Montecito estate with a polo field and butterfly habitat is listed for $65 million

A polo and equestrian estate is now in play at $65 million in Montecito, Calif. — an affluent pocket known for its old money, equestrian estates and famous homeowners.

The roughly 20-acre property, which includes a polo field, a clubhouse and equestrian facilities, is owned by Patrick Nesbitt, the founder and chairman of Windsor Capital Group. Active in the worldwide polo scene, Nesbitt is a chairman of the Federation of International Polo and previously served as executive director of the World Polo Championships.

Reached by a private and double-gated drive, the Mediterranean-style estate has a large stone motor court with a fountain.

The main house, with seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms, features an assortment of gilded details. Grand formal rooms are embellished with marble floors, crystal chandeliers, built-ins and corinthian columns. Coffered ceilings trimmed in gold leaf details keep the eye moving throughout the interiors.

Atop the home, a rooftop pavilion with a barbecue and a hot tub takes in sweeping ocean views.

Including a detached house and a polo clubhouse, the property boasts about 12,000 square feet of living space. There’s also a detached four-car garage.

Outdoors, cascading steps connect various terraces, two spas and a 128-foot swimming pool. A monarch butterfly habitat, a stocked pond, putting greens and a driving range also reside on the grounds.

Jade Mills and Randy Solakian of Coldwell Banker Previews International hold the listing.

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