For Jeff Bridges, there’s no question that acting is in his DNA. His father and elder brother are both actors, and the three all appeared together on Sea Hunt — apple didn’t fall far from the tree in this family.
Arguably, the actor’s most famous role, however, came in 1998 through the film The Big Lebowski, in which Bridges played ‘The Dude’. And if you’ve been dreaming about living like The Dude, you are in luck, because the real estate market has just opened up the right opportunity.
Bridges and his wife recently listed their Montecito estate, asking for $7.995 million to get it off their hands. The couple acquired the sprawling ranch, spanning over four acres, back in 2014, spending $6.85 million on the estate.
However, they had to invest a little more on renovating the property after it was ravaged by deadly mudslides that hit Montecito in July last year.
Spanish Revival Architecture
The home boasts of Spanish Revival architecture furnished with more contemporary details during the recent renovation.
Spanning the four-acre piece of land that is the Montecito ranch are five buildings, the most conspicuous of which is the main house. The rest include a carriage house, a pool house, and a horse facility which consists of five stalls.
James Osborne Craig designed and built the main house in 1919, and as you may have already discerned from the photos, the architect was big on hardwood floors. Vaulted ceilings were also one of his long suits, and he designed the home’s with exposed beams — unvarnished ones at that.
Craig also installed particularly large windows in the house to make the place feel more alive and added five fireplaces to fill the space while still maintaining its coziness.
For the kitchen, the architect thought that there’d be need for more natural light, so he designed it with skylights. The room also features a marble-topped island sitting at the center, surrounded by drawers and wooden cabinets.
A Work of Art
One of the five fireplaces embellishes the master suite, which is in itself a work of art. It has a bay window for a sitting area (you could even do some light reading here), and French doors that lead you into the backyard.
The master bathroom may have been among the rooms that were improved with the latest designs as it features a more modern bathtub along with a separate shower. The bedroom has a vast walk-in closet with separate his and hers sections.
Sitting in the back of the house is a large pool complemented by a spa. A terrace made of red brick surrounds the area and is adorned with lots of greenery and large oak trees that shield the property from prying eyes.
Next to the pool is the pool house with a living room, bathroom, office, and sauna. And let’s not forget the luxurious carriage house that features a garage and a workshop. Perhaps it’s where Bridges honed his pottery skills?
Montecito is often hit hard by drought. As such, it is important to note that the ranch features a private well, located next to the horses’ barn, that would come in handy in the event of water scarcity.
In 2017, Bridges sold another Montecito estate for $16 million, and it won’t be long before this one is also off his hands.