LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

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LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

28 PHOTOS. CLICK ON THE RIGHT BLUE ARROW TO SEE MORE. Haz click en las flechas de los lados para pasar las imágenes. LISA SEMLER ES LA DUEÑA DE SADDLEROCK RANCH, UNA DE LAS PROPIEDADES MAS IMPACTANTES DE MALIBU. LA EX-MODELO Y ACTRIZ ES MADRE DE NUEVE HIJOS. NO DEJES DE LEER NUESTRA ENTREVISTA COMPLETA.

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

STANLEY NO ES UNA JIRAFA CUALQUIERA, ES TODA UNA ESTRELLA DE HOLLYWOOD. LISA NOS CUENTA COMO LLEGO ESA JIRAFA A SU JARDIN.

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

"Mi marido siempre quiso tener una jirafa en el rancho, pero parecía inconcebible llevarlo a cabo. Hasta que Ron escuchó que Stanley se estaba retirando de su vida como estrella de anuncios y películas de Hollywood… ¿Te acuerdas de la jirafa que va en un trailer y pierde la cabeza contra un puente en Hangover 3? Pues es ella. Al cumplir cinco años, se estaba haciendo demasiado grande para moverla de una locación a otra en los rodajes. Así que se jubiló y nos la trajimos para acá". –No te pierdas el link al final de la entrevista si quieres ver actuar a Stanley cuando era una estrella en activo.

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

Feliz mamá de nueve hijos, los tres primeros de una relación previa de su esposo, así habla de la maternidad: "Desde que conocí al que sería mi esposo, siempre le dije que quería seis hijos, no me preguntes de dónde nació ese número porque no lo sé, pero lo tenía claro y así fue. Ahora ya tengo nietos, soy feliz jugando con ellos, y aún tengo una hija en high-school... Después de treinta años, en mi mente no cabe el síndrome del nido vacío".

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

Hay tanta belleza en el paisaje, que su esposo pensó que había que enmarcarla. Hoy es uno de los spots más populares de su rancho, donde todos los visitantes quieren tomarse un retrato.

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

Este pequeño paraíso es una de las localizaciones favoritas para los directores de Hollywood: "En los ochenta comenzaron a llegar buscadores de localizaciones para películas. Pero ya décadas antes de que llegáramos nosotros, se habían filmado aquí películas como Tres Lanceros Bengalíes con Gary Cooper o The Californians, etc. Al día de hoy se habrán grabado ya más de doscientas, algún día me pondré al día con la lista… Por ejemplo, episodios de Los Colby, Falcon Crest, Dinastía, Se Ha Escrito Un Crimen, The Bachelor… Y películas como Hard to Kill, Highway to Heaven, Fun with Dick and Jane, The Barbara Mandrel Story, Golden Chile con Eddie Murphy, Hells Kitchen, Jake and the Farman, Knightrider, Knots Landing, Mi Familia con Eddie Olmos y muchas más".

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

Bajo una de sus cimas más emblemáticas, la familia guarda esta colección de antiguos trailers restaurados que es una verdadera monería.

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

Las vistas al Valle de San Fernando en algunos de los rincones del rancho te recuerdan lo cerca que estás de las nubes.

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

Los coches antiguos son una de las debilidades de los Semler, que cuentan con una extensa colección de bellezas clásicas escondidos en sus graneros.

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

En el rincón de su estudio es donde Lisa Semler, fotógrafa y pintora, encuentra paz. "Un espacio creativo donde puedo crear algo que ojalá perdure en el tiempo. No vivimos para siempre, pero es bonito pensar que podemos dejar algo tras nosotros, algo que fue parte de uno mismo".

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

Uno de los rincones donde la artista prepara sus obras para después colgar en sus exposiciones.

