By the edhat staff
Montecito’s renowned Casa del Herrero, an esteemed home and gardens designed by the renowned architect George Washington Smith, has announced the listing for sale of a two-acre parcel connected to the property for nearly $6 million.
The decision came after an overwhelming majority vote by the Board of Trustees, with full support from the Bass and Steedman family members serving on the Board. This sale aims to ensure the long-lasting sustainability and success of Casa del Herrero as both a cherished historical treasure and a valuable community resource.
Medora Steedman Bass, the last family member to reside in the property and the visionary behind the Casa’s non-profit mission, expressed in her letters and instructions the need for a sale to guarantee the enduring legacy of Casa del Herrero.
The Board of Trustees plans to utilize a portion of the proceeds to fund the ongoing Capital Improvement and Restoration Project at the Casa. This project includes critical improvements and repairs to infrastructure, interior restoration, conservation efforts for the 17th and 18th Century arts and collections, as well as restoration and upgrades to the gardens and grounds.
“I am so pleased Medora Bass had the foresight and vision to grant us the options necessary to guarantee that we as a Board can be true stewards of the Casa, both in terms of maintaining its historical integrity and allowing it to grow as the beloved Casa we all know and appreciate.” said Heather Biles, Board of Trustee President.
The listing of the two-acre parcel is represented by Maureen McDermut from Sotheby’s International Realty for $5,995,000 on Pimiento Lane. The flat parcel, named a “once in a generation opportunity,” has been untouched until now.
Built by George Washington Smith and completed in 1925, Casa del Herrero is a historic house, museum, and garden. It stands as an exceptional example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture in the United States, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark.
Casa del Herrero’s mission revolves around preserving and utilizing the house and grounds for the benefit of the visiting public. Offering weekly docent-led tours, the Casa also features diverse programming and public-use activities. For more information, visit their website at www.casadelherrero.org.