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David Arquette Buys Historic Windsor Square Estate (EXCLUSIVE)

Amicably divorced (and long ago moved on) Tinseltowners Courtney Cox and David Arquette are well-known among the sorts of people like Your Mama who care about such things to have a dedicated interest and proper understanding of architecture and design. Remember, kids, the Cox-Arquettes once owned a magnificently idiosyncratic oceanfront home in Malibu conjured by maverick architect John Lautner that they sold back in 2007 for $27.25 million to also but much less amicably divorced former Dodgers owners Frank and Jamie McCourt.

BUYER: David Arquette
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $7,150,000
SIZE: 9,708 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms

Amicably divorced (and long ago moved on) Tinseltowners Courtney Cox and David Arquette are well-known among the sorts of people like Your Mama who care about such things to have a dedicated interest and proper understanding of architecture and design. Remember, kids, the Cox-Arquettes once owned a magnificently idiosyncratic oceanfront home in Malibu conjured by maverick architect John Lautner that they sold back in 2007 for $27.25 million to also but much less amicably divorced former Dodgers owners Frank and Jamie McCourt.

We heard through the celebrity real estate grapevine — but certainly can’t prove — that Mister Arquette was granted ownership of the erstwhile couple’s stunning A. Quincy Jones designed and Cory Bucker refreshed house in Beverly Hills’ trendy and spendy Trousdale Estates ‘hood. So given his (and his ex-wife’s) proclivity to architectural thoroughbreds, it came as no surprise to this veteran property gossip that just as soon as Mister Arquette sold the Bev Hills house for $18 million to songwriter and pop music producer Dr. Luke he picked up another architecturally pedigreed place to call home; According to real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak, Lucy Spillerguts and good ol’ Peter Propertyseller, Mister Arquette — presumably with input from his baby momma fiancée Christina McLarty — shelled out $7.15 million for the so-called O’Melveny House in Windsor Square.

Designed by renown architects at Hunt, Eager & Burns, the house was built in 1908 for a prominent attorney in 1908 on Wilshire Boulevard in an area that was once part of the upscale Wilshire Boulevard Heights residential tract and is now pretty much the heart of Koreatown. In 1930, due to encroaching commercialization that impinged on their sense of residential gentility, the O’Melveny’s had the Arts and Crafts meets Tudor style manse picked up and moved two miles west — pulled by horses, actually — to its current location in the leafy, Hancock Park-adjacent neighborhood of Windsor Square. Windsor Square, in case you didn’t know, is one of the many affluent nabes developed in Los Angeles in the 1920s and ‘30’s with strict and enforced covenants that limited ownership of property only to white people. The enforceability of the covenants were barred by the Supreme Court in the late 1940s but when Windsor Square came in to being these sorts of racial restrictions to property ownership were hardly unusual.

So the digitally traced historical story goes, the O’Melveny’s house was later occupied by oil man Robert Ellis Bering and acquired sometime in the 1950’s or 1960s — we’re not exactly sure — by a member of the illustrious Rindge family. The Rindge family, among other assets, once owned a healthy chunk of Malibu and, indeed, donated the land on which Pepperdine University is located. Anyways, the Rindge family owned O’Melveny House until 2002 when it was sold it for $2.25 million to L.A. businessman Brett Waterman. Mister Waterman embarked on a thorough restoration and update of the historic mini-estate during which, according to the celebrity real estate pioneer Ruth Ryon in the L.A. Times back in 2005, “bricks were removed, reversed and put back in place” to give the exterior a fresher look. Can we just call that a downright clever and probably hideously expensive full-tilt architectural face-lift? The property popped up for sale in 2004 for just under five million bucks and property records Your Mama peeped indicate the property transferred in 2005 for an unknown amount to a heavy-duty construction magnate and his wife who quietly sold it last month to a trust that Yolanda, Lucy and Peter all swear is controlled by Mister Arquette.

Listing details show the mostly preserved and well-maintained manse sits grandly on a double corner lot of nearly three-quarters of an acre and weighs in at a considerable but not colossal 9,708 square feet with a total of seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms. A circular drive passes under massive, mature trees in front of a deep porch and wrought iron and glass door that opens to a ballroom-sized foyer wrapped in mahogany paneling. One of the home’s half dozen or so fireplaces anchors the far end of a large formal living room and another one in the formal dining room has a mahogany mantel that matches the mahogany paneling.

A casually appointed library/den has another fireplace with mahogany mantelpiece as well as a beamed ceiling and a custom stained glass window that depicts a tree and may or may not be original to the residence. Your Mama thinks it’s safe to assume the all-white center island kitchen expensively decked out with marble counter tops and high-grade stainless steel appliances is not original to the residence but entertainers and dishware collectors will swoon with envy over the super-sized Old School butler’s pantry.

A wide, mahogany staircase in the foyer ascends to a sun-flooded landing larger than most peoples’ living rooms before it switches back a higher but smaller landing and bedroom corridor. At least one of the upstairs bedrooms has a fireplace and convenient vintage en suite and at least one of the other bedrooms has a private sitting room as well as a private, vintage bathroom. The master suite consists of a huge bedroom with fireplace and sitting area, two walk-n closets — a rarity in a home of the era — and a long and renovated if uninspired bathroom with two sink vanity, a claw-footed bathtub and a separate, much more modern frameless glass shower enclosure.

Other rooms include a study, a sun room, a basement with wine cellar and a fully finished attic space converted to cavernous, multi-purpose entertainment/lounge/media area where Your Mama can’t imagine anyone but a teenager would want to spend time since there are numerous and much more elegantly comfortable rooms downstairs.

Several main floor rooms open through French doors to deep veranda that overlooks the mini-estate’s broad lawn and what current listing details called a “meditation pond,” whatever that is. The entire yard is ringed by a tall trees and thick shrubbery for privacy and a sturdy trellis structure with integrated outdoor fireplace divides the grassy part of the yard from the ozone-filtered swimming pool with inset spa.

Listing photos: Coldwell Banker

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