Jim Carrey may only be “fairly serious” about retiring from acting — last year he left the door open to a return to the silver screen if a script written in gold ink comes along — but he’s gotten quite serious about selling his longtime estate in the posh heart of L.A.’s Brentwood neighborhood. Initially listed earlier this year at $28.9 million, the “Dumb and Dumber” star has slashed a whopping $2.4 million off the asking price, which now stands at $26.5 million.
Hidden behind 280 feet of hedging and secured entry gates, the sprawling mostly one-story main house is filled with lively art, much of it made by Carrey. There are a total of six bedrooms and six bathrooms, plus three powder rooms, throughout more than 12,700 square feet. Ridgeline skylights shower several rooms with natural light and numerous French doors allow the interior living and entertaining spaces to flow out to a large courtyard patio.
A disparate assemblage of decorative and architectural styles, the home is as idiosyncratic as its owner. On either side of a center hall entry, formal living and dining rooms, both with a fireplace, give off an airy California contemporary vibe, while the wood-paneled bathroom in the primary suite is a more baronial affair with a copper hooded fireplace and leaded glass windows. The Art Deco movie theater, where Carrey displays a few costumes from some of his more iconic film roles, offers mohair-covered sofas, a burl wood snack area, and a beyond-decadent powder room.
Elsewhere within the house are a large gym, a home office, a family room, a gourmet kitchen equipped with an indoor barbecue, and a semicircular breakfast room that looks out to flowering pear trees.
The generous acreage comfortably accommodates numerous terraces, rolling lawns sprinkled with yard art, a rock-lined pool with a waterfall, a pool house, a fenced vegetable garden, and a gazebo perched just above the lighted tennis court. The more rustic areas of the property include walking paths and an open-air pavilion for yoga, meditation, and al fresco napping.
Carrey, whose films have reaped close to $6 billion in worldwide box office, told The Wall Street Journal when he first listed the property that it had served him well as a creative sanctuary for 30 years but since he spends so little time there nowadays feels it’s time to pass it on so it can be a residential respite for someone else.
The property is available through Janelle Friedman at Sotheby’s International Realty – Santa Monica – Venice Brokerage.