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

Sus tanques de agua son obras de arte: "Mi esposo supo del gran muralista David Legaspi y lo contrató para pintar los tanques de agua, donde contamos un poco la historia de Saddlerock Ranch. Mientras David pintaba cerca del granero, yo le observaba y un día me acerqué y le dije que yo también era pintora. El me pidió que le ayudara. A mí me parecía imposible pintar algo tan enorme. Pero David me insistió que le ayudar a pintar el mural, él mismo construyó mi andamio, donde estar cerca para pintar y donde alejarme para observar la obra con perspectiva… Así que logré terminar un panel entero acerca de los Chumash y la leyenda del puente del arco iris'.

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

En uno de los gigantes trailers del reparto de sus vinos, también quedó plasmado el talento del muralista y amigo de la familia, David Legaspi.

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

"Nunca abandonaría Saddlerock. Me encanta estar en plena montaña, pero a dos pasos de la playa. De niña, mi familia era militar y nunca vivimos en el mismo sitio más de dos o tres años. De los 37 años que he vivido en L.A. 32 han sido en el rancho"

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

Como la de todos, su vida no ha estado exenta de dificultades: "Todos tenemos problemas y al final, lo único que cambia el cómo te sientes, es tu actitud frente a la vida. Saber que entre las nubes siempre hay un resquicio de esperanza. Sí: todos los corazones sufren en algún momento de la vida o en muchos, pero no hay que olvidar que el sol siempre vuelve a salir y así es como yo me planteo mi día a día"

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

Cuidar de un lugar tan hermoso, conlleva muchas responsabilidades. "Lo que más nos asusta siempre es la amenaza de los fuegos, muy comunes en California. Al tener tantos animales, tanta gente viviendo y trabajando, tantas hectáreas de terreno… Hay que estar muy alerta cuando hay un fuego cerca en caso que tengamos que evacuarlos a todos. Es una gran responsabilidad. Gracias a la extraordinario labor que llevan a cabo los bomberos de Los Ángeles, ahora nos sentimos mucho más seguros que en el pasado".

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

Caminar por Saddlerock Ranch es toda una experiencia. Hay que detenerse cada minuto para mirar alrededor y apreciar su belleza.

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

Si hubiera nacido búfalo, yo también quisiera vivir en Saddlerock Ranch. Y sin ser búfala, también.

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

Las nuevas generaciones de animales y humanos llenan el rancho de alegría. "En cuanto a los recuerdos más felices son aquellos en los que llegaba con mis hijos al rancho de recién nacidos. Vivir y crecer en este ambiente tan privilegiado, es un verdadero regalo. También ver nacer a los hijos de la gente que trabaja aquí, es una de las experiencias más bonitas que hemos compartido entre nosotros en Saddlerock".

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

"Mi esposo vio por primera vez esta propiedad en 1978, después de que un terrible incendio asolara todo el área, desde Simi Valley hasta el Océano Pacífico. Quedaban apenas unas encinas californianas de trescientos o cuatrocientos años medio quemadas y una pared de ladrillo de la construcción original. Siempre dice que sabía que compraría este lugar desde el primer instante que puso sus ojos en él".

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

Los amaneceres y los atardeceres son mágicos en las playas de Mállibu. También en las cumbres de sus cimas más altas, en el corazón de las montañas de Santa Mónica.

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

Para los indios que habitaban la zona, este lugar era sagrado. "los indios Chumash vivieron en esta costa miles de años… De hecho, alguna de sus pinturas se conservan bajo Turtle Rock. Como son las únicas figuras que se conservan de sus pinturas a caballo, se cree que representan la expedición española guiada por Gaspar de Portolá, junto a Fray Junípero Serra, hacía el año 1769".

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

Son los originales safaris lo que más atrae a la gente a visitar su casa. "La idea de estos Malibu Wine Safaris se nos ocurrió en un viaje que hicimos a África cuando los niños eran pequeños. Nos subimos a uno de esos vehículos de nueve plazas en escalera para poder ver los animales salvajes desde arriba. ¿Por qué no hacíamos nosotros algo parecido para divertir a la gente que viniera a catar nuestros vinos? Mi esposo construyó un coche muy similar a aquellos y trató de convencer a alguien de su empresa que comenzara a encargarse de los tours, pero nadie creyó que fuera buena idea... Hasta que un verano nuestro sexto hijo, Dakota, llegó de la universidad y dijo: “Papá, tengo una idea para mi proyecto de estudios este verano, voy a desarrollar los safari tours”. En menos de un año, la idea despegó. La gente empezó a llegar de todos lados para vivir la experiencia de Saddlerock Ranch".

