A 1920s Spanish cottage in Santa Monica, owned, per property records, by screenwriter Callie Khouri, popped up for sale at a hair under $2.2 million and in less than 24 hours was hustled into escrow with an unknown buyer at an unknown price. Khouri, the creator of the acclaimed “Nashville” TV series and a 1992 Oscar winner for penning the gender role-flipping film “Thelma & Louise,” acquired the 1,813-square-foot house in 1990 for $575,000, and listing details show the modest and homey if not exactly inexpensive pink stucco abode, just six blocks from the beach in the Ocean Park neighborhood, has four bedrooms and two bathrooms.
A white brick fireplace grounds the window-lined living room; the dining room opens through French doors to a trellis-shaded deck at the side of the house; and the eat-in country-style kitchen is smartly outfitted with slate-gray countertops and snow-white cabinets. Three bedrooms on the main floor, one of them with adjoining sunroom, share an unremarkable, white-tiled hall bathroom; and the master bedroom, privately situated all by itself on the second floor, provides a walk-in closet and an another unremarkable white-tiled bathroom. A big deck just outside the kitchen overlooks a small, terraced backyard with a patch of grass, Bocce court and a charmingly rickety-looking single-car detached garage.
Our research shows that Khouri, married since 2006 to Golden Globe and Oscar winning and Grammy-hoovering musician T Bone Burnett, set the Santa Monica property out for lease at $7,500 per month in July 2014, several months after, records reveal, she shelled out an iota less than a million bucks for a 5,300-square-foot, slate-roofed 1930s Tudor cottage on a leafy half acre in the well-to-do Green Hills area of Nashville.
listing photos: Douglas Elliman