Around 1980, Bruce Brown – director of the famous surfing movie of the 1960s endless summer Plus the 1971 motorcycle documentary any sunday 42 acres of remote property on the Gaviota Coast north of Santa Barbara have been sold.
Just two years ago, he and his wife, Patricia, built a home for their family in inner Orange County. “But the place was too far inland,” shares Dana Brown, one of the couple’s three sons and the same filmmaker (Step into the liquid). “They were like, ‘We can’t believe we built our dream home here. It’s so hot.'”
Due to the remote coastal location of the Gaviota property – it is adjacent to a beach famous for its major breakwater – Bruce and Patricia bought the space and built a house there. “They got a double-width trailer and lived there while they built the house,” recalls Dana, whose brother Wade came to help build the condo that summer.
Bruce passed away in 2017 at the age of 80. Patricia passed away in 2006
Now, the 42-acre property is being listed by the Brown family for $4.75 million. It features a 4,000-square-foot, four-bedroom main cottage with a large room, oversized front porch, and a sprawling 4,000-square-foot garage with four bays. Other details include a pot stove in the great room, and freed workbench for Bruce many of his films, including endless summer, Private well, small horse barn and fenced pasture.
The ranch also has beach access—near a hangout called Brown’s Point after Bruce’s death—and is near Hollister Ranch, an exclusive gated community that includes director James Cameron, Patagonian founder Yvonne Chouinard, and musician Jackson Brown.
The farm – where there are no neighbors in sight – is listed with Kerry Mormann and Joe Ramos of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.
While marketed as Endless Summer Ranch, the property, which offers panoramic views of the coast, was known to the family for years simply as “Camp Brown,” according to Ramos. “Dana and his father already cut and edited [1994’s] Infinite Summer II at home together. She has a lot of soul and a lot of soul. This was Bruce’s place. He never wanted to leave once it was built. It was hard to get him to go anywhere.” Dana adds, “The climate is very good and the ocean is right there and all they want.”
Ramos says the farm also “became a place for Bruce’s hobbies.” “He would get up and shoot the skeet. He used to have a kids’ car track in front of the house. Then he really got into the faraway flying planes. Bruce was also really interested in rally cars and so the garage was really a garage for his toys. It was his playground.” Dana adds, “He was riding his motorcycles and collecting old Hudsons — Hudson Hornets and Hudson Terraplanes. He was kind of a gearhead. He liked the old stuff, the more the better.”
Much of the Gaviota coast today remains undeveloped. “Bruce had the opportunity to travel all over the world, but he kept his place on the Gaviota Coast for a good reason,” Ramos explains. It offers a kind of lifestyle in terms of activities, in terms of the natural world and is very unique. If you have driven 101 [freeway] And leaving Santa Barbara, I come to this pristine and undeveloped stretch of coastline that also boasts legendary surfing.”
Speaking about the impact filmmakers Bruce and Dana Brown have had on the surfing community, professional surfer Laird Hamilton told Los Angeles Times In 2003, “They are the certifiers of our sport and [their films] It is second only to the performance of the surfers themselves. They are artists… they share the wonderful world of surfing with the world and seem to be able to do so decade after decade.”
But far from connected to surfing history and tradition, the Dana estate is a place for cherished family memories. “It’s a big house and it was just a fun place to come and hang out,” says Dana. “There will be great holiday get-togethers with all the different generations. We hope you go to a family that enjoys it and creates its own memories too.”