Steve McQueen home an REO
The Santa Paula ranch that box-office star Steve McQueen and his third wife, Barbara Minty, once owned is now bank-owned, public records show. The property had been for sale in 2009 at $1.95 million and had been reduced to $799,000 when it was removed from the market late last year.
The pair moved to the 15.3-acre Ventura County ranch in 1979 and were married in the home’s living room in January 1980. He died that year at age 50.
The Victorian-style house, built in 1892, has antique stained-glass windows, mountain views and fireplaces in the family room and kitchen.
The ranch includes 3 acres of Syrah vineyards, fruit trees, a 3-acre equestrian facility and a 4,500-square-foot hangar where McQueen kept his car and motorcycle collection, which eventually included about 130 bikes. It is near Santa Paula Airport, where he flew his yellow Stearman biplane.
Minty recounted their Santa Paula days in “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile.”
Known for macho roles and a tough-guy persona, McQueen appeared in such films as “The Magnificent Seven” (1960), “The Great Escape” (1963), “Bullitt” (1968), “Papillon” (1973) and “The Towering Inferno” (1974).
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