The Ranch Famous for Dancing With Wolves and Riding on Horses

Renowned producer Jim Wilson uses Hollywood magic to market his vast equestrian property.

Photo Courtesy of Jeffery Biebuyck & Dana Olmes This photo shows the ranch house from behind, as well as some of the property's equestrian features. There is a pool and a tennis court hidden behind the trees. 

A dramatic property deserves a dramatic sales presentation when it goes on the market. So when Academy Award winner Jim Wilson, Kevin Costner’s production partner in Dances with Wolves and The Bodyguard, among other projects, decided to sell his 190-acre equestrian property in Calabasas, he wasn’t content just to have someone snap a few photos. He sent helicopter drones soaring all over the private valley to shoot birds-eye view video.

The video, which shows sweeping vistas as well as intimate close ups, is accompanied by the emotional score from Dances with Wolves. If that, along with the efforts of listing agents Dana Olmes and Jeff Biebuyck doesn’t sell the property, nothing will. 

Of course it helps that the ranch is unlike anything else in the area. The estate includes a private valley with an elegant ranch house, guesthouse, and prime equestrian facilities, located less than half an hour from major studios and other important Los Angeles sites. It's unique indeed.

Photo Courtesy of Jeffery Biebuyck & Dana Olmes Numerous outdoor living spaces are characteristic of Avalon Ranch, so residents can take full advantage of mild Southern California weather.

The commanding compound includes a main house of almost 7,600 square feet, custom built in 1998. It has seven bedrooms, five full baths, and multiple living rooms both indoors and out. If that’s not enough space, there’s a two-bedroom guest retreat above the garage, and an expansive guesthouse with gorgeous views of the Santa Monica Mountains.

There’s also plenty of room for equine residents. Horses will be more than content with an immaculate 16-stall barn with tack room, a day barn with turnout, sand arena, a 1-acre horse pasture, another irrigated pasture and miles of trails on the property itself, as well as direct access to riding trails in the Santa Monica Mountain Range.

Two-legged residents and guests can also enjoy the clay tennis court with viewing pavilion, dark-bottom pool and spa, pool pavilion with fireplace, fruit orchard, California Oak trees and a seasonal stream running through the property.

With all these fabulous amenities, you might wonder why Wilson would ever want to let this idyllic spot go. He obviously loves being around horses, as evidenced by his recent film, 50 to 1, based on the story of 2009 Kentucky Derby Winner, Mine That Bird.

When asked about putting his home on the market, Wilson quipped, "I want to leave a sign on the door that says ‘Gone Fishing.’"

He appears to be making every effort to return to the simple life. Once listed at $24.99 million, the asking price is currently $19.5 million.


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