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Veteran television producer Jan DeWitt has listed his rustic canyon retreat in the rugged and affluent foothills above Santa Barbara, California with an asking price of nearly $ 1.7 million. Tax records indicate that DeWitt, who produced dozens of episodes of the late 1990s series “The Pretender” and the first Aughts series “Judging Amy” before producing nearly 250 episodes of the detective drama “Bones”, worked with the British. architect Donald Hoppen, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, to design and build the house in the early 1980s. Reclaimed and custom wood elements throughout the house include the Hawaiian Koa, Northern California Madrone, Honduran mahogany and, used for the second story planks, salvaged lumber from the San Francisco Pier.
Tucked away in a pretty semi-private driveway on nearly 1.25 densely forested acres overlooking Mission Creek and clad entirely in vertical stripes of redwood, the unusually semicircular, cabin-inspired residence residence features two bedrooms and two bathrooms. two bathrooms on approximately 2,000 square feet. . Two additional spaces, one attached and the other detached, provide flexible options for a home office, gym and / or guest quarters.
An airy, curved space anchored by a fireplace constructed from rough stone collected from the property, the living and dining area combination features custom hardwood floors, a carefully crafted radially shaped exposed wood ceiling and four full height sets French doors that open onto a large wraparound terrace. Open casually to the dining room, the up-to-date kitchen is arranged around a large island with granite counters and custom-made Koa wood cabinetry. Besides a restored vintage range, the appliances are quite modern and there is also a walk-in pantry.
The unconventionally shaped guest bedroom is located on the ground floor, just inside the front door and next to a bathroom. An open-step staircase with a charming ship’s rope banister loops tightly around the fireplace as it ascends to a mezzanine den that overlooks the living room. Upstairs is also a master bedroom resembling a treehouse, a renovated bathroom and two terraces with views of the surrounding trees.
Shaded and surrounded by mature oak trees, the ideally private and idyllic property offers a variety of terraces and patios with meditative views of the natural surroundings, a hot tub and a chicken coop.
The listing is owned by Kat Hitchcock of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Properties in California.
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