Here’s your chance to live a Tuscan dream in the good ol’ US.
As reported by The Wall Street Journal, “The Big Lebowski” star Jeff Bridges and his wife are asking $US29.5 million dollars for their 19.5 acre Montecito, California home. The sprawling property has equal amounts of luxury and quirk.
The Bridges family bought the home -- built by Santa Barbara architect Barry Berkus -- in 1994 from musician Kenny Loggins, who Mrs. Bridges credits for the European design and décor.
The hand-carved wooden front door complements the home's Tuscan-inspired exterior. Contrasting stone and stucco represent the evolving architectural styles of Tuscan villas over time.
Exposed, century-old bridge beams and an antique fireplace add a rustic feel to the polished living room.
There's also a terrace off the dining room framed by columns and ocean views. The kitchen's breakfast area serves as a more casual setting for quick meals.
The master suite includes a private sitting area and rustic Romeo and Juliet balcony. Murano glass pendant chandeliers add to the room's simple elegance.
The five bedroom, 9,535-square-foot home has a meditation room on the third floor. Bridges also has a sort of 'man fort' on the grounds, where he makes pottery and relaxes on his hammock.
A single-bedroom guest cottage attached to the villa has its own kitchen, fireplace, and a living room with a skylight. There's also a two-bedroom guest house on the estate.
But wait, there's more: private hiking trails, views of Channel Islands, a small vineyard, gardens, a greenhouse filled with orchids, and Bridges' collection of aloe trees.
When weather permits, grab a raft, pour a drink, and float around the pond-shaped pool, which features a natural waterfall fed from a nearby stream.
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