The Erdman House in Montecito Lists for the First Time in 50 Years
For the first time in fifty years, a renowned midcentury modern has arrived on the market. Located in architecturally diverse Montecito, an area essential to the midcentury movement, the Erdman House stands as a stunning monument to the form. Designed in 1958 by trailblazing architect Lutah Maria Riggs, the home beautifully embraces the principle of shakkei by expertly highlighting the Santa Barbara scenery. Riggs was the first licensed female architect in Santa Barbara and the first woman in California to be made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Her creations are treasures and this rare, serene escape has the price tag of $7.5 million.
Set on four acres atop a grassy knoll, Erdman House counts 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, and 4 half-bathrooms within 8,743 square feet. Sleek black tiles and walls alternately of glass and clean whites unite the interiors, with the floorplan forming a sharp U-shape around the pool and courtyard at the home’s rear. Here is where shakkei enters, with the faraway mountains borrowed from the landscape and used to work in unison with the property’s gardens and eucalyptus trees.
An assortment of sculptures stand sentinel throughout the property, notably a series of contemporary works along the winding driveway. Greco-Roman figures watch over the pool area, their smooth likenesses supplying contrast to both the vivid blues of the pool and the lush trees beyond.
With plenty of architectural-loving celebrities often snapping up special properties just like this, it may not be on the market long. Susan Pate of Compass and Jeff Oien of Village Properties have the listing.