“Tre Pesci” in Montecito, California / 3.5BR / 3.5BA / SLEEPS: 6-8

About Tre Pesci:

Note: this property is only available as location rental for Photo shoots, Films and Commercials. A live-in caretaker is available to give you a preview of the property and will be on-site during the shoot. Please contact Management if you are interested in a longer term vacation rental. Minimum stay: 8 weeks  

Tre Pesci is located on one of the most stunning 10.5-acre properties in Montecito/Santa Barbara. Situated at about 1100 feet above sea level on a completely private knoll, it features spectacular 360° views of the Pacific, the mountains, Montecito, Santa Barbara and Toro Canyon.

Enter through a private security gate and follow the 1200 foot long private drive to a large circular parking area and immediately gain access to another world. Tropical Bamboos and Palm trees mixed with local Pines and Jacarandas, and an exotic array of desert species transport you to Bali for one moment and to Southern France the next. A huge lawn provides an ideal playground for children. There are also a boule (bocci) court, a huge koi pond with a Balinese teahouse and a solar-heated 30′x20′ pool away from the house. Next to the “lion-king” outlook a 6-person Jacuzzi floats on the cliff with stunning 180° view of the ocean. A lower terrace, with a dining table for 16 and a full outdoor cooking and BBQ facility, provides amazing vistas of Toro Canyon and the pacific – a spectacular spot to entertain late into the night.

The ultra-modern steel and glass house, originally built by famous furniture designer and architect Paul Tuttle, was completely re-designed in early 2000 by Santa Barbara architects Ferguson/Ettinger. The house, built around an all-glass atrium with a huge tree and koi pond inside, connects to the surrounding nature through dozens of large glass sliding doors in all directions and features 3 comfortable bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a dressing room, a media-room and a fully equipped work-out studio/playroom with a tournament size pool table and a Yamaha piano.

Tre Pesci and its owners were recently featured in an Architectural Magazine, and the following (partial) excerpts describe it well:

“…like many of us who stumbled upon Santa Barbara’s splendor on a weekend getaway, the [owners], who lived in Los Angeles at the time, saw a real estate sign as they wound through Toro Canyon. Ten days later, they were transplants. That was 13 years ago before three phases of renovations. “We instantly fell in love with the property,” remembers [the owner]. “But the existing house was completely square with no views, with an atrium inside but none of the rooms were connected. We called it a ‘square doughnut.’” Even though the house was determined to be a teardown, the owner (also a trained architect) and his hired design team  felt a deep respect for the house’s original master, Paul Tuttle — a mid-century architectural icon and Santa Barbara resident. “We were privileged to work on his design and were very respectful of his intent,” says the architect, who invited Tuttle to his studio for his comments on the study model of the new concept. “He enthusiastically endorsed it—and us.” So rather than copy or mimic his design, the team deliberately departed from it, to create “a clear dialogue between the new and original”, 
he adds.

The owners seemed to have found kindred creative souls in the architects, and the foursome embarked on a “desire to break out of the box”, opening up the otherwise introverted home to the breathtaking views of the Channel Islands and canyon below. Extensive structural renovations ensued — the soaring “flying carpet” roof that embraces the sky and landscape, the complementary curved entryways to the loggia and bi-level deck, the glass-walled atrium that now had encircling interior walkways that connected all the rooms in the house, and additional landscaping by a famous landscape architect, who planted tropical trees mixed with Japanese bamboo and succulents throughout the 10-acre property…”

“…contemporary Italian leather furniture and European paintings and sculptures by revered artist Gabriele Schnitzenbaumer mix with oversized vintage textile pillows and sheepskin rugs in the living room, while floor-to-ceiling mystical flying bird wallpaper pairs with a museum-quality Gerrit Rietveld chair in the master bedroom. Not to forget the open kitchen with its 360-degree views, where the owner spends most of her time entertaining and preparing elaborate meals…”

“…the mini-retreat is a paradise for kids and guests who often trek the hillside digging for unearthed crystals, picking oranges, swimming in the lagoon-like pool, dancing in Moroccan tents and a starlit repose on a remarkable slab of rock jutting over the canyon. “We literally live in the wild — everything in nature you could possibly imagine is here,” says the owner — who admits to constantly changing things and feeling the house and grounds “are transforming and never finished” — chimes in with his love of the climate and Riviera-like environment…”


