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Posted on 09.11.2012 6:04 p.m.

Santa Barbara Design House and Gardens to Open Thursday for Viewing

Developers Joanie and Dennis Franz join forces with beneficiary Junior League of Santa Barbara

Source: Anne Stephany for Bacara Resort & Spa

Joanie and Dennis Franz, developers and prominent members of the Santa Barbara community, have planned an exciting collaboration of design and philanthropy set in one of California’s most prestigious neighborhoods — Montecito.

The husband and wife team, of Big Red Properties, have chosen some of California’s most visible interior designers to bring to life this spectacular property for their community — Santa Barbara Design House and Gardens.

The “Hamptons” style house is nestled on 1.62 acres of prime gold coast land. Originally an avocado farm in the 1950s, the estate is located on Featherhill Road and anchored by majestic California coastal oak trees, some more than 250 years old.

National media sponsor Traditional Home, along with regional media sponsor California Homes, have partnered with the Franzes and the Junior League of Santa Barbara to undertake this gracious development with additional exciting exposure on season two of the Bravo network’s Million Dollar Decorators and an HGTV special.

Tickets are $35, with proceeds benefiting the local Junior League. Click here to order online.

Developer Joanie Franz has paired some of California’s most prominent designers and trade resources to create the perfect marriage of East Coast style and West Coast living.

The style of house, not typically found in California, plus the lush rolling lawns, mature trees and abundant colorful gardens all add to the ambiance and setting for this year’s showcase house.

“It is rare to find a piece of flat land this size in our area,” said Phillip Pennestri of Pennco Properties, the project’s builder. “The house and gardens are designed and built in a perfect, very private setting with the backdrop of mountain views and ocean vistas. Everyone falls in love with the property.”

The roughly 6,000-square-foot, six-bedroom, 6½-bath shingle style estate, designed by architect Peter Becker, features a long, private, tree-lined drive, swimming pool, bocce ball court, detachable two-car garage and an elegant two-bedroom cabana.

Open for viewing Thursday through Oct. 7, the Design House and Gardens will feature the work of Ryan Brown, Linda Chase, Jaime Dietenhofer, LuLu DK and Carla Lane, Mary McDonald, David Phoenix, Ann Sutherland, Katerina Tana, Caroline and Steve Thompson, Mark Weaver, Steven Weinstock and Michelle Workman.

Bacara Resort & Spa — Official Hotel Partner of the Santa Barbara Design House 2012

Starting Thursday through Oct. 7, Bacara Resort & Spa is pleased to extend a special guestroom rate of $275 for visitors of the design house, based on availability.

Nestled on the bluff and beaches of the Gaviota Coast between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains, Bacara offers relaxed luxury and incomparable natural beauty. The resort features 360 lavish guestrooms and suites, each with a private balcony overlooking breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean or flower-filled gardens. Additional features include a four-story spa, a state-of-the-art wellness center, three zero-edge saline swimming pools, four restaurants and lounges, a 12,000-bottle wine cellar and direct access to Santa Barbara’s beautiful wine country.

For reservations, click here and enter rate code SBDHG.

The exceptional support of vendors and trades from coast to coast include: Action Roofing, AKDO, Alchemy Glass & Light, All Around Landscape Supply, Ann Sacks, Baron Brothers, Bay Alarm, Boccemon, Building Material Distribution, Budget Blinds, Cabana Home, California Closets, California Door & Hardware, California Electric Supply, Cedar Valley, Celestine Stone Tile Inc, CertainTeed, Cicileo Landscapes Inc, Circa Lighting, Classic Party Rentals, Clopay, Consolidated Doors Inc, CoverPro, Earthknower Studio, El & El Wood Products Corp, Emtek, Eldorado Stone, Exquisite Surfaces, Farrow & Ball, Garage Envy, GE Monogram, Global Views, Goleta Building Materials, Grandfolio, Hanson, Hayward Corporation, Heppner Hardwoods Inc, Hinkley Lighting, Hudson Valley, Icynene, Isokern, Jeffrey Court, Kallista, Kohler, Marvin Windows, Matthews Fan Company, Old World Wood Floors, Pacific Register Company, Pacific SOD, Pentair Water Pool & Spa, Pennco Properties, Pindler & Pindler, Pottery Barn, Purling Painting & Finishing Inc, Riley Electric Inc, Rivera Concrete Construction, Robert Abbey Inc, Ruppert Construction Co., S&S Seeds, Saint-Gobain, Santa Barbara Building Products, Santa Barbara Umbrella, Schumacher, Showcase Kitchens & Baths, SoliStone Inc, Solid Rock Construction, Sonos, St Thomas Creations, Stealth Acoustics, Steve Handelman Studios, Stone West Tile, Summer for Kids, The Rug Company, Timberlane, Top Knobs, Tri County Pools, Valley Crest Tree Company, Villeroy & Boch, Walker Zanger, Waterstone, Wish I had That, Wood-Mode Cabinetry.

— Anne Stephany is the director of marketing and communications for Bacara Resort & Spa.

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