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Kourtney Kardashian, Travis Barker Buy Conan O’Brien’s Carpinteria Beach House

Updated: Jan 4, 2023

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker have been married for nearly six months, but the pair still does not live together — as per the Poosh founder herself. But that unusual situation may be changing, because property records confirm the newlyweds have together shelled out for their very first joint home. Us Weekly first reported the big buy.

The house of choice was Conan O’Brien’s oceanfront getaway in the low-key beach city of Carpinteria — just south of Santa Barbara and Montecito — which popped up for sale over the summer, to great fanfare. Kardashian and Barker paid $14.5 million for their casually cool new digs, a notable discount off O’Brien’s $16.5 million asking price but still well above the $7.9 million the veteran TV host paid for the premises seven years ago.

O’Brien gave the house a significant remodel (“down to the studs,” according to the listing) during his ownership. Equipped with two cozy bedrooms and just one bathroom, the 1950s beach shack offers roughly 1,000 square feet of living space, plus a lower level with a bonus room, ample storage and an attached carport. There’s a kitchen with granite countertops and premium stainless appliances servicing a combo living/dining room with a metal fireplace and unobstructed ocean views through walls of glass.

The living room opens to a big wooden deck perfect for al fresco dining, and both bedrooms share a balcony with ocean breezes and whitewater views.

In addition to the relatively modest main house, there’s also a two-story detached guesthouse with two separate bedroom suites, ideal for a live-in staff member or visiting family members, plus a living room and kitchenette with a breakfast bar. Attached to the guesthouse is a two-car garage with a Tesla charging station, and there are big driveway gates for privacy. The nearly half-acre lot includes 50 feet of ocean frontage, and the two structures are surrounded by a tropical jungle of lush foliage that includes upwards of a dozen mature palms and bountiful bougainvillea plants.

Some of the Kardashian-Barker clan’s nearest new neighbors include Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, Kevin Costner and George Lucas.

O’Brien and his wife have upgraded to a significantly larger, $23 million estate elsewhere in Carpinteria, and they still own their longtime main residence in L.A.’s Pacific Palisades. As for Kardashian and Barker, they each own a big mansion in the same Calabasas gated community — “We’re only a block apart!” as Kardashian likes to remind her fans — and Kardashian also has a $12 million desert vacation home in La Quinta’s Madison Club.

Trousdale Estates Architect Rex Lotery’s Sleek Montecito Residence Now on Sale

Though his name is mostly associated with the swanky midcentury housing development of Trousdale Estates, in Beverly Hills, U.K.-born architect Rex Lotery accomplished a great deal more over his career, which spanned five decades. Lotery’s work ran the gamut from extravagant Beverly Hills mansions to the Santa Monica Bus Administration Facility to projects rehabilitating Skid Row hotels for low-income housing.

Notable among the architect’s later projects is the home he designed for himself and his family in Montecito, which was the recipient of an A.I.A. award. Completed in 1996, the Lotery residence hearkens back to the elegant Streamline and International Modern-style architecture of the 1930s, with copious ribbons of steel-banded windows wrapping around its clean lines and curves.

Measuring 4,833 square feet, the home is laid out as a series of interlocking volumes and spaces. On its entry level is an expansive great room with steel-frame windows stretching from its floor to its lofty ceilings, providing IMAX-like mountain views. The great room flows to an open-plan kitchen decked out with Subzero, Wolf, and Viking appliances and a large island with seating on one side. Adjoining the kitchen is a step-down lounge/conversation pit, anchored by a concrete fireplace.

Upstairs are three bedrooms, including the primary suite, which extends to a semi-circular sitting nook with curved windows and a concrete fireplace. A bookshelf-lined breezeway connects the primary bedroom with two other en suite bedrooms.

Located about a mile north of the Montecito Country Club, the 1.15-acre property remained in the Lotery family until 2011, when it was purchased by Marc Dworsky, an attorney, and his wife, Mara Graham Dworsky, an artist and the daughter of Sears Tower architect Bruce Graham. The Dworskys subsequently added an art studio, a pool with spa, an outdoor kitchen, and a built-in lounge with radiant-heated seating.

The couple also hired noted landscape architect Stacey Isaac to overhaul the grounds; per Isaac’s project description, the updated landscape is “a composition of California Native meets South Africa with emphasis placed on grand collections of some of the most unusual Aloes and other plant curiosities of the African Cape.”

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