House4000 Sq.Ft
3 BR, 3.5 BR
Media Room
Large Gym + Pool Room
Large dressing Room
Fire place (wood burning)
Atrium with koi-pond
Newly remodeled (2010)
Huge Glass Sliding Doors
All Ground Level
Property Highlights10+ acre lot on private knoll
360 view of ocean + mountains
Solar-heated Pool
Private Security Gate
Outdoor Kitchen / BBQ deck
Yamaha Piano
Jacuzzi (always hot)
Huge lawn area
Bocci ball (Boule) court
14' Trampoline
1100' private driveway
Bali Tea House with Koi-pond
Bedrooms / BedsMaster Bedroom-1 >
Bedroom-2 >
Bedroom-3 >
with Cal-King / Thermapeutic
with Cal-King
BathroomsMaster Bathroom >

Bathroom-2 >

Bathroom-3 >

Powder Room >
w/ glass shower + Jacuzi tub,
2 sinks, private toilet
w/ Shower-Steamroom Combo
1 sink, toilet
w/ walk-in glass shower,
private toilet, sink
sink, toilet
KitchenOpen Gourmet Kitchen
with bar-style seating for 8
White statuary marble counters
Island with 2nd sink and
Sub-Zero Refrigerator drawers
Walk-in Pantry
Thermador Stove with 4 Burners,
Grill and Griddle, 2 ovens
Miele built-in Cappuccino machine.
Miele Plate Warmer
Miele Steamer Oven Dishwasher Drawers
Audio / Video
Television Room with 7-ch
built-in surround sound and
70" high resolution screen
Master-BR w/60" 3D HD-TV
Kitchen with 32" HD built-in TV
Gym/Pool Room with 42" HD
Free Total Movie Package
Whole-home interactive DVRs
DVD Players, 3D
TIVO, Netflix
SONOS Music system throughout
RecreationTournament size Pool Table
in Gym room
14' Trampoline
10'x60' Boule + bocci ball court
Beach chairs & umbrellas
Boogie Boards
Soft Surf Board
Pool / Spa / FitnessPool with automatic cover,
heated in summer (n/c),
in winter on request
Outdoor Jacuzzi (always hot)
built into cliff,
overlooking ocean
Fitness Room with:
Weight Equipment
Exercise Bike
Elliptical Nordic
Massage Table
Weight bench

Outside / Yard /
Patio / Deck
Glass atrium with Koi pond
Outdoor BBQ deck
w/Dining Table for 14
Balinese Tea-house
with big Koi pond
Circular Stone Car Park
Various Fruit + Avocado trees
Huge flat lawn area
Lush Exotic Landscaping
Cactus Garden
Mature shade trees
Extensive Landscape Lighting
1100' Private Drive with Gate
Volley-ball, Badminton, Crocket
Parkingabout 10 cars in circular drivewayabout 40-50 cars for events,
with attendant only
Communication /
Internet / Office
High speed wireless internet
Sonos Music system
Telephone with free
long distance
Gate Intercom
Infant & Toddler
High-chair w/tray
Sheets + blankets for above
Removable safety locks
for cabinets
Removable Plug covers
Optional Onsite Services
(upon request)
Daily Housekeeping
Private Chef
Child Care
Personal Training

Maps + Directions

Tre Pesci in Toro Canyon

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Tre Pesci in Toro Canyon 34.448821, -119.559059

Driving Directions from Santa Barbara (SBA):

1. Exit airport and turn right onto Moffett Pl, go 0.4 miles
2. Continue onto Sandsplit Rd, go 0.5 miles

3. Merge into CA-217 E, go 1.8 mi
4. Keep left at the fork, follow signs and merge onto US-101 S, go 12.2 mi
5. Take exit 92 on the left towards Sheffield Dr
6. Turn left and then immediately right onto N Jameson Lane, go 0.1 mi
7. Turn left into Sheffield Dr, go 1.3 mi
8. Turn right onto CA-192 E / East Valley Road, go 1.7 mi
9. Turn left onto Toro Canyon and follow instructions you received with your confirmation

