Over a century ago, meatpacking tycoon J. Ogden Armour and his family began amassing a 70-acre garden oasis in Montecito. Full of lagoons, exotic landscaping and Japanese-style structures, the retreat was known as El Mirador.
Now, the last remaining slice is on the market for $15 million.
Dramatic gates guard the 13.75-acre property, which has a palm-lined driveway that snakes through the grounds.
The estate’s only livable home is a Mediterranean-style gatehouse built in 1918. Featuring an orange-and-teal exterior, it holds two bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms in 1,904 square feet.
Serene outdoor spaces fill out the rest of the property, including the stone ruins of a home known as the Eaton House, which was destroyed in a fire in 1921.
Elsewhere, a Japanese-style torii gate marks the entry of a grotto complete with trees, shrubs, a bridge and a fountain. Various sitting areas and a covered walkway complete the scene.
A flat, 3-acre plot offers a spot to build a larger home. The grassy clearing takes in views of the surrounding Santa Ynez Mountains.
Suzanne Perkins of Compass holds the listing.