The Dude is out, but the es­tate abides

Los Angeles Times - - HOT PROPERTY -

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.”

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