Tipster M. Gonnatellya sent word that singer/songwriter Ashley Frangipane, better known to the world as mononymic indie pop balladeer Halsey, recently splashed out $2.4 million to acquire a well preserved and thoughtfully updated mid-century modern residence high in the mountains above Sherman Oaks, Calif. Behind gates and completely invisible from the street down a discreet, easily overlooked driveway between two rather ordinary, suburban-looking homes, the four-bedroom and 2.5 bathroom, post-and-beam built pavilion was designed and built in 1959 by esteemed mid-century architect Richard Dorman. Classic mid-century elements abound throughout the slightly more than 2,200 sq. foot, single-level pad and include nearly white terrazzo tile floors, tongue-and-groove ceilings and walls of glass trimmed in black metal.
Open plan and integrated but clearly delineated interiors include a spacious living/dining room with massive masonry fireplace, a cozily proportioned den and an eat-in galley kitchen expensively updated with high-end designer appliances and snow-white countertops on bespoke walnut cabinetry. Both guest bedrooms, as well as the master suite, open through glass sliders to a flat backyard notched into a steep and ruggedly undeveloped hillside with an amoebic strip of lawn and a free-form swimming pool.
Scheduled to release her third studio album later this year — the first single, “Nightmare,” debuted a couple of months ago and the racy video already has more than 56 million views on YouTube — Halsey continues to own a striking architectural that wraps itself tightly around a swimming pool high above Beachwood Canyon and just below the Hollywood Sign that she snagged about two years ago for a bit more than $2.2 million.