'The Secret' Author Rhonda Byrne Attempts to Attract Buyers for Her Montecito Mansion

The Australia native is selling the lavish Mediterranean estate manifested by her popular spiritual self-help books and films.

Photo courtesy of Zillow Sitting on 2.3 acres with views of the ocean and the Montecito Valley, the Tuscan-style villa is flanked by a 65-foot pool.

If she follows her own advice, The Secret author Rhonda Byrne will use the Law of Attraction to summon a buyer who will pay $23.5 million for her lavish Montecito estate. Byrne bought the property, known as “Prima Luce,” for $18 million in 2007, but is now willing to leave it, and Oprah Winfrey, the neighbor who made her famous, behind. Oprah's compound is just a stone's throw away in the upscale community by the sea.

Byrne, who hails from Australia, wrote  The Secret, then followed that up with  The Power and The Magic. Her appearance on  The Oprah Winfrey Show skyrocketed her to fame and fortune. She told  The Wall Street Journal that one of the main reasons she’s selling the estate is that her film production company is re-locating closer to the city of Los Angeles, and she wants to move with it. The company that produced the massively popular film version of   The Secret is working on a sequel, as well as several other movies.

Photo courtesy of Zillow The decor of the main residence is done mostly in Mediterranean blues and warm golds with green accents. French doors, wood floors, elaborate molding and an ornate fireplace add to the luxurious feel.

Byrne's Tuscan-style country villa sits on 2.3 acres overlooking the ocean, and features hand-chiseled Santa Barbara sandstone, quarried from the grounds themselves, forming the walls, posts and facades. Imported French limestone was used on the pillars, window surrounds and chimneys. Famed architect Robert Woods designed and built all the structures on the estate in 2001, although antiqued touches make it seem that many generations of Californians could have enjoyed genteel living on the property.

The main residence measures approximately 8,425 square feet and has five bedrooms, six full baths and two powder rooms, not to mention five fireplaces. There's also a one-bedroom guesthouse on the grounds, a poolhouse adjacent to a 65-foot pool, and a two-story children’s cottage with its own whimsical gardens. In addition, there are lush lawns, rose gardens, a putting green and two three-car garages.

The house faces southeast, and has ample windows, decks and terraces to take advantage of the sweeping ocean and Montecito Valley views. The decor is tasteful, done mostly in Mediterranean blues and warm golds with green accents. There is custom woodwork and elaborate molding in almost every room. Byrne told The Wall Street Journal that she was initially attracted to the remarkable energy of the home, and is confident that a house closer to Los Angeles, with the same type of energy, will appear when she's ready for it.

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