Driving Directions from Los Angeles International (LAX):
1. Head South on World Way towards West Way, go 0.7 mi
2. Keep left on fork and merge onto W. Century Blvd, go 1.8 mi

3. Take the I-405 ramp to Sacramento, go 0.5 mi
4. Keep left on fork and merge onto I-405 N, go 16.2 mi
5. Take the exit onto US-101 N toward Ventura, go 24.3 mi
6. Slightbleft to stay on US-101N, go 45.7 mi
7. Take exit 88 Santa Claus Lane
8. Turn right and immediately left onto Via Real, go 1.4 mi
9. Turn right onto Toro Canyon Rd, go 1.4 mi
10. Turn right to stay on Toro Canyon and follow instructions you received with your confirmation

SeasonStart DateEnd DateMin Stay Per NightPer WeekPer Month
Standardall year
except below
all year
except below
1 monthpro-rated
June/15September/151 monthpro-ratedpro-rated$60,000
December/20January/31 monthpro-ratedpro-rated$65,000


      • Prices in US Dollars
      • Check-in time is 3PM / check-out time is 10AM
      • 1 month minimum stay
      • 30% deposit required to secure booking
      • Balance of 70% due 90 days prior to check-in date
      • If reservation is cancelled within 90 days before check-in, the second payment of 70%will be refunded if property can be re-leased for the same rate during the same time period. If the rate or new rental time differs from the original reservation, the refund will be prorated accordingly
      • This property includes 2 full days of maid service per week (Tuesday + Friday) at no charge. Additional service @ $20/hour, if available
      • Tre Pesci also includes a full-time property manager and care-taker, employed by owners
      • $300 Cleaning Fee at check-out
      • $9,000 security deposit refundable within 14 days of check-out
      • Pool heating fees: $25/day for reservations between May 15 – Sep 15, $45/day for reservations between Sep 16 – May 14
      • Credit card processing fees are 2.9%. Wire transfers or checks are free of charge
      • We do not rent to groups of adults under the age of 40
      • Until confirmed, rates are subject to change
      • NO SMOKING inside the house / restricted smoking on the grounds (Montecito fire zone)

Nearby Restaurants we recommend:

Restaurant NameType of FoodAddressTelephoneRemarks
The Little DoorFrench Mediterranean/ Nouvelle Californian
Wine bar
129 E Anapamu805.560.8002Our favorite. Romantic, great ambience and amazing location right across old courthouse $$$
Lucky's Steak
Steak house
1279 Coast Village Road805.565.7540Famous watering hole
and absolutely fantastic
steaks. $$$$
Via Vai TrattoriaItalian1483 East Valley Road 805.565.9393Good basic Italian food.
Outside Terrace. Great
lunch place.Reasonably
priced $$
Tre LuneItalian1151.Coast.Village.Road805.969.2646One of the best
Italian Restaurants
in town. Dressy $$$$
Pane VinoItalian1482 East Valley Road805.969.9274small and relaxed.
Nice for evening.
Very close to Kashmir
Los ArroyosMexican1280 Coast Village Road805.969.9059Fancy Mexican food
Full bar. Best Margaritas. Outside seating
1212 Coast Village Road805.969.8500Inside and outside
seating. Bar. Great
Margarithas. $$$
Pierre LafondCaliforni Cuisine516 San Ysidro Road805.565.1503Indoor and outdoor
seating. Excellent
menu $$$
SakanaSushi Bar1046 Coast Village Road805.565.2014One of the best Sushi
bars ever. Tiny hole in
the wall . They don't take
reservations. $$$$
The LarkAmerican fare with a twist131 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
805.565.1995Urbane eatery in new funk zone. Patio, lively and fun. large patio.
The StonehouseRegional cuisine900 San Ysidro Lane805.565.1995S. Ysidro Ranch upstairs,
regional cuisine, excellent.
indoor and outdoor.

