Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist asks $ 6.8 million for spectacular mountain-top estate


While not all writers or artists need isolation in order to focus and / or inspiration, it seems award-winning designer and children’s book author Berkeley Breathed has benefited well from the relative isolation (well than luxurious) offered by his long-standing estate on top of a mountain on the outskirts. of Santa Barbara, California. Stable at the end of a narrow road which blows a breathtaking wind through the foothills, the secluded spread of Breathed is newly for sale across The Ebbin group at Compass at $ 6.875 million.

The designer and author of children’s books is best known for his flagship comic from the 1980s “Bloom CountyWhich at its peak appeared in 1,200 newspapers around the world and won Breathed a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartoon in 1987. “Bloom County” ended in 1989 and was followed by the spinoffs “Outland” and “Opus”. Breathed effectively retired from comics in 2008, but revived “Bloom County” several years ago, and now regularly publishes comics via Facebook.

Besides the cartoon, the outdoor enthusiast has often dipped his professional toes in the waters of showbiz: three of his ten children’s books have been turned into films; he was consulted for the television show “America’s Most Wanted”; and he is listed as a character designer and screenwriter for the upcoming animated film “HitpigWhich will feature the voices of a number of stars including Rainn Wilson, Hannah Gadsby, RuPaul and Peter Dinklage.

Situated atop a secluded mountain above the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, the enviable and spectacularly private estate of Breathed spans 25 scenic acres with dreamy, shifting 360-degree mountain and ocean views. . The property includes deer meadows and horse trails that wind through hidden oak groves and lead to quiet valleys, thick forests and a stream that runs through the valley below the house. Just below the pool is a rustic and quaint writer’s hut.

Berkeley acquired the property in 1997 for $ 1.135 million and it didn’t take long for the existing residence to be razed to make way for a sprawling, warmly contemporary and eclectically appointed home of nearly 6,100 square feet with four bedrooms and four bathrooms. A separate and fully self-contained guesthouse adds another bedroom and bathroom.

Interior spaces are airy and voluminous with interesting custom details such as a black and white checkered marble floor in the lobby and a Balinese-style wooden ceiling in the split-level living and dining area, where a mantle carved antique wood makes a striking statement, while steel-trimmed glass doors frame a cinematic view. Wide plank French oak flooring throughout and Moroccan and Egyptian-style light fixtures add an overall bohemian feel.

Flooded with light thanks to a frameless zigzag wall of glass that passes behind a long counter, the kitchen is packed with all the stylish appliances and has any aspiring gourmet chef who would appreciate it. A cozy living room with a simple fireplace adjoins the kitchen and glass doors open onto a grassy patio where a charming swing hangs from the eaves in an optimal position to take in the stunning views.

Additional luxuries include a large stone fireplace in the professional-grade home theater and a wood-paneled desk with a built-in designer desk under a barrel-vaulted ceiling. Without a doubt, however, the highlight of the house is the master bedroom, a light area which, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows on three walls, gives the impression of hovering magically above the landscape. When the view gets too intense or the afternoon sun is too dazzling, automated shades drop with the push of a button.

The outdoor spaces are no less breathtaking with postcard coastal views from the stone terrace and solar-heated swimming pool. (There is a set of solar panels attached to a slope under the house.) A grassy area in the back yard spans the flat roof of the guesthouse, providing optimal privacy for the owner and visitors. with a separate driveway, full kitchen and bedroom with built-in bunk beds.

This is not the first time that Breathed has tried to sell the estate, which appears isolated but is close to the villages of Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria. In 2013-14, he failed to find a buyer, first at $ 4.95 million and then at $ 4.475 million. But, given the new desire people have to get out of dodging during a pandemic, there’s probably a much better chance this time around that the supremely private location will appeal to a deep-pocketed shopper looking for money. a remote place to hide swaddled in relaxed luxury.

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