You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Francis Lawrence Sells Westwood Mansion (EXCLUSIVE)

After just two weeks on the open market with a price tag just shy of $5.3 million, Austrian filmmaker Francis Lawrence’s fully restored 1930s traditional in the Westwood area of L.A. is, lickety-split, in escrow to be sold for an unknown amount to an unknown buyer. Property records show the “Hunger Games” film franchise director and accomplished music video director — he took home a Grammy in 2011 for Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” video — acquired the property in June 2005 for $3.85 million from high-powered William Morris Endeavor co-CEO Ari Emanuel.

The 5,700-plus-square-foot residence, set above the street on a triangular-shaped parcel of more than one-third of an acre in the Westwood ‘hood just west of UCLA, has five bedrooms and five bathrooms that include a sizable master suite with fireplace, sitting area beneath circular skylight, covered terrace, bathroom with second fireplace, private office and adjoining gym. Living and entertaining spaces include a step-down living room with fireplace, formal dining room and a separate den/family room with built-in entertainment center. The modern-minded and expensively outfitted kitchen opens to an informal dining space that spills out through French doors to a trellis-shaded terrace with built-in grilling station and a swimming pool surrounded by faux grass and dense, privacy-ensuring foliage.

Lawrence once owned a home directly behind the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood that was sold in 2006 for $2.35 million to James Franco, who has since sold the property; property records show that just last summer, Lawrence coughed up $8.75 million for a brand-spanking new, 7,100-square-foot house in Brentwood that’s across the street from a snazzy, mid-century modern once owned by pint-sized media and fashion moguls Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen.

listing photos: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

More Dirt

  • Kristin Wiig House

    Kristen Wiig Gets Just Over Asking for Mid-Century Home Above L.A.'s Silver Lake

    After less than two months on the market and some serious interest from at least a couple of deep-pocketed potential buyers, comedian and actress Kristen Wiig has sold her painstakingly updated and restored mid-century modern micro-compound above Los Angeles’s Silver Lake Reservoir for $5.225 million. Lucky for the former “Saturday Night Live” star, set to [...]

  • Marti Noxon House

    ‘Sharp Objects’ Creator Marti Noxon Flips Mid-Century Ranch House in Studio City

    It would seem television powerhouse Marti Noxon needs a side-hustle about as much as an elephant needs a SCUBA suit. The busy as a beaver creator of the thrice Emmy-nominated 2018 limited series “Sharp Objects,” starring Emmy nominees Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson, already co-owns an artisanal grain mill in Pasadena and now she can [...]

  • Nate Berkus House

    Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent List Photogenic Mansion in L.A.'s Hancock Park

    Married interior decorators and reality TV co-hosts Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent have their fastidiously updated and fashionably photogenic mansion in L.A.’s historic and historically hoity-toity Hancock Park neighborhood up for sale at $13.795 million. The telegenic couple, co-hosts of the aspirational home improvement and design series “Nate & Jeremiah by Design” on TLC, paid [...]

  • Yoshiki Buys Studio City Mansion

    Yoshiki Picks Secluded Spread Near Studio City (EXCLUSIVE)

    Mononymic Japanese rock star and record producer Yoshiki, an accomplished classical composer best known as the co-founder and drummer of the speed metal band X Japan — they sold out Madison Square Garden in 2014, has expanded his SoCal real estate holdings with the almost $3.4 million purchase of a secluded 1.6-acre spread in the [...]

  • Hedi Slimane Lists Los Angeles Modern

    Hedi Slimane Lists Beverly Hills Masterpiece (EXCLUSIVE)

    French art photographer and fashion designer Hedi Slimane, named in early 2018 as creative director at the prestigious, Paris-based luxury brand Celine (formerly known as Céline), has his sublime, architecturally pedigreed pad on a coveted cul-de-sac in the perennially chic and, hence, extravagantly expensive Trousdale Estates area of Beverly Hills, Calif., available at $17.5 million. [...]

  • Ellen Page Lists Hollywood Hills Mansion

    Ellen Page Lists Hollywood Hills Mid-Century Home

    Canadian-born actress and producer Ellen Page has put her post-and-beam built mid-century modern pavilion in the celeb-studded Nichols Canyon area of Los Angeles up for sale at a bit below $2 million. The 2007 Oscar nominee, currently co-host of the LGBTQ-oriented travel series “Gaycation” and also filming the upcoming Netflix sequel miniseries “Tales of the [...]

  • Shonda Rhimes House

    Shonda Rhimes Purchases Plush Penthouse on New York City's Park Avenue

    Powerhouse primetime showrunner turned exceedingly well compensated Netflix content creator Shonda Rhimes has splashed out $11.75 million for a posh penthouse atop a discreetly elite co-operative apartment house that presides over a busy yet plum Upper East Side intersection along New York City’s prestigious Park Avenue. Almost completely wrapped in a contiguous, newly resurfaced terrace, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content