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Public Spaces


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Public Spaces


Solana is organized in a thoughtful fashion. The original placement of a central open-air courtyard anticipated and celebrated the indoor-outdoor experience that has come to define Santa Barbara living.  After arriving in the motor court, visitors are greeted on the western end of the estate.  On the north, guest bedrooms suites open to the lush allee.  The easterly wing is home to grand, formal entertaining spaces that extend to a lovely terrace and reflecting pond.  Along the southern exposure, an incredible kitchen and family room open to expansive terraces and overlook the sea.  At the southwest corner of the residence, a sumptuous master suite anchors the estate.  

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Foyer


Foyer


Solana greets her callers in remarkable fashion. After passing through the front door, flanked by the original Gladding McBean surround, guests enter a grand reception area that overlooks the dramatic central courtyard. Two vestibules adjoin the Foyer: one leading north and the other beaconing south, each adorned with striking antique Portuguese tiles and French tondi.

Notable Details

  • Original 1914 Gladding McBean terra cotta glazed surround designed for Solana and Frederick Forrest Peabody
  • Original white Alabama marble
  • Hardware, all new custom made in Europe of bronze – throughout entire property
  • Pair of chandeliers, antique French crystal and bronze
  • Four 18th century Italian antique wall sconces, rewired, wood carved with gilt
  • Pair of antique wall torch lights, 19th century Italian (very large wood gilt)
  • Lantern, original bronze
  • Draperies, Thai silk by Jagtar made by Patrick DeMott
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Guest Reception


Guest Reception


Cloaked in 17th c French Oak paneling originally designed for a British castle, the wood façade that adorns the Guest Reception once belonged to William Randolph Hearst. Hearst had intended to include the carvings at his estate in San Simeon, however this incredible treatment now graces the walls of Solana.  Its installation took a pair of master craftsman over two years to expertly piece together in its current location. 

Notable Details

  • Fireplace, 19th century French Limestone with gas logs
  • Chandelier, 19th century antique French bronze and crystal
  • Pair of antique wall sconces
  • Pair of antique English lanterns with stained glass
  • Lutron zone control lighting
  • Paneling, 17th century French oak, originally built for English castle. Purchased by Hearst for San Simeon and never installed. The window are used as cabinet doors in wet bar area. (It took two master craftsman two years to piece together
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Gallerias


Gallerias


Adorning either side of the central courtyard, two sunlit galleries span the length of the residence. Custom iron doors and iron and glass lanterns enhance the spaces while large gallery walls are an excellent place to highlight a serious art collection.

Notable Details

  • Pair of antique terra cotta tondis from French Ministry recessed into ceiling with light surround
  • Pair of Portuguese antique tile panels, completely restored and set into wall on their own mounted/frame for protection; could be removed without damage
  • Hot stripes twist installed for lighting artwork
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Living Room


Living Room


The formal living room anchors the eastern wing of the residence and is defined by five elegantly curved doors that provide access to an expansive terrace.  When open, these doors, original to the estate, showcase the eastern views and opens to the sunrise terrace.  Stately, commanding, inviting and graceful, the living room is poised to host large gatherings or intimate soirées.  

Notable Details

  • Flooring, walnut burl
  • Fireplace, 18th century French Limestone front with gas log and automatic igniter
  • Doors, five pair original, curved, totally re-glued and refinished with original glass
  • Chandelier, 18th century antique crystal
  • Pair of antique 18th century Venetian silvered wall plaques
  • Pair of original wooden wall sconces
  • Two pair of reproductions of same
  • Large Italian center chandelier
  • Portuguese wall sconces that have been electrified
  • Draperies, Fortuny Fabric executed by Patrick DeMott
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Dining Room


Dining Room


Anchoring the southeast corner of the residence, the formal dining room offers a wonderful space for entertaining.  With original quarter-sawn oak pocket doors and one of two original fireplace surrounds in the estate, this space provides a first-hand discovery into the world of early 20th c American aristocracy. These details, coupled with a candle-lit 19th c French chandelier award guests a singular dining experience. 