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Local Activities + Recreation

Road BikingMountain BikingBeach Volley BallWalking
GolfSailingSurfingPaddle Boarding
KayakingSnorkelingScuba DivingHiking
HuntingBird WatchingFishing (lake +ocean)Swimming
TennisHorseback RidingMotorcycling Wind Surfing
ParaglidingRollerbladingWine TastingFarmers Market

3/20/2013 – We hope you enjoy seeing your beautiful home displayed in our catalog as much as we enjoyed producing our photo shoot. We greatly appreciate you opening up your home and making us feel so welcome. The whole production turned out to be a success. We couldn’t have done it without your gracious hospitality. Thank you for contributing to a successful photo shoot. Warmest Regards – James Bishop & the FRONTGATE Creative Team

2/23/2013 – We had the pleasure of conducting a one day still photo shoot at Tre Pesci in Montecito.  The property is perched on a mountain overlooking the ocean and the views are stunning!!  The grounds are well maintained and include a large grass area which is perfect for shooting. There is also a lovely patio area with unobstructed views.  This property is very production friendly. There is a good amount of parking for a few trucks and crew vehicles as well as an empty garage which can be used for staging.  There is also a bathroom attached to the garage so there is no need for a motorhome.  The owner was very welcoming and made the crew feel at home.  I look forward to shooting here again – Amy Uratsu, Image Locations, LA

Oct/1/12 – Simply a dream! The feeling you have when are up Toro Canyon on the beautiful estate is tranquil, peaceful and invigorating. The gorgeous expansive views, the open floor plan and perfectly placed tranquil spots for relaxation make this property one of the most sought after unique rentals in Montecito. The house is exquisite. You feel as though you are outdoors always due to expansive windows, glass surrounding a large tree in the center courtyard. The rooms are cozy and comfortable. The main living space is conducive for conversation and creativity. The floor plan is perfect. Spacious and comfortable beyond belief! I have been fortunate to stay on this property numerous times enjoying out-door dinners, quiet time by the pond and dips in the Jacuzzi sitting high in the mountain. In addition to its modern tranquil charm it is conveniently located near great dining, stores, beach and close to Santa Barbara. I highly recommend this property for vacation rental or photo shoots. The owners are amazing. Very easy to work with, flexible, exciting and creative – Julia Jacobs, Chicago

Jan/9/2013 – I am waiting at LAX for my flight to be called back to cold, damp Europe. Thank you again for the high-point of my holiday in the sun – the use of your magical house in Montecito! Someone should do a book on it, on every little detail from the play of first light in the morning through the trees outside the master bedroom, to the silhouette of the cacti and palms as the sun goes down. Magic! Merci, mille fois – Peter Beale, Paris

Sept/13/2012We have been fortunate to shoot at some really spectacular locations over the years, but Tre Pesci is among our favorite. We loved how many different looks we were able to achieve at a single location. The crew also felt it was a very calming place, a grounding point among what is usually a very chaotic, “hurry-get-the-shot” atmosphere. The owners of the property were accommodating and attentive to our needs. Just warm and wonderful people. I felt they have a fundamental understanding of commercial photography, which made things run so smoothly. In our case, I felt as if the property owner was a step ahead of us and seeing things before we did. Absolutely would love a reason to go back. Such a stunning and perfect location – Korie Conant, Chief Marketing Officer, Petunia Pickle Bottom Corp.

Aug/2012 – I used “Tre Pesci” for several special events for a non-profit, and whether it was an afternoon or evening occasion, it was always a success. The home is exceptional. It is beautifully designed and well appointed in terms of art and comfortable furniture, but the grounds are so inviting that it will be hard to keep people indoors. There is a spacious lawn, bocce ball court, shaded areas, and plenty of smaller niche environments if you need some places for privacy. And the view is stunning, one of the most captivating in Santa Barbara, and you can easily pass time simply gazing at the hills and ocean.  Besides the physical beauty of the setting, the owners helped make it a memorable experience.  They were always gracious, charming, and easy to work with. You will want to find a reason to return – Randy Sunday

September/2011If you are on vacations or are planning an event in Santa Barbara, this property is the most magical we have found.  We have celebrated special occasions here over the years it has never been less than perfect.  The grounds are beautifully landscaped, the view is unmatched, and the house is a classic of contemporary design. With terraces, barbecue, Jacuzzi, Balinese gardens, pagoda, pool and plenty of parking for your guests, you can’t go wrong.  Not only that, but the owners are gracious and go to great lengths to help make every event beautiful and memorable. Nighttime or daytime, there is nothing like Tre Pesci – David Debin, Woodstock, NY

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