‘The Infinite Summer season’ Director Bruce Brown’s Santa Barbara Ranch Listed for $4.75M

Again round 1980, Bruce Brown — the director of the long-lasting Nineteen Sixties surf movie The Endless Summer in addition to the 1971 bike documentary On Any Sunday — stumbled on 42 acres of distant property on the market on the Gaviota shoreline simply north of town of Santa Barbara.

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Bruce Brown’s ranch in Gaviota, California. Gavin Palmer

Simply a few years earlier, he and spouse, Patricia, had constructed a home for his or her household in inland Orange County. “But it surely was too far inland,” shares Dana Brown, one of many couple’s three kids and a movie director himself (Step Into Liquid). “They have been like, ‘We will’t consider we constructed our dream home right here. It’s too scorching.’”

Taken with the distant coastal location of the Gaviota property — it’s adjoining to a seaside that’s famend for its prime surf breaks — Bruce and Patricia purchased the acreage and constructed a home there. “They obtained a double-wide trailer and lived there as they have been constructing the home,” remembers Dana, whose brother Wade got here as much as assist construct the residence one summer time.

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Bruce died in 2017 at age 80; Patricia died in 2006

Now, the 42-acre property is being listed by Brown’s household for $4.75 million. It features a rustic 4,000-square-foot, four-bedroom primary home with an awesome room and a generously sized entrance porch and a sprawling 4,000-square-foot storage with 4 bays. Different particulars embrace a potbelly range within the nice room, the work desk by Bruce edited a lot of his movies, together with The Infinite Summer season, a non-public properly, small horse barn and fenced pasture.

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The nice room at Infinite Summer season Ranch. Gavin Palmer

The ranch additionally has entry to the seaside — close to a degree break named Brown’s Level after Bruce’s passing — and is positioned near Hollister Ranch, an unique gated neighborhood the place residents have included director James Cameron, Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, musician Jackson Browne.

The ranch — the place no neighbors are in sight — is listed with Kerry Mormann and Joe Ramos of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.

Whereas it’s being marketed because the Infinite Summer season Ranch, the property, which gives panoramic coastal views, was recognized to the household for years merely as “Camp Brown,” in keeping with Ramos. “Dana and his dad really minimize and edited [1994’s] The Infinite Summer season II in the home collectively. It’s obtained a number of soul and a number of spirit. This was Bruce’s form of place. He by no means needed to depart as soon as he constructed it. It was exhausting to get him to go to anyplace.” Provides Dana, “The local weather is so good and the ocean is true there and it’s all the things they needed.”

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The ranch additionally “grew to become a spot for Bruce’s hobbies,” says Ramos. “He used to get up and shoot skeet. He used to have a go-kart monitor for the youngsters in entrance of the home. Then he obtained actually into distant flying airplanes. Bruce was additionally actually into rally-type vehicles and so the storage was actually a storage of his toys. It was a playground for him.” Provides Dana, “He would trip his bikes and he obtained into gathering previous Hudsons — Hudson Hornets and Hudson Terraplanes. He was form of a gear head. He cherished previous stuff, the older the higher.”

A lot of the Gaviota shoreline in the present day stays undeveloped. “Bruce had the chance to journey all world wide however he staked his place proper on the Gaviota shoreline for good cause,” particulars Ramos. “It gives a sort of way of life by way of actions, by way of the pure world that could be very distinctive. You probably have ever pushed the 101 [freeway] and left Santa Barbara, you come to this pristine, undeveloped stretch of shoreline that additionally has legendary surf.”

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The porch at Bruce Brown’s ranch in Gaviota, California. Gavin Palmer

Chatting with the affect that father-and-son filmmakers Bruce and Dana Brown had on the surf neighborhood, professional surfer Laird Hamilton told the Los Angeles Times in 2003, “They’re the documentarians of our sport and [their films] come second solely to the performances of the surfers themselves. They’re artists … who share the fantastic world of browsing with the world and so they appear to have the ability to do it decade after decade.”

However past the connection to surf historical past and lore, the property for Dana is a spot of fond household recollections. “It’s a giant home and it was only a enjoyable place to return and hang around,” says Dana. “There could be huge get-togethers for holidays with all completely different generations. Our hope is that it’ll go to a household that may take pleasure in it and create their very own recollections too.”

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