It’s time for his next invention

Times Staff Writer

Actor Christopher Lloyd, who appears in a national TV commercial as Emmett “Doc” Brown -- the eccentric scientist he played in the movie “Back to the Future” (1985) and its sequels -- has listed his residence in Montecito at close to $11.3 million.

The house is like Lloyd’s characters -- out of the ordinary. The one-bedroom main residence and separate guest quarters, on 8.5 acres, were built in 1972 for New Orleans-born philanthropist and social activist Katherine “Kit” Tremaine. She died in 1997. Lloyd purchased the retreat eight years ago. The home is in the hills above Santa Barbara and has views of the ocean, Santa Barbara Harbor and the Channel Islands.

Site-made adobe bricks, hand-hewn wood beams and curved walls were used in building the house and its large patio with stone-lined reflecting pool. The living room and bedroom share this outdoor area.

Although the bedroom, dressing room and bath areas can be made private, the main house has been described as “continuous open space.” Lloyd personally has collected and cared for many of the rare and exotic plants on the grounds.

The 5,500-square-foot main house also has a great room and two home offices or sitting rooms. The guesthouse has a kitchen, full bathroom and large closet-dressing room.


Lloyd purchased a smaller home for himself in Montecito.

The thrice Emmy-winning actor, 68, was known early in his career for his role as Rev. Jim in the TV sitcom “Taxi” and Taber in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975). He has appeared in more than 200 plays, many of them on Broadway.

Lisa Loiacono of Sotheby’s International Realty, Montecito, has the listing.


Giving up that lakefront vibe

Beach Boys co-founder and chief songwriter-producer Brian Wilson, who will turn 65 on June 20, and his wife, Melinda, have sold their Lake Arrowhead home for close to its asking price of $6.25 million.

The lakefront Tudor-style home has six bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms. It has three fireplaces, terraced gardens and a boat dock. There are mountain and lake views from the 5,271-square-foot house.

The Wilsons’ sale was one of two Arrowhead homes sold in May in the $6-million range. The other $6-million-plus sale was of a property known as Chateau des Quatres Saisons. It sold for nearly its asking price of $6.5 million. The seller was automobile dealer Paul Rusnak.

Jim Price of Coldwell Banker Sky Ridge Realty, represented Rusnak, and Glenn Tinturin, of the same firm, represented the buyer in that transaction.

Joe Evans, also with the same realty firm, represented both sides of the Wilson deal, according to other real estate sources.


$35 million: That’s one sweet deal

A Beverly Hills home once known as the See’s Candies estate and owned by a founder of the company has sold for $35 million.

The house, built in 1937, has seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms in 13,000 square feet. It’s on 1.3 acres and has a pool and a tennis court. Kurt Rappaport, co-founder of the realty firm Westside Estate Agency, and his wife, Juliette, were the sellers.


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