Superhero specialist filmmaker James Gunn has sold a secluded estate nipped away the rolling foothills above Malibu’s Big Rock Beach for not quite $6.9 million. Now at work on the upcoming “Suicide Squad” sequel and the long-planned “Starsky and Hutch” reboot, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise filmmaker acquired the showbiz-pedigreed retreat almost three years ago for $6.2 million.
Owned in the early 1990s by Olivia Newton John, Sally Field bought the supremely private hideaway in 2004 for about $4.8 million and sold it in 2011 for a wee bit more than $5.5 million. Entirely invisible from the street down a long and gated driveway that cuts through a dense stand of trees, the slightly more than 3.2-acre spread backs up to state-owned parklands with five bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and four fireplaces in roughly 6,800 square feet.
With lustrous, medium-brown oak floorboards, bright white walls and huge windows that provide over-the-treetop vistas of the surrounding mountaintops, the vast, open-plan living space spokes off around a central, white brick fireplace with several distinct sitting areas and a dining space that comfortably seats a dozen. Open to the dining area under a vaulted and beamed ceiling, the up-to-date farmhouse-inspired kitchen is zhuzhed up with a shimmering backsplash, white marble countertops, brass fixtures and name-brand stainless steel appliances.
Some easily converted to a home gym or media lounge, guest and family bedrooms, are located on the main floor, while the multi-room master suite presides over the entire second floor. Plenty large enough to accommodate a roomy sitting area with a full wall of French doors that open to a private terrace, the cavernous bedroom is painted a serene shade of cornflower blue and a dressing room leads a cozy, sun-filled study and a bathroom with an intricately patterned tile floor.
The Woolsey Fire in 2018 burned right up to edge of the rustic-luxe estate’s meandering, mostly wooded and still verdant grounds. One side of the house opens to a swimming pool surrounded by brick terracing and large decks while the opposite side other has a long, trellis-covered veranda that overlooks a wooded slope laced with shaded pathways. There’s a equestrian stabling block and a small barn converted to an alfresco lounge as well as a lighted tennis court with a lean-to shade structure and, next to a children’s play structure, a wigwam decked out with built-in fire pit, a couple of futon sofas and several dream catchers.