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Estates Past and Present in Montecito


This 7.7-acre estate in the heart of Montecito's Golden Quadrangle was built on the former grounds of the Pillsbury estate, owned by the Pillsbury milling family that was based in the Midwest.

After acquiring the property in the 1980s, the current owners, an L.A. businessman and his wife, had the Pillsbury home, built in the late 1800s, torn down.

The couple hired L.A. designer Michael Smith to create this estate, which was completed in 1997. Now Smith is designing another estate for the couple on a property they purchased in Malibu.

About this house: The Portuguese-style manor home also has a two-bedroom, two-bathroom guest house, a carriage house, pool house and tennis viewing pavilion.

Asking price: $21.4 million

Size: There is an 8,000-square-foot-plus main house, a 1,150-square-foot guest house, a 790-square-foot carriage house and a 600-square-foot pool house. There are a total of eight bedrooms and 10 1/2 bathrooms.

Features: The property, which has ocean and mountain views, also has a pool, a tennis court, a lily pond, water gardens and a quarter-mile-long drive from the street to its motor court.

Where: Montecito

Contact: Rebecca Riskin, Village Properties, Montecito, (805) 565-8863.


To submit a candidate for Home of the Week, please send color interior and exterior photos (copies only, please; we cannot return the pictures) and a brief description of the house, including what makes the property unusual, to Ruth Ryon, Real Estate Section, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; or e-mail

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