Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Alexander Skarsgård Buys Hillside Hideaway

BUYER: Alexander Skarsgård
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $1,850,000
SIZE: 2,479 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Despite living and working in Los Angeles for more than half a dozen years, Swedish-born film and television actor Alexander Skarsgård resisted setting down real estate roots in Tinseltown until March (2012)—we first heard from a clever canary we'll call Fatima Figgereditout—when he shelled out $1,850,000 to acquire a sensitively preserved and thoughtfully updated mid-century modern residence pneumatically perched on a private promontory at the tail end of a quiet cul-de-sac in the the celeb-studded hills above L.A.'s upscale, boho-hipster Los Feliz neighborhood.**

The ever-so-slightly but deliciously buck-toothed Mister Skarsgård is probably best known as the powerful, powerfully sexy and emotionally complicated 1,100+ year old vampire Eric Northman on the boob-toob hit series True Blood. Since he arrived in Tinseltown in the early Aughts, the versatile actor has also appeared in a variety of projects including the eye-crossingly stoopid male-model spoof Zoolander, the Emmy-winning mini-series Generation Kill, the recent—and not-particularly-successful—remake of Straw Dogs, and Lars van Trier's psyche-disrupting bone-rattler Melancholia. Several years ago he shook his comely money maker as Lady Gaga's elegant and scrumptiously scruffy man-friend in her music video for Paparazzi. Remember that, kids?

Mister Skarsgård—in case you didn't know—comes from high-profile (if intellectually-minded) Showbiz roots in his native Sweden. His father, Stellan Skarsgård, well-known as a nuanced actor in Sweden and beyond. In addition to the scads of European movies Your Mama has never heard of because, well, we don't follow Swedish cinema very closely the elder Mister Skarsgård has also had notable parts in any number of movies likely to be well known by the average American movie goer (Good Will Hunting, The Avengers and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as well as his fair share of roles in haute-indie films such as the upcoming, two-part Lars van Trier-directed soft-porn psychodrama Nymphomaniac. At the age of 61—and apropos of absolutely nothing pertinent to the real estate related matter at hand—the vigorous and virile elder Mister Skarsgåed recently sired is eighth child with his significantly younger second wife. Imagine for a moment, butter beans, having a (half-)sibling 36 years your junior, as does the younger Mister Skarsgård.

Anyhoo, for the record, Mister Skarsgård's name does not appear on any of the property records Your Mama peeped —it was officially purchased with a generically-named trust—but our mysteriously but always impeccably and accurately well-informed friend and informant, Lucy Spillerguts, seconded Fatima's well-researched celebrity real estate scuttlebutt. None-the-less, puppies, let's use them noggins: This ain't, technically, nuthin' but some silly rumor and gossip.

Listing information from the time of the purchase that Your Mama located on the internets shows the single-story contemporary was designed by modernist-minded architect Phil Brown and built in 1963—for his parents, our research reveals—with 2-3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in 2,479 square feet of sun-flooded, steel-framed and glass-walled interior spaces that are dominated by satisfying, gasp-worthy views that stretch over a wide swathe of Los Angeles.

The front door, discreetly set into a deep recess out of view from the street, opens into a roomy front entry space that melts effortlessly into a buoyant, 30+ foot long living/dining combination space with yellow blond wood floors, lofty ceilings with clerestory windows, an open-sided gas fireplace with floating hearth, and thrilling expanses of paneless windows and glass sliders that peel back to an eave-shaded wrap around terrace that hovers over the hillside with toe-tingling city vistas.

At the time it the property was purchased, the kitchen, easily accessible to but separate from the living/dining area, had a spacious and sleek, and very expensive Euro-brand kitchen. An adjoining breakfast area with corner windows and glass sliders connects to the cantilevered deck that girdles two sides of the living/dining area. Just off the kitchen a flexi-purpose room with scintillating city view could be used as a third bedroom, home office, Pilates studio or t.v. watching lounge.

On the other side of the house a master bedroom has two, not-very-big closets and a through-the-pine-trees view of the city as well as a slightly obstructed city view across a semi-enclosed atrium and clear through the living/dining room. The attached master bathroom has a long, floating double vanity, a two-person soaking tub set into a glass-tiled platform, a separate stall shower partially enclosed by a transparent sheet of glass, and a separate cubby from the crapper.

