The newly renovated residence in Santa Barbara County spans over 20,000 square feet with seven bedrooms and 14 bathrooms.
“Far Afield was recently renovated and redesigned with more than 25 separate gardens that are certainly considered one of the best private gardens in America,” said Timothy De Brizzetto of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury, joint listing agent with Joyce Ray. “It took six months to renovate the park with a big investment. It is not the same property as it was in 2021. It is a completely new experience.”
The history of the complex is extensive.
In 1916, Far Afield was evicted from the original Las Tejas estate by owner William Alston Hayne, an early settler to Montecito, according to a Coldwell Banker press release. Hayne sold it to American writer Hobart C. Chatfield-Taylor and his wife Rose Farwell, daughter of U.S. Senator Charlie B. Farwell.
Designed by Santa Barbara architect Francis T. Underhill, the Mediterranean villa-style estate was completed in 1918.
Farewell and Chatfield-Taylor named the property Far Afield, which designated the property as a vacation home located very far from their primary home in Lake Forest, Ill.
According to Coldwell Banker Realty, “The 15-year restoration project was completed in 2017 at tremendous cost and length, with art and architecture carefully completed with bespoke detailing handcrafted using reclaimed building materials from the 17th and 18th centuries curated throughout across Europe”.
Far Afield Gardens includes portions of the original “bridal path” that connects the horticultural, botanical, local and state gardens. The grounds also feature historical statues of Rose Farwell.
There are orchards and orchards of citrus and stone fruits, along with many formal rose gardens as well.
The property offers views of the ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains.
A walled driveway leads away by the hot springs to the main villa and guest residence. Inside the main residence, custom-patterned parquet floors were built on site using hand-cut French oak, imported from the historic mansion, according to Coldwell Banker Realty. A curated collection of Dutch, Italian and Spanish antique tiles is used throughout the interior and exterior.
“In the flagship Montecito Golden Quadrangle, Far Afield is a heritage property for the ages with all the sophistication and sophistication one would expect,” Ray said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity thanks to its location, space, gardens and authentic architecture, which today is impossible to replicate.”
The home would be the most expensive ever sold in the Santa Barbara area if it met the asking price, according to real estate records.
According to the Wall Street Journal, billionaire Peter Sperling and his wife Stephanie J.
This story was originally published August 2, 2022 3:51 pm.