Rob Lowe finally found a buyer for his 10,000-square-foot family mansion in California’s sought-after Santa Barbara County.
The Parks and Recreation star, 56, and his wife Sheryl, 59, previously listed their fairytale estate in June 2018 with Sotheby’s International Realty for $47 million. In August 2019, it got a new pair of listing agents, Eric Haskell of The Agency and Luke Ebbin of Compass, and a lower price tag: $42.5 million. Now, after more than two years on the market, the home has sold in an off-market deal for $45.5 million, Variety reports.
Located in Montecito — the exclusive enclave where Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, former Vice President Al Gore and more hang their hats — this Georgian-style manor boasts 20 rooms and 3.4 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
So why were the actor and his jewelry designer wife ready to hand over the keys? “With our boys now out of the house, we’re looking forward to our next real estate adventure," Rob told Sotheby’s in 2018. He and Sheryl share John Owen, 25, and Matthew Edward, 27.
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After walking through the dramatic, column-framed front door at Oakview (as the estate has been named), guests will find six bedrooms, eleven bathrooms, nine interior and two exterior fireplaces, formal living and dining rooms, a piano bar, family and commercial kitchens, a home office, a screening room, a wine cellar and numerous terraces, verandas and loggias.
The grounds have something for everyone, including a reflecting pool, koi pond, rose and vegetable gardens, an outdoor kitchen featuring a wood-burning pizza oven, a swimming pool and spa, and tennis and sports courts.
The longtime couple put their personal touch on the home, working with architect Don Nulty, interior designer Kyle Irwin, landscape architect Mark Rios and feng shui master David Cho to capture the tranquil Virginia countryside vibes of Rob’s childhood.
“I’ve always been drawn to a historic, east coast American aesthetic,” Rob told Architectural Digest in its November 2010 cover story on the home. “But a house also has to be comfortable, able to withstand the simultaneous traffic of teenagers playing football on the lawn, barbecuing on the patio, me slipping off to write.”
He added: “Our challenge was extrapolating our views on how to live our lives and raise our children into what we need in a home.”
The Lowes’ initial decision to sell their estate came about six months after the Southern California mudslides caused by torrential rain in January 2018 killed 21 people and caused more than $177 million in damage. Rob and Sheryl’s home was not damaged in the natural disaster — interior designer David Phoenix told PEOPLE the home was protected by its “higher altitude” — but the family was on high alert throughout the crisis.
“Praying for all our friends and neighbors,” Rob tweeted on January 9, 2018. “Very bad situation in Montecito.”
He added later that day: “Mourning the dead in our little town tonight. Praying for the survivors and preparing for whatever may come.”
“Montecito is one of the crown jewels of Southern California, nestled in on the coast,” Phoenix shared with PEOPLE at the time. “It has a charming small-town feeling like the town I grew up in, in New England. There is a wonderful sense of community here, which has been critical to helping victims cope with the tragedy.”
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