Tuscany alive and well in California! Villa on a 12.5-acre estate hits market for $19.8million

A stunning villa in Carpinteria, California with a vineyard, horse stables and other stunning amenities is being listed for sale by the Ebbin Group for $19.8million.

The villa itself is built in a Tuscan-style, standing two stories tall, marked by a beautiful coral color.

The house is big enough to serve as a resort, featuring seven bedrooms and ten bathrooms.

The Prancing Horse Estate is being listed for sale in Carpinteria, California in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains

The Prancing Horse Estate is being listed for sale in Carpinteria, California in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains

The coral color of the villa creates an exquisite and ornate vibe, drawing inspiration from Tuscan architecture

The coral color of the villa creates an exquisite and ornate vibe, drawing inspiration from Tuscan architecture

The property comes with a stunning infinity pool and is surrounded by trees, which itself give way to a pond

The property comes with a stunning infinity pool and is surrounded by trees, which itself give way to a pond

The bedrooms are simply stated and are lined with floor to ceiling windows for great views of the property day and night

The bedrooms are simply stated and are lined with floor to ceiling windows for great views of the property day and night

In addition to a fireplace and wood ceilings, living rooms look out on the water and provide breezy outdoor experiences

In addition to a fireplace and wood ceilings, living rooms look out on the water and provide breezy outdoor experiences

The property has been named the Prancing Horse Estate, largely due to the 12.52 acres that have been redesigned over the past few years.

According to Mansion Global, Compass’ Ebbin Group holds the listing for the property.

‘It’s been the perfect place to live during something like this,’ real estate agent Luke Ebbin said, referencing the coronavirus pandemic. 

Windows are tall and wide throughout the villa, bringing the beauty of the outdoors straight into the main house

Windows are tall and wide throughout the villa, bringing the beauty of the outdoors straight into the main house

The kitchen has a rustic feel, with wooden cabinetry, exposed wood beams in the ceiling, and a mix of modern appliances

The kitchen has a rustic feel, with wooden cabinetry, exposed wood beams in the ceiling, and a mix of modern appliances

The ten bathrooms on the property don't let up on the Tuscan-inspiration, from the tiled walls to the elegant floor pattern

The ten bathrooms on the property don’t let up on the Tuscan-inspiration, from the tiled walls to the elegant floor pattern

The dining room has wood panel flooring and a fireplace to keep residents cozy during cold nights in the valley

The dining room has wood panel flooring and a fireplace to keep residents cozy during cold nights in the valley

Financier and energy business executive Michael Smith purchased the property in 2015 for $7.25million.

‘The home itself was one of the most beautiful homes we had ever seen,’ Smith said. 

Since then, the value of the Prancing Horse Estate has nearly tripled, according to the listing price.

A big reason for that is the redevelopment of the land around the estate, which used to consist of mainly dirt and a few odd trees. 

The driveway of the estate is lined with palm trees, which provide color and privacy to the Prancing Horse Estate

The driveway of the estate is lined with palm trees, which provide color and privacy to the Prancing Horse Estate

The property now has facilities that equip the estate to take care of horses, such as the one seen here wandering its stables

The property now has facilities that equip the estate to take care of horses, such as the one seen here wandering its stables

Various flora and fauna line walks in the estate, creating eye-popping color akin to a rainforest, rather than a Tuscan villa

Various flora and fauna line walks in the estate, creating eye-popping color akin to a rainforest, rather than a Tuscan villa

Walking around the property, there's likely always something new to discover. The courtyard seeps romance at every turn

Walking around the property, there’s likely always something new to discover. The courtyard seeps romance at every turn

Despite its old-school feel, the property comes with some modern amenities, including an open-air exercise gym

Despite its old-school feel, the property comes with some modern amenities, including an open-air exercise gym

One of the biggest redevelopments of the property over the past five years is the addition of facilities that allow for the care of horses.

Additionally, the dirt that used to encompass the property has been converted into a working vineyard, which produced grenache and pinot noir during a harvest this year.

Other amenities on the property include an outdoor fireplace, a half basketball court, and a guest room above the villa’s garage. 

At 12.52 acres, beautifully manicured across the sprawling property, the Prancing Horse Estate is simply breathtaking

At 12.52 acres, beautifully manicured across the sprawling property, the Prancing Horse Estate is simply breathtaking

The Prancing Horse Estate is also functional, with a working vineyard that produced a harvest of grenache and pinot noir

The Prancing Horse Estate is also functional, with a working vineyard that produced a harvest of grenache and pinot noir

At night, the beauty of the property is matched by the quiet, as the estate is tucked behind trees and cordoned off from others

At night, the beauty of the property is matched by the quiet, as the estate is tucked behind trees and cordoned off from others

The villa was designed and built by Santa Barbara-based architect Don Nulty in 2010.

While the acreage around the villa has been completely redesigned and redeveloped, most of the original house from a decade ago remains the same.

The slight changes from the original design include new light fixtures, refurbished bathroom flooring, and new window dressings. 

As for while Michael Smith is selling the property in the first place? His children are going off to college and he wants to travel more, leaving the estate to someone who will utilize it to its fullest potential. 

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