Robert Redford’s Napa Valley retreat for sale
Superstar actor, director and supporter of the arts, Robert Redford — certainly not one of Hollywood’s Ordinary People — recently celebrated his 82nd birthday and announced his retirement from acting.
In his final film, The Old Man & His Gun — co-starring Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck — Redford plays a real-life career criminal and escape artist. It was released in September to rave reviews.
For decades, Redford’s permanent residence has been in Utah, home of his Sundance Institute. He and his artist wife, Sibylle Szaggars-Redford, also own a Napa Valley retreat where they enjoy hobbies and hosting family and friends. The Redfords have enjoyed the home for 14 years and have now decided to move back to the Bay Area and put their beloved Napa home on the market. It is priced at $7.5 million.
Redford is one of the few actors who started his career near the top in television, then breaking through to the top as a movie star as the wise-cracking cowboy in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. With every film he made, the awards grew larger and more important continuing to mushroom with the addition of directing and producing. Redford’s long list of money-making and critically acclaimed films rank with the best in Hollywood history: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, The Electric Horseman, Ordinary People, Out of Africa, The Way We Were and A River Runs Through It.
Redford’s other passions, including working for ecological interests, was to help advance new artists in the film industry and creative arts. After filming Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Downhill Racer, he put all his proceeds from the two films into buying an entire ski area near Provost, Utah where he started the Sundance Institute. Using the name from the film, he formed related non-profit businesses under its umbrella such as the Sundance Film Festival, the Sundance cable channel, the Sundance catalogue and others as outlets for new filmmakers and artists.
In addition to receiving the highest film industry awards, top international awards and multiple honorary degrees, he has been recognized with the Kennedy Center Honors and the the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The charming Napa getaway, named Danza del Sol, lies perched on a knoll on 10 ultra-private acres surrounded by woods and vegetation with walking paths. The compound includes the main house, a 90-sq.-ft. artist studio/guest house and two large garages. The 5,200-sq.-ft. main house is modest by film mogul standards with three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a large great room, den, library-office, sunny white kitchen and formal dining room. Multiple wood-burning fireplaces exist throughout the home.
The quaint studio/guest house has a huge open space filled with light from a wall of French doors and a double garage door that rises high into the vaulted ceiling. One of the two garages houses a large workshop and exercise studio. Terraces by the pool, spa and outdoor dining areas offer calming views and are perfect for entertaining.
The Napa Valley estate of Robert Redford is now for sale. Priced at $7.5 million, the listing agent is Steven Mavromihalis of Pacific Union International, San Francisco.