Lowe and be­hold

Gloucestershire Echo - - OPEN HOUSE -

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

Rob Lowe

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