LOCATION: Beverly Hills, CA
SIZE: 3,000-ish square feet, 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms (total)
YOUR MAMAS NOTES. Although Your Mama first heard word of this several weeks ago from out long-time celebrity real estate informant Peter Propertyseller we're not, unfortunately, the first property gossip to reveal that British bubble gum pop boy bander Harry Styles bought a bachelor pad mini-compound on a gated, celeb-approved street in the Post Office area of Beverly Hills*
According to our sources, Mister Styles—just twenty years old, wild-maned, prodigiously tatted up and one of vindictive pop country superstar Taylor Swift's ex-boyfriends—purchased the property via trust in late February for, according to property records, exactly $4,000,000. (Your Mama's handy-dandy currency conversion contraption says that equals £2,401,810 and €2,874,600 at today's rates.)
Listing details show the glassy, post and beam-built main house was originally built in 1967 and later reworked by Bogata, Columbia-born and L.A.-based contemporary architect Alejandro Ortiz who, amongst other modernizing conceits, wrapped the exterior in a unifying skin of thin, horizontal wood slats. Listing details don't indicate the square footage of the residence but the Los Angeles County Tax Man puts it at 2,820, a figure that may or may not be accurate and probably does not include the detached guest house tucked under the street-level three-car garage.
A gated entry at the street opens to an unexpectedly and exceptionally long, tree- and vine-enshrouded elevated covered bridge that spans and overlooks a lushly landscaped sunken central courtyard. While this is certainly an unusual feature sure to be a topic of conversation at all of Mister Styles's future pool and dinner parties it also means Hortencia the Housekeeper will need to be paid extra a few extra shekels to schlep the groceries all the way from the driveway and garage. Anyways...
The (rather fuzzy) floor plan included with digital marketing materials suggests there are four or possibly five bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms spread throughout the three story main residence. They include a pair of canyon-view guest/family bedrooms that share a hall bathroom and a garden level master suite with two walk-in closets and a compartmentalized bathroom. Entire walls of glass on opposite ends of the master bedroom provide direct access to a slender veranda that overlooks the rugged canyon behind that house and a semi-private outdoor lounge that opens to the verdant central courtyard.
Wood floors extend throughout the uppermost main level where an open-concept main living space a a frosted glass-faced fireplace and both canyon and courtyard views in the living area and a wet bar and a long wall of canyon view floor-to-ceiling windows in the dining area.
The well-equipped kitchen a sleek white and off-white cabinetry topped with bright orange counter tops. Now, children, nobody loves the color orange more than Your Mama. Indeed we have a newly installed shower coated entirely in tangerine-hued glass tiles. However, hunties, iffin we're being honest—and we always are—these electric orange counter tops in this kitchen give us the willies. Even more mortifying, however, is the amoebic, built-in snack bar peninsula that, frankly, does a lousy and odd job of dividing the kitchen area from the main living/dining area. Surely there is a better solution than this, right? But we digress...
More successful by this property gossips utterly meaningless opinion are the adjacent, tree house-like breakfast room and, at the opposite end of the house, a roomy den where a single, simple wood plank that serves as home office space spans the full width of the room in front of a solid wall of floor-to-ceiling glass.
The lowest level of the house has, as best as we can tell, an en-suite bedroom with private deck, a large laundry room, and a flexi-use room that opens to its own wrap-around deck that all but hangs over the canyon. The detached guest house—located, as we mentioned before, across the sunken courtyard from the main house under the street-level three car garage—has a combination living/dining/kitchen lined with simple plywood bookshelves, a separate bedroom, and a good-sized bathroom with separate tub and stall shower.
A series of shaded verandas and and multi-level decks linked by a dramatically and wonderfully wide stairway descends grandly from the upper level of the main house to the courtyard where in addition to a patch of grass large enough for a rousing, booze-fueled game of badminton—shuttlecock, anyone?—there's a simple, rectangular swimming pool backed by a towering, privacy-ensuring wall of trees and shrubs.
Some of Mister Styles's nearest neighbors in his new Bev Hills Post Office nabe include age-defying actress Demi Moore, Beverly Hills Housewives' Lisa Vanderpump and hubby Ken Todd, tennis-loving comedian Jon Lovitz, and veteran actor Jon Voight. Last October, celebrity real estate watchers will recall, Mark Wahlberg sold his long-time compound for almost $13 million and moved to a custom-built mega manse on more than six acres in the guard-gated Beverly Park development.
Mister Styles, like many famous folk of his vaunted stature, is ften rumored to be snatching up multi-million dollar residences—including this four-floor waterfront manse in Key Biscayne, FL, that he did not buy—but the only home Your Mama is aware Mister Styles actually owns is a gated and high-walled three-story house on a fairly busy road in North London's semi-urban and partly pastoral Hampstead Heath area that he picked up about a year and a half ago for about £3,000,000.
NOTES: For a handful of photos of the residence at the time of it's renovation by Alejandro Ortiz, have a look see here.
*The so-called Post Office area of Beverly Hills, as persnickety city boundary snobs are always certain to point out, shares the world renown 90201 zip code with the city of Beverly Hills but technically lies outside the city limits and as such makes use of slower responding hence less desirable Los Angeles City police and fire services.
listing photos: Hilton & Hyland