Star of St. Elmo’s Fire, The Outsiders and the award-winning political sitcom West Wing, Rob Lowe owns one of the most stunning estates in California’s star-studded enclave, Montecito. Aptly named Oakview, he has listed it for $42.5 million.
Nestled into 3.4 manicured acres, the 10,000-square-foot Georgian Colonial-style home is reminiscent of Lowe’s Charlottesville, Virginia birthplace. Bright white and filled with California sunshine and Pacific Ocean views, the Lowe home has six bedrooms, eleven baths, large open formal rooms, a huge white and cheerful family kitchen, separate catering kitchen, wine room, multiple living and dining areas, professional theater and an expansive master suite. Additional details like vaulted ceilings, handmade crown moldings, custom millwork, and view-framing windows add architectural charm. Also included is an office, library-music room with bar, and a family room. There are nine indoor fireplaces throughout the house with one in the master suite. Outside is a full outdoor living room with wood-burning fireplace, koi pond, large swimming pool, a tennis court with viewing area and rolling lawns and gardens large enough for team sports with mature oak trees and a vegetable garden. Also on the grounds are a swimming pool and spa, two-bedroom guest house, one-bedroom pool house with staff quarters and outdoor kitchen.
First discovered by wealthy families from the East Coast and Midwest when the film industry was born, stars were drawn to Montecito for its privacy, hot springs, proximity to services in Santa Barbara and its climate which is warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer than more western Southern California locations. Today, the list of residents reads like a Who’s Who of Celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The buyer of the Lowe estate will not be able to avoid rubbing elbows with celebrities.
Now 55 and not looking a day over 30, Rob has had a busy career in both film and television and is still lighting up the screens. He has earned two Screen Actors Guild Awards and has been nominated for six Golden Globe Awards and a Primetime Emmy Award. Starting out at age 19 in the movie hit The Outsiders in 1983 and St. Elmo’s Fire in 1985, his good looks and evolving acting skills kept his teenage fans who are now middle age and binge watching him on West Wing reruns. Rob starred as Dr. Ethan Willis on the medical drama Code Black, appeared in Super Troopers 2 and in the A&E reality series The Lowe Files with his two sons, Matthew and John Owen. He has recently been performing a one-man show Stories I Only Tell My Friends: Live and will be back on television in early 2020 on Fox in 9-1-1: Lone Star about L.A. first responders.
Reminiscent of the country estates in Charlottesville, Virginia where he was born, Rob Lowe and his wife recreated a classic East Coast-style estate in 2009 in the celebrity outpost of Montecito, California which he has recently put on the market at $42.5 million. Listing agents are Eric Haskell of The Agency, Beverly Hills and Luke Ebbin of Compass, Santa Barbara.