A secluded, romantic charmer in Hollywood Hills comes to the open market by way of acting legend Helen Mirren and her husband, film director Taylor Hackford. The property is being offered for both sale and rent by the Academy Award-winning pair; $45,000/month will get you into the unpretentious, literate property, but with $18.5 million an open-ended stay can be arranged.
The house is a knockout example of a Monterey Colonial Revival. A gander from the motor court reveals a shamelessly charming stucco two-story: it is dressed in pale warmth, with green shutters, overhangs and window trim for cool-tone contrast, but the eye is quickly drawn to the bright red front door that gives it a potent invitational quality. In back, the home features the classic second-story balcony peculiar to the style.
The 1911-built home’s interiors begin with a two-level foyer, setting a breezy, liberated tone that extends throughout the residence. Details include original flooring—narrow-plank oak and terra-cotta tile—and hardwood paneling that looks to be mahogany.
Highlights of the shared spaces include the living room, which gets high marks for its multiple sets of French doors, which provide the space with an insistent airiness and emphasis on indoor/outdoor transition. The kitchen’s more modern execution gives it an ebullient utilitarian feel, with a tile floor and red brick partial wall warming things up. And the master bedroom: a corner space with glass opening two walls to the greenery outside, a fireplace with a raised hearth, and French doors opening to the balcony.
The lot is a 6.58-acre slice of romantically edge-of-wild landscaped fantasy abutting Runyon Canyon Park; it’s a very private location and an idyllic one too, with a guest house and garage apartment bringing the square footage to 10,199, and the accommodations count to nine bedrooms and nine baths.
Mirren’s upcoming projects include White Bird: A Wonder Story, with Gillian Anderson, and Shazam! Fury of the Gods, with Lucy Liu.