The actor Walton Goggins, currently starring in the sitcom “The Unicorn,” has put his unique Hollywood Hills home on the market for $3.35 million.
The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home is extraordinary in a number of ways. Chief among them is the fact that it was designed and built by Harold Ogden Sexsmith in 1927, and has only traded hands three times since.
Goggins purchased the place in 2010 for $1,555,000, and has done an admirable job of updating and restoring the property since then, while being careful to preserve its old Hollywood charm. The home is said to resemble the look of the nearby Chateau Marmont.
Among the meticulously restored features are the original coffered front door, hardwood and tile floors, an original wood-burning fireplace, arched openings leading from room to room, and classic casement windows.
With many original lighting fixtures hanging graciously from wood-beamed ceilings, the 3,240-square-foot home exudes a classic yet comfortable, well-lived-in vibe. Built-in bookcases in many rooms, even the kitchen, provide character.
The kitchen also features a cozy breakfast nook, top-of-the-line stainless-steel appliances, and is attached to a butler’s pantry/laundry room with a charming Dutch door leading to the side yard.
Every one of the bedrooms, one en suite guest room downstairs and four others upstairs, feature the beautiful and classic casement windows.
The main suite features a pristine bath and a large walk-in closet. Another bedroom located upstairs is currently being used as a spacious office, with more built-ins. The listing photos show that it was well-used by Goggins.
The outdoor areas on the private and gated large lot also have a natural, vintage feel, and have been masterfully tended. There are two outdoor dining areas, a fire pit/lounge, mature fruit trees that yield a generous harvest every year, and a lovely pool, lit with strings of overhead lights.
Goggins, 49, is one of the busiest men in Hollywood, currently starring in not one but two comedy series, the aforementioned “The Unicorn” and “The Righteous Gemstones.” Prior to that, he’s had leads in TV series including “The Shield,” “Justified,” “Vice Principals,” and “Six.” He has also appeared in such films as “Cowboys and Aliens,” “Django Unchained,” “The Hateful Eight,” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”
That is, possibly not as well as the paranormal investigator and television personality Zak Bagans had hoped it would. He recently reduced the price of the LaBianca murder house in Los Angeles to $1,999,000, shaving a couple of hundred grand off the $2.2 million he listed it for in October 2020.
Built in 1922, the home became infamous in 1969, when its owners, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, were killed there by Charles Manson and his followers. The couple was murdered the day after the Manson family murdered the pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four of her friends in Beverly Hills.
Bagans bought the house in September 2019 for $1,889,000, just a couple of months after Quentin Tarantino‘s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” hit the theaters. The cinematic fairy tale about L.A. in the late 1960s renewed interest in the Manson murders and other Los Angeles locations of the day.
Bagans told TMZ that he purchased the property to use for film production, but changed his mind after feeling the vibe there.
The host of “Paranormal Adventures” claims to possess a particular sensitivity to otherworldly beings. He also told TMZ that he decided to cancel his intended project out of respect for the LaBianca family.
So now the two-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom Spanish Colonial-style house is back on the market and could turn out to be a great deal for a buyer who can ignore its grisly past.
The location is hard to top—the home sits on a private and gated acre hilltop lot, with views of downtown Los Angeles, Griffith Park, Glendale, and the San Gabriel Mountains. The Griffith Park Observatory and its surrounding trails, and the shops and restaurants of the Silver Lake and Los Feliz neighborhoods are minutes away.
The house itself is a charming period piece, with floor-to-ceiling windows, French doors, and Italian marble floors. The large windows afford clear views from almost every room.
Outdoors, there are mature fruit trees, lush greenery, rolling lawns, Italianate fountains, and a pool.
The listing notes that there is “tremendous upside potential as the lot size is truly rare for the pristine location.”
That may translate into a tear-down. At this point, building a beautiful new home on the large lot could be an option for a buyer looking to leave the past behind.
Bagans, 43, has been involved with the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” and its spinoff “Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks,” since 2004. In 2016, he opened “The Haunted Museum” in Las Vegas, with more than 30 rooms of paranormal paraphernalia.
Drew and Jonathan Scott of “Property Brothers” know that nearly all of us could use more space (particularly as the pandemic drags on and on). Now that the new year’s first episode of “Celebrity IOU” has arrived, they’ve broken out their top tricks for opening up a small house without breaking the bank.
In the Season 2 episode, “Rainn Wilson’s Surprise,” the Scotts meet the actor Rainn Wilson, of “The Office,” who wants to give his beloved nanny, Leslie, a living-room makeover.
Leslie’s Los Angeles home could definitely use it, given that the space is seriously dated and undeniably cramped. With her kids (and nieces and nephews) often running around the house, Wilson knows that this living space needs to be more kid-friendly, too.
Read on to find out how Drew and Jonathan open up this small living space, which might inspire some upgrades around your own home, too.
