It’s time to stop and stare. The Graholm Estate is an original among the prestigious Santa Barbara hilltop estates. Two years shy of 100 years old, the home shows the sophistication and elegance of its Spanish Colonial Revival style with modern amenities by architect Roland Sauter for British singer-songwriter, David Gray.
Looking around at the 7.43 acres, you see the ocean; the slight, salty smell drifts just within reach. The speckling of boats huddle next to the cream sands of Santa Barbara Harbor, hugged by the lush Montecito Valley.
Walking though the courtyard, around the fountain, you start with its refreshing calm trickling. Now, through the foyer, you’re transported into another age. You can’t help but be pulled in by the original 1920’s chandeliers and scones, along with the meticulously restored wrought iron work. Look up, 28ft to be exact, and you can admire the vaulted, wood-beamed ceiling, validating the sturdiness of the structure.
Continue to the kitchen, the wrap-around granite countertop is gently cool to the touch. Custom-milled lattice cabinetry gives visual interest. Modern stainless steel appliances wait, ready for your culinary creations. Take a seat while apple pie bakes, or stroll down towards the entertainment area and join your guests. Maybe put on some Handel, or Vivaldi and be warmed by the stone fireplace during Winter of the Four Seasons, the sound enhanced by the arched orchestra loft above.
The pie is ready, gather in the dining room. Another fireplace, this one plaster with original wrought-iron grate. For breakfast tomorrow, you’ll go into the adjacent breakfast room to have a slice of bacon, eggs, French toast and fruit salad. Now, you decide if you will leave through the swinging doors off the kitchen, admiring the pair of 1920 gild bronze and crystal chandeliers. Or, you will prefer going straight outside to take a closer look at the ocean from the courtyard, with a glass of wine from the wine room.
Perhaps you’ll grab a few bottles (there is room for 4000), and relax in the sunroom, as another guest grabs a drink from the pub room below. The guests will probably take a while, distracted by the arched wrought-iron windows and Santa Barbara stone walls.
Once they’ve left, grab a book from the library from the built in bookshelves. Get cozy in the den, absorbed until your eyes get heavy. Then, make your way to one of the 3 master bedrooms, 4 bedrooms, or 3 guest bedrooms, after having taken a visit to one of the 9 baths, 3 powder-rooms or 3 guest baths. Rest well, tomorrow, there’s more to see. The features seem endless in the historic Graholm Estate.
Listed by Suzanne Perkins.