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Santa Barbara

  • 9 Sleeps,
  • 3 Bedrooms,
  • 3.5 Bathrooms
House ID #89733
The Whale House - Unique Architectural Masterpiece in Mission Canyon

Built in 1978, this artful expression of one man's vision blends design, nature's beauty, and a clever sense of humor!  Inspired by the fanciful creations of renowned Architect Antonio Gaudi, Michael Carmichael (Architect and original owner/builder) let his imagination run wild.  The result, one of the most awe-inspiring, mind-boggling homes in America!  The story begins, "...and then, the whale swallowed the entire ship!" The rest is pure hand-made artisan and architectural genius! 

The layered shingled exterior of the home indeed resembles a whale. Four stories high, each varying level reveals amazing craftsmanship, coupled with luxury appointments the discriminating traveler expects. Undulating walls of Venetian plaster, river rock, massive wood columns and beams, and a whopping 270 Belgian leaded and stained glass windows, are the structural art by which the home is defined. 

The inner courtyard is the heartbeat of this majestic creature, where a 75-foot glistening lap pool magically flows into the tail of the whale - the detached Guest House.  Around this inner sanctuary are lush plantings, luminescent lighting, shady oaks, and an enclosed outdoor shower. Just off the courtyard, a sauna is tucked away - the perfect place to relax after the day's activities.

On the 2nd Floor, and overlooking the pool below, the well-equipped Kitchen, Living Room with fireplace, and Dining Room, all connect in a 360-degree circle. Access all four floors from the winding entry courtyard stairwell that is open to the sky above. 

On the 3rd Floor, the Master Suite with king-size bed features a jetted spa tub in the room, a sitting area, and balcony that overlooks the pool. From here, a door leads right into the red tile shower in the Master Bathroom, crazy cool! For a working professional, perch at the high-top table, and bring a laptop to create a tree house working environment high above seasonal Mission Creek below.

On the 4th Floor, a light-filled Suite offers another stone fireplace, queen-size bed, and a twin day bed. Another lovely Bathroom, with tall windows and a claw foot tub, feels like bathing while cradled in the branches of the surrounding oaks and sycamores.  

When it comes to spending time outdoors, the choices - like the number of shingles on The Whale House - are endless. Without a doubt the interior courtyard is the heart of the home, but also the well lit front patio is a tranquil spot to enjoy the natural surroundings and peaceful setting. Prepare a barbecue feast and dine al fresco or simply relax and unwind under a large market umbrella offering shaded seating. 

Mission Canyon is a magical wooded neighborhood, yet only minutes from beloved attractions like the Santa Barbara Mission and Rose Garden, with the energy of downtown nearby. It is an easy 5-minute walk to the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens just up the street, or join locals on nearby trails that wind into the foothills, ending in spectacular coastal views that are not to be missed. 

Be a part of a historical voyage that many artists, celebrities, writers, and musicians have all enjoyed over the years, in a beloved home that few can resist. As one can imagine, a stay at The Whale House will be a once in a lifetime experience!  Climb aboard!

POLICIES

Summer Season rates are in effect for Thanksgiving Week & Christmas Weeks.

Minimum Nights

-3-Night minimum stay with the following additional restrictions:
High Season (Jun 17 - Sep 2) 

          7-Night minimum for all bookings made before May 1st.
          3-Night minimum for current year bookings made after May 1st.
Thanksgiving Week (Any dates booked within the week of Thanksgiving)
          7-Night minimum for all bookings made before Oct 1st.
          3-Night minimum for current year bookings made after Oct 1st.
Christmas Weeks (Dec 19 - 26 & Dec 26 - Jan 2)
          7-Night minimum (in the fixed weeks above) for all bookings made before Nov 1st.
          3-Night minimum (and flexible dates) for current year bookings made after Nov 1st.

Stays of less than 30 nights are subject to a 12% Lodging Tax + $2.20/night Tourism Tax.
$475 Cleaning Fee (14+ night stays require additional cleaning fees), Booking Fee (varies based on reservation cost).

Until confirmed, rates are subject to change.
Amenities

 Amenities

Desired Amenities

Pool
Spa
Air Conditioning

Kitchen

Fully Equipped
Dual Ovens
Freezer
Dishwasher
Microwave
Ice Maker
Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water System
Walk-in pantry
Coffee grinder
Coffee Maker
Cooking utensils
Toaster
Blender
Crock Pot
Refrigerator

Living / Family / Media Rooms

Fireplace

Dining Areas

Dining Room
Outdoor Dining Area

Laundry / Linens / Towels

Washer
Dryer
All linens supplied
All towels supplied
Iron, Ironing board

Recreation / Toys

Beach Towels
Beach Chairs
Beach umbrellas

Indoor Entertainment

Games
Sonos Music System

Pool / Spa / Health / AC

No Air Conditioning
Air Conditioning
Pool
Built-in Spa
Soft Water System

Outside / Yard / Patios / Decks

Back Deck
Balcony
Enclosed Patios

Communications / Internet / Office

High speed Internet (wireless)
Telephone
Free National Long Distance

Infant & Toddler Supplies

Due to nature of this home, no infant/toddler supplies provided

Option Onsite Services

Private Chef
Concierge
Massage
Pilates
Yoga
Personal Training

Local Attractions / Events

Farmers' Markets
Courthouse
Beach
Zoo
Art Museums
Galleries
Natural History Museum
Botanical Garden
Parks
Stearn's Wharf, Harbor
Wine Tasting
Vineyard Tours

Local Sports / Recreation

Biking (road and mountain)
Beach Volleyball
Walking
Golf
Sailing
Surfing
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Snorkeling
Scuba Diving
Hiking
Hunting
Fishing (Lake and Ocean)
Swimming
Horseback Riding
Tennis
Windsurfing
Paragliding
Rollerblading
Whale Watching
Bird Watching

Local Leisure Activities

Shopping
Sightseeing
Funk Zone (wine & beer tasting)
Channel Island Tours
Antiquing
Wine Tasting Santa Ynez Valley

Local Services

All services expected in a medium sized city

General / Notes

No Smoking
No Pets
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