Lowe and behold
IT’S a long way from small town Lincolnshire where his latest TV series is set, but when he’s not pounding the beat on ITV drama Wild Bill this incredible colonial estate has been home for actor Rob Lowe. The former Brat Pack star of St. Elmo’s Fire and the award-winning political sitcom West Wing is owner of one of the most breathtaking properties in California’s super-rich hideaway Montecito. Available for sale on the open market for the first time, the aptlynamed Oakview carries a similarly impressive price tag of $42.5million. One of the most outstanding aspects of Oakview – although there’s clearly no shortage – is its secluded setting, surrounded by 3.4 acres of manicured lawns and mature oak trees, as well as its own vegetable garden, koi pond, tennis court with viewing area and large outdoor pool. In a style similar to the country estates of Charlottesville in Virginia where the 55-year-old actor was born, Rob and his wife Sheryl Berkoff first bought the property in 2009. Using the timeless East Coastinspired Colonial architecture as their canvas, the couple added contemporary luxury amenities and
Other Montecito residents include Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Degeneres and Gwyneth Paltrow...
rarely too low, there are nine indoor fireplaces throughout the house. Architectural charm comes from details like vaulted ceilings, handmade crown moldings, custom mouldings, and expansive windows. In addition to its other many outdoor living features, the grounds also house a spa, two-bedroom guest house and a one-bedroom pool house with staff quarters and outdoor kitchen. Other Montecito residents include Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Degeneres and Gwyneth Paltrow. Oakview is for sale through listing agents Luke Ebbin of Compass (compass.com) and Eric Haskell of The Agency (theagencyre.com). custom details to create what is now considered to be the finest Montecito property offered for sale in decades. The home has six bedrooms, including a huge master suite, 11 bathrooms, large open formal rooms, a huge family kitchen with a separate catering kitchen, wine room, multiple living and dining areas, and cinema room. There is also an office, library/music room with its own bar and a family room. Although temperatures in LA are
Montecito has long been a getaway for the rich and famous
Above: A guest house and pool house provide extra accommodation options Below: The house echoes the country estates of Rob’s native Charlottesville