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A Taste of Tuscany - Panoramic Views-2 Master Suites-2.4 Acres

A Taste of Tuscany - Panoramic Views-2 Master Suites-2.4 Acres


Property Details

Updated: May 21, 2015
Villa, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 14)

Are you yearning for a taste of Tuscany in your own private residence to enjoy for a special occasion, family reunion, holiday or vacation? Is your preference a private, serene retreat yet in close proximity to all that Santa Barbara and Montecito have to offer?

This vacation rental has it all and more! Nestled in the mountains between Montecito and Mission Canyon, this is the perfect location to take advantage of Santa Barbara’s pristine beaches, downtown shopping, gourmet restaurants, wildlife, sporting activities, wine country and the full Santa Barbara experience.

This brand new, two level Mediterranean home was completed in January, 2011 and has a sprawling 3300 square feet of living space including 2 master suites, breathtaking views, casual elegance and comfort. Take your morning coffee out on the deck and experience the early morning glimpses of our local wildlife including deer, eagles, and hummingbirds. Have your breakfast al fresco on the spacious deck and enjoy the peace and quiet of this serene neighborhood while nature unfolds before your eyes, or curl up on the cozy window seat perfect for reading in the morning sun.

Our home has 4 large bedrooms, 3 down 1 up, each with French Doors opening up to the incredible views. The home is tastefully decorated with Spa like motifs and includes vaulted beamed ceilings in the Master Suite and Living Rooms. The kitchen is a cook’s delight and features Marinache Gold granite counter tops imported from Brasil, huge amount of workspace, 8 burner gas stove w/ 2 ovens, 2 dishwashers, wine cooler and additional freezer/refrigerator units. The large butcher block island is ideal for food preparation and additional workspace. The dining room seats 8 comfortably and can seat 2 more if needed.

There are 2 working fireplaces, one in the living room and one in the master suite, wonderful for getting cozy on the cool evenings. HD TV in all bedrooms and living room. This house provides that special something that makes for a memorable visit. You have instant access to everything including downtown Santa Barbara just 2 miles away, hiking and world class cycling trails within 1 mile of the property or just sit back on the deck with a cocktail and enjoy watching the paragliders and hang-gliders take off and land just across the way, or enjoy a horseback or mountain bike ride in the 200 acre public park just across the street. Our home is ideal for relaxing and/or entertaining for a group of 8 or more and still has the ability for a couple to be off by themselves. We have a tankless water heater so there will be no shortage of hot water regardless of how many showers you and your group should want.

This home provides all the elements for entertaining and relaxing and still maintains that special feeling of seclusion. From the moment you arrive you are relaxed and feel at home! The perfect spot to return from day trips to the wine country, exploring the coast, shopping, dining or just enjoying the peace and tranquility our home offers. We look forward to having you experience it for yourself and welcoming you soon!

Keywords: Villa, House, Hill Side, Santa Barbara Hills, Mt. Views, Weekend Getaway, Fireplace, Private, Serene

2-3 Night Minimum

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  • Sleeps 14
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access

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A Taste of Tuscany - Panoramic Views-2 Master Suites-2.4 Acres
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

Touch of Tuscany

  • 5 of 5
With the pressures of planning our daughter’s wedding, walking into Karen’s beautiful home immediately took the anxiety away.
My husband and I slept upstairs while the 20 something’s slept downstairs each having their own French doors out to the patio.
Every morning we spent family time, out on the deck with a cup of coffee, enjoying the breathtaking views.
The wedding day came off without a hitch. We had a relaxing post wedding family BBQ where my husband took full advantage of the chef quality kitchen.
Anyone would enjoy this home.
  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
A Taste of Tuscany - Panoramic Views-2 Master Suites-2.4 Acres
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
Los Angeles, CA

Magical Place To Stay

  • 5 of 5
There is something about Karen's home that makes you instantly feel welcome. It's beautifully decorated with all the amenities you could want. We rented the house to celebrate our recent wedding and had friends and family in town from LA, NY, the UK and Hong Kong. Every single person commented on how beautiful the home was. We loved sitting out on the deck and taking in the views. There isn't a bad seat in the house and the kitchen is designed to entertain. All of us loved gathering together, eating and telling stories. A hotel never would have been able to accommodate us all. My biggest concern was my elderly mother being able to get around the house but it was incredibly handicapped friendly. With a bedroom on the main floor and a shower that comes equipped with a handheld hose, my mom had no trouble and was able to enjoy a rare weekend getaway. We were also able to bring our dog Stevie with us which as any dog lover knows is a big deal.

