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Berkley Breathed’s Beachfront Estate in Montecito, CA (Listed for $6.785 Million)

Aerial view of the Montecito house nestled among the hills.

A Santa Barbara Estate owned by famed cartoonist Berkeley Breathed is now being listed for $6.785 million dollars. The stunning mountaintop property is designed in a Mediterranean style and features four bedrooms and four bathrooms in the main home, in addition to a private guest suite. Let’s take a closer look at this spectacular home.

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The Previous Owner

The estate was purchased by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed for $1.135 million dollars in 1997. Breathed is famous for his seminal comic strip Bloom County, which ran in newspapers across the country from 1980 to 1989. The popularity of the comic strip earned him a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1987. Bloom County inspired multiple spin-offs – Outland and Opus, which continued after the original ended in 1989.

In addition to his career as a cartoonist, he was also a celebrated children’s author, who published books such as A Wish for Wings that Work, The Last Basselope, and Goodnight Opus. Three of his ten books were eventually turned into movies and he also did some consulting for the TV show America’s Most Wanted. So Breathed has had a long and fruitful career in the entertainment business. 

The Property

Not long after purchasing the property, Berkley razed the existing residence and constructed the impressive five-bedroom estate that stands today. Situated on a mountaintop on the outskirts of Santa Barbara, the property is 6,063 square feet and sits on a 25.11-acre lot.

The home has an elegant design that is both classic and contemporary. The main living area boasts an open concept layout with the kitchen overlooking the dining and living rooms. It also has panoramic windows that offer stunning views of the local skyline. The kitchen comes fully equipped with stainless steel SubZero and Thermador appliances, as well as a generous center island with the option of including up to six chairs.

The primary bedroom features a custom marble and limestone floor, as well as stunning floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize the amount of natural light. In the private bathroom, residents enjoy dual sinks and an elegant soaking tub with a window beside it that offers breathtaking views of the local scenery.

In addition to multiple secondary bedrooms, the home also comes equipped with a spacious guest suite and home theater. The theater features a fully-operational movie screen, comfortable reclining chairs, and an eye-catching blue-accented wall full of artwork. The guest suite comes complete with its own living room, dining area, and kitchen, as well as a huge walk-in closet.

A backyard terrace also offers a glistening swimming pool and an outdoor dining area where residents can enjoy a meal with stunning views of the water.

Plus, the home is outfitted with Moroccan and Egyptian lanterns, sconces and fixtures, and Balinese-style wood ceilings.

The home is currently being listed at $6.785 million. This is not the first time that Breathed has tried to sell the vacation property – it was first listed in 2013 for $4.95 million and again in 2014 for $4.475 but failed to attract a buyer. But it’s now being listed again in hopes of finding a wealthy individual who wants a luxury estate in a remote location in the Santa Barbara Mountains.

Photo Credit: Gavin Cater