Ellen DeGeneres is Interested in Hollywood Regency-Style Villa – A Hollywood Regency-style villa in the tony Trousdale Estates area of Beverly Hills, Calif., that was once home to late actress Majorie Lord has been sold for $15 million and unconfirmed word on the Platinum Triangle real estate street is that the new owners are none other than architecture and design savvy house-flipping fanatics Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi.
Tucked into a discreet cul-de-sac on almost half of an acre with an over-the-treetops view that on a clear day extends all the way to the Pacific Ocean, the residence was originally designed and built in 1962 for Lord, mother of 1988 Oscar-nominee Anne Archer (“Fatal Attraction”), and her third husband, banker Henry Volk, by iconoclast architect John Elgin Woolf. Several months after Lord’s November 2017 passing at 97, the single-story residence was put up for sale at $9.25 million and soon sold for $8.3 million to a limited liability company connected to the illustrious Marmol Radziner architecture firm.
After a thoughtful and unquestionably expensive restoration, update and expansion that included reconfiguring the kitchen and moving the swimming pool, the property was set back out for sale in April of this year (2018) at $16.5 million. Marketing materials indicate there are five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms in about 5,100-square-feet.
Extremely tall front doors characteristic of Woolf’s theatrical signature style are topped by a row of intricately detailed oxidized copper finials and swing open to an intimately proportioned and delightfully round foyer lit by a glitzy, tear drop-shaped crystal chandelier. Striated beige marble floor tiles laid in a monochromatic checkerboard pattern flow from the foyer and entrance gallery into a grandly proportioned combination living and dining room that features a wood-paneled ceiling and delicately carved marble fireplace, both original to the house, plus a sleek wet bar and a solid wall of full-height glass sliders that open to a vast, curved loggia lined with an Old-School elegant if slightly gaudy quartet of fluted columns. With gold-veined marble countertops that waterfall over the ends of a massive center island, the spacious and newly installed, all-white kitchen opens to an informal dining space and den with full-height glass sliders, a curved bay window set into a paneled niche and a solid wall of built-in cabinets that hide media and audio equipment.
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