Actor Rob Lowe is selling his Montecito estate for $47 million. With its Classical American style that feels more Mount Vernon than Santa Barbara, it’s hard to believe the property isn’t in the Virginia countryside. Yet, with views of the Pacific Ocean and the Ynez mountains from the tennis court, it’s unmistakably California.
Upon purchasing the property with his wife, the jewelry designer Sheryl Lowe, in 2005 for $8.5 million, Lowe wanted to create a home that bridged his Virginia roots with their contemporary California lifestyle. But with their “boys now out of the house,” according to Lowe, they’re looking ahead to the next “real estate adventure.”
Named “Oakview” for the large trees that surround the home, the 10,000-square-foot estate was crafted by architect Don Nulty, interior designer David Phoneix, and landscape architect Mark Rios. The Lowes even employed a feng shui master, David Cho, to consult on the decor. It’s nestled on 3.4 acres and includes a pool, a tennis court, gardens, a koi pond, a two-bedroom guest house, and a custom outdoor kitchen area with a wood-burning pizza oven.
The interiors are equally as impressive, with 20 harmonious rooms designed by Cho that include six bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, a “West Wing” home office, screening room, formal dining/living spaces, family kitchen and commercial kitchen spaces, and piano bar.
“Rob and Sheryl have achieved the impossible, creating a home that lives with the conveniences of new construction but with character that rivals one of Santa Barbara’s most architecturally significant historic estates,” says Sotheby’s listing agent Suzanne Perkins. “Oakview shows equal appreciation for history and modernity.”