Remove kitchen cabinets to open up more space
When Wilson brings Drew and Jonathan to Leslie’s home, one of the first things the brothers notice is the kitchen’s cabinets.
The row of cabinets blocks sightlines to the living space and makes the kitchen feel separated from the rest of the house. Jonathan explains that the style is typical of the era the home was built in, but says it’s not a great feature for those who are making the meals.
“Whoever’s in there, all of a sudden, it feels like a cave,” Jonathan says.
So, the brothers remove some cabinets and, to make up for the missing cabinet space, add smarter storage to the rest of the kitchen (like adding lots of drawers to the island).
In the end, the kitchen is beautiful, functional, and flows with the rest of the living space. Leslie will never miss those cabinets!
Create more storage with built-in benches and hutches
Wilson knows that Leslie and her children could always use more storage.
“One thing is, there’s a lot of kids bouncin’ around in here,” Wilson tells the Scott brothers when they first tour the house.
Luckily, the brothers have a solution to help this family organize its stuff: stylish built-ins.
Drew and Jonathan add some built-in benches under the living room window, providing plenty of storage space under the seats. Then, they expand on the built-in dining room hutch, making it twice as big, for holding twice as much.
These two built-in storage solutions are perfect, because they don’t take up space, as a bulky piece of furniture would, and they leave the whole room open as a kids’ play space. It’s a great workaround for this family’s storage issue.
Brighten beams to make a room seem taller
Jonathan and Drew like the wood beams in Leslie’s living room, but they worry that the dark color makes the room feel more closed in.
“From the moment we walked in, we noticed the dark beams and that high, recessed, rough-ridged ceiling. It was sucking the light out of the space,” Drew says.
But the color isn’t the only problem. The brothers notice that this room doesn’t have any ceiling lights, which makes this room even darker.
So Jonathan and Drew paint the beams white and add white shiplap-style ceiling panels.
“Not only do they add brightness,” Jonathan says of the panels, “but they’re also going to be dropped down to accommodate new recessed lighting.”
In the end, not only does the new color make the space feel brighter, but the added lights literally light up the room.
Large doors make a small house feel bigger
While Leslie’s living room is laid out well, the space is relatively small. Although the brothers can’t add to the square footage of the house, Jonathan has the idea to expand the living space by improving the flow into the back patio.
“We could do something really cool with these sliders,” Jonathan says of the existing doors. “We could swap them out for, like, collapsible glass panels. They could flow in and out. It would be great.”
The brothers open up the walls and install large, collapsible window doors from two sides, making both the family room and dining space open onto the backyard.
To complete the effect, they update the patio by adding new flooring and new furniture. In the end, the living space feels twice as big!
Don’t go overboard with too much white
While the Scotts know that it’s important to brighten up a space, they also know that with the walls, ceiling, and kitchen all in white, the space could use some contrast. So they redo the white fireplace with a unique brown finish.
“This is just made out of marble powder, lime, and sand,” Jonathan says, as he applies a clay mixture to the fireplace face.
Some techniques, he says, come from Italy, and from different regions of Europe, but this one, from Morocco, is called tadelakt.
The light-brown color looks perfect in the space. The finish adds dimension without darkening the area, and the modern fireplace shape is much better suited to children, because there’s no mantel to climb on or base to trip over.
Best of all, this modern fireplace looks clean and elegant.
“I love that it looks like a five-star hotel,” Drew says of the new finish. “That’s the kind of feature you want to have.”
When Wilson finally brings Leslie and her family back to the house, she’s amazed by how spacious and elegant her living room looks. Let this serve as a reminder that just a few small changes can make even small spaces feel huge.
A classic Los Angeles home built in the early 1900s and renovated in 1969 awaits its next chapter. Owned by the actress Bridget Fonda and her husband, the composer Danny Elfman, it’s a vintage decor dream.
“It is sort of like a time capsule from that era. It is an original 1969 kitchen, with the Formica countertops and the yellow that you can see in the cabinetry, the lower countertop bar with the stools that pull up to it,” explains the listing agent, Rayni Williams. “It has a TV that comes down from the ceiling with just a flip of a light switch—which was very cutting-edge for 1969.”
The home at 75 Fremont Place is large, at 4,238 square feet, and is on the market for $4,888,000. It’s in the gated community of Fremont Place—a small and exclusive enclave in the city’s Hancock Park neighborhood.
It sits next door to what used to be Fonda and Elfman’s longtime residence. They purchased this place a few years ago to serve as a guesthouse.
“When 75 [Fremont] came on the market, Bridget Fonda, who’s an amazing artist, happened to be walking in the neighborhood and she saw that it was for sale. She realized that it was a contiguous lot to hers. She went into the open house and completely fell in love with it,” Williams explains, adding that the home had been on the market for only a short time.
