providing just the space to nurture a spectacular Mediterranean-inspired garden, hopefully intertwined with numerous California natives to bolster the local ecosystems. The rooms, especially the double height studio, reveal the mastery behind the spaces, and pique my interest in the later additions and renovations of the property led by Eric Nagelmann.
The original home, also known as Casa Dracaena, and floor plan are available in the images below, which also reveal the original interiors in all the spare splendors.
240 Middle Road, a 6 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom, 5,386 square foot home located on a roughly 28,800 square foot lot, is listed courtesy of Sally Hanseth with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for $5,399,000.
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