A $35M Slice of Italy in Cali!

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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TUSCANY IN THE USA 2781 Padaro Lane

With only six bedrooms and nine bathrooms, this freaky Tuscan farmhouse just south of Santa Barbara might seem steep at $35 million, but imagine what you'll save in airfare to Italy!

The place looks like it was assembled by hand, but it has practically every modern technology imaginable, including fiber-optic lighting, state of the art security, and irresistible iPod docks in every room (they're disguised as stone niches, of course).

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The staircase—something out of an M.C. Escher drawing—is all oak and copper and drops into a grotto in the 750-bottle basement wine cellar and full-projection theater room.

The heated pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean doubles as a mosaic art piece, and its own man-made beach is fully wired for sound, telephone, and the Internet. Word around town is that it's currently owned by a hedge-fund manager, but listing agents and those connected with the sale have declined to name the owner. Presumably, the answer to the mystery is included in the asking price.



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