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Don Johnson’s House in Montecito, CA (Listed for $14.9 Million)

This is a back view of the estate showing an earthy beige tone to the exterior walls that extend to the mosaic stone walkways of the pool area. These are complemented by the surrounding green landscape of grass and shrubs. Image courtesy of

If you were around in the 1980s, then you are probably familiar with Miami Vice. The sleek cop show only ran for five seasons, but it captured viewers’ imagination across the country. Since then, Don Johnson, who played Detective James Crockett in the show, has been in dozens of shows and movies. He is also an avid horse lover, which is why he purchased this home in Montecito, California. However, it’s up for sale again and now is your chance to own this slice of paradise. 

  • Price: Selling for $14.9 million
  • Location: Montecito, CA
  • Square Footage: 11,229 sq. ft.
  • Lot Size: 2.5 acres
  • Purchased for: $12.5 million in 2013
  • Bedroom/Bathroom: 4 Bed/8 Bath
  • Unique Features: Reverse osmosis pool, horse trails, glass solarium, two-story guest house, gym, media room, in-ground trampoline, ocean views

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What We Like About This House

If you had to picture a sprawling Hollywood-style estate towering over the Pacific Ocean, this property is almost exactly what would come to mind. Although this home was built in 1959, owners have renovated and updated it over the years, turning into a contemporary masterpiece. One of this house’s primary features is its open-air design, which gives a free-flowing aesthetic to every room. Whether you’re in the gorgeous kitchen, the glass solarium, or one of the bedrooms, you’ll never feel cramped or isolated. 

The solarium is another highlight of this property. Sitting beneath the glass is perfect for any time of year, whether it’s the brilliant California sun or a dark, overcast sky. We can imagine that sitting in the solarium during a thunderstorm would also be a delightful treat. 

Don Johnson originally purchased this house so that he could ride his horses. Unfortunately, there are no stables on the grounds, so he and his wife Kelley Phleger had to board them separately. There are numerous trails on the property, which offer spectacular views of the ocean. On a clear day, you can see out to the Channel Islands. 

Overall, this house is the quintessential getaway for anyone with money and means. When the stress of the job starts to get to you, this home will be a calm, peaceful retreat. 

From Vice to Watchmen: The Don Johnson Story

Although Don Johnson is mostly known for his work on Miami Vice, he has actually been in the film business since 1970. With over 99 credits to his name, he is far more than Detective James Crockett. Before Vice, Johnson worked on various TV shows and movies, but nothing too notable. Mostly, he was in bit parts, but rarely a leading man. That all changed with Vice, when he and his co-star, Philip Michael Thomas, became household celebrities. 

What’s most interesting about Miami Vice was how it transformed the sleepy Florida town. For decades, the area had been in decline, known mostly for drug dealers and retirees. Once the show became a hit, Miami turned into a pop-culture milestone, and the city was revitalized almost overnight. Thanks to the show’s popularity, Johnson and the Vice crew became intimately familiar with the Miami party scene, which included various bigwigs and even some drug kingpins. 

After Vice, Johnson continued to work regularly in Hollywood, and his next big show was Nash Bridges. Johnson was the titular cop, but he traded the mean streets of Miami for the tourist-friendly ones of San Francisco. In recent years. Johnson has worked on some big projects, including Django Unchained, Watchmen (TV Series), and Knives Out. Even 30 years later, he’s still got the old Miami Vice charm.