Notable Details

  • Doors, original to the estate, rebuilt quarter-sawn oak pocket doors
  • Chandelier, 19th century French crystal, never electrified
  • Lighting, pair of antique bronze 4-bulb sconces
  • Fireplace, gas logs with original surround
  • Flooring, walnut burl
  • Wall covering, Thai silk by Jagtar made by Patrick DeMott
  • Draperies, Thai silk by Jagtar made by Patrick DeMott
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Library


Library


On the northeast corner of the residence, a stately library is home to a restored 16th c Count Rumford fireplace, the second fireplace surround in the residence dating back to the Peabody’s ownership.  Throughout Solana’s history, from Peabody’s circle to the fellows and scholars at the Center, and more recently to guests of the current owners, this library has hosted some of the greatest national and world leaders of the past century. 

Notable Details

  • Paneling and ceiling beams, custom built and finished on-site
  • Fireplace, original front wood burning with gas lighter (16th century Count Rumford fireplace)
  • Flooring, walnut burl
  • Pair of antique English sconces
  • One antique crystal chandelier
  • Four brass lamps on book shelves
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Kitchen


Kitchen


The beautifully appointed kitchen was thoughtfully designed to accommodate all occasions, from afternoon tea for two, to a seven-course tasting menu for hundreds.  Whether you enjoy embarking on culinary adventures of your own or prefer to enjoy delights prepared by staff, this incredible space is as beautiful as it is functional. 

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Notable Details

  • Viking 60” range with six burners, grill and griddle, plus two ovens
  • One Salamander broiler with rear commercial wall/exhaust
  • One Viking electric oven
  • Two microwave ovens
  • Two Dacor electric warming ovens
  • Two Bosch dishwashers
  • Three sinks
  • Two trash compactors
  • One SubZero refrigerator/freezer
  • One SubZero refrigerator
  • One GE freezer
  • Manitowac water-cooled ice mater with Franke water filtration system
  • Wine refrigerator
  • Dumbwaiter to Office level
  • Seven antique tile panels from Lisbon, Portugal
  • Large wrought iron pot rack with integrated lighting
  • Two antique Moroccan lanterns
  • Two locking, lined silver closets
  • Two pantries, extensive storage
  • Flooring, Italian terra cotta, Sugaroni design custom parquet style
  • Ceiling beamed with Blue Pine from a pre-WWII hanger in Canada, purchased from the “Beam Brothers”
  • Fixtures, Barbara Wilson’s
  • Countertops, Carrera marble
  • Starbuck Minikin custom cabinets
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Family & Breakfast Rooms


Family & Breakfast Rooms


Adjacent to the kitchen, the breakfast and family rooms open to the ocean terrace with views of the sparkling Pacific.  Perfect for your morning latte or an afternoon with your favorite book, these spaces delight the senses with views of the sea and the scent of citrus blossoms from the lower Lemon Trail.  The reclaimed-beam ceiling offers a robust counterpoint to the delicacy of antique Portuguese wall tiles. 

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Palm Court


Palm Court


Perhaps the defining aspect of Underhill’s original design is the dramatic central courtyard.  Constructed as a summer house, Solana did not include interior gallerias. This courtyard, literally the heart of the home, served as an exterior ventricle for accessing different wings of the residence.  As part of the recent restoration, areas of the courtyard were captured for interior passageways, yet the vast majority remains a private hamlet within the sanctuary that is Solana.

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Portuguese Azulejos Loggia


Portuguese Azulejos Loggia


The lower Portuguese Azulejos Loggia is defined by a pair of exquisite 18c Portuguese tile motifs and striking Italian terra cotta floors.  Overlooking the pool and adjacent to the Pilates room, this Loggia is a lovely outdoor sitting area.

Notable Details

  • Pair of 18th c significant Portuguese tile wall panels
  • Lighting: 9 wrought iron lanterns
  • Flooring, Italian terra cotta
  • Columns with Giati all-weather portieres and wrought iron tie-backs
  • Custom iron gate leading to the loggia