Perfect Timing Brought This Luxurious Santa Barbara Transitional To Life

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When you have the right team, every detail of a house turns out flawless. That’s the case with our Monday Morning Millionaire, a Santa Barbara transitional with all the “wow” factors.

This gorgeous home at 6206 Desco Drive began as spec construction by Approved luxury builder Faulkner Perrin Custom Homes and David Stocker, principal and founder of SHM Architects. Stocker is known for his mastery of light and love of courtyards, and this Santa Barbara transitional showcases both beautifully. One of the many things Stocker does so well is to create intimacy without impeding flow. There are plenty of private spaces in this home, yet you get just enough of a glimpse from one room into another to feel connected.

Santa Barbara Transitional

What sets this house apart, however, is timing. As I mentioned, it began as a spec home. Stocker had clients with a lot in University Park who were intending to build there. When they saw this home, a light bulb went off. They loved the location, and this beautiful Santa Barbara transitional was already underway. The entire process would go much faster than building from the ground up.

“This was perfect timing,” Stocker said. “They are a great couple with excellent taste, and they came along at a point where they could add in their ideas. It was a fun project because I got to know the clients and help them fulfill their dreams. The location is also excellent. It’s a large corner lot, so you can enclose spaces and create courtyards, but the feeling is more open.
Santa Barbara Transitional


Santa Barbara Transitional


This Santa Barbara transitional has 7,571-square-feet, multiple living spaces, five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and three powder baths. If you can bargain with the sellers, I’d ask to keep every single item in the house because it was designed by Marci Barnes. Her firm, M. Barnes & Co., is known for offering unsurpassed attention to detail. She uses color in one of the most effective ways I’ve ever seen and can make the most luxurious estate feel like home.


With Santa Barbara-style home, it’s the outdoor spaces that sweep you away. The courtyard house is perfect for Dallas because we have always loved that ability to flow from indoors to out, especially when entertaining. One of the most effective outdoor areas of this stunning Santa Barbara transitional is the entry courtyard. Entry areas are generally completely underutilized, so this makes perfect sense. Why not entertain in your front courtyard? It’s a great way to start the evening with cocktails. Then segue through for and a casual bite in the kitchen, and dessert by the pool. And what a pool! Designed by Steve Landers, it’s heated for year-round use.

Of course, you will want to know more, so I advise sending your agent to the broker open Tuesday!

Allie Beth Allman’s Susan Baldwin has this luxurious Santa Barbara transitional at 6206 Desco Drive listed for $3.995 million.

Broker Open Tuesday, June 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager and writer for over 25 years. Karen teaches the popular Staging to Sell class and is the creator of the online course, The Beginners Guide to Buying Wholesale. Her love of dogs, international travel, history, white paint, champagne, artificial turf, and Tudor and Midcentury Modern homes, and any house designed by Clifford Hutsell knows no bounds. Her father was a spy, so she keeps secrets very well! Find Karen at


Karen Eubank

Karen is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years and a professional writer for over 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying for his masters at The New England Conservatory of Music. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap.

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