So you own a hundred motorcycles, dozens of classic cars, and a few airplanes, but you just don’t have the space for all of them in the driveway of your Los Angeles villa? Here’s the perfect solution!
Steve McQueen’s 15-acre ranch in Santa Paula, California, is apparently up for sale for the bargain price of $1.1 million. It’s down from $1.95 million, on short sale, if you can believe it.
Steve McQueen was the star of such iconic classics as The Great Escape, Bullitt , The Magnificent Seven, The Getaway, and the original (and far superior) Thomas Crown Affair. McQueen, called the “King of Cool,” was known as a guy who had disdain for the film business’ self-indulgent award shows and the red carpet scene. In 1979, a year before his untimely death, he bought the ranch in Ventura County, seventy-five miles north of Los Angeles, where he could live away from the silliness of the Hollywood scene and ride his airplanes, cars, and motorcycles in peace.
McQueen was an accomplished motorcycle and car racer. The popular 1960s documentary, On Any Sunday, features him, talks about his motorcycle racing, and his love for motorcycles in general. At the time of his death, McQueen owned over 100 motorcycles. (One of those bikes, a 1971 Husqvarna 400, believed to be the motorcycle featured on the front cover of the August 1971 issue of Sports Illustrated, is up for auction on May 14th at Quail Lodge in Monterey County, California.)