No doubt about it: 2023 was a blockbuster year for Zoe Saldana. As if nabbing a spot on the Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world and reprising her role in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” weren’t enough, the A-list actress also made a great deal on some seriously gorgeous real estate.
Saldana was recently revealed as the buyer of a historic, Spanish Colonial-style estate in Montecito, CA, the celebrity-laden enclave in Santa Barbara County.
Even better, the “Avatar” star was able to trim $1.4 million from the home’s original asking price of $18.9 million. Property records show that the deal closed in February 2023 for $17.5 million.
Built in 1930 by George Washington Smith, the 9,670-square-foot abode known as Casa De Buena Vista is an architectural treasure with pristinely preserved period details throughout.
The epitome of a classic Montecito dwelling, the five-bedroom home is awash in valuable original features, including windows, mission tiling, and intricate light fixtures.
The library—an addition built in 1933 and designed by Lutah Maria Riggs—boasts a barrel-vaulted ceiling, a fireplace topped with one-of-a-kind millwork, and a formal dining room with decorative stained glass.
Located in Montecito’s exclusive Golden Quadrangle neighborhood, the home is set on nearly 5 acres with views of the sea and the Santa Ynez mountains, according to the listing by Riskin Partners Estate Group, which also represented the buyer.
Other on-site amenities include a tennis court; pool/spa and cabana; an attached two-bed, two-bath apartment; guest cottage with an ocean view; an art studio with a kitchen and bath; and a pair of three-car garages.
Live like Zoe Saldana
In October 2023, it appeared that Saldana was also ready to shed her Beverly Hills, CA, property for $16.5 million. The traditional tennis court estate is currently available to lease for $47,500 a month. The 6,400-square-foot home, which can be rented furnished or unfurnished, is inside the prestigious, guard-gated Hidden Valley Estates community.
Situated on a half-acre lot, the property is fully equipped with a custom chef’s kitchen, spacious primary suite with an enormous double-closet dressing room, a home theater, an outdoor kitchen and dining area, a pool and spa, and a lighted tennis court.