SELLER: Hilary Swank
LOCATION: Pacific Palisades, CA
SIZE: 6,722 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: A little birdie from Redfin alerted Your Mama to the online listing for the Pacific Palisades, CA residence of two-time Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby, Boys Don’t Cry), now up on the open market with a $9,495,000 price tag.
Of course, Your Mama don’t know a heifer from a hamster so we really can’t do anything but guess and assume the decision to sell her luxurious Pac. Pal. pad may or may not have something to do with all the gossip glossy reports about Miz Swank and man-friend/talent agent John Campisi splitting up in May 2012 after five years of un-wedded coupledom.
Property records show Miz Swank picked up the spacious 1928, ocean-view Mediterranean-style mansion in March 2007—just about the time she and Mister Campisi hooked up—for $5,800,000. Current listing information states the three-story residence was worked over and “restored” by the Santa Monica- and Santa Barbara-based A-game architects Mark Appleton & Associates along with New York City-based designer Mark Zeff.
The substantial and grand yet somehow unassuming hillside house measures a significant but hardly humongous 6,722 square feet, according to listing information, with 6 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms. The spacious, top-floor master suite boasts a corner fireplace, lots of arched windows, a small ocean-view terrace, a walk-in closet and a chandelier-lit master bath complete with two sinks, free-standing soaking tub, separate shower and a Granny-style armchair with Miz Swank’s initials, HS, embroidered on the back.
The elegantly scaled rooms include a step down living room lit by twin chandeliers and warmed by a fireplace. French doors provide direct access to an arch-lined loggia. The open-plan kitchen/dining space includes a dining room large enough to accommodate up to 20—as per listing information—and the adjoining eat-in, center-island kitchen has painted wood beams on the ceiling, bone-colored cabinetry, with the usual collection of high-grade appliances An adjoining breakfast area with big, built-in banquette is the perfect spot to read the morning paper, work crossword puzzles, take light meals and consider the sun as it dips below the horizon line of the glinting Pacific Ocean.
Other notable luxuries include a double-gated motor court at the front of the house, a fitness room, an elegantly butch leather-walled cigar room/wine cellar and a lower level lounge area with built-in wet bar that connects to a state-of-the-art surround sound theater furnished with custom leather recliners for 17 guests. The lower level also contains a guest or domestic suite plus a powder room, according to listing information.
Terraces extend off the lower level of the house and descend to the partly-flat backyard that features a terraced organic vegetable gardens, an all-new extra-long saltwater swimming pool and spa and a poolside dining cabana with fireplace, built-in heaters, an outdoor kitchen /barbecue station and a bathroom with outdoor shower. A foliage-ringed fire pit encircled by circular, stacked stone benches dressed with sunset orange cushions and pillows sits on a promontory with canyon and ocean vistas.
We’re not sure what Miz Swank’s West Coast real estate plans are but as far as we know, she still owns a compact, high-floor 1,441 square foot condo crib with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathroom in the much-ballyhooed, Robert A.M. Stern-designed Superior Ink building in Manhattan’s far West Village that she purchased in the last days of 2009 for $3,575,000.