Kaley Cuoco wanted Taylor Lautner’s ultra-modern home in the jagged, fire-scarred foothills of Agoura Hills, Calif., about 40 miles west of downtown L.A. and 25 miles east of her hometown of Camarillo, with enough fervor that she bid up the sale price to $5.25 million, a quarter million bucks more than the $5 million asking price.
Of course, as one of the highest paid actors on television, who hauled in $1 million per episode during the final seasons of “The Big Bang Theory,” and fresh from the profitable sale of her Hidden Hills estate — she and her soon-to-be ex-husband, equestrian Karl Cook, raked in almost $4.5 million more than the $11.75 million they paid just over a year earlier, “The Flight Attendant” star can well afford to throw down the extra bucks.
Lautner, who earned about $45 million from the five films in the “Twilight” franchise, also cashed in on the deal; he earned a quick $1.5 million on the sale of the nearly nine-acre spread he picked up barely two years earlier. The “Twilight Saga” star, who returned to TV this year after a six-year hiatus with the “stale family comedy” “Home Team,” didn’t have far to move; he’s just paid $3.9 million for a hacienda-style estate just down the road.
Tucked into a gated enclave of about a dozen luxury homes, Lautner’s old house and Cucoco’s new house is a striking and boxy, two-story concrete and glass show palace perched on a slight knoll that allows it wrap-around views of the craggy mountains. Completed just before Lautner bought it in 2020, and controlled by a home-automation system, the 5,647-square-foot home has five bedrooms and four bathrooms.
A secured courtyard entry with a fire pit leads to a vast great room divided by a dual-sided freestanding fireplace. At one end of the huge space, gigantic picture windows in the kitchen frame abstract views of the rugged surrounding landscape. The main-floor master suite has a spa-style bath; one of the guest bedrooms has been turned into what marketing materials called “unique one of a kind ‘speak easy’ lounge”; a second-floor sports lounge is complete with four wall-mounted televisions and a wet bar.
Other highlights include 12-foot ceilings, 10.5”-wide French oak floorboards and, throughout the house, huge walls of glass that vanish into the walls for a seamless integration between indoor and outdoor living and entertaining spaces.
A manicured oasis from the scrubby scenery, the landscaped areas of the property incorporate an infinity-edge pool and spa, a small patch of evergreen faux-grass, and an open-air cabana complete with TV and kitchenette. There’s also an outdoor shower, a couple of fire pits, a built-in barbecue, and a bocce ball court.
Newly single Cuoco, who says she will never marry again, still owns a 40-acre horse ranch in a bucolic and secluded area of Ventura County — it’s just about a half-hour drive from her new digs, while Lautner continues to own a ten-acre spread in Castaic, about 40 miles northwest of L.A., that he picked up about ten years ago for $2 million.