809 Alston Ln., Santa Barbara, CA 93108 | Rela
809 Alston Ln.
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
.9 acre lot


Step into elegant, sustainable living with this 2 bedroom, 2 bath American Arts & Crafts designer home, inspired by the iconic Gamble House and impeccably constructed to Platinum Leed standards by Allen Construction.  Nestled into a terraced hillside, it commands an expansive ocean, island and city view while retaining the total privacy afforded by surrounding hedges of lush tree foliage.  Meandering pathways, edged with sandstone rock walls, wind down the terraces through a drought-tolerant and pollinating garden bursting with the blues, pinks and violets of lobelia, lavender, lantana and Mexican sage and lead to two separate gazebos.

The entryway of this stunning home is through an extra-wide front door with beveled glass panes and side panels. One is welcomed into the foyer by the shimmer of a river glass-enclosed Hubbardton Forge chandelier and an immediate sense that perfection awaits. The ocean-view living room is graced with a fireplace that is a work of art with its red oak mantel embracing designer Motawi tile work and flanked by patina copper sconces.  This lighter Craftsman palette of cherry is echoed in the beams of the vaulted ceiling and throughout the home’s custom wood doors, windows and beams, all a beautiful contrast to the lighter oak floors.  French doors lead out to the garden-and-ocean view front deck of Ipe Brazilian hardwood, surrounded by a glass windbreak and cloud-lift design railings.

To one side of the living room, through sliding pocket doors is a spacious den with skylights and French doors that lead out to a long private back patio, paved in attractive black brick.  To the other side, with tall windows framing the ocean view, is the open-design dining room and kitchen, separated by a breakfast bar.  Above the dining table is another handsome Hubbardton Forge chandelier, and the sky-lit kitchen boasts all Miele appliances, including speed and steam ovens, a warming drawer and appliance garages.  Custom stained ash cabinets, quartz counters and a colorful decorative tile backsplash glow in the carefully placed recessed lighting to give this kitchen an especially artful ambience.

The hallway to the bedrooms is an impressive gallery-like passage way with its high vaulted ceiling and clerestory windows designed for maximum lighting and cooling. The spacious master suite also has a high vaulted ceiling with beams, large windows framing an ocean & island view and an outside entrance with steps leading down to the gardens, a gazebo and a small separate studio office.  The large master bath is an absolute delight with ocean view windows above both the extra deep tub and the glass-enclosed shower, a unique, hand blown glass light fixture suspended from the high ceiling and custom stained-ash cabinetry with double sinks in a quartz top vanity.  The walk-in closet is neatly appointed with built-in maple cabinets & drawers.

The second bedroom looks out on the lush hillside behind the house and is adjacent to the guest bath with its crisp white subway-tiled and glass-enclosed shower, retro honeycomb tile floors and a quartz vanity top. All rooms in the house are graced with Craftsman Casa Blanca ceiling fans, lighting with dimmers and honeycomb shades, giving the possibility of ultimate climate and atmosphere control.  Every detail has been carefully chosen to align with the Craftsman theme including the custom hardware evident in doorknobs, drawer pulls and hinges. Even the large laundry room boasts an air of elegance with Bosch washer/dryer and an abundance of built-in custom cupboards, drawers, closets and quartz countertops.  The 2-car garage echoes the home’s attention to detail, with built-in maple cabinetry and a work bench, extra storage space above with solar lighting and an artfully beautiful garage door of cherry-stained wood with a row of beveled glass window panes.

This one-of-a-kind 100% solar-powered property has room for expansion in several directions on its generous .9 acre lot.  With the feel of a retreat, it is also very convenient to Montecito’s two chic shopping & dining areas, Coast Village Rd & the Upper Village, and a 3 minute drive to beautiful Butterfly Beach.

  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Single Story
  • 100% Solar
  • Built to Platinum Leed Standards by Allen Construction
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Open Beam Ceilings
  • Fireplace
  • Breakfast Bar
  • Family Room
  • Formal Dining Room
  • Self-Pollinating Drought Tolerant Landscaping
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