Although the transfer still doesn’t appear in official property records, word has already gotten around by DIRT gossip that it was Hollywood royalty Charlize Theron who just closed the deal for a newly-transformed contemporary bungalow in the popular and increasingly expensive Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles. . Situated along a quiet, pretty, tree-lined block that’s convenient to the posh Erewhon organic supermarket, Theron apparently took such an appreciation for the pricey rehabbed residence that the offer was reduced by nearly $350,000 above the home’s $2.3 million asking price. .
Transformed over the past year from a run-down 1940s wart by designer/builder Rob Diaz (one of our tipsters called him “the best builder in the valley”), the roughly 2,000-square-foot structure was demolished “until the studs,” according to marketing material. Interior spaces have been radically reconfigured, the exterior has been given a modern dark gray siding, and brand new landscaping includes a beautiful Manzanillo olive tree at the fenced-in patio entry. In addition to a high-performance roof, all-new insulation, and high-quality windows and doors trimmed on the interior with Douglas fir, the home’s array of high-end finishes include honey-toned white oak hardwood floors, granite countertops, polished Carrara marble in the kitchen and tumbled limestone tile in the designer tiled bathrooms.
Relocated to the rear of the home, the living room extends via a bank of telescoping glass sliders into the fenced-in, hedged-in backyard with fresh grass. One of the home’s most unique design flourishes is a massive interior window that allows light to stream through the living room into the adjacent kitchen. The unconventional kitchen arrangement has all the cabinet storage on one side of the room and all the appliances along the opposite wall, with a spacious counter-height snack bar in the middle.
Two of the three bedrooms are ensuite; one of them includes a walk-in closet and a 55-inch circular bathtub. The third bedroom is perhaps best suited as a library or home office, as the only bathroom you have access to is a powder room off the entry gallery. A detached two-car garage at the rear of the 0.13 acre mid-block parcel has been converted into a flexible finished space enhanced by a vaulted wood beam ceiling and custom carriage doors.
The home was listed by Compass agent Larry Cole, while David Gray of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties represented the buyer.
Since the Oscar-winning South African actress and producer, who has several career irons in the fire, including a sequel to the 2020 superhero telecast “The Old Guard,” owns at least three other Los Angeles homes, including a Cozyly updated 1920’s Spanish home. With a farmhouse in the Beverly Grove neighborhood that is pending sale with a price tag of almost $2 million, it seems unlikely that the “Monster” star will move to Studio City. Then again, who knows? Strange can sometimes be the real estate forms of the rich and famous.