A year after he became famous in the remarkable films The Outsiders and Uncommon Valor of 1983, but a few more years before he shone and plunged into the glory of the protagonist in Dirty Dancing, the late actor Patrick Swayze acquired an equestrian ranch on the outskirts of Los Angeles that he called Rancho Bizarro. Swayze, a licensed equestrian who died of pancreatic cancer in 2009 at the age of 57, bred Arabian horses on the property.
The 4.5-acre Sylmar estate, newly listed for $4.5 million, is tucked away in the foothills that mark the northern boundary of the sprawling San Fernando Valley. Records show that the current owner is an LLC associated with oil heiress (and climate activist) Aileen Getty, who bought the ranch from Swayze’s widow Lisa Neimi for $2.9 million in 2015.
At the time of the last sale of the property, it was in poor condition. However, it has been transformed into a boho-chic equestrian retreat that commutes surprisingly quickly to many parts of Los Angeles. The diverse structures include a modernized three-bedroom farmhouse from the 1940s, a guest house and a detached garage.
The spacious main apartment includes a wood-paneled living room with fireplace and exposed ceiling architecture, while the kitchen is open to a dining room housed in a glass-roofed solarium. A huge room with a vaulted ceiling and wooden beams is equipped as a gym. The master suite, which overflows onto a stone terrace, is equipped with a projector that falls from the ceiling at the end of the bed, a spacious bathtub with a whirlpool bathtub, as well as a large walk-in closet and dressing area.
A huge motorized terrace paved with river stone stretches between the main house and the single garage. And, set back from the main house in the middle of old trees and surrounded by lawns, the cute guest house has a bathroom, a fireplace and bold wallpaper with jungle motifs on the walls and ceiling.
The riding facilities include an 11-stall horse stable with a tack room, laundry and some cleaning stalls. A clubhouse with a toilet is positioned so that you can observe the professionally illuminated and mirrored riding arena. There are a couple of local dogs, Cacao and Caramel, and also a couple of kittens named Baby and Johnny.
Louise Leach and Juan Longfellow of Deasy Penner Podley share the list with attorney Brett of Carolwood Estates.