Movie and commercial producer Lee Nelson is selling a house that somehow missed its freeway exit: It belongs in Montecito, which is not to say there is anything shabby about Brentwood's Sullivan Canyon -- a place where Steven Spielberg and Robert Wagner also hang their hats.
But this house -- which Nelson designed himself -- is a hacienda on 3 private acres with the ambience of genteel Montecito. It is listed at $9.95 millionand has six bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms in about 6,000 square feet.
The home is about as paparazzi-proof as they come, reached only by a long driveway and sitting on a knoll that isn't visible from the street. It's one of those new-but-made-to-look-old houses that includes heavy wooden entry doors, a living room with vaulted beamed ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. There is a fireplace of native stone that's big enough to stand in; at one end of it are bookcases and at the other, a drop-down 13-foot projection screen.
The formal dining room overlooks gardens. The kitchen has Viking appliances and a center island. The breakfast area opens to an outdoor sitting room with a trellised alcove. There is a wine tasting room and 800-bottle wine cellar.
The master bedroom suite has a stone fireplace, spa bathroom and city and canyon views. There is also a den/library with a wall of bookshelves and French doors that lead to the infinity pool and lounge area.
Four additional bedrooms are located in a separate wing; two have doors to the exterior. There is also a maid's suite off the kitchen.
Nelson is owner of the TV commercial production company Xovr (pronounced "crossover"). He has produced award-winning spots for Coca-Cola, Toyota, Ford and Fuji, among others.
He also has an extensive career in the movies. He executive produced "Pathfinder" in 2007; co-produced "Basic" in 2003; and produced "The Seventh Coin" in 1993. He is currently developing a feature film called "Waco," which explores the raid by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Mary Lu and Kathleen Tuthill at Coldwell Banker Previews, Brentwood Court office, are the listing agents.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times