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Director Gus Van Sant's Barn Studio Can Be Yours for $1.8M


Reclusive indie film (and Good Will Hunting) director Gus Van Sant recently put his 2,580-square-foot, 15.4-acre Portland beach retreat on the market in a characteristically low-key (some might even say lo-fi) manner. Asking $1.796M, the three-bedroom, two-bathroom house is one of Portland's most expensive listings—thanks, perhaps, to the converted barn/artist studio adjacent to the house. Considering the price, the listing for the Palme d'Or winner's home on nudist-friendly Sauvie Island has surprisingly blurry photographs, not to mention grammar ("Enchanting,private,secluded,Columbia River front home") unbefitting of the screenwriter of My Own Private Idaho. While the home's interiors are hardly stylized—Van Sant appears to have an Ikea dining room table, just like the rest of us—the barn conversion is just about perfect. The broker helpfully suggests that this home with beachfront access could become a "great place to start a hobby farm, family summer home, or artist retreat."

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