Over a century ago, Frederick Forrest Peabody was one of the country’s wealthiest men. He was a partner at Cluett, Peabody and Co., the manufacturer of the popular Arrow shirts that were responsible for the big change in men’s fashion from rounded shirt collars to the pointed collar. Their advertising campaigns that focused on the debonair depiction of The Arrow Man reached coast to coast and became so popular that people began sending fan mail.
Peabody’s wealth grew along with Arrow shirt sales. In 1913, construction began on his mansion located on one of the prime building sites in California - 11 acres on a knoll in Santa Barbara at the tip end of Montecito with uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Barbara city lights and the Santa Ynez mountains. Peabody died in 1927 and the property later became the headquarters for the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, a think tank where world leaders and scholars would gather to discuss societal problems. Attendees included John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Henry Kissinger.
New owners, former executives of Amway, purchased the estate in 1999 and began a three-year massive restoration of the 22,729-square-foot structure, bringing the house well into the 21st century and restoring the equally impressive grounds. Now with seven bedrooms and twenty baths, the mansion encompasses large formal rooms for entertaining, a huge kitchen with fireplace, ceiling beams of salvaged blue pine from a pre-WWII Canadian airplane hangar, marble countertops, dining area and family room. The master suite has an 18th-century French limestone fireplace, antique crystal chandelier and his-and-her closets and bathrooms. Also included is a beauty salon, fitness center, wine room, and a reception room/library paneled in French oak from the William Randolph Hearst mansion. The estate also includes a two-bedroom, two-bath guest house, a pool and cabana with sauna and two baths, four named terraces - each for a different view, an orchid house/art studio and a spectacular terraced rose garden containing over 500 rose bushes.
Now ready to march into the next hundred years, the mansion is priced at $40 million, listed by Stefan Pommepuy, Santiago Arana and Mauricio Umansky of The Agency, Beverly Hills.
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