‘Crown Jewel of Humboldt County’: Historic Estate Designed by Julia Morgan Is Listed for $5M

A historic estate in Garberville, CA, designed by the celebrated architect of Hearst Castle, Julia Morgan, has come on the market for $5 million. The post ‘Crown Jewel of Humboldt County’: Historic Estate Designed by Julia Morgan Is Listed for $5M appeared first on Real Estate News & Insights | realtor.com®.

‘Crown Jewel of Humboldt County’: Historic Estate Designed by Julia Morgan Is Listed for $5M

A historic estate in Garberville, CA, designed by the celebrated architect of Hearst Castle, Julia Morgan, has landed on the market.

The architectural treasure in Humboldt County has hosted political luminaries and even caught the eye of Hollywood’s Brad Pitt. The fully restored compound is on the market for $5 million.

“This is considered the crown jewel of Humboldt County,” says the listing agent, Michael Fanelli with Artisan Sotheby’s International Realty.

Built in 1926, the property offers a grand main house, two-bedroom guest cottage, and carriage house on 3 bucolic acres. Hidden away behind gates and known as Redwood Grove, the property sits on the south fork of the Eel River and is surrounded by redwoods. 

When the current owners purchased the place in 2000 for $979,000, they found the space “dated and worn,” Fanelli notes. They embarked on a full restoration, even traveling to San Simeon to examine Morgan’s archives.

They also found local artisans to do the work, and discovered original textiles in the basement that were used to recreate pillows and tapestries throughout. 

The remodel is “totally in keeping with the Julia Morgan sensibility,” says Fanelli. The result is a prime example of the Northern California Arts and Crafts aesthetic that she helped to pioneer.

The owners, who live primarily in Marin County, poured millions into this labor of love. The process took about three years, according to the agent.

“It was more about the passion to bring it alive, and making it sure that the history lived on,” he says.

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Original details, such as the leaded glass, floor-to-ceiling windows, the stone surrounds of the fireplaces, and wood moldings have all been maintained. The property is move-in ready and updated to modern standards, and the floor plan was kept intact, while being brought into the modern era.

Custom furnishings in the home all come with the property.

“Aside from the architectural design and the fact that it’s been rehabbed with such a thoughtful attention to detail, for a property of that vintage to be entirely turnkey is not commonplace,” Fanelli notes.

The home was commissioned by a San Francisco hotel heiress, Margaret Stewart, in 1926. Covering nearly 6,500 square feet, the main house includes three en suite bedrooms. The ground floor features a commercial-grade custom kitchen, a family room, a guest bedroom suite, and a bright and airy sunroom.

The manor’s great room features beamed ceilings, a 10-foot Tudor window, original carved interior panel doors, and French doors. The basement has a 1,500-bottle wine cellar.

Upstairs, you’ll find a sitting area, home office, and an en suite bedroom. Up another flight is the main bedroom suite, which has an etched, floor-to-ceiling window that looks out on the Eel River.

The grounds include meandering paths, grassy lawns, patios, a vegetable garden, access to the river, and an orchard.

The 2,000-square-foot guesthouse comes with its own kitchen and laundry room, and a separate one-bedroom apartment over the garage.

The owners, who are philanthropically inclined, have used the restored grounds to hold charity fundraisers and events. The property, which is zoned for both commercial and residential uses, is allowed to host 50 events per year.  

The architectural gem apparently caught the eye of A-lister Brad Pitt, who arrived by helicopter some years ago to tour the property and make an offer.

The deal fell through, as the timing coincided with his separation from his wife Angelina Jolie, Fanelli says. Perhaps Pitt would like another chance to add the place to his portfolio? 

We suspect that a buyer with an appreciation for history and architecture will jump at the opportunity.

While examples of Morgan’s work can be found throughout California, this is the only project Fanelli knows of in Humboldt County.

“It’s a total and complete legacy estate,” he says.

