Sean Rad—co-founded of Tinder—picked up this 1939-built house in the Bird Streets in 2016, spending $7.65 million. The home was renovated and initially listed in November of last year for $10.9 million. It ultimately sold for $9.2 million in November of 2019, earning its most recent former owner a neat little bundle in plenty of time for holiday shopping.
The 2-story house is secreted away behind mature privacy hedges. Its facade is covered in ivy, and it sports a dramatically hipped roof; but for the pair of bay windows flanking the entrance, it could easily play the part of a displaced French country house that wound up rooted in the Hills.
Peeking into the main house, it’s the original oak floors that hit the eye first—spectacularly contrasted and unmistakably period, a look that’s nearly impossible to replicate or engineer—along with a simple, elegant staircase. Renovations begin to look obvious in the kitchen, which has been executed in a white-with-brass look that’s more formal than interesting, but suits the spirit of the home. Bathrooms have similarly been rendered in period terms.
The three bedrooms and four baths in the main house are augmented by a one-bedroom guesthouse; the interior living spaces on the property measure just over 6,000 square feet. The .35-acre lot is intensely green, with the bit of lawn and the garden between the guest house and main house establishing a marvelously secretive and timeless feel.