We all know that Hollywood stars love architectural landmarks. But it’s not every day that these gems are Lloyd Wright (yep, that’s Frank Lloyd Wright’s son) properties. Diane Keaton, star of flicks like “Annie Hall“and “The First Wives Club,” is a seasoned house flipper, and the Oscar winner’s former property, the historic Samuel-Novarro House, has hit the market for $4.295 million.
Tucked into The Oaks in Los Feliz, the Mayan-themed Art Deco-style home was built in 1928 for Louis Samuel, manager of silent firm star Ramon Novarro. Novarro soon discovered that Samuel had embezzled money from him, and took over the property’s ownership. Keaton didn’t get her paws on the property until the 90’s, when she restored the property with architect Josh Schweitzer, according to Curbed. And it seems she’s not the only big name who has loved the property; Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins and Christina Ricci have all lived there, according to TopTenRealEstateDeals.
The three-bed, three-bath home, which measures 2,690 square feet, has been meticulously restored. You’ll notice classic Lloyd Wright touches throughout, like oxidized copper accents on the front exterior. The home flows perfectly from the inside to outside, with windows and glass walls that stream light inside the house. A sunny kitchen has wide garden views, while many of the rooms open out to terraces. Outside, a walled swimming pool sits next to lush, professional landscaping with overhanging vines and trees.
Keaton has written several books on her renovations of homes, including her most recent, “The House That Pinterest Built.”(Its name is derived from Keaton’s love of the website’s home renovation content.) Just last year, she dropped $1.5 million on a four-bed, three-and-a-half bath former Sonoran row house in Tuscon’s Barrio Viejo, which had been renovated from dilapidation. The process was chronicled on a popular blog, The House Made of Mud. Diane has also owned a sprawling Pacific Palisades estate, as well as her longtime home in Brentwood.
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