BUYER: Richard Melville Hall, a.k.a. Moby
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
SIZE: 4,006 square feet,
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Just before he sold the much fabled and magnificently idiosyncratic Wolf’s Lair compound above Beachwood Canyon last month in an off-market deal for $12.4 million — so the scuttlebutt goes the buyer might be semi-secretive street artist Banksy — diminutive and typically bespectacled electronic music pioneer Moby shelled out $2.9 million for a fully renovated and updated 1920s Tudor cottage in the celeb-approved Oaks area of Los Feliz.
Listing details show the freshly hedged home — charming, perhaps, but nowhere as grand or whimsically quirky as Wolf’s Lair — has four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms in just over 4,000 square feet plus a poolside guesthouse with sky-lit vaulted ceiling and three-quarter bathroom.
Inside the arched glass front door, a bi-level central entry steps up before it steps down to a generously proportioned formal living room with 11-foot ceilings, heavy duty crown moldings, semi-glossy hardwood floors, a carved stone fireplace and multi-pane windows and French doors on three walls. A cabinetry-lined butler’s pantry connects the boxy and slightly narrow formal dining room to the compact if expensively equipped center island kitchen that’s flanked by a family room and breakfast room that both open through French doors to a covered porch that overlooks the backyard.
Upstairs there are three en-suite guest/family bedrooms — one of which opens to a terrace — plus a master suite with small sitting area, walk-in closet, marble-floored bathroom with separate shower and soaking tub, and direct access to a wrap around terrace that overlooks the somewhat petite backyard where there’s a newly installed swimming pool with inset spa surrounded by concrete terracing.
Earlier this year the six-time Grammy nominee, whose real name is Richard Melville Hall, sold a boho-chic penthouse pad on the Lower East Side of Manhattan for $2,005,000 and in June 2013, after three long years on and off the market he sold for $2.85 million a John Woolf-designed abode just above the western end of the Sunset Strip that he co-owned with fashion designer Stacey Bendet Eisner and was once owned by the late, sassy-pants actor and comedian Paul Lynde.
Listing photos: John Aaroe Group