Celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D isn’t just inking her clients – she’s also just inked a deal for a historic Victorian home in the Hancock Park neighborhood of LA for a cool $6.5 million.

That’s quite a savings from the original $8.2 million listing price in April, which was then dropped down to $7.7 million in July and then again to $7.35 million in October.

This is no ordinary home. It’s also the exact property that was featured in the popular 2003 family film “Cheaper By the Dozen” starring Steve Martin. At 12,565 square feet and with 11 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, it’s the perfect home for a family of 14. Time will tell how Ms. Von D plans to fill all that space.

The 3-story beauty was designed by Isaac Newton Van Nuys and built in 1890, and was then moved to its current Windsor Square location in 1915 by Nuys’ son. Situated on a 27,000 square foot lot, the mansion still features some of the unique historic architectural details of its time, as do all the other surrounding homes in the neighborhood. Kat will be able to rub elbows with fellow celebrity neighbors including “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes and comedian Damon Wayans.

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A grandiose entrance with a stunning master staircase starts off the tour of the home, which flows into the sitting room on the main floor and into the library. The adjoining formal dining room boasts wonderful stained glass windows, a plaster relief ceiling, and wood wall paneling. In fact, timeless wood seems to be the common theme throughout, with carved walls, beamed ceilings, ornate ceiling molding, and hardwood flooring defining the architecture of the space.

The formal living room is dubbed the “French ballroom” thanks to its sky mural painted on the ceiling, and the classic sizeable eat-in kitchen comes with a butler’s pantry. There’s even a cool bar room hidden from initial sight with its own secret door to the outside.

The third level of the home not only includes a few bedrooms, but also a kitchenette and a stage with its original footlights. Outside is a classic rectangle swimming pool and backyard with a decadent red-brick foot path.

The ‘LA Ink’ star is no stranger to the luxury real estate market in LA – she’s also owned a Gothic mansion in the lower Hollywood Hills that she bought in 2011 for $2.175 million.

Kat – who was born Katherine von Drachenberg – has added cosmetics businesswoman to her resume, and is currently behind a make-up line for Sephora.

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    Lot size: 7,440 sqft
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