FOR SALE $6,565,000
La Cuesta Roqueña
A Santa Barbara Classic by A.B. Harmer
Completed in 1936 by A.B. Harmer, one of Santa Barbara’s best-loved architects, La Cuesta Roqueña rests against the side of a lofty hilltop as if napping in the sun. Renowned for his skill at blending architecture and site, history, romance, and supremely livable spaces, Harmer took every advantage of the extraordinary Goleta Valley and Santa Ynez Mountain views to the north and west plus the panorama of Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands to the south. This exclusive Santa Barbara location, elevation, views, ocean breeze, and seclusion all contribute to a sense of living on top of the world.
At the same time, the enchanted family compound hugs the hill with a sense of deep love for the land and its generations of history. Harmer, born and raised in the heart of Santa Barbara, brought the charm of a Mission Era hacienda to the property’s five-bedroom family residence, two-bedroom guest house, and stables (now a modern recording/artist’s studio).
Enter the nearly quarter mile sweeping main drive through massive gates to approach the brick motor court beneath the main building. The signature Spanish Colonial style ties everything together, from the sprawling low-rise profile to the unifying wraparound veranda, including a Monterey-style balcony, red-tile roofs, abundant patios, and pocket French screen doors. Among the wealth of highlights are details like colorful hand-painted tiles, hand-wrought iron fixtures, gleaming oak floors, magnificent oak beamed ceilings in the living room, mahogany-lined library, updated family kitchen with first-class fixtures, custom central island and butler pantry.
The 3.9 acres are a wonderland of ancient oaks and gargantuan sandstone boulders, xeriscapes of succulents in every size and shape, impressive rose gardens, organic kitchen garden, and two productive fruit orchards. Along the way footpaths weave among more unique features: a sculpture garden, children’s-dream-of-a-tree-house, fountains and pools, Koi pond and chicken coops, zip line, built-in trampoline—and tranquil top-of-the-hill terraces with a play lawn complete with swimming pool and Jacuzzi.
Meanwhile, just beyond the property’s two gated entries wait miles of wilderness nature trails and the civilized pleasures of one of the world’s most sophisticated beachside cities.
Expansive and yet intimate, timeless and yet steeped in history, La Cuesta Roqueña offers the ultimate private Santa Barbara retreat. Much more than a unique and valuable asset, it is also a priceless investment in the good life on the California coast.