Fit for a King

By Richard Mineards   |   July 25, 2019
Alhambra-inspired estate up for grabs (photo by Marc Angeles, Listed by Billy Rose Agency Beverly Hills)

An elaborate Montecito chateau inspired by the Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain is up for sale for $35 million.

The custom-built estate has Moorish, Spanish and Italianate architecture, with tall arches and mosaics.

French owner Kinka Usher, a director of TV commercials, who has filmed spots for Nike, Taco Bell and Pepsi, says he was inspired by a childhood visit to Spain, where was impressed by a Ferrari Dino sports car and the Alhambra, which was built primarily between 1238 and 1358.

He bought the 2.4-acre site a decade ago and spent two years and multi millions building the property, importing all the floors from Europe and a $400,000 large swimming pond.

The impressive compound includes a 11,500 sq.ft. main house with two master suites, and an attached one-bedroom guest house. There is also a 16-seat covered pergola for outdoor dining.

Usher, who also owns a villa in Capri, Italy, wants to spend more time in Europe.

Billy Rose at the Agency in Beverly Hills is handling the listing.


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