Joining forces with the Jr. League of Santa Barbara, developers Joanie and
Dennis Franz are creating the Santa Barbara Design House & Gardens in Montecito, California. This beautiful home will open to the public September 13, 2012
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 (actor – NYPD Blue fame) 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 – The Santa Barbara Design House and Gardens. The shingle ‘Hamptons’ style house is nestled on 1.62 acres of prime gold coast land. Originally an avocado farm in the 1950’s, the estate is located on Featherhill Road and anchored by majestic California Coastal Oak trees, some over 250 years old.
The national media sponsor, Traditional Home, along with the regional media sponsor, California Homes, have partnered with the Franz’s and Jr. League to introduce this beautiful project to the public. Additional exciting exposure is being generated by Bravo with season two of Million Dollar Decorator and an HGTV Special: Selling LA featuring the house, gardens and each designer.
Developer Joanie Franz has paired some of California’s most prominent designers with national companies both in the construction and design world creating the perfect marriage of East Coast style and West Coast living. ‘That we can help our community by Jr. League benefitting from the ticket sales is the perfect way for us to thank our community and show our appreciation for all the generosity shown to us over the many years we have lived in this area”.
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 years showcase house. The project’s builder, Phillip Pennestri of Pennco Properties: “It is rare to find a piece of flat land this size in our area. 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’. Peter Becker, Internationally renowned architect has designed five homes for the Franz’s. “This project has been fun because I have been able to take all that the Franz’s love from all their past architectural choices in their other houses and incorporate them into one wonderful home for a future family to enjoy”.
The roughly 6,000 square foot, 6 bedroom, 6.5 bath shingle style estate features an additional 2 bedroom cabana, a long private tree-lined drive, swimming pool, covered bocce ball court, pavilion with outdoor fireplace, outdoor gourmet kitchen, and loggia with an additional outdoor wood burning fireplace. The garage is every man’s dream in its design by contributors Clopay Doors and Garage Envy’s finishing touches. For tickets : www. Santabarbaradesignhouseandgardens.com or www.sbdhg.com
Set to open September 13t through October 7th, the Design House and Gardens will feature the design/decorator work of:
Ryan Brown, Linda Chase, Jaime Dietenhofer, LuLu DK & Carla Lane, Christy Martin, Mary McDonald, David Phoenix, Ann Sutherland, Katerina Tana, Caroline and Steve
Thompson, Mark Weaver, Steven Weinstock, and Michelle Workman.