The Dude is out, but the estate abides
Oscar-winning actor and singer Jeff Bridges and his wife, Susan, have sold their estate in the Montecito foothills for $15.925 million, about half the original asking price of $29.5 million.
Called Villa Santa Lucia, the 19.5-acre property centers on a Tuscan-inspired main house designed by Santa Barbara architect Barry Berkus and built in 1988. An 1,800-square-foot detached guesthouse, a guest cottage and a detached theater/recording studio also lie within grounds filled with mature oaks, olive trees and Italian cypress.
Fronted by a stone-lined motor court, the home opens through a hand-carved front door to a formal entry hall lined with thick stone pillars and topped with cascading groin vault ceilings. Terra cotta pavers line the hallway, which leads to a sunken living room anchored by an antique stone fireplace. French doors off the living room area open to a terrace with ocean views.
Also within the 9,535 square feet of interior space is a library/ study featuring rough-sawn beams reclaimed from East Coast bridges and a study/meditation room that opens to a roof deck. A stairwell beside the master suite, one of six bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms, extends upward to a thirdfloor tower room.
Decking and grassy lawn surround the stone-edged swimming pool. Fruit orchards, vineyards and various hiking trails fill the grounds.
Suzanne Perkins of Sotheby’s International Realty represented the buyer and the seller.
Bridges, 67, won an Academy Award in 2010 for the film “Crazy Heart.”
His scores of movie credits also include “Hell or High Water” (2016), “True Grit” (2010) and “The Big Lebowski” (1998). This year, he will appear in the film drama “Granite Mountain” and the action-comedy “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.”