Diane Keaton Goes On the Open Market in Beverly Hills

SELLER: Diane Keaton
BUYER: Ryan Murphy
LOCATION: N. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills, CA
PRICE: $12,995,000 (list); $10,000,000 (sale)
SIZE: 8,434 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: A classic and true example of Colonial Revival architecture originally designed by architect Ralph Flewelling, now brilliantly restored via a collaboration of 2 significant “artists.” A monumental front door leads to entry hall/library & thru arches are both DR and LR. The home embraces an inner crtyd w/ fountain that separates kitch/FR on 1 side, from media rm, intimate den and upstairs. Mstr ste w/ dual BAs + 3 add’l BR stes. A sep. gst ste. Pool & yard, paths lined by Olive trees.

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: A few months ago, our comely confidant Kenny Kissintell whispered in our big ol‘ ear that the quirky, kooky and deevoon actress Diane Keaton was overhauling her pedigreed pad in a fine section of the Beverly Hills flats. A few months later, in November of 2008, the recently rehabbed residence appeared in all its glory on the glossy pages of Architectural Digest. Now, thanks to Our Fairy Godmother in Beverly Hills, we’ve discovered that Oscar winning Miz Keaton has officially listed the house with an asking price of $12,995,000.

As everyone knows, Miz Keaton is a prolific flipper of architecturally significant homes all over Los Angeles, including the Navarro House in Los Feliz (later owned and sold by Christina Ricci) and the Alfred Newman Estate in Pacific Palisades. However, Miz Keaton has a special affection for early California history and as such her most thrilling and sooblime residential re-dos are the several Spanish style cases she’s restored, rehabbed and renovated over the years including a Wallace Neff designed house in the Beverly Hills flats that she sold to Madonna (who, in turn, sold it in 2004).

Now children, the house-hopping hat freak Miz Keaton does not usually list her houses on the open market, so her private residence popping up on the MLS has Your Mama a little stumped, stymied and soo-prised. Perhaps, like so many others looking to unload prime real estate in Southern California, she’s caught up in the slow down and had little luck finding anyone willing to cough up the cash for the pristine property off-market.

Miz Keaton has long worked cheek by jowl on her restoration projects with a nice gay decorator from New York named Steven Shadley.* The designing duo’s latest collaboration is the 8,434 square foot hacienda style house on N. Roxbury Drive which is now available for sale. Miz Keaton entered a contract to purchase house in the early 2000s, but backed out when her feet went cold thinking about the significant amount of work the house needed. However, when the house became available again, she did not hesitate and records show she snatched it up in February of 2007 for $8,100,000. Listing information reveals the property includes 7 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, including dual baths in the master suite and, according to listing information, a separate guest suite.

According to property records and reports, the beguiling tile-roofed house was designed in the 1920s by little lauded California architect Ralph Flewelling who also designed the Beverly Hills Post Office building (now the Wallis Annenberg Cultural Center of Beverly Hills), the famous fountain at Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards and several buildings on the USC campus.

The Keaton casa wraps around an interior courtyard which acts as its central hub and orders the location and flow of the interior spaces. Although listing information is photographically slim, a quick perusal of the photographically boutiful article in Architectural Digest reveals that the after crossing the plaza-like motor court at the front of the property, entrance to the house is through large wooden doors that open into a double height entrance hall which does double duty as a library and sets the stylistic tone for the entire house. Although entering a house through a library is unorthodox, so is Miz Keaton and for what it’s worth, we rather like this bit of unexpected decorative bizness.

The book shelf lined walls of the library/entrance are filled with books on art and architecture and share shelves with her collection of pots and knick knacks. But perhaps one of the more interesting (and Keaton-esque) elements of the room is located above the bookshelves, where the statement “The Eyes See What the Mind Knows” has been stenciled in large letters that wrap around the walls.