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

De impactantes ojos azules, Lisa Semler, madre de nueve hijos y abuela de unos pocos, sigue siendo una mujer bella: activa y atractiva. Así posa para nuestras cámaras del BLOG DE LOS ANGELES.

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

En este vivero crecen las verduras orgánicas que componen parte del menú de sus cenas bajo las estrellas.

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

No dejes de ver los links al final del artículo para ver como tú también puedes pasar un día en este lugar tan maravilloso.

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

Nuestra entrevista toca a su fin y es hora de continuar nuestro camino por la pintoresca carretera que nos lleva a Mulholland Highway.

LISA SEMLER, MOM OF NINE AND QUEEN OF MALIBU AT HER SADDLEROCK RANCH

Esta encantadora mujer y amante de los animales, sale a despedirnos con una sonrisa. THANK YOU LISA. It was such a lovely day. Come back to visit us soon here at our BLOG DE LOS ANGELES.

While I was attending a multiple artists exhibit at Casa Escobar, a Mexican restaurant across from the Malibu Pier on PCH. My dear friend and film producer Conroy Kanter introduced me to one of the talented artists at the party. Conroy casually dropped that her artista friend owned a giraffe. You might think, what?? But I listened with a poker face. NOTHING sounds weird once you have lived twenty plus years in Los AngelesOh, so you really sleep with an anaconda around your neck…? Cool! When I was about to ask LISA SEMLER about the supposed long necked animal at her garden, her nine kids came into the conversation. Nine kids!? That’s weird EVEN for LA…! Although my kind of weird. That hit home. I immediately forgot about the giraffe and ask her about her big gang. “One of my brothers has 9 kids too!” I said. I immediately appreciated Lisa, because to meet a woman with a certain numbers of kids… I already know, no matter what she’s been into or what wrong she has ever done, that lady is on her way to sanctity. Period.

We chatted for a little while about the nuts and bolts of big families. I really liked her personality, she was very sweet. It was only later that I learned that Lisa Semmler was the owner of one of the top three most beautiful properties I have ever seen in Malibu, Saddlerock Ranch. When she invited me later to pay her a visit, this magnificent ranch amongst the peaks of the most gorgeous stretch of the Santa Monica Mountains took my breath away. Forget about the wild animals that gets everyone’s attention or the self-produced yummy wines you can taste at her vineyards: I’m an outdoors lover (read into it as you wish) and the landscape, the energy, the light, the trees, the wind, the vineyards… Strolling around with Lisa was like a little walk in heaven. I had to take her portrait and I had to share these photos with my Blog de Los Angeles readers. Because if you have never been there, YOU WANT TO GO. If you are as lucky as I was, you will meet Lisa. If not, you will spend the day in one of those amusing places that give L.A. and California its worldwide fame. And hey, if you feel a little envy for the Semlers’ life-style, it is only normal. We are humans. Here’s a little tip where you can find solace: repeat after me that famous novela title… I said it to myself over and over while we strolled: Los Ricos También Lloran, Los Ricos También Lloran…

Lisa! How did this magnificent space come to life?

– My husband Ron first saw this beautiful piece of property in 1978, after a large fire swept through the area from Simi Valley all the way to the Pacific Ocean, leaving only badly burned 300-400 year old oak trees and an adobe brick wall. Ron fell in love with the property from the moment he arrived at the front gate, and immediately started putting in roads, pastures, fences, barns, and avocado trees. He installed a mobile home and after enjoying the property for a number of years as a weekend getaway for his first 3 children from a previous marriage, he decided to build a more permanent home in 1983 so that he and the kids could ride horses and enjoy ranch life. I met him in 1985 and we had our first child together in 1987, and after I told him I wanted five more, be began adding on to the house.

