Marlon Brando depicted some of cinema’s most dramatic characters on the big screen and in looking at one of his former homes in the Hollywood Hills, it seems that drama carried over into the icon’s every day life. Recently, a lavish residence once belonging to Brando at 8142 Laurel View Drive listed for $3.5 million.
Built in the 1920s, the Spanish-Moorish style home is evocative of a medieval European castle. Outfitted with a sleek stucco exterior, the home is a treasure trove of vintage details that have attracted Hollywood legends such as Brando and starlet Ann Miller to rest their heads within its walls.
At 4,363 square feet the home contains three bedrooms and a host of castle-like features such as a turret, flying buttresses, vaulted ceilings and a red-tile roof. The home was designed by enigmatic Los Angeles architect AF Leicht who designed a number of Spanish Revival residences throughout the city in the 1920s.
The cavernous interiors of the home are characterized by towering ceilings that curve at the edges. Floor to ceiling windows reveal the stunning city-scape of Los Angeles just a few miles away as well as the valley of luxury homes just below the home’s high perch in the hills. The kitchen has been completely renovated with modern appliances by Bulthaup.
The main foyer is especially stunning as the circular foyer and winding staircase to the upper level is made out of highly prized magnesite. Wrought iron details also create a simple, yet elegant detail within the entry way and throughout the main floor.
The grounds of the home are just as sumptuous with mature trees and vegetation surrounding ample patio space with breathtaking views of the city below.
West Hollywood Luxury Homes Gain Value
In neighboring West Hollywood, luxury homes have been climbing in value as a result of the high desirability of this stunning community. Altos Research, a California-based real estate analytics company, reports a climbing home value in West Hollywood, even as inventory has been limited with less properties being made available.
Altos reports a current median single-family home value of $2,951,512. Homes in the community have been climbing throughout the last 12 months, with just a few hiccups here and there. The last few weeks have seen notable gains in home values, indicating a strong desire by luxury home buyers in this community.
Inventory, which has continually been a factor that has held up the national real estate market, has been falling gradually since the end of the summer selling season in September 2014. There are currently about 94 properties on the market in West Hollywood. In the coming weeks and months, home buyers looking for that perfect West Hollywood home can look forward to an increase in inventory with the start of the busy spring season.
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