With his rustic $3.1 million lodge-style home and record plant in Agoura Hills secured as of this past spring, actor and musician Billy Bob Thornton apparently had one home too many. And so onto the market in the final days of summer went this traditional in Mandeville Canyon, priced at $3.6 million. Thornton’s eight-year ownership tenure came to an abrupt close when it sold about two months later, at asking price.
The 1957-built 3,603 square-footer is described in listing information as a ‘Connecticut Country’ traditional. The rope swing that hangs down over the driveway from the branch of a venerable tree in front of the house is telling; this house is pleasantly rustic and extremely inviting.
Among the details that express the interior living style: a stacked stone fireplace with a raised hearth — it has its twin in the backyard — judicious use of shiplap, the window seat and French doors of the breakfast nook, the cool tones used outside and in. The layout favors a small family; the second floor is dedicated to the master, and features a French door-accessed balcony decorated with a couple of planters. Begonias?
Out back, lawn, a stone retaining wall, and a small pool. Perfect.
Thornton’s upcoming projects include The Gray Man, with Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, and Regé-Jean Page. With a $200 million production budget, it’s the most expensive film ever made by Netflix, and is expected to be the beginning of a successful franchise.