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Michael Keaton’s Son Sells in Montecito, Buys Hancock Park Mansion

That’s a wrap in Montecito for Sean Douglas and his longtime wife Rachel. After only a single year of ownership, the couple has sold their century-old villa for a nice profit, despite having left the property essentially unchanged. But the Douglases won’t be homeless; records reveal they’ve just dropped $6.7 million for a historic home in the affluent Los Angeles neighborhood of Hancock Park.

Now in his late 30s, Douglas remains best known to the public as the only son of actor Michael Keaton. But he’s far from just another spawn of a Hollywood legend; Douglas is a multimillionaire songwriter and record producer in his own right. Over the years, he’s collaborated with a slew of big-name musicians — Lizzo, Sia, Nick Jonas and Thomas Rhett, just to name a few — writing or co-writing hit songs. In 2016, he was nominated for a Grammy for co-writing Rhett’s country music mega-smash “Die a Happy Man.”

Two years ago, Douglas inked a global publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music. And last summer, he joined the music division of talent management startup Range Media Partners ; as for Rachel Douglas, she’s a talent manager and partner at Range Media.

The Montecito house is actually somewhat of a compound, with a three-bedroom main house and a detached guest structure with another bedroom and full bathroom. Built in the 1920s, the Spanish Colonial Revival structures were designed by acclaimed architect Carleton Winslow, who also designed the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and the 1925 rebuild of the Santa Barbara public library.

Douglas bought the 1.2-acre estate in August 2020 for $3.2 million; after renting it out for a portion of the following year, he flipped it in August ’21 for $3.8 million. (The buyers were a not-famous married couple.)

The main villa is distinctively U-shaped and painted a pastel pink. While located on a highway-adjacent street, the house itself is set entirely out of public view, behind a long driveway that’s shared with three other homes. A wooden bridge leads to the former Douglas estate, where there’s a pea gravel motorcourt and a detached two-car garage.

From the motorcourt, a pathway meanders plast colorful native plantings on its way to the front door.

The arched front door spills into a skylit great room with a vaulted wooden ceiling and massive exposed beams, plus a fireplace that’s reportedly original to the house.

While not especially stylish, the open kitchen has clearly been upgraded with plenty of storage and an expensive array of premium stainless appliances, including a commercial-grade, glass-fronted fridge.

A cozy family room with garden views is located in one of the home’s wings; as are the various bedrooms. The master suite has been renovated with newer hardwood floors, recessed lighting and a stone-swaddled bathroom.

But the estate really shines outdoors, where there are brick patios decorated by a healthy sprinkling magnolia and citrus trees. Numerous colorful fountains abound, as do ancient oaks and drought-tolerant native plantings.

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