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We've drooled over this Spanish Colonial home at 1915 Kirby Dr. almost from the day the red tile roof went on in 2012. As the landscaping went in, the blue-gray shutters put in place and the decorative wrought-iron gates secured, our lust for a look inside has only increased. Now is our chance as the custom home constructed by Mirador Builders is on the market. As the realtor notes, this is "Santa Barbara meets River Oaks."
What's inside: Beautiful custom-designed tile work, oak and Saltillo tile flooring and architectural details that echo the Spanish Colonial era wrap this five-bedroom home in a warm ambience. While the mood is definitely Old World, the layout is contemporary with open spaces that flow from one to another.
Modern notes include a grand master suite, elaborate baths (five full and two half-baths) and a decked out cook's kitchen outfitted with appliances by Wolf, Sub-Zero and Asko. Add three wood-burning fireplaces and one gas log fireplace to complete the rich atmosphere.
As if the free-flowing ground floor weren't enough for entertaining, the pool and covered patio area beckon with outdoor fireplace, lush landscaping and attractive tile work.
Square footage: 6,100 on a 14,520 sq.ft. lot
Asking price: $4.2 million