As Vladimir Putin finalized plans for his violent land grab in Ukraine, which has already caused two million people to flee the country, his somewhat unlikely pal Steven Seagal, a devout Buddhist, martial arts expert, environmentalist, animal rights activist, action-flick actor, and reality TV star, who was granted Russian citizenship in 2016 and was appointed in 2018 by Putin as a special envoy between Russia and the United States, was wrapping up the $7 million sale of his vast ranch in northern California’s rugged and remote Siskiyou County.
Operated as a nature preserve and cattle ranch, the 5,329-acre spread known as Lava Lakes Nature Preserve lies just south of the tiny town of Montague, with extraordinary views of the 14,000-foot snow-capped peak of Mount Shasta. Seagal had the ranch on the market in 2014 for $12 million and again in 2015 at the same price, before it was taken off the market.
Described in listings held by Billy Long of Engel & Völkers as a “hidden and private paradise,” with striking rock formations and seven beautiful lakes that are home to “numerous species of waterfowl, deer, bass and upland birds,” the pristine ranch compound boasts a trio of residences.
A 14,000-square-foot log cabin-style mansion built of Tennessee white pine, the main residence is a rustic-luxe retreat with nine bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. Filled with Buddhist statues and a couple of taxidermy bears, the house features stone floors, exposed wood walls and immense stone fireplaces. Highlights include a double-height living room with mesmerizing views, a chef-grade kitchen, and a spacious dining room that opens to a sunroom. A vast library and lounge also serves as a dining room and repository for Seagal’s collections of antique guns and knives, while the primary bedroom sports a cathedral ceiling, a stone fireplace, a private view deck, and a bathroom large enough to float a jetted tub in the middle of the room.
Known as Olander House, the ranch’s original home sits about a mile from the main house, and measures in at a roomy 4,200 square feet, with another three bedrooms and an equal number of bathrooms. The third residence, with two bedrooms, was used to house ranch hands.
Seagal, whose recent film roles include the direct-to-video action/thrillers “General Commander” and “Beyond the Law,” has been eager to sell off his American homes over last few years, even though it’s cost him a pretty penny to do so. Last year, his knoll-top contemporary mansion in Scottsdale, Ariz., traded at $3.55 million, just barely above the $3.5 million tax records show was paid in 2010, likely a net loss when improvement expenses and real estate fees are factored in. And in 2018, his 12-acre spread on the rural outskirts of Memphis, Tenn., with its 8,000-square-foot house, was sold in 2018 for $880,000, almost half the $1.5 million that was paid in 2005.
It’s not clear if Seagal and his fourth wife, Erdenetuya “Elle” Batsukh — she was his interpreter/assistant for several years before their 2009 marriage — plan to keep a residential toe hold in the United States, or if perhaps they’ve got a posh dacha in Russia to which they plan to relocate more permanently.