'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.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.
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.