The Pacific Palisades, Calif., mansion of “Bourne” franchise and “Ocean’s” trilogy actor Matt Damon and his wife, Luciana Barroso, has come available with a blockbuster price of $21 million. Unquestionably one of the most bankable actors on the planet, as well as a busy producer, Damon stands to pocket a substantial fortune on the property he picked up almost exactly eight years ago for $15 million.
Sitting on an irregularly shaped and comprehensively secured corner parcel of more than half an acre in one of the plumiest pockets of the posh seaside community, the seven-bedroom and 10-bath contemporary villa is the handiwork of Grant Kirkpatrick of KAA Design. Almost entirely concealed behind a towering hedgerow and protected by a fearsome security system, the ample and serene residence showcases artisanal craftsmanship and organic materials throughout its more than 13,500 square feet. The premium-grade property is available through Eric Haskell at The Agency.
Composed of an imposing and carefully aligned configuration of interlocking wood, stone and stucco pavilions that mix a sophisticated version of California modernism with Asian and Craftsman influences, the interior of the casually grand manse is arranged around a 35-foot-high atrium topped by a lustrous mahogany ceiling. Public and private spaces orbit around the atrium and include a garden-view combo living/dining room with a massive stone fireplace and a step down billiards lounge with wet bar. A separate but nearby and comfy media lounge opens to the gardens. With spider-veined white marble counters on custom mahogany cabinets and a costly array of top-end culinary accouterments, the kitchen is one with an informal dining area and family room where floor-to-ceiling walls of glass provide a seamless transition to the backyard.
A sprawling subterranean level houses a variety of recreational and leisure options. In addition to a children’s den, there’s a climate-controlled wine cellar/tasting room and — to keep the “Thor” star’s 50-year-old body action-flick ready — a well-equipped gym.
The mansion’s half dozen secondary bedrooms include two for staff, while the relaxed and luxurious primary suite includes a private terrace with leafy treetop view, a massage room, a spacious bathroom and not just one but two huge walk-in closets, one with a mahogany clad raised ceiling and the other flooded with light thanks to a long slender skylight.
Dense tropical plantings and thick hedges create a verdant and immaculately private sanctuary of the outside living spaces. In addition to a terraced entrance courtyard that could easily serve as a meditation garden, there’s a great sweep of lawn with a children’s play structure and a Bali-worthy swimming pool next to a Hawaiian-inspired open-air pavilion for alfresco dining and lounging out of the heat of the summer sun.
Though there have been reports they might, the Barroso-Damons have not yet fully pulled up sticks in the United States as they remain the fortunate owners of a more-than-6,200-square-foot duplex condo in a deluxe white-glove boutique building in Brooklyn’s historic Brooklyn Heights neigborhood that they acquired in 2018 for a then record-breaking $16.745 million.
Nonetheless, the couple has long been rumored to be looking to relocate, or at least spend a great deal of time in Australia, specifically the scenic, surf-centric and celeb-favored Bryon Bay community. And, indeed, for the last few years the family has been spotted around town along with other Hollywood heavy hitters who include fellow American Zac Efron and Aussie Chris Hemsworth.
About a year ago there were unconfirmed reports the Barroso-Damons had dropped a whopping $22 million on a modern mansion above Wategos Bay. However, a more recent report in The Sydney Morning Herald states the family arrived over the weekend by private jet and are holed up in a rented residence where they are “paying for their own hospital-grade cleaning, private security, police monitoring, staff, meals and regular medical checks for two more weeks of quarantine” before he begins filming the next “Thor” movie.
Damon rocketed A-List status with his Oscar-nominated role in the cult-favorite 1997 film “Good Will Hunting,” for which he won an Oscar as a co-writer with Ben Affleck. Since then he’s received three more nominations, two for acting and, most recently in 2017, as a producer for the indie drama “Manchester by the Sea.”