Kevin Costner’s wife Christine is moving, but it’s not a clean break

SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA - MAY 4: Christine Baumgartner is seen on May 4, 2023 in Santa Barbara, California.  (Photo by MEGA/GC Images)

Kevin Costner’s wife Christine has moved out of their $100 million beachfront family home after the judge gave her a July 31 deadline. Where did she land? Just down the road in a small house owned by her soon-to-be ex, it’s been called a “temporary fix.” (Photo: MEGA/GC Images)

Kevin Costner’s estranged wife Christine has officially moved out of the family home – but she didn’t land far.

In a surprise move in the contentious divorce, the former handbag designer, 49, moved just minutes down the road to another beachfront property owned by Yellowstone star, 68. According to a People magazine source, the move – which took place on Friday, photos obtained by several outlets shown — is a “temporary solution” until Christine can find a house in the area to be close to the couple’s three children.

“Christine is taking legal advice as per the agreement and is leaving the family home,” the insider told the magazine. She “will live in a smaller house” that was previously “used as staff quarters… This is a temporary solution. She is still looking for another house. She is staying in the area so as not to disturb the children’s lives. They will return to school in the fall with their friends. (She) tries to keep everything as normal as possible. Her only focus is the kids.”

What we know about Christine’s temporary digs

The Oscar winner has an extensive real estate portfolio. The couple have lived — with children Cayden, 16, Hayes, 14, and Grace, 13 — primarily on a beachfront gated community in Carpinteria, Calif., which has been estimated to be worth at least $100 million. Kevin bought the idle property in 1994, a decade before she married Christine. According to their prenuptial agreement, Christine had to vacate the property, which has several houses, within 30 days of filing for divorce. It ended up taking a few months longer than that — and a judge ruled that she vacate the property by July 31.

But just down the road, Kevin owns another property by the sea, where Christine is now temporarily staying. Kevin bought it — which has two tiny houses, a 500-foot private beach, equestrian facilities and a baseball field — in 2006 when he was newly married to his second wife. (It was one of those most expensive real estate deals that year.) The goal was for the couple to build their dream house. He had designed a large home, a pool and a guest house, but they ultimately never moved and settled on the property instead.

We’ve had a glimpse of Christine’s temporary home base in recent years, because in 2017, Kevin built the beautiful property, for $60 million. While the price was later lowered to $55 million, it did not sell and he took it off the market.

Kevin also showed the property in a tour of the house with Entertainment tonight. It has 360 degree views of water and mountains. He said the children go there after school to play football with their friends on the sprawling pitches. He built Christine his own garden (complete with “Mom’s Garden” sign, which he talked about painting himself).

There are two houses on the 10 hectare second property. The main house, on the water, is a 1942 home that is approximately 1,000 square feet. However, Christine stays in a more modern building further from the water. The house, which has a green roof, is about the same size (making it significantly smaller than their 4,860-square-foot family home). It has a wooden terrace around it with a barbecue. While Christine has a great view of the water on one side, the other is looking at a bunch of big ones storage containers that resides on the ranch.

(Photo: Coldwell Banker)

Christine’s temporary residence in the foreground has an incredible view, but is smaller than what she is used to. It had been used as staff quarters. (Photo: Coldwell Banker)

Kevin said earlier this year that he mortgaged the property to pay for his Horizon movie series. (He added that his accountant had a “f***ing conniption fit” over his decision.)

What’s next for the exes

After Christine filed for divorce from Kevin on May 1, he paid her over $1.2 million, according to his prenuptial agreement, to use for a new house. She initially resisted moving, but a judge implemented an Aug. 31 deadline. When Christine finds a new house, Kevin – who has said he did not want a divorce – also pays the mortgage, taxes and insurance for the first year.

During their last divorce hearing, a judge ruled that Christine will receive $129,000 a month in temporary child support to keep the children in the lifestyle they are used to. While that’s a large sum, it’s less than the nearly $250,000 a month she wanted.

Before Christine moved, there was drama about what she was allowed to remove from the family home. Kevin, who is worth an estimated $200 million, took issue with what he thought was her vague request to take “some pots and pans.” She accused him of trying to “smear” her in the media and called the “pots and pans” argument “trivial.”

“There is no mystery as to what I plan to remove,” she wrote in a filing. “Kevin will not be harmed by my removal of any of the items I have listed, and certainly not personal items such as my Peloton bike and family heirlooms.”

Last week, Kevin and their three children vacationed in Aspen, where he owns another sprawling estate worth $250 million. The week before, the kids were with Christine in Hawaii at a five-star hotel. She was also accompanied on the trip by a friend of the former couple, Josh Connor.

Next on the schedule in the bitter divorce is a case management conference on November 22nd ahead of a hearing on November 27th to determine the validity/viability of their marriage.

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