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‘Jurassic Park’ Screenwriter Flips Montecito home and some

It’s officially a wrap! After barely a year of ownership, Hollywood screenwriter/director David Koepp — best-known for blockbuster films like “Jurassic Park” and “Spider-Man,” which have together grossed more than $6 billion worldwide — has already offloaded his century-old Monterey Colonial-style compound in Montecito’s coveted Hedgerow district.

Records show the new owners are retired Olympic figure skater and “Dancing with the Stars” alum Evan Lysacek, and his Thai heiress wife Dang Bodiratnangkura, who doled out $9.8 million for the place — or a whopping $1.8 million more than Koepp and his longtime wife Melissa paid for it a little over a year ago, in May 2021. Bodiratnangkura, who recently sold a $32 million Bel Air mansion to Opendoor CEO Eric Wu, has already put the Montecito pad up for lease at $65,000/month.

Originally built during the Progressive Era, way back in 1900, the attractive white and blue-trimmed structure was given a contemporary remodel by previous owners in 2015, per the listing. In addition to a four-bedroom, five-bath main house, there’s also a detached three-bedroom, two-bath guesthouse boasting a living room and kitchen — for a total of seven bedrooms and seven baths in 5,388 square feet of living space.

As for the two-story main house, it’s fronted by an inviting wraparound porch topped by a vine-covered balcony. Inside, almost 4,000 square feet of updated interiors are highlighted by formal living and dining rooms, along with an eat-in kitchen outfitted with marble countertops and a pricey La Cornue range that sits adjacent to a casual dining area and fireside family room. Elsewhere is a private study, and an upstairs master suite featuring a light-filled bath equipped with a large soaking tub.

Other amenities include dual garages with room for five vehicles — one for the main house, and another serving the guesthouse and currently being used as a gym. But the undeniable star of the show are the picturesque grounds, which span 1.23 acres and host manicured lawns and gardens, a bocce ball court, covered al fresco dining terrace, and newer heated pool and spa flanked an open-air cabana sporting a fire-pit and built-in barbecue.

Dick Wolf’s Ex-Wife Sells $18 Million Santa Barbara Estate

Three years ago, “Law & Order” franchise creator Dick Wolf agreed to pay monthly support of $100,000 to his third ex-wife Noelle Lippman as part of their divorce settlement — a substantial amount of money, but also a tiny fraction of the Hollywood mega-producer monthly income, widely reported to be $15 million. (And an even tinier fraction of Wolf’s $600 million net worth.)

Wolf also gave Lippman this stylish mansion, which is located near Santa Barbara, albeit not in the celebrity-swarmed Montecito neighborhood. Built in 2017, the contemporary home is located in the unincorporated Hope Ranch community just up the coast. The 11,000-square-foot structure’s architecture takes cues from both extravagant Moroccan design and European minimalism, according to the listing, and the hillside property is private and secluded, hidden behind big gates on a private cul-de-sac.

Lippman first put the house up for sale last March, though it took more than a year to find a buyer. The roughly $18.2 million sale price is substantially less than the $23 million the former actress originally sought, but it’s also comfortably above the $14.8 million Wolf paid three years ago, before deeding the property over to Lippman.

Per records, the new owners are a married couple in their 30s who hail from Nashville, Tenn.: Angel Massey and Stephen Light, he the cofounder of IT consultant firm GlideFast Consulting. Last month, GlideFast was acquired by publicly-traded ASGN Inc. for a whopping $350 million in cash.

Massey and Light also own a Los Angeles mansion in the affluent Encino neighborhood, acquired just last year for $7.1 million, but the couple’s new Hope Ranch digs put that place to shame. Set on 2.3 landscaped acres, the estate includes a 75-foot swimming pool, mature palms, pivoting iron-and-glass doors throughout and distant ocean views.

Inside, beige stone floors and creamy plaster walls collude to give the place “an ethereal pallet,” per the listing, and there are both stairs and an elevator linking the home’s two levels. Both upstairs and downstairs feature their own primary suite, the lower with seamless access to the outdoor gardens and the upper with glimpses of the Pacific from a private balcony. Also on the premises are a media/screening room, an indoor spa with a sauna, a home gym, multiple “hidden” courtyards and terraces, a cactus garden and an orchard of fruit-bearing trees.

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