Home of the Week: A blockbuster contemporary in Montecito

A series of monochromatic hues and cement plaster walls provide a subtle sheath for this bold Montecito residence once owned by filmmaker Michael Bay.

Designed by architect Jan Hochhauser, the two-story contemporary employs a series of offset rooflines to create contrasting volumes from one space to the next. Sliding-glass doors and walls of windows keep the interior bright while bringing natural panoramas inside.


The details

Location: 926 Buena Vista Drive, Montecito, 93108


Asking price: $8.875 million

Year built: 1993

Architect: Jan Hochhauser Blatter Architecture and Planning

House size: 6,551 square feet, four bedrooms, seven bathrooms


Lot size: 1.46 acres

Features: Vaulted ceilings; hardwood and tile floors; custom skylight system; walls of windows; great room with two-sided fireplace and wet bar; modern chef's kitchen; master suite with private deck; covered patio; swimming pool; pool house; drought-tolerant landscaping

About the area: In August, the median price for single-family homes in the 93108 was $2.275 million based on 12 sales, according to CoreLogic. That was a 0.6% increase in price year over year.

Agents: Riskin Partners of Village Properties, an affiliate of Christie's International Real Estate, (805) 565-8600

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