In the new issue of Closer Weekly, The Young and the RestlessEric Braeden gives us an exclusive look inside his 3,500-square-foot Santa Monica mountain home he’s shared with wife Dale Gudegast for 30 years.

For Eric, his tranquil LA abode was love at first sight. “The first time I drove through the area, I said, ‘I want to live here someday!’” he tells Closer.

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Although he may have picked out the area, the impeccable, diverse details of the house can be credited to Dale. “She’s always done the decorating, I just write the check!” Eric jokes.

And with a backyard that features a pool, stone fountains and spectacular view, it’s no wonder the couple couldn’t be happier. “I’m very fortunate,” Eric reflects. “It really does feel like home.”

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For more photos and details on Eric and Dale’s LA home, pick up the latest issue of Closer, on newsstands now!