Leonardo DiCaprio recently listed a pre-war Spanish-style charmer for $1.75 million. The home is one of the nicer Spanish Eclectics near Echo Park, and has been wonderfully maintained. According to public records, DiCaprio picked up the home in late 1999, and paid $770K.
The cottage mixes Mission Revival and Hacienda styles. It’s fairly expansive, measuring a little less than 3,600 square feet, and containing four bedrooms and four and one-half baths.
It’s a beguiling home. Stucco, custom tilework, period doors, original plaster, a variety of arch styles, period light fixtures, and contrasting hardwood accumulate into an extremely evocative period feel; there is nary a recessed ceiling fixture inside this house. It begins with a primary entrance defined by a soft arch, a pair of wood columns, and a series of wildly colorful and diverse hand-painted tiles flanking the front door.
The eye is also drawn to the kitchen. The room appears to have been revised; if so, the job was done entirely in keeping with the style, with blue, white, and red tile throughout, and a brick-lined kiva-style oven. The light fixtures here could use a refresh, though. And how.
The home’s feel is beautifully sustained, with more than a few surprises. Inside, solid French doors open to reveal Silver Lake, and the original slag glass sconces that pop up throughout the house reinforce the effect.
The dazzler is the little courtyard, though; not one but two water features, terra-cotta and hand-painted tile, and a secreted-away tree-bordered atmosphere that only comes with a house like this.