Johns Hopkins is one of the most selected universities in the country, accepting only 10% of all graduate applicants. But this 1.1-acre property in main Montecito made the folding air test with higher respect. University president Ronald J. Daniels and his wife, faculty member Joan Rosen, were so passionate about the home that they paid 5. 5.2 million a year – almost the full asking price – for the place last year.
Set on a quiet seoul-de-sack behind walls and gates, the Neograssical Spanish revival-style structure was built in 2000, but has recently been given a contemporary reconstruction to appeal to today’s shoppers. Inside, the red tile-roofed structure is a sea of neutral colors wrapped around quick upgrades. A kitchen with recessed lights, wide blade hardwood floors and top-line wolf and Viking stainless equipment.
Highlights of the 4,200-square-foot residence include spacious living rooms and family rooms, both with a fireplace, a breakfast room, as well as another fireplace and garden-floor master suites with French doors open directly into the gardens. Upstairs there are two more bedroom suites that seem to be completed as a homeschool classroom that is perfect for separation with kids.
Back in the day, the ancient trees overlook the grassy lawns that spread out over the gentle nooks, surrounding an elegant lap-lane swimming pool and adjoining spa. There is plenty of space for al fresco dining and a sun-kissed gesture with an outdoor fireplace for Nipi night. At the back of the property there is a fire-furnished dwelling and a spacious cabana with separate high-cylindered offices, and elsewhere there is a spacious motorcourt with a three-car garage in front.
Daniels, 1, has been president of Johns Hopkins since 1999, continuing the organization’s 38-year history of receiving more competitively allocated research funding than any other university in the country. Born in Canada at the age of 11, the Canadian-born law and economist scholar has received rave reviews for strengthening the school’s graduate programs, as well as encouraging his annual school funding. For these achievements and others, records show that Daniels has received numerous awards – in July, he became the president of the seventh highest-paid private college in the entire United States, with a base salary of $ 2.8 million.
Records reveal that this is not Daniels’ first Montecito home. In 2016, he and Rosen paid $ 3.6 million for a wrench-style Montecito estate soon after their new home. Unfortunately, that property was affected by the 2018 Montecito ruins flood, and Santa Barbara County later paid $ 4 million for the couple’s interest as part of a new neighborhood ruin basin initiative.
Nancy Kozvinas of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services put this on the list; Harry Colb Daniels was reunited with Sotheby’s International Real.