It was an especially busy and life-altering year for actress, recording artist, endorsement magnet and neophyte director Scarlett Johansson. Among her many professional endeavors in 2014, she lent her sultry yet girlish voice to the Oscar-winning film “Her,” added another superhero-driven mega-film notch to her showbiz belt with the high-grossing “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and starred in the Luc Besson-directed box office blockbuster “Lucy,” which has all by itself hauled in almost half a billion bucks in worldwide box office receipts.
BUYER: Scarlett Johansson
LOCATION: Los Angeles, Calif
PRICE: $3.88 million
SIZE: 3,500 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half bathrooms
The three-time Golden Globe and four-time People’s Choice nominee’s personal life was no less jam-packed. In January she revealed on “The David Letterman Show” that she’d moved to Paris to be with her Frenchman fiancé, advertising executive Romain Dauriac, and in March a British tab or two alleged she was considering a move to Glasgow. (She did not move to Scotland as far as this property gossip knows.) In September she birthed a baby girl, in October she secretly married her French paramour/baby daddy in out-of-the-way Philipsburg, Montana, and in the last days of the year — so swears real estate yenta Yolanda Yakettyyak on the glinting hood of her brand new Cadillac — she made, via trust, an under-the-radar, $3.88 million purchase of a freshly refurbished residence in L.A.’s historic and ever-more affluent Los Feliz area.
The seller’s identity was obscured behind a corporate entity, but Yolanda swears it was a former high fashion model-turned-Chicago-based construction magnate who, a variety of online resources reveal, purchased the property in the fall of 2013 for $3.1 million and originally hoped to sell it for close to $4.7 million. Digital marketing materials show the obliquely angled and approximately 3,500-square-foot, two-story residence, secluded behind a secured gate on nearly an acre at the end of a little known cul-de-sac, was originally built in the early 1940s and is currently configured with four bedrooms and four full and two half bathrooms.
Espresso-toned wood floors flow through the main-floor living spaces that include a small central entry/stair hall and an ample, step-down living room with glass sliders and a commanding, inverted ziggurat-like carved marble mantelpiece. The neighboring den also has glass sliders as well as a wet bar while the dining room — also with glass sliders set into a bay window — is open to an all-white center island kitchen fitted and kitted with marble and quartz countertops, lustrous, Lucite-handled white cabinetry, mid-range stainless steel appliances, a convenient built-in housekeeping desk and an attached laundry room. The upper-floor master suite has a sitting area with fireplace; a demilune step-out balcony with framed, through-the-trees view of the Hollywood sign; a fitted walk-in closet; and a luxuriously sleek, sky-lit bathroom.
A narrow veranda runs along the inside angle of the front façade and steps down to a flat, shade-dappled lawn, a small dining terrace and built-in grill area, a swimming pool with sunbathing shelf, an eight-person spa and a poolside cabana with built-in storage cabinets and an under-the-counter wine and beverage fridge.
This is not the first time Miz Johansson, now 30, has owned residential real estate in Los Angeles. The slender yet buxom and sometimes unlucky in real estate movie star took a $3 million gut punch to her pocketbook when she dumped a 1930s-era Spanish casa in the star-studded Outpost Estates neighborhood that she bought in May 2007 and sold in June 2010 for $4 million. Shortly after she dumped her Outpost Estates white elephant, she and her first husband, beau hunky actor Ryan Reynolds, dropped $2.9 million on the so-called Wong House — a late 1960s Buff and Hensman-designed post-and-beam showstopper in the hills of Los Feliz — that was sold off post-split, in May 2012, for $3.5 million. The following June, Miz Johansson sold a one bedroom and two bathroom fifth-floor condo at the Hollywood Versailles Tower for $470,000. (Property records show her mother still owns a higher floor unit in the building.)
Miz Johansson’s real estate activities have not been restrained to the West Coast. In April 2008, just before she and Mister Reynolds wed, she sold a Leonard Street loft for $52,000 less than she paid for the place two years earlier and quickly plunked down $2.1 million for a humble if hardly cheap 1,200-ish-square-foot, two-bedroom terraced penthouse in Midtown Manhattan and, finally, in the late summer of 2013, shortly before she and Mister Dauriac got engaged, she shelled out another $2.2 million for a 3,500-square-foot, cedar-shingled cottage in the low-key but high-priced Amagansett area in the Hamptons.
Listing photos: Sotheby’s International Realty