Hugh Hefner’s widow Crystal Hefner recently sold her contemporary home in Hollywood Hills. Hefner initially listed the home in 2017, saddling it with a sanguine ask of $7.2 million. Late last year, the price came down to $5.8 million, but by the time the ink dried on the contract, the home had sold for $5 million—it had been purchased for about that much back in 2013.
The house offers a nice balance of warmth and chilly geometry, with its strident lines, industrial influence and glassiness relieved by an abundance of hardwood—Brazilian Walnut, white oak and mahogany all get their chance to speak, and the accumulation gives the house a depth and a bit of understated soul. Jerusalem stone, limestone and Italian tile help it sustain a veneer of careful craftsmanship, most evident in the finger-jointed staircase treads.
At nearly 6,500 square feet, the house is of fair size, but not overwhelming. The kitchen and the master suite may hold the bulk of the charm; the former’s style is rooted firmly in hotter-than-hot midcentury modern, and the latter is spacious and meditative.
The open-concept living space is augmented with four bedrooms, and opens broadly to a property exterior offering excellent views of the Sunset Strip and Hollywood, making the indoor-outdoor living room entertainment-ready.