Equestrian Dream Home in California Relists for $70 Million

A sprawling oceanfront estate in California that’s loaded with lavish amenities, including a private polo field and a huge wine cellar, is headed back to the market late on Monday for $70 million, Mansion Global has learned.

Known as the Bella Vista Estate, the property sits on more than 20 acres in Summerland, a town nestled between the small seaside city of Carpinteria and the celebrity-favored enclave of Montecito.

The estate has tried the market before, having been listed with price tags as low as $55 million and as high as the current $70 million ask over the past few years, listing records show. It even went under the hammer, but a sale never materialized.

It’s being sold by hotelier Patrick Nesbitt, and his wife, Ursula, and at its heart is a lavish Mediterranean-style mansion, which comes with a host of high-end amenities. These include a 5,000-bottle wine cellar with an adjoining tasting room; a disco/ballroom that can accommodate up to 200 people; a 20-seat movie theater; a sports bar; a beauty salon; a gym; and a spa.

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There’s also a 34-foot-high formal marble entry, large-scale living and dining rooms, a gourmet kitchen, a breakfast room, a family room, an office/library and a separate guest wing, according to the listing with Aaron Kirman and Timothy Di Prizito of Christie’s International Real Estate | AKG.

The property combines “neoclassical architecture with modern luxuries,” Kirman said in an email. The variety of entertaining and recreation spaces “make this estate a truly unique and exclusive offering.”

Outside of the main home there are two guest houses as well as an Olympic-length infinity pool, a 32-car garage, a helicopter hangar, a 330-yard driving range, a putting green, and landscaped gardens with streams, ponds and even monarch butterfly habitats.

The 10-acre polo field, meanwhile, which has hosted a number of international polo matches, is supplemented with equestrian amenities that include a polo clubhouse, a barn with space for 17 horses and riding trails throughout the property.

But for those with little interest in equine pursuits, while the polo field was “designed for equestrian and championship polo match use, it is a blank canvas for anything,” Di Prizito explained. Whether it be “a nine-hole golf course, professional sports training fields, or even the most incredible children’s play land can be part of the redesign but really, it’s ready for anything one could dream of.”


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