Jared Leto Buys Former Los Angeles Military Compound (EXCLUSIVE)

BUYER: Jared Leto
LOCATION: Los Angeles, Calif.
PRICE: $5 million
SIZE: (approx..) 50,000 square feet, 8 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms

YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: While cinephiles and celebrity watchers around the world gave their rapt attention to the giddy, jewel-encrusted showbiz extravaganza that was the 2015 Golden Globes last night, Yolanda Yakketyyak’s French manicured fingers dutifully tapped out a covert digital communiqué to let Your Mama know that actor, musician and budding documentary filmmaker Jared Leto quietly and via trust shelled out exactly $5 million for an off-market purchase of an historic former military compound in L.A.’s Laurel Canyon.

According to publicly accessible property records, the compound in question last traded hands in 1994, when it sold for $750,000 to artist Mark Lipscomb and attorney and former judge John Ladner, who is well known in the sorts of circles who know these things for his work with philanthropic oil heiress Aileen Getty. Some of the children may recall Miz Getty sold her multi-residence compound in the Hollywood Hills in the spring of 2013 for $11.2 million to candy-colored pop star Katy Perry, but we digress…

The Laurel Canyon compound, often referred to as the Lookout Mountain Laboratory and/or the Lookout Mountain Air Force Station, was originally built in the early 1940s and was used until the late 1960s as a military film studio where, among other classified projects, a small army of filmmakers and photographers with top security clearance made training films and documented military research on atomic bomb tests.

The once mysterious but now much-gabbed-about property, far more factory than residence in its exterior appearance, has been and off the market at a variety of prices since 2010: It was originally listed at $6.3 million and in early 2012 was relisted at $5.75 million. In late 2012 there were loads of reports the military installation turned colossal and colossally quirky private residence had been leased to a corporate concern that planned to use the sprawling structure(s) as a high-end rehab facility where up to 18 people would pay about fifty grand a month to work through their addiction issues.

We’re not sure if the fancy rehab facility plans ever came to fruition, but digital marketing materials and other online resources Your Mama teased out of the interweb suggest the behemoth, warehouse-like industrial compound, inconspicuously located on a narrow canyon street behind imposing gates and towering hedges on just about 1.7 acres, has more than 50,000 square feet of multilevel interior space. Listing details show a total of 8 bedrooms and 12 — ahem — creatively tiled bathrooms, and this bleary-eyed property gossip counted several kitchens and at least half a dozen living and dining spaces, both intimate and baronial in size. Listing photographs also show a sculptural spiral staircase, vast and meandering, concrete-floored art galleries, a theater space and a capacious soundstage utilized as a painting studio and gallery. In addition to a blacktop motor court at the front, outdoor living and entertaining spaces include a tiled courtyard outside the soundstage/painting studio and a slender backyard with several decks and stone terraces plus a lagoon-style swimming pool nestled into a steep hillside.

The Oscar-, Golden Globe- Independent Spirit- and SAG Award-winner, a dedicated vegan and social media entrepreneur who has largely taken a break from Hollywood since the critically acclaimed 2013 film “Dallas Buyers Club,”‘continues to own a 4,000-square-foot-plus house in the Cahuenga Pass area of the Hollywood Hills that our research indicates he picked up in March 2006 for $1.65 million.

Listing photos: Everett Fenton Gidley for Hilton & Hyland

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  1. shanda hale says:

    this house is beautiful. jared u did awesome on picking this one out. although it does kinda look like a factory on the inside.

  2. Charles says:

    I had the opportunity to appraise it 2006. Prodigious in every respect with a fascinating historical providence.

  3. lil' gay boy says:


  4. TriadGirl says:

    I think its perfect for Jared and his wonderful life. It has a simple, spacious well spread out yet artsy look. He can have Vyrt, Mars Labs, Mars Music, Mars Movies, and space to persue his dreams inside his LA compound! I love it Jared! #JaredsNewPlace #JaredLeto

  5. c.m says:

    The photos are beautiful, the bathrooms look amazing and that pool! Seems like a steal for that price…good job Jared!

  6. Petra says:

    What a dump!

  7. rlan says:

    Great location but this is just a tear-down, right?

    I mean, he’s not seriously going to live in that ramshackle thing?!

  8. Cas says:

    Cool quirky place. But sweet Jesus I can not imagine how much it would cost to cool and heat a 50,000 square foot space. And the up keep. It’s got to be a million a year.

  9. What!!! This is awesome. You will have a Great Home and Space for New endeavors! Sending my love and best wishes. I’m sure you will have it as your own mini silicon valley in no time! Best of luck and congrats on all your timeless works. Oh, and Vyrt. My friends overseas love to catch up, and are always raving what a genius you are. well, its true, you really are Extra Ordinary and brilliant! Congrats Jared. Xo

  10. DorrieBlueFish says:

    I think this is the first picture in which Leto has actually looked liked a middle aged guy.

  11. Glenn C. says:

    Really ugly. A waste of $5 million. What some people’s tastes are!

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