Cary Grant’s onetime Los Angeles home popped up on the open market this month with a quick price chop. The house initially appeared with a $10.45 million ask, but within days the price had dropped to $8.995 million. According to The New York Post, the current owner is musician and producer Betty Moon.
The house dates to 1934, but a look at the interiors wouldn’t betray the vintage, and you’d have to have a sharp eye to spot the period even when viewing the exterior. Recent renovations have almost entirely aligned the property with 21st century tastes, and the Spanish-style that likely once was is no more, at least not overtly.
The eight-bedroom residence’s gates open to a cozy motor court with pavers in a concentric ring pattern; a lone, proud palm is the centerpiece. A broad set of exterior steps with brick treads rises to a gaping entry with a new pivoting front door, itself giving way to a double-height foyer with a chilly sea urchin-like chandelier, a curved staircase, and refinished plank hardwood.
The shared spaces hit their stride in the step-down living room, which opens to a wrap-around balcony via several sets of new French doors. Gray-scale toning predominates, and fireplaces have been given brush-ups, one with dramatically figured marble. On the upper floor, an entertainment room with a wet bar is tied for top honors with the master suite; both are given a slick revision, with the entertainment space’s raw wood ceiling a reminder of the home’s original period.
The square footage includes a guest apartment with a kitchenette.