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 a 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.
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.
According to paradiseretreats.com