Feature film producer and director Joseph McGinty Nichol, aka McG, is the most recent owner of a character-rich, 1926-built home in Beverly Hills. Among the property’s previous owners? Actor John Barrymore.
The Spanish Colonial Revival contains seven bedrooms and eleven baths. It was designed by architect John Byers, who favored the style and designed many similar houses—though not necessarily as large—in and around Santa Monica. He also designed the Miles Memorial Playhouse in the city.
The home’s exteriors are marvelously evocative of the build era, with stucco, wrought iron and tile distinguishing the languid and inviting architecture. Inside the home, sensitive renovations have enhanced more than they’ve changed, and period details include original tile floors, fireplaces, stained glass, and hardwood paneling. Newer details include the kitchen’s midcentury flavor, and the use of architectural concrete.
The grounds measure in at just under an acre, with stone walking paths, water features, a koi pond, guest cottages, and a pool with a waterfall among the features of the outdoor living area.
McG’s upcoming projects include Love Hard, with Nina Dobrev and Jimmy O. Yang.