At the time of the purchase, the second bedroom had almost an entire wall of windows shielded by plantation shutters, a privacy-ensuring but somewhat out of context decorative decision Your Mama would not have recommended or installed in a house with this sort of quintessentially mid-century modern architectural integrity.

The hillside lot is a decent-size quarter acre but usable outdoor space is—or was at the time of the purchase—limited to the wrap around deck on the backside of the house. However, should Mister Skarsgård—or whomever—desire more space in the future, marketing materials Your Mama dug up out of the murky morass of the interweb show a significant extension was designed with additional living space that juts out like a broken bone from the original structure, an ample roof deck and a lap-length swimming pool.

**Settle down, Angelenos, we're not hatin'. We love us some Los Feliz. Child, Your Mama and our oldest lesbo gal-pal The Chicken were hanging out at The Dresden back before sequined-slathered singers Marty and Elayne ever put on their first body-shaping undergarments. Even though it is desperately compact and, well, a little dingy, the Vintage on Vermont is a goddamn indie film oasis in blockbuster-driven L.A. and all of y'all who frequent the 'hood ought to buy books on a regular basis at Skylight Books, also on Vermont. Okay? We j'adore Los Feliz. It wasn't so long ago the still pretty low-profile 'hood was a little down on its heels  butlet's get real, gurl—the area has gotten markedly upscale over the last decade in that liberally tattooed, Audi- or Prius-driving, Open Ceremony-shopping, I-only-look-like-I-haven't-showered-in-three-days sort of way.

listing photos: Michael Andrew McNamara Photography for Sotheby's International Realty

26 comments:

Kells said...

That looks properly Swedish and minimalist.

Anonymous said...

love the clean lines and the foilage... lovely spot. I can sip champagne on this lovely day instead of reaching for the hard stuff after my eyes hurt from some of the dreadful postings of messes gone coo-coo I sometimes see on this fabulous post xxoo

Anonymous said...

That last paragraph about Los Feliz KILLED me! Literally, I'm typing in the casket right now! So funny and so true.

l'il gay boy said...

Fabulous MCM --- wonderfully restored & I must say I am oddly attracted to the unusual color palette.

And speaking of attraction, Alexander can press me up against any one of those floor-length windows anytime...

Anonymous said...

@l'il gay boy - ahh yes, against those windows, at night, with the city views........ANYHOO

of the Los Feliz homes Mama has posted recently this is far superior to that Kristen Stewart monstrosity

Jim in Tampa said...

What a drop dead gorgeous home!

Anonymous said...

Dare I say the seller left some money on the table?

Anonymous said...

4:26 No doubt whatsoever. The buyer got a steal on this house. I like it a lot.

Anonymous said...

@5:05 According to Zillow it was originally listed in 2010 for $2.8 million. :O

Greg | REOreseller.com said...

This is awesome! Nice idea of putting this house in a nice place. Very elegant! The restoration and impact of color is very attractive. It really ads beauty. Another thing is that, I like it a lot and congratulations to the buyer in advance.

Anonymous said...

Greg, cut it out.

Anonymous said...

I love it !! Gorgeous home , beautiful just like the handsome Alexander Skarsgard ....

Petra's said...

Lovely place, I wouldn't change a thing! Well, except for those chintzy dining room chairs.

l'il gay boy, loved your (quite graphic) description! Can't say I'd object to that sort of thing, either. ;)

Anonymous said...

Eh, Skarsgard is just okay. He reminds me of a poor man's Jensen Ackles.

Julzrael said...

Anonymous, Skarsgard is just okay like Versailles is just a house. Ridonkulous!

Anonymous said...

"He reminds me of a poor man's Jensen Ackles"

Only about a Ft taller. They actually share a very similar trait, well, a very similar love shall we say.

Valter said...

Awwww...my dream-house with this biiiig windows :)) Only in 2 rooms I would change something. What?This I would suggest only Alex:)))

Morgaine said...
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Morgaine said...

Beautiful house! It looks as if it were designed for him. I hope he enjoys living there.

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Anonymous said...

So Christian Grey! He should definetly play Mr.Grey in 50 fifty shades of grey

Anonymous said...

I hope it suits the new owner as much as it did the previous.

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Sky said...

Spacious, great views, modern, very Alex. Nice piece if real estate.