Beyond the library/entrance is a vast dining room with dark wood floors, a vaulted wood-beamed ceiling and a row of French doors that open to the central courtyard. To the right of the library/entrance lies the large living room with a wood burning fireplace, another vaulted wood-beamed ceiling and a few pieces of Miz Keaton’s extensive collection of artworks by both dead and living artists whose work speak to the expansiveness, stark beauty and promise of the western edge of the United States. The living room leads to a den and media room as well as a stair hall that rises to the home’s second floor private quarters.

The commodious kitchen and family room areas are located towards the back of the house with easy access to the courtyard and the back yard. While Miz Keaton and Mister Shadley cling tightly to their thematic day-core in these areas, the utility of the spaces is decidedly modern in that its been opened up to be one large and informal gathering space and features modern appliances and marble counter tops.

Miz Keaton’s extreme efforts to maintain and squeeze out any bit of authenticity and integrity of the house are only matched by the exterior spaces which have been minimally landscaped with native plant life including a crowd of cactus at the front of the property that when lit up at night cast spooky shadows across the white washed walls. The generously proportioned courtyard is paved with bricks and other than the bubbling fountain surrounded by a bunch of gleefully campy statuettes of sleeping Mexicans wearing sombreros, has been left relatively empty. Seating areas have been relegated to the shady colonnade which is fine with Your Mama because we prefer to sip our afternoon cocktails in the shade anyways. The back yard includes a large swimming pool and spa, entertainment terraces and a detached garage accessible through the alleyway at the rear of the property.

Until we hear from Miz Keaton (or Kenny Kissintell), we can only assume that she’s opted to sell this house, a near perfect pad for her and her children, because she’s got new ants in her real estate pants and has set her eyeballs on some old house into which she can sink a fortune and breathe new life. Although Your Mama would love to see Miz Keaton settle down to a life lived well, we always look forward to hearing about her projects because, sadly, too few people in Los Angeles have the patience, sensitivity, pocketbook and moxie to restore iconic architectural treasures rather than rip down and replace with faux-Tuscon monolithic mega-mansion.

*Your Mama does not actually know whether this Mister Shadley person is nice or gay, so don’t none of y’all go spreading that around as some sort of gospel truth unless you have 411 we don’t have. We were simply making a funny.

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  1. You are so interesting! I don’t think I’ve truly read something like that before. So wonderful to discover someone with genuine thoughts on this subject. Really.. thank you for starting this up. This website is something that is needed on the internet, someone with some originality!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Yes, I think she may be famous for saving homes from the “tear-down brigade!” She’s on the Board of the LA Conservancy, which is run by my stepsister. She loves Diane…says she’s so fun. My sister loves this house too. Said parties tehre have been fun, and Diane is down-to-Earth! psobe

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think she is to be admired for saving these homes from the tear down brigade. I think maybe this one seems a bit lackluster after the Navarro house property, after all, that is one tough act to follow.

  4. Anonymous says:

    i don’t like it. it looks odd.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The pictures on AD are stunning – It really is a beautiful house – The pictures posted here don’t show the proportions all that well compared to the AD pictures …

    Those comparing LA with Chicago – Get a grip you idiots! Prices in LA are high because PEOPLE WANT TO LIVE HERE! Not some shit hole in middle america!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Kissy –

    Apparently it is a quote from 19th century German writer & Philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. I don’t think he was thinking of Beverly Hills or plastic surgery at the time.

  7. Anonymous says:

    This type of driveway works in the country and not the city. She and her gay designers went overboard with this.

    I like the courtyard, fountain, and driveway of the house Reese Witherspoon just bought. That is much nicer and works!

    http://realestalker.blogspot.com/2008/03/country-place-for-reese-witherspoon.html

  8. Kissyface says:

    Gorgeous! Just gorgeous!

    One little quibble:

    “The Eyes See What the Mind Knows?”

    Really? I mean THIS HOUSE IS IN BEVERLY HILLS, right? Beverly Hills, the city whose current spirit is so exquisitely captured by the 1996 movie “Escape from L.A.” in which the deranged Surgeon General of Beverly Hills gropes Taslima’s breasts and gasps: “My God, they’re real!”

