Actors Diane Kruger and Norman Reedus picked this castle-like home in Hollywood Hills up for a bargain price back in the spring of 2020. This month the house went to a new owner, who plunked down $8.938 million at the closing. The couple paid $8.5 million for the house, a particularly stylized and quite beautiful piece of 1920s-era architectural delirium that had changed hands just a year and a half before for $12 million.
The 7,732 square-footer puts one in mind of the house in the area that Marlon Brando once called his L.A. home, another castle-inspired house in Hollywood Hills, albeit one inspired by Moorish residential-fortress architecture. In back, it soars to great effect by way of its hillside location, hinting at a fifth floor.
The interiors of the four-bedroom, seven-bath house have been revised, and generally show a contemporary understatement: matte-finished floors, a modern fireplace, a lack of ornament. Steel-framed windows and doors have been added, and even grace the entryway, which has been adapted into a little greenhouse-like space. The understatement is occasionally shattered by surprising bursts of texture, mainly in the baths.
Amenities in this house include a wet bar — which gets a dash of color by way of bright red pattern wall covering, setting off its black-and-white tile floor nicely—as well as a reading room with built-in bookshelves, a media-entertainment room, some lovely tiered landscaping contained by a series of stone walls, and a terrace and backyard, both very private spaces, the latter with an oval pool in the middle of its lawn.
Kruger’s upcoming films include The 355, with Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penelope Cruz, and Bingbing Fan.
Reedus’ current television projects include The Walking Dead and Ride With Norman Reedus.