In 1992, on the advice of pal, and now neighbor, Shirley MacLaine, Marsha Mason gave up her LA house and NYC apartment and bought a 250-acre lot in Abiquiu, New Mexico.
In the new issue of Closer, the 71-year-old reveals how she transformed the land into an expansive ranch, away from the Hollywood limelight.
“It was just raw land,” Marsha explains to Closer. But in just a few years, she built two houses, two barns and an herb farm, used to create her Resting in the River natural products.
“Running the farm, acting, learning to be a smart businesswoman and a steward of the land, you feel you can do anything,” she shares. “Organization is everything!”
The main house, which is a sprawling 6,000 square-feet, features four-bedrooms and five-and-a half baths that Marsha designed herself.
Most importantly for the actress however, is that the house is environmentally friendly, with 14-inch-thick adobe walls and a tile roof that collects passive solar energy and rainwater for use on the farm.
Most often, Marsha, who’s been single since her 1981 divorce from playwright Neil Simon, can be found in her office enjoying a view of the Sandia Mountains or in her library.
“One wall is nothing but farming [books]. I’m constantly researching herbs!” she says. And it’s her huge, two-level kitchen where she is able to put her research to good use! “I like to cook everything,” she explains.
And though she travels back to LA for her recurring role on "The Middle," or to star in plays, Marsha’s happiest staying at home, reflecting on everything she’s made for herself.
“I never intended any of it,” she shares with a sigh. “I’ve had a really big life.”
To check out Marsha's Resting in the River products, go to restingintheriver.com!