SELLER: Jim Wilson
LOCATION: Calabasas, CA
SIZE: 7,597 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Out at the edge of Calabasas (CA), where the manicured suburban streets turn to the untamed Santa Monica Mountains, Oscar-winning movie producer Jim Wilson owns a sprawling, equestrian estate, dubbed Avalon Ranch, now listed at $14,900,000.
According to the property records we peeped, Mister Wilson, who has produced a handful of Kevin Costner movies, including “Dances With Wolves,” “Mr. Brooks” and “Swing Vote,” acquired the multi-parcel spread in July 1998 for $3,174,090 and our interweb research indicates he has had the compound-type ranch on and off the market since June 2010 when it first popped up with an in-hindsight unrealistic $25 million asking price. The current price, according to current listing details, includes nearly 90-acres of land while an additional six parcels that all together come to more about 90 acres are also available separately at a variety of asking prices that range from $750,000 to $1.5 million.
The approximately 7,500-square-0foot, clapboard-sided main house has a classic, farmhouse-style front porch, a spacious center hall entry and generous formal living and dining rooms. Other main floor living spaces include a well-equipped center island kitchen with window-lined circular dining area and an adjoining family room with river rock fireplace. There are six bedrooms and five bathrooms, according to digital marketing details, that include a second level master suite with circular sitting area. The property also offers a self-contained two-bedroom guest apartment atop the garage and, set on a small plateau above the main house where it has sweeping mountain views, a second and also self-contained guesthouse.
Besides the various verandas, patios and terraces that run along the rear of the main house that have long views of undeveloped mountain lands, the property’s recreational amenities include a clay tennis court with viewing pavilion and, set well below the main house, a dark-bottom swimming pool and spa and an adjacent open-air cabana with outdoor fireplace set into a massive stone wall.
The extensive equestrian facilities include a 16-stall barn with tack room, a day barn with turn out, a sand arena, irrigated pastures and miles of trails that connect directly to the trail systems in the Santa Monica Mountains. There’s also a duck pond, citrus and apple orchards, a rose garden and a seasonal stream.
Listing photos: Sotheby’s International Realty