EXCLUSIVE: Inside the Clark Estate; Mayor Gives First-Ever Tour of Bellosguardo (Charles Donelan and Barney Brantingham)

ON THE COVER: Mayor Helene Schneider stands in front of Bellosguardo. Photo by Paul Wellman.

Bella Bellosguardo

Despite some outright begging, only a select handful of Santa Barbara Independent staffers got to visit Huguette Clark's Bellosguardo estate for our cover story, namely Columnist Barney Brantingham and Executive Arts Editor Charles Donelan, who captured himself. The late-afternoon tour of the house included an electric-cart circuit of the grounds and its ocean view, which all pronounced "breathtaking." The story starts here.

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