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French mansion

I’ll give you a few more hints…all these homes were in the same town…

within the same early morning, stalkerazzi, “canvas the neighborhood with a

camera” morning. Pulling back a bit from the rose bowered entry I showed a

few days ago, the gates seem a little less Provence, n’est-ce pas?

French mansion

And yet…how French is this???

Oeil- de- boeuf…three chimneys…slate roof…

bathed in the early morning sunshine…

French mansard oeil de boeuf

Before they were made into mirrors…

and sold at Restoration Hardware…

they were set into deeply sloped French roof lines…

French mansion

On the other side of the circular driveway…

a loftily roofed, dormered three car garage….

Above the cobbled pavement, beyond the clipped formal

hedges…a circular private forest of oak trees…

Where do you imagine these homes abide?

Provence style country road

Homes set far apart and often behind these soft narrow country lanes…

Lush greenery and towering trees and flowering vines overtaking

gateposts in early April….

Italian Villa

Surely you know by now?

A slightly more famous neighbor…

Who would do a gatepost like this?

Italian Villa

I’ll divulge the place…

and my co-stalkerazzi tomorrow.

Can anyone name this town?

Interior Designer sketch

Update: these are the homes of several residents of Montecito, Santa Barbara County

Taken via walking tour with Jermaine of French Kissed…only the last resident is known

John Saladino, whose glorious estate is best viewed through his book Villa…from

which his sketch of his front gates is taken…