    Shouldn’t the stencil around the library/entry read something like:

    “The Mind Should Know To Correct What The Eyes Have Been Tricked To Think They See!”

    Or did the designer just run out of stencils or something?

    Just asking!

    But, gorgeous! Just gorgeous! And it’s all good. After all, everything real is a fake of something else! That’s what I always say.

  9. Anonymous says:

    If I had to guess, I would say in the building against the back alley. Notice the broker description says “separate guest *suite* not guest house. Maybe if I’m bored this weekend I’ll drive down the alley and see if there is a garage door for you.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Where is the garage of this place? i cant figure it out

  11. miranda priestley says:

    Ms. Keaton’s taste in clothing and accessories is beyond reproach…….and I should know

  12. So……..my siblings PCH and Alessandra were spot on with their information about AD shoots and photography. I thought this would be the case. I hope Ms. Keaton gives the sombrero munchkins to Candy Spelling. They would look great perched on her balcony rail.

  13. Anonymous says:

    As a long time associate at the magazine and a fan of this website, I would like to clarify a few of misconceptions pertaining to Architectural Digest and it’s policies pertaining to featured properties and photography.

    1. The magazine does not knowingly show homes that are currently on or will be going on the market for sale, nor does the magazine show those that have recently sold. The only exception is the Estates for Sale column;
    2. When Architectural Digest commissions a photo shoot, the magazine absorbs the photo fees and expenses associated with such. These costs are NOT passed on to the homeowner. However, if the photographer is commissioned directly by the client (homeowner/designer/architect) to shoot on spec for them (this does happen), the magazine is not involved with these arrangements or costs.
    3. Lastly, homes are like people, some are photogenic and some are not. Therefore, not everything that is photographed for the magazine sees print.

    I hope you and your readers find this information helpful (and yes, Stephen S. is a nice guy).

  14. Anonymous says:

    And you would still live in? Chicago. Congratulations. You stay there and enjoy the wind, snow and bitter cold. Troll.

  15. Anonymous says:

    House looks fugly.

    Why are these homes so overpriced in Los Angeles? It’s a disgusting, smoggy, overrated, UGLY ass city that would be dead if it weren’t for the Hollywood industry.

    I mean, you could get something for far nicer, cheaper parts of the country. Like those luxurious neighborhoods I’ve driven through north of Chicago.

  16. Anonymous says:

    There are no security issues in this house. It’s in Beverly Hills. If somebody rings your doorbell and you call the Police, they will come in 3 minutes and track the person down…if they walked away. BHPD…rocks…

  17. Anonymous says:

    8:13 – Don’t think it is Woody Allen. He’s a New Yorker. He would never call the alley a “lane”. That was more likely a Eurotrash troll.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I like this house and appreciate what she’s done with it. The crushed gravel motor court is appropriate but I would think it’d be somewhat impractical. Some of her artwork and accessories are a little cliche for my taste but that stuff isn’t part of the architecture, anyway, and I agree with a previous poster who thought the pool would be better in the middle of the courtyard with driveway access to the garage from the front motor court. If I lived here, I’d want to see the facade when I arrived, not the alley.

  19. Anonymous says:

    anon 6:40 hush now we all know you are Woody Allen.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Who the fuck do you think you are Keaton demanding a whopping price for a boring spanish home – no sex appeal from the street, security issues from the front and the back lane. This house was redone by cheap mexicans so cracks in the plastering is bound to appear soon.

    Why you selling Keaton? You B- Grade un shaven hairy armpit slut?

  21. Anonymous says:

    What’s with the little figures around the patio fountain? Not really cute, but rather annoying since they make it difficult to go sit on the edge of the fountain, as I would do, on a warm summer’s night.

  22. Anonymous says:

    A house down the street from me used to have just ONE of those sombrero guys on top of their mail box pedestal. Poor thing used to have his head chopped off by vandals about every three weeks. The homeowners finally gave up and put a clay pot of cacti instead.