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Historic Nyack, NY, Home Featured in the Movie ‘Stepmom’ Available for $3.5M

Glenholme is the official name of this waterfront residence on the market for $3.5 million, but locals have another name for it. It's known as the "Stepmom" house. The post Historic Nyack, NY, Home Featured in the Movie ‘Stepmom’ Available for $3.5M appeared first on Real Estate News & Insights | realtor.com®.

Historic Nyack, NY, Home Featured in the Movie ‘Stepmom’ Available for $3.5M

A Victorian estate with a cinematic past is on the market in Nyack, NY.

Glenholme is the official name of the stately waterfront residence on the market for $3,495,000, but locals have another name for it.

“It was the setting for the movie ‘Stepmom,’” says the listing agent, David Sanders, “so people call it the ‘Stepmom’ house.”

The 1998 tearjerker stared Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Ed Harris. It was the house where the character Jackie, played by Sarandon, lived with her two children.

Roberts played Isabel, who married Harris’ character Luke and became the two kids’ stepmother. We won’t spoil the entire plot, but make sure to have tissues handy.

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The home’s exterior, grounds, and staircase play a big part in the movie, especially in a scene where Sarandon and the two kids sing “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” which brings a little levity to a particularly sad part of the film.

“It has the most amazing and unique staircase,” Sanders says, noting that the stairs lead up to a seating nook and fireplace.

He says he understands that the reason the house has such a unique configuration is that it was originally two houses, which were put together at some point.

“That makes for a really interesting staircase,” he says, “really beautiful and different. It was prominent in the movie.”

In a plot twist that occurred after the movie, life imitated art. In scenes that were filmed on a soundstage, rather than in the house, the home in the film was shown with a gorgeous kitchen.

“The kitchen in the Nyack house didn’t look like that,” Sanders explains. After the filming was over, he says, the couple who owned the house were so inspired, “they renovated their kitchen to make it look like the one in the film.”

The eat-in kitchen is now ready for a close-up. It’s fully equipped, with three Dacor ovens, two Miele dishwashers, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, a wine cooler, and two sinks.

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“Stepmom” wasn’t this home’s only brush with fame. Its exterior served as a bed and breakfast called “Cupid’s Cabin” in the 2010 movie “The Bounty Hunter,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler.

Sanders told us that Horton Foote, the Pulitzer Prize- and Academy Award-winning playwright and screenwriter, lived in the house for a time. Foote is best known for writing the 1962 screenplay for “To Kill a Mockingbird,” as well as the 1983 film “Tender Mercies.”

Sanders added that although tax deeds show that a home has been on this 1.5-acre lot since 1857, this 5,239-square-foot house was built in 1897.

The six-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom residence has undergone extensive renovation over the past few years.

“It’s done so immaculately, you would never know it wasn’t always like this. It’s very true to the original integrity of the house,” Sanders says. “It’s the most meticulous restoration I’ve ever seen.”

Part of the renovation work included adding smart home technology throughout the house.

The house has a total of seven fireplaces, some wood-burning, like the one in the living room, and others with gas, including the one in the dining room.

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“The dining room also has a very beautiful and unique feature. It’s like the bow of a ship, with a wall of curved windows, maybe six or seven windows,” Sanders explains.

He notes that all the other windows in the home have been rebuilt or recast so that they open and close perfectly.

A porch wraps around three sides of the home, and an outdoor area with its own kitchen takes advantage of the Hudson River views.

A brook including a series of waterfalls runs through the property and into the river.

“When there has been a big rain, it’s just a wonderful sound of waterfalls all around the house. You open the windows, and you hear it. And sitting on that porch, it’s just magic, real magic,” Sanders says.

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The home has garnered lots of interest, especially now that buyers are looking to move outside urban areas like New York City, which is about an hour’s commute away.

Sanders says he believes the buyers are likely to be “a younger couple with a love of history. That’s the activity I’m seeing at the moment.”

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