– You mentioned before many movies were filmed here…

The ranch has grown greatly over the years. In the 80’s, we started to have movie crews come to our ranch for movie locations. Many shows had been filmed here long before we arrived. Lives of the Bengal Lancers, with Gary Cooper, The Californians…  I believe well over 200 have been shot here over the years and that list needs to be updated. We have filmed shows and movies such as Dynasty, The Colby’s, Falcon Crest, Hard to Kill, Highway to Heaven, Fun with Dick and Jane, The Barbara Mandrel Story, Golden Chile with Eddie Murphy, Hells Kitchen, Jake and the Fatman, Knightrider, Knots Landing, Mi Familia with Eddie Olmos, Murder She Wrote, The Bachelor, TJ Hooker, Conroy´s Trafficked, and many many more.

– Back in the day, it seems Indians considered these mountains to be sacred…

The  Chumash lived along the California coast for thousands of years. Some of their paintings are here beneath Turtle Rock, which is now a historical landmark. They believe it to be the Chumash paintings of the Portola expedition of 1769-1770.  Men were routinely painted face forward arms and legs out, but these men were painted on horseback side view carrying a lantern.

– What activities go on in the ranch?

– We started wedding locations in the 80’s and today hundreds of people have been married here at this beautiful property surrounded by 3 amazing mountain peaks Saddlerock, Turtle Rock and Castle Rock. Because of these three peaks, some believe and feel this to be a very spiritual place.

Today, Saddlerock is a vineyard, which includes Malibu Family Wines, who produce Semler and Saddlerock wines, Malibu Wine Safaris (offering tours of the exotic animals including Stanley the giraffe and wine tastings in the vineyard), Saddlerock Organic Garden with farm-style organic dining outdoors, etc.

The Malibu Wine Safari idea, came about when we traveled to Africa on safari with the kids. We took a 9 passenger vehicle with outside stacked seating three high on a reserve to see wild animals. After this excursion we decided this was the perfect vehicle to have at the ranch to see all of our animals and possibly wine tastings around the vineyard. My husband built the truck and tried to get someone in the company to start up the tours but no one thought it was a lucrative idea, many laughed it off… A few years later Dakota our number 6 child came home from college during summer break and said “Dad I have a great idea for my summer project, I will start the safari tour.”  He created the tour and within a year it was going fantastic. People come from all over the world to experience Saddlerock in this unique way.

– How did Stanley the giraffe ended up here?

– My husband always wanted to add a giraffe to the animals at the ranch but it seemed almost inconceivable. Ron then heard about Stanley, who was retiring from movie life. He was in movies and commercials… One movie you may remember was Hangover 3 where the giraffe loses his head when the men drive under a low underpass… Thank goodness for movie magic Stanley is home here at Saddlerock Ranch. At 5 years of age, he was too big of a challenge to trailer him to locations. So he was retired and we brought him home. My husband goes out everyday to give him a treat. Stanley also did the Residence Inn commercial, Skittles, Stand Up of the Year Awards, a Target commercial… And many more! Stanley even has his own IMDB page!

– What is your biggest fear about this ranch?

– Our biggest fear is always the threat of fires in the area. We have many animals, people and land that we must start thinking about when a fire is near and evacuating the animals and people to safety. Providing fire protection to the ranch is our number one priority. Thank goodness for our wonderful firemen in Los Angeles County it’s much safer today than it was back in the 70’s.

– What are your happiest memories here?

– The happiest memories would be the days I would bring our happy healthy babies home. To live and grow up in this amazing environment… We also have many people who work and live here and bring their babies home to Saddlerock. Sharing this experience with so many people has been a joyful part of our lives here too.

 – Do you ever get bored of living up here? Would you ever live in the city again?

