House-hunting can be one of the most stressful things that people go through. Many things are taken into consideration. One, we need to be sure about the location. Is it near our offices? Is it nearby or within a competitive school district for our kids’ education? The next thing that we need to be sure of is the size. Would it be the right fit for our whole family? And then, most importantly, can we afford it?
Many more questions need to be answered when it comes to house-hunting. Thus, stress comes along with it. But we can make it fun by looking at interesting houses that have fascinating histories. This is what many celebrities did when they bought their own homes.
After finding the right home for us, all we’ll need to do is set up a home loan to secure it. And then, we can start enjoying ourselves as we start building our lives in a new home.
Andy Samberg and Joanna Newsom’s Moorcrest Home in Los Angeles
Standing on a hill in the heart of Beachwood Canyon, Los Angeles, California is the Moorcrest house. This house looks like it came straight from the Jazz Age of the 1920s. It has dome-shaped high ceilings. The walls are covered with floor-to-ceiling windows. Pillars with Moroccan print designs littered all over the house. Some rooms are adorned with stained glass windows. The Moorish-Mission architecture and imposing size have been leaving quite an impression on the residents and visitors of Beachwood Canyon for decades now.
Moorcrest was designed by Marie Barnard Smith Russak Hotchener. It was built in 1921. Surprisingly, Hotchener didn’t have any background in architecture prior to her work on the design of Moorcrest. All she had was a keen eye for design and the arts, formal training in music at Mills College, and experience as a Wagnerian opera singer. But she was still able to create many designs for buildings like Moorcrest. She’s also one of the founders of the Krotona Colony in Los Angeles. Krotona was one of the significant places for Theosophy at that time. Because of her influence on the Theosophical community, Hotchener also went on to design other buildings for it.
Moorcrest is known for many things. But the most significant part of its history is the time when Charlie Chaplin lived there. Before him, though, was Mary Astor. Much like Chaplin, Astor is also a significant Hollywood star during her time. Today, it’s owned by actor and comedian Andy Samberg and musician Joanna Newsom.
Ellen Pompeo’s Villa in Los Angeles
Ellen Pompeo’s home is also another home located in the heart of Los Angeles. And it’s also one that has a fascinating history. When Pompeo gave a tour of her home for Architectural Digest, she explained that she repurchased the property when it was rundown and barren. It has definitely seen some better times. But even with its state, Pompeo saw its potential. She saw her family’s future in it.
The villa was originally built in the 1930s. It spans over 16 thousand square feet. And it exhibits a Mediterranean-style of architecture. It was originally built for another Hollywood star. And it was Antonio Moreno, who was quite prominent during the silent film era. Moreno worked with Paul Revere Williams, a sought-after architect at that time. He also worked with other high-profile stars such as Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball.
When Pompeo bought the property in 2009, several problems needed to be addressed. There were asbestos and lead pipes everywhere. The grounds were severely neglected. But she worked with Martyn Lawrence to rebuild and redecorate the home. Now, it fits perfectly well for Pompeo’s growing family of a husband and three children.
Living in a home previously owned by a well-known public figure helped influence Pompeo to restore the house to its former glory rather than completely changing everything. She embraced the Moroccan accents, French elements such as the doors and the fountain in the garden. Thus, she doesn’t completely erase the history of the house. Instead, she remembers and highlights it.
It’s fascinating to know that some celebrities today have chosen to live in homes that have fascinating histories. Yes, not all of us have the financial capacity to purchase such lavish homes. But knowing that there are houses with stories of their own out there can help us enjoy the process of house-hunting. Again, this process can be very stressful for us. But if we just know how, we can also have fun with it.
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