2108 Bradford Park Court part of 7-home gated enclave surrounding a central park. (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Have you ever dreamed of living the Santa Barbara lifestyle like the film stars Cary Grant or Jane Mansfield?

It’s okay to admit it … I do, too.

I love watching old black-and-white movies and seeing the lavish homes, hotels, and landscapes of California in the Film Noir era. The main things that always stood out to me in those films or photos were how everything seemed to be centered around an interior courtyard or pool, and had wonderful inside-outside living spaces.


8626 Lakemont extLook high, look low, you will not know this house exists. But exist it does, like a Limestone Castle nestled in the heart of Bluffview. Hiding behind private automatic gates, this home is an amazing feat of architecture and style. It holds cabinetry and woodwork I have never seen the likes of. It’s also another one of those “are we really in Dallas, Dorothy?” homes. Or moments. Once you turn down that cobbled brick circular driveway and step up the stone steps leading to the front door, you feel more like you are in Beverly Hills. Or Santa Barbara.

Yes, 8626 Lakemont is Santa Barbara high and low, with almost obsessive attention to detail. Let me show you.

First of all, if I were to ask you to guess the age of this home, I know you would not be able to guess it. Ha! Maybe we should have a contest. Like a woman with perfect genes, HGH injections or a great plastic surgeon, this home belies its age. It was built in 1993, but with such taste and style it looks like a contemporary 2014 creation.

Of course, 1993 was not that long ago. The home was commissioned in 1993 by a west coast builder who is rumored to have built Gene Hackman’s estate in Pebble Beach and had experience building castles in Europe. The exterior is 100% limestone, which wraps into the interiors as well and is used in all molding trim, baseboard and ceiling. Every square inch of wall is Venetian plaster. Though the walls are not made of stone, they appear to be. Further, this is not just your average Venetian plaster.



You’ve seen this listing before, yes? Probably the most beautiful backyard in Dallas, if not in the top ten running. A stunning Mediterranean by Bob Thompson is a truly Santa Barbara style home built in 2001 on 1.29 lush Bluffview acres. Honestly, you may have to remind yourself every four minutes that you are not at The Dallas Arboretum. Inside those smooth stucco walls is  a 7,863 square foot home with five bedrooms, three living areas and a five-car garage plus separate guest quarters, huge kitchen, breakfast area, great room, library, dining room, exercise room, and a master to end all master bedroom suites.

Get this: the master suite tops out at 27 x 22, the size of a decent apartment! We love the tray ceiling, too, which makes this room feel more Balmoral than Bluffview. And if you are keeping count on the bathrooms (like I do, never can have too many), there are four full baths and two powder rooms.4612 Watauga LR 4612 Watauga DR 4612WataugaLibrary 4612 Watauga FR

Then, of course, there is the backyard which you will never want to leave: patterned stone and grass lawn surrounding the European style pool, spa and loggia. Built in 2000, the home is large but doth not crowd the 1.3-acre lot at all.

This home has graced our pages before, first with Susie and Pete Ryan at Briggs Freeman who had it listed for $6,395,000. Then Dave Perry-Miller and Ralph Randall took over, lowering the price to $5,785,000. Now Kari Schlegel Kloewer’s team is selling, with cute Jenica Williamson at the helm and an amazing price of $4,999,000. That’s almost a million less, or $635.96 for every square foot. There is no way Jose this house could be replicated at that price.

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