– I would never leave Saddlerock! I love going to the beach but still love coming home up here in the mountains. I’m an army brat and had never lived anywhere longer than 2-3 years. I’ve been in Los Angeles for 37 years and at the ranch 32 of those years. I also love visiting my sister in New York City for a few days but we usually end up spending more time at her house on Shelter Island. This environment is beautiful, peaceful, relaxing and she kicks my butt with Pilates, Barre and Yoga classes. I hope one day one of my daughters will create a unique and amazing experience with Yoga “ranchstyle” here at Saddlerock.

– You live in paradise. Still no matter where we live, we all have ups and downs and deal with the same problems at the end of the day. What do you think is the key to happiness?

– Look, everyone has problems, right? I think the key to happiness is to have a good, healthy attitude to confront them. We must strive to find a silver lining and yes, we will have heartaches along the way but the sun always comes up again, that is the way I view life. No matter how bad it gets, it can only get better.

– You are a mother of six, plus your husband’s first 3 kids that you helped raise as your own… You said you have always loved big families.

– I wanted more brothers and sisters. I tried to get my mom to have more children. I started babysitting at 10yrs. old and the first family had 4 kids: a 1 month old, 2yr old, 4yr old and 5 yr old.  My mother was just a few doors away in case I needed help. I loved it!  I told my husband when I met him I wanted 6 kids! I don’t know where I got the number but that was it. Now we love having grandchildren around and can’t imagine after 30 years being empty nesters. 

– How did you meet your husband?

– On a blind date, we fell in love gradually. My husband had been divorced for about 10 years and I believe he was ready to settle down again and have a few more children.

– What is your favorite thing about having a big family?

– Big family dinners!  Watching everyone grow up, become autonomous and move into the family business. I hope it’s unconditional love!  And it is wonderful to always have someone around to talk to and spend time with.

– Would you recommend it to other women thinking about it?

– If there is a woman who loves kids and feels she is able to take care of a lot of kids, I would so recommend it. I have spent thirty years raising kids and I love how they have all turned out. 

– What are your fondest memories while being a kid and how did you apply those memories in the education of your kids later in life?

My fondest memories are of fishing almost every weekend in the summer with my dad, when we were stationed in Alaska. We even went ice fishing in the winter… So spending time with my kids was and still is the most important thing to me.

– You were a model and an actress… Then a photographer and a painter. When did you know you wanted to be an artist?

– Since the age of 10, when my grandmother gave me my first little Kodak camera and told me I had a good eye… My mom had told my younger sister what a great  artist she was because she had painted an amazing clown (she still has that clown hanging on her wall today). So I didn’t paint but I started taking photographs like crazy and eventually found an art class that taught in an amazing way basic line and shape, then perspective through shading or tone, then how to mix and combine color and various styles of the master painters. I was an oil painter for many years before I discovered bees’ wax encaustic painting where I can blend pastels, oils, imagery and many other things. I always wanted to be an artist, it was just a learning process that I think never ends.

– What do you find at your studio that you cannot find at home?

– A creative outlet to be able to make something that hopefully will last a long time. We don’t live forever but hopefully we are able to leave something behind that was a part of us while we were here.

– What is it you love the most about being an artist and your work?

– I love the experience of creating, letting go and just being fully present in the moment, to create something that someone will say “that makes me feel good when I look at it.”

– Your water tanks carry beautiful paintings by renowned muralist David Legaspi…

– I was painting in oils back then and my husband had researched and found David to paint murals on our water tanks to depict the history of Saddlerock Ranch. While David was painting on the water tank near the barns, I went up to talk to him telling him that I was also an artist. David insisted I assist in painting on the mural. I didn’t believe I could do something so grand, larger than life. With the encouragement of David, who built the scaffolding for me to get up close to paint and to step back and view the process for perspective, I was able to create an entire panel that depicts the Chumash and the story of the rainbow bridge. It is one of my fondest memories. Years later he came back to the ranch to work on an 18-wheeler trailer. We painted a mural together on both sides of Saddlerock Ranch and the vineyards. David Legaspi was an amazing person, artist and teacher. He encouraged thousands of children and adults to paint from their heart. He painted many murals for years taking private commissions to help fund his public murals at many schools and public spaces around the area, always including the children and adults in the process.

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