    I can only imagine the fate of these poor guys after some teenager’s rowdy party.

  23. Anonymous says:

    just curious,
    when these types of houses sell, is the furniture included in the sale?

  24. Viva! says:

    I admire Diane Keaton’s commitment to restoring historic properties.

    However, I hate this house. But that’s only because I hate Spanish architecture…hate the driveway…hate the courtyard…everything.

  25. pueblo potter says:

    There is no Nazi pottery………only Native American earthenware with traditional designs. The Nazis were a twentieth century phenomenon. This design predates them by centuries.

  26. Kieran says:

    This is so ungly and uncreative, seriously who parts with there dollar for something so untasteful! I can think of thousands of homes in that price point that are hundred times nicer. That keaten lady is a dumb b*tch

  27. Anonymous says:

    What’s up with the Nazi pottery in the corner of the living room? Did anyone else notice the band of swastikas around it?

  28. Anonymous says:

    Seems like a conflict of interest if the person being written about in A.D. does the photo layout contracting & setup? Especially if they are flipping it out for a insane amount!

    I like the house to some degree, but historic renovation can be personalized to everyones own tastes. Clay driveway vs. tile pavers, Tile inlay vs. statuary;etc. Sounds like some Frank Lloyd Wright house the way some of these bloggers are gushing over it.

    But the house is best bought by one of her very rich artsy-fartsy friends with deep pockets and ego to match. Most people want a house, and not some famous persons attempt at overpriced historical interpretation. Anybody can historically renovate a house with help from designers and reference material. But asking that price in these hard times takes some major moxy!

  29. Anonymous says:

    yes, that sort of whimsy is not in line with price or the neighborhood. but it’s so damn hard to not love Diane Keaton!

  30. Anonymous says:

    Yep, the sombrero-wearing dudes are, in the words of Jennifer Aniston, “very uncool.”

  31. Alessandra says:

    AD pays for the photography. You may hire a photographer to take photos to submit to the magazine for consideration, but they bring their people in to do the actual spread.

    They would never bill the homeowner. That is just…not done.

    I really admire Diane Keaton for her design sensibility, her commitment to restoration and revitalization and her good taste. That is all.

  32. Beverly Hillian says:

    I love this house. The restoration is immaculate. I don’t know if it can command it’s current asking price, but to say that Roxbury is not a great street and this property is worth land value only is just ridiculous.

  33. Hippie Canyon says:

    Classic Keaton restoration. Aside from the sobreros on parade I love it. And to add but one more note to the cacophony of WTF’s… Roxbury is a great street, north or south of Sunset.

  34. Anonymous says:

    sorry i mean 6215. one too many g & T’s.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Slightly off topic but I think this may be of interest to some of the children. I know prices are dropping like mad but today I saw a $349K foreclosure at 6212 Glen Oak Street. I never thought I’d see that kind of price again, even for a fixer.

  36. Anonymous says:

    The shot from the street reminds me of Union Station downtown–can’t decide if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. I mean, the station is a beautiful classic, but then again Mlle K’s house here really seems too big for its lot, squeezed in between its neighbors–plus it’s only one door off Sunset, isn’t it? Noisy? Too much $$ for a house south of Sunset. AS FOR Miss Ball’s house–Paul Williams, I believe–at 1000 N Roxbury–if only Mlle K had gotten her hands on that one before the ‘hole who tore it down and replaced it with the piece of shit now on the lot… if only.

  37. Ida Sokder says:

    Looks jus’ like the dirt around my trailer

  38. Anonymous says:

    PCH – My understanding is the photographers you see in AD are more or less freelance. They scout jobs (or hear of them word of mouth), make a deal with the owner for the house to be photographed and submit to the editors. If selected, an accompanying article is written. I would imagine it depends on the house and the photographer’s perception of likelihood the house would get selected as to whether they carry the cost of the photography or arrange for the homeowner to cover it up front. Needless to say a lot of houses are photographed that never appear in AD and the photos end up being the better quality photos you see in the RE listings.

