Progressive rocker and postmodern kabarettist Annie Lennox has a new Hollywood Hills property to celebrate the holidays in; it augments her current home in the Hills, adding over half an acre to what is becoming a cool little compound.
Lennox purchased the first of the two homes in the summer of 2018. That home—a midcentury modern designed by Buff, Hensman and Associates, and built in 1962—ran the singer songwriter $4.4 million. The new home is a little bungalow dating to the mid-1950s; Lennox acquired it for $1.6 million.
Streetside, the home features a timber-clad exterior that’s hunkered close to the ground and looks quite dark; in back, it boasts 1950s futurist-riffing extended eves in a sunburst pattern, plentiful glass, and period materials, notably masonry and craggy stone.
Within, the 1,631 square foot house is disarmingly unpretentious and quite inventive. In the shared living space, the beams that extend to the eves fan out from a central point, the ceilings are filled out with plank, and a whitewashed mixed stone accent wall transitions to a large fireplace with a raised hearth seat.
The bohemian authenticity really blossoms as the home progresses, with a few genuine surprises waiting for those with an artistic eye; examples include a series of roof lights, a raw timber ceiling in the kitchen, and a rounded wall in louvered panels. Room colors, tile, and style are wildly varied; you guessed it, this house hasn’t been on the market since it sold in 1955. A little cohesion is in order for the inevitable renovation.
Bay windows and French doors open onto the exterior patio, where a small pool and views of the surrounding neighborhood top the list of outdoor features.
Lennox will join Eurythmics bandmate Dave Stewart for an upcoming NYC gig: the Sting & Friends ‘We’ll Be Together’ fundraiser. Bruce Springsteen, Bob Geldof, James Taylor and John Mellencamp will also take the stage at the Beacon on December 9th to raise money for The Rainforest Fund.