Celebrity Homes

Former Real Housewives star splashes out on $16 million Montecito estate

Automotive industry mogul Dave Cantin and his wife, former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dina Manzo, have recently acquired an exquisite estate in Montecito for a staggering $16 million.

This prestigious property, touted as “Montecito’s most coveted offering,” captivated the couple with its opulence and allure, according to Dirt.com.

Originally constructed in 1994, the Tuscan villa-style residence underwent an impressive transformation after its previous sale in late 2020 for $4.8 million.

Lin Snider, widow of the late Philadelphia billionaire Ed Snider, enlisted renowned architect Marc Appleton to revamp the property into a contemporary masterpiece ready for magazine covers.

The remarkable outcome showcases a spacious 557sq m abode that emanates elegance through its warm neutral tones and minimalist aesthetic.

Secluded behind sturdy iron gates, the estate features a grand motorcourt, inviting guests to an entryway adorned with Mediterranean flora, including olive trees.

The interior boasts meticulously designed spaces, such as a living room and family room, both graced by custom sets of glass-and-steel French doors that open onto stone terraces.

The sleek kitchen showcases designer appliances and a built-in banquette, further enhancing the property’s allure.

Upstairs, the master suite offers breathtaking ocean views, complemented by a cozy fireplace, a private balcony, a marble bathroom, two closets, and an office/lounge that can serve as a glamorous room or an additional bedroom.

The upper level also includes three more bedrooms, while downstairs accommodates maid’s quarters.

Outside, the estate has elegant patios, providing ample space for lavish entertaining.

Partially shaded by magnificent olive trees, a fire-pit seating area sets the stage for intimate gatherings.

The property boasts a generous grassy lawn, measuring about 2023sq m, for recreational activities, while at the far rear, a secluded pool and spa combination awaits, creating an idyllic setting for romantic escapes.

Notably, the landscaping was expertly designed by the renowned Studio William Hefner.

Dina Manzo, known for her appearances on reality television, gained public attention through her role in the first two seasons of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

Beyond her television career, she hosted an HGTV show called Dina’s Party and actively runs her charitable organisation, Project Ladybug, which supports families with children battling cancer.

The Cantins have been leading a bicoastal lifestyle, dividing their time between California and the East Coast.

In addition to their recent Montecito acquisition, the couple already owns a residence in San Juan Capistrano, California, as well as a condo in Florida.

Notably, they previously leased a Malibu estate, now owned by Frank Ocean, back in 2016.

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