Thick with mature specimen trees, the picturesque property borders thousands of acres of protected parklands and the meandering grounds offer a variety of leisure and recreation options. In addition to numerous decks, patios and thick carpets of lawn, there are a swimming pool and spa surrounded by brick terracing and a lighted tennis court as well as a stabling block, an elaborate greenhouse, a children’s playground and an authentic teepee.
The property is represented by Kent Winter and Jeff Chertow, both with Pinnacle Estate Properties.” />
It was from Jones that Gunn, writer-director of the upcoming DC superhero film “The Suicide Squad,” purchased the property in September of 2016 for $6.2 million. Tucked away at the end of a discreet and slender lane and further sequestered behind gates at the end of a long driveway, the property was once owned by Olivia Newton-John, who sold it in 1994 for an unrecorded amount to Carol Black and Neal Marlens, married creators of the hit sitcoms “The Wonder Years” and “Ellen.” The Marlens-Blacks hung on to the property for a decade before they sold it in the spring of 2004 for a bit under $5 million to Oscar-winner Sally Field, who sold up in 2011 for $5.65 million to serial entrepreneur Michael Jones, once CEO of the pioneering social networking platform Myspace.
There are three guest bedrooms on the main floor while the master suite privately occupies almost the entire second floor and encompasses a cavernous, denim-blue painted bedroom with fireplace and sitting area, along with a walk-in closet, a spacious compartmentalized bathroom and a small study that opens to a brick terrace. Airy, open-plan living spaces with lustrous, medium-brown wood floors orbit around a humongous, white brick fireplace and incorporate a colossal combination living/dining room along with a family room and a farmhouse-style kitchen with two work islands and an array of top-end commercial-style appliances.
Between the main house and guesthouse, the roughly three-acre rustic-luxe idyll has five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms in a bit more than 6,800 square feet. James Gunn, reinstated last month as writer-director of the next installment of the money-minting “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise after he was fired by Disney in 2018 when a cache of old, offensive tweets resurfaced, has listed a secluded, celeb-pedigreed spread in the rolling foothills above Malibu’s Big Rock Beach for $7.395 million.