After less than a year of ownership, Larry David sold his charming French Normandy-style cottage in Santa Barbara County’s affluent Montecito enclave for a profitable $6.9 million. Now the Brooklyn-born Hollywood multi-hyphenate is settling into another residence in the same coastal setting; records show the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” creator won his newly acquired home in a bidding war, paying $7.6 million — or $600,000 over the asking price.
Originally built way back in the early 1900s, the traditional-style structure has since been extensively updated, complete with five bedrooms and a matching number of baths in a little more than 4,300 square feet of single-level living space. Period details abound in the form of high exposed wood-beam ceilings, built-ins and vintage light fixtures, while French doors off all the main rooms spill out to an oversized courtyard.
Resting on almost a half-acre of fully walled and gated land in the exclusive Hedgerow community, just minutes from Montecito’s Upper and Lower villages, the white wood-sided and shingle-roof house is topped by a windowed cuppola, and fronted by a wide driveway that empties out at a gated porte-cochere tucked off to the side and spacious gravel motorcourt out front.
A lengthy brick-clad porch greets visitors, with the front door opening into a chandelier-topped entrance hallway. From there, a living room with a fireplace rests beneath a soaring sky-lit ceiling courtesy of the aforementioned cuppola, and a large dining room has a gold-painted walls adorned with white wainscoting. A family room and fireside breakfast nook connect to the decidedly dated kitchen, which is outfitted with an eat-in island, built-in cabinetry and a butler’s pantry.
There’s also a master suite with a fireplace, dressing room and bath sporting a soaking tub. Elsewhere are three ensuite guest bedrooms — one with a fireplace — as well as a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment with its own entrance; and outdoors, the grassy grounds are laced with oak and lemon trees, and host a brick terrace ideal for al fresco lounging and dining, as well as a French-inspired garden, gravel pathways and fountains. Per the listing, there’s also a chicken coop, garden shed and dog run.
In addition to his new Montecito getaway, David, 75, and his producer wife Ashley Underwood also maintain a primary residence in Pacific Palisades and a longtime Cape Cod retreat on Martha’s Vineyard, in Massachusetts.