That was in 2015. After swooning over the 1960s charms within, Fonda bought and rehabbed the whole house, keeping the midcentury modern style and vibe.
“She set-dressed it, so to speak, from the midcentury era, to within an inch of its life. I mean, it looks like you’re walking into the set of ‘Casino.’ It is just extraordinary,” Williams says.
Fonda tore down the wall between the two homes and treated the two properties as one entity, adding some amenities to the 75 Fremont property and removing others.
“There’s a wellness center with a dry sauna and a wet steam [room]. There’s an outdoor shower. And then she filled in the pool, because she had the pool at 114 [Fremont],” Williams explains, adding that Fonda had originally planned to sell both properties together.
The strategy changed when the couple sold the home at 114 Fremont in December for $8.75 million.
“The wall is going back up as we speak,” Williams says.
There’s also a one-bedroom guest apartment above the wellness center area.
The house has four bedrooms and six bathrooms. The period furniture is not included in the list price, but could be negotiated into a sale.
“Every bedroom is a different color and offers sort of a different journey through this period of time,” Williams explains. “In one of the upstairs rooms, you can see the emerald green room that has the leopard carpet. That is a fabulous and really big bedroom with a massive walk-in closet and a massive bathroom that she made into a really beautiful office.”
A sunken bar is the centerpiece of the main living area, which also includes a family room, den, and dining space. A stone fireplace completes the midcentury look.
Williams says the buyer is likely to be either be a celebrity who wants the privacy and security of living behind the gates in this exclusive neighborhood, or perhaps a family looking to get into the area.
As for keeping the decor and style intact, Williams says that remains to be to seen and that the buyers, appreciating the advantage of living in this gated community, might choose to remodel.
“I’ve actually had a bunch of showings, and maybe a buyer won’t live with it as period as it is,” she says. “They might put the pool back in, and they might refurnish it into more of a typical modern-day family home. It is easy to make it back to that.”
Williams says she’s in love with the home just the way it is.
“I literally laid on the floor and said, ‘I have to have this house,’” she says with a laugh. “I sell special homes—and I’ve never seen a house like this in my career. It’s just perfection for what it is.”
Owlwood has finally flown off the market. The storied estate in the Holmby Hills neighborhood sold for 51% less than its asking price of three years ago.
Originally on the market in 2017 for $180 million, the Los Angeles property sold at the tail end of 2020 in an off-market deal for $88 million, according to the Real Deal. It was last available for $115 million.
Despite the enormous price reduction, the final price reportedly ranked as the third most expensive sale in L.A. in 2020.
The primo property has been called home by a movie star, tycoons, and famed singers. Now, a new billionaire has the keys to this Los Angeles castle.
“Considering that the ultra-high-end L.A. market has taken a 15% to 25% dip, this sale definitely demonstrates demand for L.A.’s best neighborhoods, like Bel-Air/Holmby Hills,” says Ben Bacal of Revel Real Estate. “This is a trophy. A collectible.”
The massive offering sits on over 10 acres and is hidden behind tall hedges in the heart of Holmby Hills.Described in the listing as “the most impressive, sprawling estate in Los Angeles,” the mansion was designed by the renowned architect Robert D. Farquhar in 1936.
Spanning 12,201 square feet, the palatial place was built for Charles H. Quinn and his wife, Florence Letts Quinn, widow of Alfred Letts, the original developer of Holmby Hills.
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The Italian Renaissance Revival was the largest residence in Los Angeles when it was built, and offers grand living spaces, with nine bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. Ornate finishes include intricate moldings, marble fireplaces, hand-carved mantels, crystal chandeliers, and 24-karat gold bath fixtures.
The outdoor acreage includes a pool, poolhouse, and tennis court. The parklike setting boasts manicured gardens, paths, and fountains.
Purported to be the largest compound in Holmby Hills, the property consists of three contiguous lots and offers “endless opportunities” for a new owner.
The storied property can also boast some past boldface names as past owners, from Tony Curtis to Sonny and Cher, and the co-founder of Twentieth Century Fox, Joseph Schenck.
More recently, the home has sat vacant, awaiting its next chapter.
In 2016, Woodbridge Luxury Homes CEO Robert Shapiro bought the place as an investment for $90 million. The following year, the owner of the estate made a bold statement and placed the home on the market for $180 million. The nine-digit price tag made it one the country’s priciest properties.
In early 2018, Woodbridge declared bankruptcy and Shapiro landed in prison, after pleading guilty to charges involving a $1.3 billion Ponzi scheme that defrauded over 8,400 investors.
That same year, the price of the estate was cut to $115 million. Liquidation proceedings to pay back investors speeded up the $88 million deal, according to Variety.
Compass luxury listing agents Tomer Fridman, Sally Forster Jones, and Tyrone McKillen, as well as Hilton & Hyland’s Drew Fenton, repped the listing.
For more photos and details, check out the full listing.