Photos: Spectacular Oceanfront Home In Santa Barbara For Sale For $21 Million
Today on How The Other Half Live: Check out this gorgeous, oceanfront home once frequented by Nobel Prize-winning scientists.
This beauty was designed by architect Richard E. Johnson in 1957, and sits at 4145 Creciente Drive in the Hope Ranch community of Santa Barbara. It could be yours for a mere $21 million. According to the listing, the 6-bedroom, 9.5-bath home boasts four acres with private access to the beach, and also has a pool, spa, gym and guest house. You can take a virtual walkthrough of the house here.
The home was most recently owned by Fred Kavli, a physicist and businessman who, in his later years, became a significant philanthropist.
Adrienne Schuele, the listing agent with luxury real estate firm Compass, tells LAist that this particular home was one of seven owned by Kavli, but "Hope Ranch was his pride and joy and primary residence."
"Throughout the 30 years he owned the home, Mr. Kavli hosted many Nobel Prize winners—and even Stephen Hawking paid a visit to Hope Ranch," Schuele says.
Kavli was born to a Norwegian farmer in 1927, and studied engineering at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) in Trondheim before moving to North America—first Canada, and then Los Angeles, where he worked as an engineer designing flight control sensors for Atlas missiles. In 1958, he founded the Kavlico Corporation in Moorpark, which manufactures sensors for aircraft, cars and other industrial uses. In 2000, he sold Kavlico and founded the Kavli Foundation to "advance science for the benefit of humanity and to promote public understanding and support for scientists and their work." He established over a dozen research institutes at universities throughout the world, including the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind at the University of California, San Diego; the Kavli Nanoscience Institute at Caltech; and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Kavli died of cancer in 2013 at age 86.
In an interview with UC Irvine News, Kavli said, "You have to support research even though you may not know exactly what the benefits will be in the long run. When we look at history, we can see that the accumulation of knowledge has been very beneficial for mankind. The curiosity of the human being is what has brought us where we are today, and I have complete confidence that it will take us where we need to be in the future."