Exquisite Mountainside Estate

Water view or mountain view: We can never decide which one we find more appealing here at Cool Houses Daily. Lucky for us, today's home has both. Spread over 20 lush acres in Santa Barbara, this breathtaking estate overlooks the Santa Ynez Mountains to the north, and across the Pacific Ocean all the way to the distant Channel Islands to the south.

Location: Santa Barbara, Calif.
Listed By: Frank Abatemarco of Sotheby's International Realty
Price: $12,700,000

Inspired by French Country estates in Provence's Luberon Valley, the elegant main house pairs the charm of an Old World villa with loads of high-tech amenities, including a media room and a state-of-the-art security system. Each of the home's five bedrooms feels like a private suite with its own bathroom.

Outside, this entertainer's dream comes with an infinity pool, a bocce court, an outdoor bar and seating areas surrounded by fruit trees, waterfalls and a tranquil koi pond. Oh, and did we mention the ocean-view guesthouse with its own gated entrance? The only downside to owning this incredible home: You'd never be able to convince your guests to leave.

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