Director Joel Schumacher's Rustic Retreat
Throughout his career, film director Joel Schumacher has tackled a range of genres, from horror (The Lost Boys) to action (Batman Forever) to musical (The Phantom of the Opera). Like his filmography, Schumacher's home in California is stylistically diverse.
Owned By: Film director and producer Joel Schumacher
Listed By: Rebecca Riskin of Village Properties
In 2000, the New York City native hired architect Don Nulty to design a modern yet rustic residence on seven acres of mountain- and ocean-view property in Carpinteria. Using reclaimed wood from several 200-year-old barns, Nulty built a compound of four structures, which Schumacher later referred to as the red barn, the gray barn, the brown barn and the breakfast room.
Rough-edged wooden beams, rugged iron light fixtures and antique furniture pieces fill every room, yet the home still has a contemporary, open feel, thanks to its flowing floor plan and vaulted ceilings. When the residence was featured in Architectural Digest, Schumacher offered insight into his eclectic decor: "The Beacon blankets and Native American rugs are from everywhere. I've been collecting them from flea markets, swap meets and the like since 1971," he told the magazine.