WSJ: A HIGH-TECH CALIFORNIA HOME IS LISTING FOR $35 MILLION
Tech entrepreneur Michael Barnick was retired when he started designing his oceanfront California house in 2005. But he got so involved in the home’s gadgetry that he ended up starting a business called Quantum Integration, which installs home-automation systems.
The house was completed a few weeks ago. Designing and building the roughly 10,100-square-foot, four-bedroom contemporary took so long “our kids kind of grew up,” said Mr. Barnick, leading him and wife, Sujittra, to conclude they no longer needed such a large home. So the new house is going on the market for $35 million.
Located in Hope Ranch in California’s Santa Barbara County, Mr. Barnick’s home sits on 3.7 acres on a bluff above the ocean. The home’s lighting, music, televisions, heat, air-conditioning, window shades, fireplaces and door locks can be controlled remotely by tablet or smartphone. But Mr. Barnick is proudest of the home’s automated features. When he drives through the home’s gates, the lights turn on, the garage opens and the fountain starts running, for example. And when the shower starts, the towel warmer turns on.
The home also has three built-in aquariums that can be programmed to automatically change the water and monitor water temperature and quality. One of the tanks is intended specifically for jellyfish. “For me it’s all about the technology and doing it well, not flashy,” said Mr. Barnick, a 53-year-old former Apple executive who retired in 2000 after SonicWall, an Internet security company he co-founded, went public. He said he bought the land with his wife in 2001, and estimates that he has spent about $30 million on the home.
The house also has a movie theater with seating for 12, and a staircase in the master bedroom leads to a tower topped with an observation deck and an outdoor hot tub. In the living room, the Barnicks commissioned an artist to create the colorful sculpture surrounding the fireplace: Standing nearly 20 feet high, it is intended to be an abstract image of the nearby Channel Islands.
The listing agent is Suzanne Perkins of Sotheby’s International Realty.
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