SELLER: Amber Valletta
LOCATION: Santa Monica, CA
SIZE: 2,409 square feet, 2-3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms plus guesthouse
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: A stylishly updated Spanish style residence in a plummy, “North of Montana Avenue” location in Santa Monica, CA, that’s owned by disarmingly stunning model and actress Amber Valletta has come up for sale at $4.995 million. The catwalking supermodel turned actress — she held down a recurring role on “Revenge” for a few years and most recently turned up on the premiere season of the primetime soap story “Blood & Oil” — seeks to pocket a small fortune on the photogenic residence she purchased per property records in June 2001 for $1.65 million.
Built in 1927 and measuring in, according to the L.A. County Tax Man, at a modest 2,409 square feet, the published house was professionally “redefined” and “recreated with an artistic sensitivity,” according to online marketing materials, by designer Ross Cassidy who mixed authentic 1920s features with bold flourishes of color, high-end contemporary finishes and a bevy of eco-conscious this-and-thats. Wide plank oak floors run throughout separate but interconnected main floor living and entertaining spaces that include an entrance hall with smooth paneled wall, a formal living room with hand-carved black granite hearth and fireplace overhung by and iconic lithograph by artist Robert Indiana, and a street-facing den/library — the main house’s potential third bedroom — lined with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves painted light blue and filled with books fetchingly organized by color. A sleekly contemporary but still organically warm kitchen features a huge island with integrated snack counter, extra-thick honed marble slab counter tops, solid walnut cabinetry applied, and a costly collection of top-grade appliances. The adjoining dining space, defined by a wall inset with hand-painted and gloriously chatoyant Chinoiserie-style wall covering, links the kitchen to a cozily proportioned family room that opens on one side to the living room and on the other to the backyard through custom-crafted steel-framed glass doors.
There are just two bedrooms upstairs, per listing descriptions, including an en suite guest/family bedroom that opens to a private veranda that overlooks the front courtyard. The unexpectedly roomy master suite, also upstairs, has two walk-in closets, a crisply all-white bathroom, a vibrantly red-walled bedroom with French doors to a slender balcony, and a private sitting room, also with cherry red walls plus a fireplace and hand-painted abstract wallpaper on the ceiling that’s certainly interesting and visually striking but, let’s be honest butter beans, not likely to be everyone’s cup of decorative tea.
Atop the detached three car-garage, set behind gates and accessible from the alley that runs behind the property, a guesthouse features a vaulted exposed beam ceiling, bathroom, balcony, and boldly outfitted kitchenette with snow-white counter tops on high-gloss blood-red cabinets. The backyard, entirely private from the neighbors thanks to towering hedges, includes a stone-tiled dining and lounging terrace that steps down to a flat patch of well-irrigated lawn between the main house and garage/guesthouse.
Listing photos: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices