It’s impossible for
not to feel spiritual looking out at the ocean and wildlife from the sun-soaked morning room of her house in Montecito, California.
Hawks are frequent visitors during such morning meditations, cutting across the panorama that surrounds the
Berkus-design house—a contemporary architectural property perched on a knoll that overlooks the Pacific Ocean from Ortega Ridge Road.
“Nature is very important to me,” said
, a designer and native Austrian. She built the lighthouse-esque estate with her husband, businessman
Jean Claude Benarrosh
, as a getaway when they’re not at their main home in Switzerland. “It is so humbling to look out the window and see the back of a hawk,” she said. “You can’t help but think ‘there must be a God.’”