James Franco’s Former West Hollywood Digs — Next to the Chateau Marmont — Sells for $4.65 Million

Pretty sure I’m not the only one, but when I saw that James Franco’s former home was up for sale, first thing I did was to check and see if it’s the incredible house he’d reportedly built for himself in the 2013 comedy This is the End — where Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and their equally funny buddies take cover in James Franco’s house as Armageddon descends upon Los Angeles.

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James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel in Columbia Pictures’ “This is the End”

Sadly, it’s wasn’t. But that didn’t make the property any less impressive, especially since the home is set right across the road from the famed Chateau Marmont — which basically means you can get room service brought to your front door!

And most recently, a well-off buyer was charmed by that; the Los Angeles Times reports that the 1920s villa once owned by James Franco sold for $4.65 million ($1.6 million shy of the initial ask, but still considerably more than what Franco paid for the property back in 2010).

If you happen to be from out of town and aren’t quite sure why anyone would wanna live right next to a hotel, know that there’s no end to the crazy stories that take place at the Marmont: from James Dean jumping through a window, to John Belushi overdosing in one of the rooms, F. Scott Fitzgerald having a stroke in front of the hotel or Lindsay Lohan racking up a $46,000 /night bill that she later refused to pay (getting her banned from the hotel), Chateau Marmont has many, many stories to tell. And most often than not, they involve some of Hollywood’s biggest names.

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According to the LA Times, Franco bought the Marmont Lane property in 2006 for $2.325 million and owned the place for four years, selling it in 2010 for $3.3 million. Francis Lawrence, director of three Hunger Games films and last year’s Red Sparrow, is another former owner.

The 1920s home sits on more than a quarter of an acre with a swimming pool, an outdoor dining area and a rooftop deck.

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With 4 bedrooms looking over West Hollywood and the Downtown Los Angeles skyline, the 5,125-square-foot home was built back in 1923, in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Heavily renovated throughout the years — many updates dating back to the time James Franco lived here — the luxury home has built-in cabinetry, high end finishes, dark-stained floors, and wood-beamed ceilings throughout.

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james franco former house chateau marmont
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james franco former house chateau marmont
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james franco former house chateau marmont
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james franco former house chateau marmont
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The outdoor spaces are surrounded by expertly manicured grounds and mature trees. There is also a walled swimming pool to keep… celebrities from spying you, I guess??

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james franco former house chateau marmont
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james franco former house chateau marmont
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The Agency held the listing, with founders Mauricio Umansky, Farrah Brittany, and Eduardo Umansky representing the seller — a suitable all-star team for a timeless Hollywood gem. According to the recent press coverage, Marcie Hartley of Hilton & Hyland represented the buyer, whose identity has not been released to the media.

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For $35K/Month, You Could Join the Ranks of the Hollywood Celebs Renting This House in Malibu

Hollywood has plenty of well-kept secrets, and one of them is this house in Malibu that seems to be attracting celebrities like a magnet. Which comes as no surprise, given that its owner is a celebrity herself. Betty Moon, a well-known singer, songwriter and producer, is known to have quite the flair for real estate, with her previous projects landing her quite a few mentions in luxury magazines.

Located off Malibu Knolls Road, her three-bedroom, three-bathroom, 2,100-square-foot rental hasn’t been struggling to find tenants — and high-profile ones at that. Even though it costs a whopping $35,000 / month, celebs have been lining up to chill at the property, so you might want to get in line.

And if you do decide to give it a try, you’ll be in good company: Matthew Perry reportedly rented the home in August, Cardi B has booked November, and Taraji P. Henson will be renting it from January through April 2021. You might be wondering, what’s so special about this house that it has celebrities lining up to live here?

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First of all, Malibu in itself is one of the most popular destinations for the rich and famous. It offers luxurious properties, proximity to Los Angeles, as well as seclusion and privacy, which is what celebrities are desperately craving. For these reasons, there are a lot of celebrities living in Malibu, including Robert Downey Jr. and Edward Norton, who live fairly close to the Malibu Knolls Road property.

Secondly, celebrities travel a lot, so many of them prefer to rent rather than buy a home in each place they visit — although some of them do. However, renting a celeb-friendly, luxury home in Malibu doesn’t come cheap, but it might be totally worth it.

This Malibu celeb magnet is the epitome of indoor-outdoor Cali living, featuring large glass walls that seamlessly blend the interior with the grounds. It’s also perfect for entertaining, as it includes an infinity pool with fabulous ocean views, a spa, and a fire pit. Can you think of a better way to spend those warm California nights?

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The entertainment continues inside, as the house includes not one, but three indoor fireplaces, as well as a media room, making sure you stay entertained throughout the entire year. Amenities include everything you could possibly need, from in-unit laundry and air conditioning to five parking spaces, an outdoor patio and a cabana. 

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Image credit: Hagai Aharon
Image credit: Hagai Aharon
Image credit: Hagai Aharon

As previously mentioned, the house not only rents out to celebrities, but it’s also owned by one. Betty Moon, a celebrated Los Angeles musician, songwriter and producer, currently owns the property which she recently renovated before listing it for rent.

Moon is no stranger to flipping houses and luxury properties in the area; she made news with her Encino property in 2018, garnering mentions in the LA Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Claire Dorfman of LA Estate Rentals is in charge of the listing.

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