The Actor Puts His Iconic Franklin Hills Home on the Market for $3.85 Million
Finding original Los Angeles architecture for sale these days can be a bit of a fool’s errand. Original, iconic LA homes are often diamonds in the rough, and they rarely have any of the original features intact. But, there are exceptions that pop up on the market every now and then. When they do, they can create a bit of fervor.
This is even more true when the listing in question has additional features that give it a bit of cache – something like celebrity provenance, for instance.
Fans of original Los Angeles architecture were given a treat recently when iconic television (Third Rock from the Sun) and film (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, 50/50) actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt listed his iconic, original 1940s hilltop home in the Franklin Hills area of Los Angeles for just under $4 million. The home has many of its original features intact, and with the additional cache of its celebrity provenance, this property is sure to move relatively quickly on the LA real estate market.
The Hilltop Compound
Calling this a home does it a bit of injustice; it’s more like a compound. Sitting atop one of the Franklin Hills, Gordon-Levitt’s home was originally designed by renowned Los Angeles architect Arthur Hawes and then remodeled in the late 1940s by even more respected Hollywood architect Paul Williams. The property is composed of more than four lots, and stretches from one street to another in the Franklin Hills neighborhood between Glendale, Burbank, Beverly Hills, and Downtown Los Angeles.
The home has a fantastic interior courtyard patio that’s perfect for entertaining, as well as a tremendous lawn and beautiful in-ground pool. There is also a poolside pavilion, complete with a lounge and both his and hers changing rooms. It is a home and grounds practically built for entertaining and large Hollywood-style pool and garden parties.
The Interior Rooms of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Estate
The home itself has four bedrooms and four bathrooms in total, and nearly 4,000 square feet of interior space. It has a massive great room with tremendous light and a vaulted ceiling with open beams. It has two fireplaces, a home office, a formal living room, a formal dining room, a separate breakfast room, a vintage chef’s kitchen perfect for entertaining (because the real party is always in the kitchen), a wet bar, a sun room, and a dedicated sewing room.
The home is set up in a U-shape, which allows the abundant Los Angeles sunlight to stream into every room inside. Nearly all of the rooms boast incredible, near-panoramic views of different parts of the City of Angels. Also, nearly every room has an access point to the home’s plant-filled courtyard, where mature plantings and trees combine to give the home the look and feel of a retreat or luxury spa.
What Four Million Could Buy You Outside of Beverly Hills or Bel Air
The home’s location in the Franklin Hills allows for a more modest listing price, considering the home’s excellent architecture, celebrity provenance, and proximity to downtown LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and the other premier areas of the city. There is also a tremendous amount of both original beauty and architectural elegance in this property that practically begs for it to be left alone, yet it has the bones for a remodel that will make it uniquely the property of its new owners. Will it be you?