Here’s one of those properties that inspire fantasies about leaving the rat race to become a gentleman or gentlewoman farmer. Located in Carpinteria’s agricultural zone overlooking the Carpinteria Reef, this contemporary ranch was designed in 2004 by the husband-and-wife-led, Santa Barbara-based firm of Ferguson-Ettinger Architects. For their design of the 4,900-square-foot residence, the architects drew inspiration from the tomol, the plank-built canoes used by Santa Barbara’s earliest inhabitants, the Chumash.
Constructed in a C-shaped plan, the home’s largest section features a formidable entry hall capped by a curving redwood ceiling 21 feet high and lined on both sides with a lengthy stretch of sliding glass doors. In this section are the home’s living room, a family room with cinderblock fireplace, and library with built-in bookshelves and seating. Above the library is a mezzanine office offering ocean views, while the open-plan kitchen and formal dining room are situated at the opposite end of the “canoe” as the entrance.
Bedrooms are located in the house’s eastern wing, including a primary suite with a faux-bois concrete fireplace and commodious bath with walk-in shower and double sinks.
Elsewhere on the grounds are a renovated barn repurposed as a music room and guest quarters, a solar-heated saltwater pool with spa, a concrete-and-steel garage, and a 3,900-gallon water tank. Completing the package, approximately five of the property’s 11 acres contain a certified organic avocado orchard with — holy guacamole! — 250 trees plus a grove of 80 orange trees.
Originally delivered to market in July with a $14.9 million price tag, the bounteous property’s asking price has just been chopped to $12.9 million.
Casey Turpin of Village Properties holds the listing.