SELLER: David Arquette
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
SIZE: 9,708 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 half bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: An historic mansion in the historically wealthy Windsor Square area of Los Angeles that’s owned, so swear several of our better connected informants including the inestimable Lucy Spillerguts, by actor/producer and former professional wrestler David Arquette has come up for sale with an asking price of $8,495,000. Mister Arquette, who gives voice to a parrot named Skully in the animated musical series “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” and executive produces the “Celebrity Name Game” program, acquired the so-called O’Melveny House via inscrutable blind trust for $7.15 million in August 2014, the year after his by most accounts amicable divorce from Courtney Cox was finalized and the year before he married his current wife Christina McLarty. Designed by the fine architects at the Hunt, Eager & Burns firm and built in 1908 for prominent attorney Henry O’Melveny, the residence is described in listing descriptions as a 9,708-square-foot “English Craftsman” that’s “meticulously restored to its original stateliness” with seven bedrooms and six full and two half bathrooms.
The house, which sits amid towering trees on a nearly three-quarter acre double corner lot, opens to a decidedly grand yet warmly inviting mahogany-paneled foyer off of which open amply proportioned formal living and dining rooms, both with fireplaces and the latter sheathed in more mahogany paneling. There’s a third fireplace with mahogany mantelpiece in an also mahogany paneled library/study and the kitchen, linked to the dining room by a well-equipped butler’s pantry, is fully up to date with slab marble counter tops on simple Shaker style cabinets, a double wide center work island with integrated snack counter, and a costly array of name-brand stainless steel appliances that include two dishwashers, a Hyundai-sized range, and full-size side-by-side refrigerator and freezer.
Part way up the mahogany staircase an over-sized landing serves as a probably not very often used sitting room. At least two of the second floor guest/family bedrooms have vintage en suite bathrooms and master suite, large enough to accommodate a sitting area, provides a fireplace, two walk-in closets, and bathroom with two-sink vanity, claw-footed tub, and glass-enclosed shower. There’s a huge multi-purpose room tucked up under the eaves on the third floor — listing photos show it filled with a plethora of children’s toys — and a deep loggia lined with stout brick columns along the rear of the residence overlooks the private, tree-shielded backyard that incorporates sun-dappled lawns, a serene meditation pond, double-sided outdoor fireplace, and a swimming pool and spa surrounded by extensive stone terracing.
Mister Arquette and is ex-wife, Courtney Cox, are well-known among property gossips as savvy connoisseurs of architecturally significant properties. They previously co-owned a painstakingly restored and carefully updated A. Quincy Jones designed mid-century modern residence in the lower section of the Trousdale Estates area of Beverly Hills they picked up in 2004 for $5.45 million and sold in July 2014 for $17,995,000 to Grammy winning songwriter and music producer Dr. Luke, the fellow who has been embroiled in an ugly legal battle with Kesha. They also previously owned a striking John Lautner designed house along Carbon Beach in Malibu they sold in 2007 for $27.25 million to ex-Dodgers co-owner Jamie McCourt and long before that owned a much less architecturally courageous mansion in the Brentwood area of L.A. they sold in 2002 for $5.6 million to Ricki Lake who held on to it until January 2014 when she sold it for $8.45 million to “Spider-Man” franchise star Tobey Maguire who quickly caught a case of The Real Estate Fickle and sold it in April 2015 for $10.4 million to a tech mogul turned nutrition bar tycoon.
Listing photos: Hilton & Hyland