The tall French Colonial style home at 19660 Southern Hills Ave. in Santa Maria has more than 6,300 square feet of living area. But despite its size and majestic front elevation, this three-story home still manages to maintain a warm, inviting presence from the minute you walk through the front door.

The home is situated on a double lot on the corner of a cul-de-sac, and the wow factor begins immediately inside the massive iron entry doors.

Custom curving stairs wind up both sides of the foyer and meet in the center along a balcony that overlooks the foyer on one side and the living room on the other. A massive wall of windows on the other side of the living room showcases the home’s rear pool courtyard and private lake. Also out here are an outdoor kitchen and outdoor living room.

Beautiful heart pine is the flooring of choice for most of the home’s first level. Old Chicago brick is a nice complement in the kitchen, breakfast area and keeping room.

The formal dining room is to the right of the foyer, and a nice home office with cypress built-ins is to the left. Two tall columns support the balcony and frame the living room, where the ceiling soars to 23 feet. A wall of cypress built-ins is on the right-hand wall, flanking the fireplace and cypress mantle.

The kitchen has more stained cypress cabinetry along with an irregular-shaped oversize island with a prep sink and an icemaker. Exposed antique beams cross the kitchen ceiling, and beaded boards are placed above the sink area. A 6-burner Dacor gas commercial cooking center has double ovens and a pot-filler above. A big stainless GE Monogram refrigerator is nearby, as is a warming drawer below a wine rack. A microwave-over-oven wall combo is nearby.

The brick floor continues in the breakfast area and keeping room, which has a masonry fireplace with a cypress mantle. Both of these rooms have great views of the pool and lake out back.

A hallway behind the kitchen contains a walk-in pantry and the home’s large laundry, which has a granite folding island to match the counter tops, a drop-down ironing board and a pet wash shower. A guest suite with a full bath is also along this hallway that leads to one of the home’s two two-car garages. Yep, there are a pair of two-car garages that flank the driveway in front, and one has a large storage room/workshop.

The master suite is a private retreat from the cares of the world. More heart pine is used on the bedroom floor, and a sitting area views the pool courtyard and lake. The marble master bath has a 6-foot Jacuzzi tub (all the bathrooms in the home have Jacuzzi tubs), dual vanities, a makeup desk, a big steam shower and dual closets that light-switched doors and built-in dressers.

Meanwhile, up the curving staircase there is a big media room with a 110-inch screen and a high definition projector. The media room has a balcony that provides excellent views of the pool, the lake and the neighborhood.

On the opposite end of the second floor, there’s another bedroom and bath, as well as stairs to a big game room up on the third floor.

If you’d like to see this beautiful Santa Maria home for yourself, it will be kept open today from 2-4 p.m.

About this Home

Address:

19660 Southern Hills Ave.

Lot size:

.92 acre

Living area:

6,334 square feet

Bedrooms:

Four

Baths:

Four full, one partial

Price:

$1,200,000

Marketing agent:

Pat Wattam,

RE/MAX First

Contact phone:

225-298-6900