  39. Anonymous says:

    ^^^ Correction…authentic

  40. pch says:

    I’m not sure of the exact arrangement at AD, Snowman, and someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but I’d be surprised if owners were presented with a bill for photography commissioned by the magazine.

    I imagine owners/designers routinely commission their own photography when submitting projects to magazines like AD. And it’s probably good enough, in many cases, to be used in publication if the project is selected.

    In any case, the cost of photography is a negligible cost when you consider the value of free editorial coverage. The cost of buying four or six or eight pages of ad space in a national magazine would be stratospheric, and wouldn’t have nearly the same impact as a glowing feature.

  41. Anonymous says:

    The dirt to the driveway adds an “authetic” touch to the Spanish/Mexican hacienda estate. Personally, I don’t like it. But, hey, if I could afford the house, I could afford to fix it. Overall, the house/estate is amazing.

  42. Anonymous says:

    March 10, 2009 1:50 PM

    You are not in the minority, this house, to me too, is amazing. I love that she has restored the house to perfection. The price is a little way off. But the house and street (unlike the guy earlier who said the Roxbury is not nice) are jewels to the city.

  43. Anonymous says:

    March 10, 2009 10:19 AM

    What are you talking about? “Roxbury not a great street.” Ok I get it. You where still high or drunk from the night before. Roxubury is one of the premier streets in the Flats of Bverly Hills. Louix Vuitton even has a bag named after the street. Stop smoking.

  44. I find it hard to believe that the cost of producing an article for AD rests with the homeowner…….but I don’t know anyone who has worked for the magazine or had a house featured. Paying thousands on spec to a photographer does not seem very likely.

  45. Grrrowler says:

    I guess I’m in the minority, but I love this house. It still has a lot of the old “Hollywood glamor” but is modern enough inside to make it livable. And that’s the thing compared to so many of the newer LA monster mansions: they don’t look livable. They look so impersonal and cookie-cutter, no matter how many top-end materials were used, that they just lack character. This looks like a house someone lives in, and more importantly like a house someone can be comfortable in.

  46. Anonymous says:

    I would not call having your home featured in Architectual Digest ‘free advertising’. I know one of the photographers whose work is in the digest, and the photography alone can cost thousands and is done at the expense of the homeowner. And then submitted to the digest. Where they may or may not care to do an article on your house.

  47. pch says:

    Swell house on a swell street, and I like the driveway’s surface material. Keaton has a knack for enhancing a house’s vintage vibe without being too on the nose about it.

    The sombreros around the fountain make me a little skittish, though…I know Keaton means no harm, but they’re based on a stereotype better left in the past.

    It’s only two houses south of Sunset, but I agree with Luke that it’s a critical factor when someone writes a check. I’ll bet she can get 10 no problem, but 13 seems like a stretch.

  48. bentley says:

    Best celebrity kitchen I’ve seen so far.

    Not my favorite architectural style, but this place is amazing. I love the flow, the soaring heights, the dark wood and white walls. Far too much knick-knack action for my taste, but that is as easily solved as the motor court issue. “Hi, I have a clay motor court I’d like to brick.”

  49. luke220 says:

    My understanding is that she paid considerably more for this house the second time around. She put a ton of money into it and it seems unlikely to me that she’ll get it all back. It is too much for this location. Lucy and Jack et al were on Roxbury but north of Sunset- BIG difference.

    10:53, it’s always about the money.

  50. Anonymous says:

    1. There are no drive by shootings in Beverly Hills.(at least none that I can recently recall)

    2. Roxbury north of Sunset Blvd. is one of the great streets in Beverly Hills. That’s the block where Lucille Ball, Jimmy Stewart, Jack Benny, E.G. Robinson and a host of stars have lived.

    I don’t know how much the house will sell for….but don’t bash the area, especially those of you who have never been there.

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