This beachfront estate sits on four acres in Carpinteria, California, an enchanting getaway conveniently located just over ten miles from Santa Barbara. The main residence, garage, and pool cabana are delightful works of modern Mission-Revival-style architecture, designed by NMA Architects. Throughout the property, garden rooms and experiences are numerous and varied. The family and their guests enjoy endless opportunities for relaxation and play, making full use of the property’s clay tennis court, tropically planted private lap pool, vegetable garden, oceanside pool, horseshoe pits, strolling paths, hammocks, and several fire elements.
A few years after completion of the main residence, the neighboring property became available for sale. Built in the 1960s, the gardens and buildings had been neglected for years and were in need of vision and care. The existing buildings were far less architecturally significant than those on the neighboring property, but their proximity to the ocean could not be matched with modern building codes. Hoerr Schaudt reimagined the existing site with colorful, textural plantings, decks, pergolas, and a bridge. The property featured numerous specimen trees and palms, but all of the giant redwoods had died during the drought. Hoerr Schaudt repurposed the wood from these trees in a number of garden elements including slab benches, paths “paved” with log rounds cut from the tree trunks, and — certainly the most fun feature — a continuous 28’ log bridge spanning a river of succulents. Expanding from the guest house property, a driveway winds through a citrus grove in a field of unmown fescue evoking the agricultural history of the region, while an arched gate and mission-styled fountain showcase the rich architectural influence found throughout the property.