Kirsten Dunst’s cozy Cape Cod-style in Toluca Lake went under contract within days of listing early this summer; it was listed at $4.7 million in the third week of June, and vanished from the open market before the month was out. The quick-acting buyer was “Young Sheldon” actress Annie Potts.
The sale eventually registered at $4.55 million. Not a bad price—although the home wasn’t on the market long enough to spur a bidding war. It probably could have elicited a passionate exchange between potential buyers, as its extraordinary charm makes it a turnkey lifestyle of unusual authenticity. The quick sale did provide Ms. Dunst with a painless house-selling experience, though, and that can certainly be considered a priceless boon.
The 4,300 square foot home begins auspiciously, with a gated arbor entrance, a red brick drive, and lush green landscaping providing a colorful and upscale-folksy preamble for the grey-blue house with white trim. It dates to 1960, but extensive updates outside and in have left it with a feel that comes as close as it’s possible to come to timelessness.
Crown moldings, period light fixtures, vaulted ceilings, natural-toned plank hardwood and a white treatment establish the living style as sophisticated but not stuffy, optimistic but down-to-earth. The shared spaces feature a layout that is unusually affecting; solarium-like, and with a marvelous openness and interconnected feel that give room-to-room transitions the sense of discovery.
The setting is spectacular, and the hillside location allows for a long gradient that begins with a patio with bar and summer kitchen. A brick staircase and pool and lounge area is next in the order, before the property comes to a conclusion with a picturesque lakeside deck.
Dunst had owned the home since 2001.