Karen is an incredibly gracious host, making sure we had coffee and tea and blankets for outside. She was always very responsive when I had any questions as well. When we left my mom's oxygen tanks, she promptly contacted us and handled some other issues that came up with graciousness. I think the only downside to the entire weekend was that we had to leave. We are already talking with our friends about making this a yearly trip. If you book a stay at Karen's home you're in for a real treat.
  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
A Taste of Tuscany - Panoramic Views-2 Master Suites-2.4 Acres
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
Creston, Ca


  • 5 of 5
Our family had a wonderful time staying in this beautiful home. It is everything the owner says it is and Karen was MORE than helpful in making our stay possible. my brother-in-law became a quadraplegic last November and with that came some challenges to take our once a year family vacation (we needed a hospital bed and a hoist). Karen made it as easy as possible for us to make it work under our new circumstances. There were 13-14 of us at the house and my brother-in law was able to participate no matter where we were. We brought a ramp for the front door and with the use of some 2 x 4's we were able to make it relatively easy for him to get everywhere we were in the house or on the deck. Karen we really appreciate you and your beautiful home. Thank you for making it possible to have our family get together and give everyone some much needed relaxation. I highly recommend this house... the kitchen is my dream kitchen.
  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: So glad your family get together was a happy experience this year. I hope you can come back sometime soon. It was a pleasure to work with you to make Ed's vacation a good experience. Best, Karen
A Taste of Tuscany - Panoramic Views-2 Master Suites-2.4 Acres
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County

Majestic & Timeless

Majestic & Timeless
  • 5 of 5
The home was our hub for our family to celebrate our daughters wedding. The home was absolutely stunning and well maintained.The amenities were amazing! The kitchen was fabulous for those gourmet cooks such as our family. We had such Majestic views from the deck each morning as the sun rose and set! There were plenty of blankets for the cool evenings. The outdoor yard was beautiful with trails leading to a children's play yard and the grand fire pit. The home was that of a 10 star resort! Karen was very attentive and available to answer any questions we may have. We were so thankful for such a glorious stay!
  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
A Taste of Tuscany - Panoramic Views-2 Master Suites-2.4 Acres
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
Mansfield, TX

Could not have been better!

  • 5 of 5
Our family of 9 stayed there for a reunion and it was perfect. The house was beautiful. We enjoyed the décor and the huge kitchen. The view from the back porches was amazing. We all sat outside and enjoyed watching the hang gliders float down into the canyon. The house was close to the downtown and local attractions. We enjoyed exploring the area. I would highly recommend this house to anyone looking to stay in Santa Barbara.
  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
A Taste of Tuscany - Panoramic Views-2 Master Suites-2.4 Acres
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
Harleysville, PA

Spectacular Home/Property with Impeccable Touches and Stunning Views

  • 5 of 5
We brought 3 families (14 people - all slept comfortably) to attend our daughter's wedding in Santa Barbara this past weekend. After lots of research and discussion among us, we opted to rent Karen's tremendous home as opposed to doing the traditional, confining and limited "high-end hotel" deal. Boy, did we make the right decision!

From the initial discussions/emails with Karen leading up to our stay, we immediately knew we were dealing with a very experienced and courteous homeowner and someone who was extremely organized and considerate as it pertained to provide a special visit with all the comforts of being home. Karen has done an amazing job of creating a unique ambiance with the furnishings, appliances, pictures, electronics, etc. all tastefully done with quality and convenience at every turn. The home oozes both class and warmth, a very rare combination. The variety of useful features: 2 decks, fire pit, fire places, jacuzzi tub, dreamy mattresses, flat screens, chef's kitchen, wine fridge and more ensures both a highly comfortable experience with a touch of feeling spoiled for good measure.

The location is ideal to the area's most commonly visited attractions and just a few turns (albeit windy ones, coming down the breathtaking mountain) from Highway 101. The views from the decks are, simply, awe-inspiring. Our party often found themselves simply staring hypnotically out at the vast canyon landscape which is a view and vision we will not soon forget. Beautiful and so serene....

I would unquestionably recommend this home for virtually all occasions and for a wide variety of families, couples, friends, etc - I do not think there is a better value out there and it is tremendously beneficial to be virtually guaranteed a memorable stay at a lovely home and property.

We will definitely make every effort to return, once was not enough!! THANK YOU again, Karen, for your hospitality and consideration and for sharing your most special house and property with us. It really added to a wonderful weekend and helped make my daughter's wedding nearly perfect.
  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Wow Mike and Lynn, What a great review. I am so glad we could play a role in the most memorable occasion. Please, Please come back when you are on the west coast again. In Friendship, Karen


Activity and Interests

Nearest Point of Interest : Parma Park Nearest Point of Interest : State Street


From $1,000 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2015 Summer
May 1 2015 - Sep 27 2015
3 night minimum stay
2015 Fall
Sep 28 2015 - Dec 31 2015
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Tax Rate 12.0%

Payment accepted by personal check, with pre printed name and address info on check.

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Updated: May 21, 2015


Property Type

  • villa


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable

Pool / Spa

  • jetted tub


  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • Mountain View


  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • fitness center

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3
  • 3.5


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Convertible bed(s)
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (3)


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Fireplace in living room, Fireplace in master suite, full gourment kitchen, Full bathroom in master suite with separate bath and shower, 2nd master suite, hard wood flooring and carpet, will consider small dog.

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