One of my favorite movies last year was “Ford v. Ferrari,” co-starring Pacific Palisades resident Matt Damon.
But Damon, who has been called one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood, has now made it official: his home in the Riviera neighborhood is up for sale.
Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso, along with their four daughters, have moved to a penthouse in Brooklyn Heights, New York, that they purchased in 2017.
A January 19 story in The Wall Street Journal (“Matt Damon Is Listing His Zen-Inspired Los Angeles Home for $21 Million”) notes that according to listing agent Eric Haskell of The Agency, Damon is selling because he and his family recently decided to make New York City their primary home.
“They really love it there, even with everything going on with Covid,” Haskell said in the WJS story.
The agent describes the house as a “mix of warm wood and stone and would not look out of place in Maui. It’s like a tropical retreat. You don’t feel like you’re in Southern California anymore.”
The seven-bedroom house, about 13,500-sq.-ft., has a central atrium with a 35-foot vaulted mahogany ceiling and an open-plan living and dining room with walls of glass and high clerestory windows. The house includes a game room, a bar, an office, a gym, a screening room and a wine storage and tasting room.
The backyard includes a children’s play area, a pool, spa, a waterfall, a koi pond and a large outdoor pavilion, which contains a lounge and a dining area.
The Damons purchased the property in 2012 for $15 million.
Damon, who grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and attended Harvard, made his professional acting debut in “Mystic Pizza.”
In 1997, he and Ben Affleck wrote and starred in “Good Will Hunting,” which won them the Academy and Golden Globe awards for Best Screenplay and earned Damon an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. He continued to garner critical praise for his roles in “Saving Private Ryan,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Dogma,” “Syriana,” “The Departed” and “The Martian.” He was also the producer on “Manchester by the Sea.”
One of his latest movies, “The Last Duel,” is scheduled to be released in October and pairs him with his friend/collaborator Affleck, who also lives in Pacific Palisades. (The listing agent noted in the WSJ story that celebrities like Pacific Palisades because of the area’s “community feel.”)
“The Last Duel” is about “a woman who claims she’s been raped by her husband’s best friend, Jean de Carrouges. But when no one believes her accusation, her husband challenges his friend to a duel, the last legally sanctioned duel in the country’s history.”
The historical drama-thriller film is directed by Ridley Scott, with a screenplay penned by Affleck, Damon and Nicole Holofcener. Damon stars as Jean de Carrouges opposite Adam Driver. The film was shot in the medieval castle of Berzi-le-Chatel, France.