Expansive dimensions and linear architecture cast an elegant outline against the California coastline.

Santa Barbara’s Most-Acclaimed Oceanfront Abode

From an award-winning architect to a world-renowned resident, this Hope Ranch estate excels at every turn.

Words: Hannah McWilliams
Images: Matt Weir and Kristen Renee

The most enviable homes are those which fuse architecture, location, and heritage. The Kavli Estate, a private, oceanfront sanctuary, exemplifies this trifecta.

Located within Santa Barbara’s esteemed Hope Ranch community and designed by visionary architect Richard E. Johnson, the extensive property capitalizes on the area’s attributes just as it complements them with striking aesthetics and a venerable pedigree. As the home of celebrated physicist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Fred Kavli, it served as the site of ideation and ingenuity for years and hosted many of the world’s most elite minds.

The living room’s soaring windows offer views of the native landscaping and Pacific expanse just beyond the perimeter.

Spanning four acres of coastline and more than 11,000 square feet of interior living space, the estate is at once perfectly appointed for entertaining and intimately suited to daily life. Dramatic walls of glass welcome stunning ocean views, while mahogany details throughout lend a handsomeness resonant of the natural terrain.

“With its host of self-contained amenities and direct pathway to the private beach, this estate would be ideal for a public figure seeking a secluded retreat.” — Compass agent Adrienne Schuele
Spend mornings on the tennis courts before breaking for a quick dip in the azure pool.

Enjoy a weekend brunch al fresco from one of the numerous bluff-top patios. Stroll down the private path to the the exclusive beach. Perfect your ace serve atop the tennis court. Luxuriate beside the palm-shaded pool. Or simply retire to the lofted study for more academic pursuits against an unparalleled Pacific backdrop.

Plank ceilings and uncompromising views invite natural elements into every corner of the home’s interior.

Hosting out-of-towners?A discreet guest wing — comprising two bedrooms and living space — offers privacy, while plentiful common areas allow for fluid, seamless entertaining. Your guests enjoy access to the home gym, library, or gallery, while evening festivities are well-served by a formal dining room, wine cellar, and distinguished family room complete with wet bar. At the end of every sun-soaked day, seek respite in the generous master suite, complete with expansive closet, spa bathroom, and awe-inspiring vistas.

Boasting arresting water views, the master bedroom and en suite spa bath are truly an oasis within the estate.

Should you care to venture beyond the perimeter, all that Hope Ranch offers is yours to enjoy; picturesque equestrian trails, world-class beaches, and cycling paths transect the community’s 1,800 acres. Beyond its gates, the celebrated dining, shopping, and nightlife of Santa Barbara are but minutes away.

Whether luxuriating within the walls of this remarkable home or enjoying the Pacific waves and Santa Ynez mountains that surround it, revel in the estate’s ability to elevate life’s every facet.

Whether relaxing indoors or strolling the verdant grounds, awe-inspiring views are on display from every angle of this private paradise.

Continue discovering all that 4145 Creciente Drive offers at Compass.com.