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 Ty Warner Closes Purchase of Miramar by the Sea, 
Located On one of the Most Valuable
Beachfront Properties in California


Montecito, CA, April 29, 2005 - Ty Warner Hotels & Resorts, LLC announced today the final purchase of the vacant Miramar by the Sea – located in the exclusive coastal community of Montecito, just south of Santa Barbara, California. 

Miramar by the Sea is located right on the sand in Montecito, just steps from the Pacific, with the lush foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains as a backdrop.  With plans approved in 2000 to renovate the century-old beachfront resort’s 213 rooms, create a new restaurant, spa and boardwalk, Miramar by the Sea is destined to be one of California’s most coveted resorts.

Miramar by the Sea joins Ty Warner’s distinctive collection of individually unique and upscale destinations, including the San Ysidro Ranch and Four Seasons Biltmore also located in Montecito, the Kona Village Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii, and Las Ventanas al Paraiso Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico. 

The all-embracing renovation plans for the Miramar, approved by Santa Barbara County in 2000, were never completed by the previous owner due to financial complications resulting from the aftermath of 9/11.  The renovation plans for the time honored hotel were halted following demolition in 2001.

According to Greg Rice, Executive Vice President of Development for Ty Warner Hotels & Resorts, the purchase was recorded Friday.  “We are excited about the opportunity to complete the Miramar renovation to bring new life and beauty back to this treasure.  The Miramar will become one of America’s premier resorts with its oceanfront location in Montecito.” 

The purchase price for the Miramar was not disclosed.

The Miramar history began in 1876 when Josiah and Emmeline Doulton purchased the 20 acre ocean front property in Montecito.  In 1889 the Doultons built a separate cottage for visiting friends, which soon served to accommodate outside guests.  Originally called Ocean View Farm, a friend/guest at the hotel suggested that the name of the destination be changed to “Miramar”, meaning “behold the sea.”  Mrs. Doulton was immediately taken with the name and ordered signs the following day.  Over the years, the hotel was expanded and by 1910 there were 29 structures on the property.  The Miramar struggled during the Depression and the Doultons eventually sold the hotel to Paul Gawzner on November 3, 1939.  Gawzner owned the Miramar until September 1998, when Ian Schrager purchased it for $31.7 million.  The hotel closed its doors on September 10, 2000 to begin renovations and was set to reopen in about 18 months.  Five years later, the partially demolished Miramar Hotel still sits vacant on one of the most valuable and beautiful beachfront properties in Southern California.

Ty Warner is ranked by Forbes Magazine as the 30th wealthiest individual in the U.S. with a net worth of six billion.  He is known for his generosity, most recently donating $6 million to the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation for his underprivileged children’s school in Las Vegas.  He also completed the $8.1 million building fund for the Ty Warner Sea Center in Santa Barbara, California. Other charities benefiting from Ty Warner estimated $75 million in donations during the last five years include the American and International Red Crosses, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation, the Ronald McDonald House, and Agassi Foundation for At Risk Youth.

Founded in 1986 by Ty Warner, creator of the wildly popular Beanie Babies®, Ty is the world leader in the sale of plush toys. In Japan, collectors have been known to wait in line overnight to purchase some of Ty Inc.’s exclusive new releases.  In addition to the Beanie Baby® line, which is celebrating its 11th anniversary, the company’s product line includes: Beanie Buddies®, Classic®, Beanie Boppers®, Punkies®, Pluffies® and Teenie Beanie Boppers®. The Ty Heart Logo®, recognized around the world, can be found on all Ty products available at finer specialty gift retailers. Visit Ty on the Internet at <>.

Ty Warner Hotels & Resorts, LLC was founded and is solely owned by Ty Warner.  Properties owned by the company include the Four Seasons Hotel New York located on 57th Street. I.M. Pei, the world-renowned architect who also designed the Miho Museum in Kyoto, Japan and the Pyramide du Louvre in Paris, France, designed this hotel.  Other properties include the 75 year-old Four Seasons Biltmore, the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club and the romantic 500-acre San Ysidro Ranch retreat, all located in the affluent Montecito community in beautiful California.  Just added to his unique collection of properties - the enchanting Kona Village Resort located on the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, the Las Ventanas Resort in Los Cabos Mexico, and the Montecito Country Club located in Santa Barbara, California.  Mr. Warner also owns the magnificent Sandpiper Golf Course which is situated on a Pacific Ocean bluff.  All of the properties are currently involved in extensive renovation programs according to Mr. Warner’s vision.


Greg Rice

Also See: Ty Warne Acquires the Montecito Country Club; 86-year old Clubhouse Structure a Stately Santa Barbara Icon / August 2004
Billionaire Ty Warner Plans to Acquire the Long-neglected Miramar Hotel Property in Santa Barbara; Ends 7 Years of Ian Schrager Control / February 2005

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