While COVID-19 raced across the country last year, an international parade of people with the means to acquire an idyllic retreat in the aristocratic seaside community of Montecito, Calif., swarmed the famously costly and, oxymoronically, low-key community and scooped up multimillion-dollar getaways where they could stretch out while they quarantined in relative isolation. Ariana Grande picked up a funky-luxe Tudor home for $6.9 million — the sellers were Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Megan and Harry dropped $14.7 million on a secluded estate, Zappos founder Nick Swinmurn ponied up $8.6 million for a nearly two-acre spread and, having sold his Cape Dutch-style compound for a spine-straightening $49 million to Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Dennis Miller downsized to a $16.3 million dollar estate.
Joining the ranks of Montecito’s serenity seeking homeowners, who also include Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe and Gwyneth Paltrow, is musician Stewart Copeland, founding member of the seminal 1970s and ‘80s rock band The Police, who has just shoveled out $4.75 million for a casual and modest if hardly inexpensive bungalow sitting on nearly two-thirds of an acre just outside the community’s downtown village.
The Police broke up in 1986 but remained wildly popular long after their split; They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 and got back together in 2007 and ’08 for a world-circling blockbuster reunion tour. Along the way, and subsequently, the Virginia-born and Beirut-bred drum maestro, whose CIA agent father was a founding member of the OSS and the CIA, composed music for a variety of TV shows, including “Dead Like Me” and “Desperate Housewives,” dozens of films, including “Wall Street” and “She’s Having a Baby,” and a number of video games, including Insomniac Games’ “Spyro” series.
The listing was held by Nancy Kogevinas of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties who also represented Copeland in the transaction.